क्या जीवन भी है सतरंगी

झरने की बूंदों पर घुलती, किरणें देखा करते हैं,
क्या जीवन भी है सतरंगी, अक्सर सोचा करते हैं।

कभी कभी ग़म अनुवादित हो ढल जाते हैं आंसू में,
मोती बनकर जो पलकों से, टप टप टपका करते हैं।

मित्र बहुत हैं अपनेपन से, गले लगाने वाले भी,
इनमें से कुछ लोग बगल में, छुरी छुपाया करते हैं।

बादल की करतूतें देखो, हद है दीवानेपन की,
जहां समंदर वहीं गरजकर, अक्सर बरसा करते हैं।

मंदिर मस्जिद बनवा देंगे इनकी कमी नहीं पर ये,
भूखे-बेबस-लाचारों को, देख किनारा करते हैं।

तेरा मालिक तुझ में ही है, दिल में झांक जरा देखो,
नादां हैं वो जो  ऊपर की, ओर निहारा करते हैं।

तरुवर नदिया पंछी तितली, धूप हवा की सीखों से,
लोग समझ जाएंगे इक दिन, ऐसी आशा करते हैं।

                    - महेन्द्र वर्मा


सुरेन्द्र सिंह " झंझट " said...

"kabhi-kabhi gam anuvadit ho dhal jaate hain aansoo me
moti bankar jo palkon se tap tap tapka karte hain"
kya khoobsoorat sher hai aapki hindi gazal ka!

कुमार राधारमण said...

ये अनुभव की बातें हैं। जीवन ऐसा ही है-अनेक विडम्बनाएं लिए।

महेन्‍द्र वर्मा said...

सुरेन्द्र जी और राधारमण जी, आपको ग़ज़ल पसंद आई, इसके लिए धन्यवाद।

Dr Xitija Singh said...

बादल की करतूतें देखो, हद है दीवानेपन की,
जहां समंदर वहीं गरजकर, अक्सर बरसा करते हैं।

मंदिर मस्जिद बनवा देंगे इनकी कमी नहीं पर ये,
भूखे-बेबस-लाचारों को, देख किनारा करते हैं।

तेरा मालिक तुझ में ही है, दिल में झांक जरा देखो,
नादां हैं वो जो ऊपर की, ओर निहारा करते हैं।

वाह!! बहुत खूबसूरत ग़ज़ल महेंद्र जी ... हर शेर में गहराई है.. उम्दा प्रस्तुति ...

महेन्‍द्र वर्मा said...

क्षितिजा जी, ग़ज़ल पसंद करने के लिए धन्यवाद।

Shikha Kaushik said...

bahut achchhi gazal.''mandir mazid banva denge...'' yatharth ko udghatit karti panktiya.

Anonymous said...

Muniaswamy Kasiraja


According to Indian philosophers, self is the Purush or Purusha; realization is the knowledge or the consciousness of this Purusha within every human being, and it is the most important aspect of every seekers of God to attain Mukti (salvation). For those who believe in karma samsara, Self Realization is the only way to liberate themselves from the cycle of birth and death.
The religious life of many Indians is focused on devotion to gods and goddesses through rituals at homes and in shrines. More philosophically-minded people ignore these gods altogether and seek Realization of the Self through intense meditation. Still others focus primarily on fulfilling the social and moral duties appropriate to their position in life.
These three approaches are regarded as equally important, and they are formally recognized as threefold margas (paths) to liberation: bhaktimarga (the path of devotion), gnanamarga (through the path of knowledge ‘sankhya’ or through philosophy ‘yoga’ and ‘meditation’), and karmamarga (the path of works and actions).
Those who want to follow the path of devotion are the majority and their aim is to try and please God through different types of rituals including poojas, offering special prayers & gifts during festivals, doing dharma, undertaking pilgrimages, participating in kumba-melas, taking up vows and penances, walking on fire, offering yagnas, rolling for miles, even sacrificing animals etc.
Purpose of Yoga: The goal of Yoga is to achieve union with self, the little self and the True Self. It is a process of awakening to the preexisting union between Aathma (soul) and Brahma (Creator), Jeevathma and Paramathma, or the realization of Purusha standing alone as separate from Prakrithi. Buddhist philosophy teaches that the self does not have absolute boundaries.
The author of the yoga system, Shri Patanjali, says that it is a system of moral and physical exercises (Yoga Sutra 1:1,2). Patanjali teaches eight steps. 1. Yama (moral conduct): fulfilled by noninjury to others, truthfulness, nonstealing, continence, and noncovetousness. 2. Niyama (religious observances): prescripts are purity of body and mind, contentment in all circumstances, self-discipline, self-study (contemplation), and devotion to God and guru. 3. Asana (right posture): the spinal column must be held straight, and the body firm in a comfortable position for meditation. 4. Pranayama (control of prana): the subtle life currents. 5. Pratyahara (withdrawal) of the senses from external objects. 6. Dharana (concentration): holding the mind to one thought. 7. Thyana (meditation). 8. Samadhi (superconscious experience).
In the final stages of Samadhi, the yogi is supposed to have attained miraculous powers such as raising into the sky, walking on water, conquering lions, leaving his

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body and entering into the dead bodies of any form etc. Through this system of yoga and meditation, the soul is expected to merge with the Purusha without the grace of God; and it is also believed that, through the individual practice alone one can attain divine status.
Kriya Yoga: Kriya Yoga (union with the Infinite through a certain action or rite) is a technique of relaxation, meditation and concentration which leads to a personal experience with God. When the inner peace arrives, one can then feel God’s overwhelming presence and reach greater clarity. The body and mind will then be trained and the soul will eventually be liberated and truly freed.
It is to free man from the effects of karma resulting in everlasting remains. It is done through the realization of oneself, and thereby realizing God and the love for God. It helps them to recognize the beauty within, and the magnificence of their spirit. Most of the people seek satisfaction from what they see, but this provides no relief and the longing continues. But by focusing on the internal, rather than the external, one can get complete relief from all desires.
It is also meant to encourage the establishment of individual temples of God in the hearts of men, to liberate man from his threefold sufferings: physical, mental and spiritual, to promote plain living and high thinking, to spread the spirit of brotherhood among all people by teaching the eternal basis of their unity: kinship with God, to demonstrate the superiority of mind over body, of soul over mind, to overcome evil by good, sorrow by joy, cruelty by kindness, ignorance by wisdom and above all to attain direct personal experience with God.
Kriya Yogi mentally directs his life energy to revolve around the six spinal centers (medulla, cervical, dorsal, lumbar, sacral, and coccygeal plexus) which correspond to the twelve astral signs of the zodiac, the symbolic Cosmic Man. One-half minute of revolution of energy around the sensitive spinal cord of man effects subtle progress in his spiritual evolution; that half-minute of Kriya equals one year of natural spiritual unfoldment.
Hatha Yoga: The purpose of Hatha Yoga is to locate and activate the chakras (centers of energy), thereby raising the kundalini (dominant spiritual power). This in turn is believed to help remove blockages (diseases) in the mind and body.
Hatha yoga attempts to balance mind and body via physical postures and exercises (asanas), controlled breathing, and calming of the mind through relaxation and meditation. Asanas teach poise, balance & strength and were originally (and still) practiced to improve the body’s physical health and clear the mind in preparation for meditation in the pursuit of enlightenment.
Kundalini Raising: The practice of kundalini yoga centers on raising the kundalini, or dormant psychic energy, through the body’s seven major chakras, or centers of consciousness. The seven chakras are: Muladhara chakra - base of the spine, Svadhishthana chakra - near the genital organs, Manipura chakra - behind the navel, Anahata chakra - at the heart, Vishuddha chakra - at the throat, Ajna chakra - behind the point between the eyebrows (the “third eye”), Sahasrara chakra - the cerebral cortex.
Each chakra is associated with a different set of psychic powers and spiritual experiences. For example, accessing the vishuddha chakra in the throat bestows powers of telepathy and prophecy, while activating the ajna chakra on the forehead brings universal knowledge. Specific colors and sounds are also associated with the chakras and used to activate them.

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Transcendental Meditation: The Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique involves reciting of a mantra through which the mind is brought to the source of thought, the settled state of the mind - Transcendental Consciousness - pure consciousness, self-referral consciousness, which is the source of all creative processes. It is believed that through this technique, the individual’s awareness settles down and experiences a unique state of restful alertness. As the body becomes deeply relaxed, the mind transcends all mental activity to experience the simplest form of awareness - Transcendental Consciousness, where consciousness is open to itself. This is the self-referral state of consciousness.
The Transcendental Meditation as taught by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi claims that TM is the only way for salvation and it provides heaven in earth. It uses seven words such as Jagrata centana (walking); swapna cetana (dreaming); sushupti cetana (sleeping); toorya chetana (transcendental consciousness); tooryateet cetana (cosmic consciousness); bhagavat centana (God consciousness); and brahmi cetana (Unity consciousness). Even though the TM organization claims that their mantras are meaningless sounds with known physiological effects, the mantras are in fact names of a Hindu deity.
Katha Upanishad 65:8 says, Avyaktatuparah purushoyagnatva muchyatae: One who knows Purusha becomes free and attains immortality. Viveka Chudamani verse 6 says;
Vadhanthu shastrani yadhanthu devane, Kurvanthu karmani bajanthu devata,
Aatmaikayodena vinabpi mukitha, na chityathi bhramma shathanthrashpi.
Let them quote scriptures and sacrifice to gods; let them observe rituals and worship devatas (gods); but there is no liberation at all; no, not even in a hundred lifespan of Brahma put together, until the identity of one’s self with the Divine Self is realized. Again verse 56 says:
“na yogena na sankhyena karmanano na vidhya brahaat maikatva bodena moksha sidyate naanyata”
Neither by yoga, nor by knowledge, nor by karma or by learning, but by the realization of one’s own identity with God is liberation possible, and by no other means. Svetaasvatara Upanishad 3:8 says:
Vedaaha metam purusham manantam Aaditya vamam tamasah-h parastat
tameva viditvati mutu meti naanyah panthaa vidyate-ayanaaya
I know the mighty Purusha of the color of the sun beyond the darkness. Only in knowing Him does one Passover death. There is no other way leading to eternal life.
Vedas begin with the worship of gods of nature, namely;
1) The terrestrial gods- Prithvi (earth), Agni (fire), Bruhaspati and Soma (plants).
2) The atmospheric gods- Indra, Rudra, Maruts, Vayu and Parjanya (storm, thunder and rain).
3) The celestial gods- Dyaus (heaven), Varuna, Ushas & Asvins (twilight morning stars) and Surya, Mitra, Savitri, Ka, Vishnu (all associated with the sun).

Actually these gods were the result of man’s search for the truth, which finally culminated in the Purusha Prajapathi, the Creator. The Katha Upanishad 3:11 says, avvyakthath purusha parah purushanna param kinchith sa kastha sa paragathi, which means that there is none

Dorothy said...

जीवन की पल पल परिवर्तित होती छटा की सच्चाईयों की खूबसूरत अभिव्यक्ति. आभार

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superior to this Purusha and He is the paragathi (Only way to Moksha).
The Purusha in the Purusha Sukta of the Rig Veda is called the Param Purusha that means the one and the only Supreme Being and He is the Lord of immortality. The 10th mandala of Rig Veda chapter 121 verse 10 says, Prajapathi Lord of life, Lord of Creatures and Lord of Creation.

Creation of Man: Genesis 1:27 “God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them”. Isaiah 64:8 “But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand”. Psalm 139:14 “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well”. God created humans in his own image for His glory and to the praise of His glorious grace.
Empowerment of the Soul by Purusha: Genesis 2:7 “The Lord God (Prajapathi Purusha) formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul”. Many people find it difficult to believe, that human beings were created from the dust of the ground. However, if we recognize that the modern day wonder machines including the Super Computers and Nuclear Bombs etc., were made by taking all the raw materials from the earth only, and that too with the limited wisdom and knowledge of the human beings, then it will become obvious that the All-knowing and All-powerful Creator can create human beings by taking the necessary ingredients including the living cells from the ground.
Since human beings were made out of living things, then what God breathed into Adam’s nostrils is His own Spirit, and Adam’s soul (Aathma) became a living soul (Jeevathma). That means the soul (Aathma) has been endowed with the life and that life (Purusha or Self) is the Holy Spirit (True Self) of God Himself and this spirit was not given to any other creature. This is what many people call it as Little Self, Sixth Sense, Clear Conscience or the Still Small Voice etc.
This leads us to the fact that, every human is made up of both physical and spiritual being. The physical being comprises of the physical body and the life attached with the body, and the spiritual being comprises of the soul, which is the controlling force behind the body, and a life (self) to sustain that soul. As the physical man has got a physical heart and brain etc., the spiritual man does not have such heart or brain. However, when we talk about heart or mind during our religious discourse, we actually refer to the soul, and this soul or the Aathma is the one, which manipulates our brain.
Having got the Holy Spirit of God, the soul also has become immortal and cannot be destroyed. Even many things in this world cannot be destroyed, but can only be changed from one physical state to another. Hence humans have become altogether a powerful beings, physically as well as spiritually. That is why human beings are sometimes called as saints or lower gods.
In addition, human beings have been endowed with the power to communicate not only with each other, but also can know and be in communion with the Creator all the time. Each and every word that humans speak has got a special power behind. Mat 12:37 “For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned”.
The life in this condition was like a child born into a

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King’s family. The King being the all-powerful Creator of this Universe who is our Heavenly Father, with immeasurable grace, mercy and power, and everything in His Kingdom was made available to man without asking. It is all the Royal inheritance of the rightful heir. So God provided man with everything including the host of angels at his service. This Kingdom is the everlasting Kingdom of God.
Uniqueness of Human Beings: It is because of the empowerment of the soul by God’s Spirit, humans have become unique with lots of extraordinary features namely, a) Physical:- with distinct individual capacity, power and identity. b) Intellectual:- bestowed with the wisdom and knowledge to analyze logically and be creative, and with necessary skills to rule over the other creatures. c) Spiritual:- In addition to our soul being made immortal, it has been endowed with a free will. Only humans build altars and worship God.
This spirit and soul combination has become an inimitable dynamic system, and it is this indwelling of the Holy Spirit in every human soul, helps everyone to seek and search for God one day or the other, which the other creatures will never do.
As a result of the above qualities, man became a self-sufficient, self-creative and self-willed complete individual being. It is because of this free will, not only can he think and choose, but also can be influenced by other forces as well. When the first man was to make a choice between God and devil as the guiding force for his soul, he willfully chooses the devil, as the present day world, because of the influence of the devil, who had already chosen evil for himself by trying to become like God or equal with God, who made man also to fall prey to his evil design.
It was not just a simple disobedience, but it was a deliberate choice of evil over good, and the evil spirit got embedded onto the human soul affecting the entire human race. In this condition, the spirit, which is the life force for the soul, lost its sustenance from God and got suppressed, and the devil took almost full control and authority over the human soul. This has brought about a sea change in the attitude of man towards God and ultimately man became an enemy of God.

Thus humans have been stripped of that honor and glory, privileges and power they were vested with; and having lost the image of God that was upon them, and that robe of purity, innocence and righteousness, the rectitude of their nature with which they were arrayed. Now they were unable to save themselves from the curse of the righteous law and the fury of vindictive justice.
Genesis 3:19 “In the sweat of thy face shall thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground, for from dust thou art taken, and dust shall thou return”. Eze 18:4 “Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die”.
As a result of these curses and also due to the corruption of the soul, not only our physical body suffers a simple death but also is afflicted by diseases and deformities, and there is always a constant struggle raging between the life forces (immune system) which are trying to preserve the body on the one hand, and the disease forces which are trying to destroy the body on the other hand. At times the disease forces dominate resulting in sickness with the life forces being suppressed and vice versa.
Similarly, there is also a struggle going on in our soul,

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asabtham aspersam aroobam avvyam dhtha arasam nithyam ahandha vachya yath
anadiyanandham mahatha param durvam nitchaya dhanmruthyu mukthath pramoochyathe, which means, one can not know God who has no beginning and end, either by sound, or by feel, or by eyes, or by smell, or by taste but by His grace.
Viveka Chudamani verse147 says that, “neither weapons, nor wind, nor fire, nor millions of deeds can help us reach mukti. Only the wonderful sword of knowledge that comes out of discrimination sharpened by the grace of God can achieve it”. Shankara the ancient sage admitted that union with God, is attained by the grace of God (Viveka churamani 3).
Naham vedair na tapasa na danena na ejyaya
sakya evamvidho drstavan asi mam yatha (Gita 11:53),
which means, neither by Vedic study, nor by austerities, nor by charities, nor by sacrifices can one behold Me. Nor by any works that you have done.
To summarize the whole teachings of Gita, God alone is the only way to attain Mukti. Moksha is initiated by God (18:66). God calls the sinner to surrender, since He is the refuge (18:62, 72, 73). It is His grace that salvation is open to men and women regardless of their merits and demerits (11:47, 18:58, and 5:18). The easiest way to find refuge in God is by complete surrender (18:62). A seeker can be liberated in this lifetime itself (4:21, 23, and 41). Moksha is available even at the dying moments (8:5, 18:66).
According to Vedic literatures and Saiva Siddhanta there are four steps to salvation: Salokya (sa-lokya - the believer is admitted into the sphere of God by faith in the word of God - the Purusha), Sameepya (the believer comes near to Purusha, the author of salvation), Sa roopya (the believer is identified with the savior in every aspect) and Sa yoojya (the believer enters into union with Purusha).
If mankind were to have been left to mend themselves with God, none of them would have ever become eligible to get to Heaven. But God who is the God of love, mercy and long suffering is not willing to give up, and hence He devised various methods to bring back the condemned souls to Himself. These methodologies were meant to pave the way for reconciliation, by atoning the sins of the human beings. This of-course is not without a price.
Animal sacrifice: Heb 9:22 Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins. By transgression, a man forfeits his life to divine justice, and he must die, if God in His mercy did not provide an alternative. This alternative is the blood of the victim, which is its life, is shed as a ransom for the life of the sinner.
This requirement may look strange for many people, but it is the root of all religions. For Hindus, “Sarvapapa pariharo raktha prokshna mavasyam” which means, the redemption is through shedding of blood only. Bakrid is the day of sacrifice for the atonement of their sins for Muslims. But it was and is being practiced just as a ritual.
Deluge: This was the most painful thing that a loving Father could have brought upon His own creation. But it was a righteous judgment upon the ungodly. II Peter 2:5, God did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah, a preacher of righteousness, with seven others, when He brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly… God revealed to Noah the coming judgment

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“If you want to be delivered from the sins which you commit through eyes, mouth, ears and mind, bloodshed is necessary. That must be the blood of the Holy one. God is our creator. He is our King. When we were perishing, He came to save us by offering even his own body on our behalf” (Maha Brahmanam 4.15).
Rig Veda specifies the requirements for the sacrificial animal: It must be without blemish, the “balusu” bush must be placed round its head; It must be bound to a sacrificial post, Nails must be driven into its four legs till they bleed. The cloth covering the victim should be divided among the four priests. None of its bones must be broken. The victim should be given a drink of Soma juice. After it has been slain, it must be restored to life again. Its flesh should be eaten.
These ware clearly fulfilled in the incarnation of Jesus Christ. He was the sinless God-man (I Pet. 2:22). A crown of thorns (balusu) was placed on His head (Mark 15:17). He was fied to the sacrificial post (Psalm 118:27). He was nailed hands and feet to the cross (John 19:18). Those who nailed Him to the cross divided His garments among themselves (Mat.27:35). Not one of His bones was broken (John 19:36). He was given vinegar (Soma juice) to drink (Mat. 27:34). He rose again as death’s conqueror (Mat. 28:5-6). At the last supper He gave His disciples that they should eat His flesh and drink His blood (Mat. 26:26-29).
Micah 6:6-7 “Wherewith shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before the high God? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves of a year old? Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?” This is the great question as to a sinner’s relationship with the Holy God.

God loves the sinner; but He hates the sin. God has sworn that He has no pleasure in the death of a sinner (Ezek 33:11); yet He has also sworn that the soul that sinneth, it shall die (Ezek 18:4). Which of the two oaths shall He keep? Shall the one give way to the other? Can both be kept inviolate?
Both law and love have triumphed in the reconciliation God has accomplished. The one has not given way to the other. Never has there been love like this love of God; so large, so lofty, so intense, so self-sacrificing. Never has law been so pure, so broad, so glorious and so inexorable.
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life”. 1 John 4:10 “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins”. 2 Corinthians 5:21 “For God has made Jesus to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him”.
Love has never been more truly love, and law has never been more truly law, than in this conjunction of the two. God’s honor has been maintained, yet man’s interests have not been sacrificed. God has done it all; and He has done it effectually and irreversibly. As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him. Isaiah 45:6 “that people may know, from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none besides me; I am the Lord, and there is no other”.

The consent of parties to the acceptance of this basis is

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required in court. The law consents; the Lawgiver consents; Father, Son, and Spirit consent; and man, the chief party interested, is asked for his consent. If he consents, the whole matter is settled. The verdict is issued in his favor; and henceforth he can triumphantly say, “It is God that justifieth; who is he that condemneth?”
Our Righteousness are nothing but Filthy Rags: Job 15:14-16 “What is man, that he should be clean? and he which is born of a woman, that he should be righteous? Behold, He putteth no trust in His saints; yea, the heavens are not clean in His sight. How much more abominable and filthy is man, which drinketh iniquity like water?” Isaiah 64:6, “We are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags”. The sense is, that all our prayers, sacrifices, alms, praises, were only abominable to the Lord because of the impurity, imperfection, pride, and vanity, that appeared in them.
Salvation is not found in man-made ceremonies, neither is it obtained through ordinances or religious sacraments. Instead, “salvation is of the Lord” Jonah 2:9. Still, multitudes believe that the pursuance of good works or the following of a prescribed code of ethics automatically earns them the guarantee of eternal life. Others talk about the benefits of the Golden Rule, the Sermon on the Mount, or the observance of the Ten Commandments as the way to prepare one’s soul for heaven.
Romans 3:23 declares that, “all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God”; Hebrews 9:22 “and according to the law almost all things are purged with the blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission”. Romans 5:8 “But God commended his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us”.
Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord. Salvation is by grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone. God reckons us as righteous by our faith in Christ”. 1 John 1:7 “The blood of Jesus Christ, His Son cleanses us from all sin”. John 14:6 “I am the way, the truth and life; no one comes to the Father except through me”. Acts 4:12 says, “Neither, is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved”.
The Curtain in the temple, which symbolized the dividing wall between the people and God, was torn into two from top to bottom at the moment Jesus Christ gave up his Ghost on the cross. This is actually God accepting Christ’s offering of himself for our sins, hence, opening the Heaven’s gate for humans to enter, through his precious and most valuable sacrificial blood, which was shed on the cross as a ransom for all our sins and iniquities.
There is no other way for us to come to God or get to heaven. Because, the only sacrifice God accepts for our sins is the sacrifice that He has provided, that is the unblemished sacrifice of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He is the one and the only hope for the salvation of mankind. Are you clothed in the perfect righteousness of Jesus Christ? 1John 5:11 “And this is the record that God hath given to us eternal life; and this life is in his Son”.
Romans 10:9 “That if you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you will be saved”. Romans 5:1"Being justified by faith we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ”. Mark 8:36 “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain he whole

Anonymous said...

world, and lose his own soul?” People in Hell right now, would give anything for the chance that you have at this moment to get saved.
Becoming a believer in Jesus Christ is the first and the foremost step in our long and joyous journey of pilgrimage towards Heaven. The immediate and the most obvious step in our endeavor is to have the assurance of our faith, i.e. the experience of being born again. It was told to Nicodemus a ruler of the Jews, except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. i.e., he was to be born of water and of the Spirit.
As we all know that when we were born in to this world, we were born of blood and water. But here we are required to be born of water and the Holy Spirit. John 3:6 says, “that which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is Spirit”. Hence It is definitely not the physical rebirth, but it is the spiritual rebirth, i.e. the soul has to take the rebirth.
We say that the soul has to take rebirth because, as we have seen already the spirit which is the life for our soul, is now in a suppressed and dormant condition. Once that spirit (self) is revived or quickened, then the soul automatically gets regenerated and comes back to life. The revival of this spirit is possible only after our sins have been forgiven by God.
So immediately, after we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we should also confess all our sins and iniquities and ask for His forgiveness. From this moment onwards, we become His children. We are once again born into His family. As the newborn babe is washed by water, and the life in it is revived by the milk, our soul is “being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the Word of God, which lives and abides forever” I Peter 1:23.
That is, as soon as we are born into His Family, we are cleansed by His precious blood and the water, which He poured out on the cross, and then the spirit which is in near dead condition or in a state of hibernation is quickened and renewed through His Life giving Spirit (Holy Spirit) which is in the Word. Tit 3:5 “He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit”.
Now because the life (Self or Spirit or Purush) for the soul being revived and quickened, the soul automatically Realizes Self without going through the torturous route of yoga, meditation, kundalini raising, karma samsara etc. All our traditions and rituals are also infructuous. According to Gnan Vidhi teachings, for self realization, a living enlightened medium in the form of an Avatar (Gnani Purusha) is required. Jesus Christ is that avatar and through his sacrificial blood only our soul can become a living soul (Jeevathma) again through the renewing of our spirit (self). This is how we are able to obtain Salvation or Mukti or Self Realization etc.
The symptoms of being born again are the longing of our spiritual being (self and soul) for the spiritual food, which is the Living Word, 1Peter 2:2 “as newborn babies long for the pure milk of the Word that you may grow thereby”, and the desire to be in constant communion with God, by which we should be able to say, “The Cross before me, and the world behind me”.
The next stage of our spiritual life is baptism. This is not a new thing for both Christians as well as Hindus. Large number of Indians every year participate in various Kumba-melas. By dipping themselves in different rivers they believe that they will be cleansed of their sins. But

Anonymous said...

for Christians it is considered as fulfilling all righteousness of God after becoming His children. This baptism by water is only symbolic and it is also external, but the real baptism is for the soul. John the Baptist replied to all of them, “I am baptizing you with water, but the one who is stronger than me is coming, and I am not worthy to untie his sandal straps. It is he who will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire”.
Baptism by Holy Spirit is a continuous process of strengthening of our spirit by the Word of God, which in turn rejuvenates our soul, ultimately helping the spiritual being to grow spiritually and get transformed to the image of Jesus Christ. This process has to continue as long as we live on this earth. Similarly, the baptism by fire is also a continuous process of refining or becoming holy by the refining fire from the altar. This is what is being practiced as walking on fire by devote Hindus hoping to get themselves cleansed, and it is also believed that, if the fire doesn’t hurt them, then they are supposed to be without sin.

As the spirit grows from strength to strength, we are able to recognize God’s glory, and be in constant communion with Him and the soul enjoys the heavenly peace and happiness which the world cannot give. Because of this, the worldly desires, longings and priorities gets changed automatically. We begin to see the world through the eyes of the Holy Spirit which has now taken control of our soul and not through the lustful eyes of the devil which was the root cause of all evil.
The learned man Saul (later became Paul), of the tribe of Benjamin wished to destroy Christianity. He was a Hebrew a Pharisee, a legalist, self-righteous and a scrupulous follower of the law. Act 9:1,2 “And Saul, yet breathing out threatening and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest, and desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem”.
On the way when he heard a voice saying unto him, “Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?” And Saul said, who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, “I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks”. Repenting for his mistakes Paul says, Phi 3:8 “Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the Excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ”.
Bruhat Aranyaka Upanishad says, “Vagyo vai Brahma”, the word is Brahma (Creator). Brahmavindu Upanishad says,”Shabdo vai Brahma”, the voice is Brahma and “Shabdaksharam Param Brahma”, the voice and word became absolute God. TheYazur Veda 32:45,46 says, Poorvam Purusham Jatam, which means in the beginning Purusha was there. The Bible says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God and the Word was made flesh (Pursha).
From the Vedas and the Upanishads we can understand that there is only one Purusha in this Universe. Knowing Purusha as the Self and as the Guru (Master or Rabbi) is important. The word Guru is composed of two words as Gu and Ru. Gu means darkness or sin. Ru means destroyer. The following verse from Guru Gita 44 explains the Guru in this way:
Gu kaarascandhakaa rohi Ru kaarasteja ueyate Agnanagroaakam brahma Gurureva na samsaya-h
This poem emphasis that Guru is God himself. A beautiful poem from Advayataaraka Upanishad 17,18

Anonymous said...

goes like this: Guru reva param brahma: Guru Himself is supreme God. Guru reva paraagathi: Guru Himself is the Supreme way. Guru reva paraavidya: Guru Himself is the Supreme knowledge. Guru reva praayanam: Guru Himself is the Supreme journey. Guru reva paraakashta: Guru Himself is the Supreme climax. Guru reva param dhanam: Guru Himself is the Supreme wealth.

These qualities and characteristics of a Guru that the ancient sages proclaimed can be found only in the man God (Purusha) Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. he that follows me shall not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” John 8:12.
Yoga has given the sadhus and sanyasis of India a great sense of satisfaction which comes from rigorous self-imposed discipline and self-denial of the physical body and the soul. These psychic exercises like kung-fu or karate can give immense physical power in addition to spiritual powers like working signs and miracles with the help of some unknown spirits. But unfortunately they are yet to realize the Self which was their primary aim. That is why Gita 17:6 says,
karsayantah sarira-stham bhuta-gramam acetasah mam
chaivantah-sarira-stham thanviddhy asura-niscayan,
with vain conceited move by powerful passion and attachments, they perform various terrible mortifications contrary to scriptural injunctions. Thus do these senseless men torture their own bodies and Me dwelling in them. Know such persons to be of demoniac resolve.
You shall know the truth and the truth will set you free.

Bharat Bhushan said...

आपकी ग़ज़ल बहुत अच्छी लगी. इसकी कई पंक्तियाँ ज़ुबान पर चढ़ती हैं.

डॉ. मोनिका शर्मा said...

तेरा मालिक तुझ में ही है, दिल में झांक जरा देखो,
नादां हैं वो जो ऊपर की, ओर निहारा करते हैं।
बेहद सुंदर ग़ज़ल

Rahul Singh said...

जाने-पहचाने विषय पर ताजगी भरी नजर.

Rajendra Swarnkar : राजेन्द्र स्वर्णकार said...

आदरणीय महेन्द्र वर्माजी
नमस्कार !

क्य बात है ! बहुत शानदार ग़ज़ल लिखी है ।

दो-तीन शे'र तो दिल में बस गए …
बादल की करतूतें देखो, हद है दीवानेपन की,
जहां समंदर वहीं गरजकर, अक्सर बरसा करते हैं

वह वाऽऽऽह ! सुबहान अल्लाह !

तेरा मालिक तुझ में ही है, दिल में झांक जरा देखो,
नादां हैं वो , जो ऊपर की ओर निहारा करते हैं

बहुत शानदार !

अच्छी ग़ज़ल के लिए मुबारकबाद !

- राजेन्द्र स्वर्णकार

वन्दना अवस्थी दुबे said...

बादल की करतूतें देखो, हद है दीवानेपन की,
जहां समंदर वहीं गरजकर, अक्सर बरसा करते हैं।
बहुत सुन्दर शेर.

मनोज कुमार said...

बादल की करतूतें देखो, हद है दीवानेपन की,
जहां समंदर वहीं गरजकर, अक्सर बरसा करते हैं।
बेहतरीन। जीवन की विसंगतियों को दर्शाती यह ग़ज़ल अच्छी लगी।

Sunil Kumar said...

मंदिर मस्जिद बनवा देंगे इनकी कमी नहीं पर ये,
भूखे-बेबस-लाचारों को, देख किनारा करते हैं।
बहुत सुन्दर शेर

Kunwar Kusumesh said...

कभी कभी ग़म अनुवादित हो ढल जाते हैं आंसू में,
मोती बनकर जो पलकों से, टप टप टपका करते हैं।

बड़ा दर्द छुपा है आपके शेर में भाई महेंद्र जी.
ये ग़ज़ल हर लिहाज़ से बेहतरीन ग़ज़ल है.
मैं आपको इसके लिए बधाई दूंगा.

Coral said...

बहुत सुन्दर है आपकी रचना

मुझे ये पंक्तिया बहुत पसंद आई ....

तेरा मालिक तुझ में ही है, दिल में झांक जरा देखो,
नादां हैं वो जो ऊपर की, ओर निहारा करते हैं।

निर्मला कपिला said...

कभी कभी ग़म अनुवादित हो ढल जाते हैं आंसू में,
मोती बनकर जो पलकों से, टप टप टपका करते हैं।

मंदिर मस्जिद बनवा देंगे इनकी कमी नहीं पर ये,
भूखे-बेबस-लाचारों को, देख किनारा करते हैं।
समाज के विन्हिन्न चेहरे दिखाती हर पँक्ति दिल को छूती है। बधाई।

ZEAL said...


बादल की करतूतें देखो, हद है दीवानेपन की,
जहां समंदर वहीं गरजकर, अक्सर बरसा करते हैं....

महेंद्र जी,

गजब की ग़ज़ल है। पूरा जीवन दर्शन है इसमें तो।

बहुत सुन्दर।


Anonymous said...

धर्म मनुष्यों ने ही बनाये है मनुष्यों ने ही लिखे हैं। धर्म का मार्ग दिखाने वाले लिखने वालों का क्या हुआ क्या इनको स्वर्ग की प्राप्ती हुई उन्होने जो लिखा है उसने कितनी सच्चाई है या जो उसमे चमत्कार बताये हैं क्या ये संम्भव है आज भी होते है। या काल्पनिक कपोल कल्पना है ।

मगर आंधों की तरह उसके मानने वाले अपने धर्म को श्रेष्ठ बताने की होड़ में लगे है।अपने धर्म को श्रेष्ठ बताने के लिये दूसरे धर्म की कमी
निकालते है। ताकि अपने धर्म को श्रेष्ठ बता सकें।हर कोई अपने आपको बुद्धीजीवी ज्ञानवान समझाता है।हमारे बाप दादाओं से हम मानते आ रहे है अब हम मान रहे है सही है।
प्रश्न हैरू. ये बताये आप खाना आंख बन्द करके खाते है
या खाते समय आपकी नजर थाली पर रहती है कि कही
कीड़ा या बाल तो नही है निवाले मे कंकंड़ आ जाता है
तो आप उसे खा लेते है या उगल देते है। जरा सोचें।

मेरा मानना है कि हम खाना देख कर खाते हैं कि कुछ
गलत पेट मे न चला जाये । तो जब हम अपने शरीर के
लिये ख्याल रखते हैं।
तो धर्म के लिये आंख क्यो बन्द करे है।
हमे खुद अपने धर्म के बारे मे पता नही है ईश्वर के बारे
मे पता नही है। हमने खुद ईश्वर को पाया नही है और
दूसरे को मनवा रहे है। हम हिन्दू और मुसलमान आपस
मे एक दूसरे को नीचा दिखाने मे लगे है।

मनुष्यों ही ने धर्म शास्त्रो को लिखा है हम कैसे मान लें
की उन्होने जो लिखा है वो सही ही लिखा है अगर सही
लिखा है तो हम उसे परखेंगें। सही पायेगे तो मानेगे भी।
अरे हम 10रु का घड़ा या मटका खरीदते है तो 20 बार ठोक
बजा कर दखते है अंन्दर झांक कर देखते हैं।

अत्यन्त बहुमूल्य कीमती अपने जीवन के लिये और मरने के बाद क्या होगा हम जिस रास्ते पर हम चल रहे है वो सही है कि नही हमने और आपने अपने धर्मो को झांक कर देखा है ठोक बजा कर देखा है
अरे इतनी मेहनत और ताकत ईश्वर को ढूंढने मे लगा दो
तो ईश्वर मिल जाये और हमारा आपका और सब का जीवन
सफल हो जाये।
राजनैतिक दल और सम्प्रदायिक संगठन राजनैतिक लाभ पाने के लिये धर्माे

को आपस मे लड़ा रहे हैं। सारे नेता डकैत है और सहयोगी संगठन भी चोर हैं।

चोर से कहें चोरी करो साहूकार से कहें जागते रहो।

जनता के सामने सबसे धार्मिक प्रवत्ती के ये लोग जब पावर मे आते हैं तो सबसे भ्रष्ट हो जाते है कंहा रही धार्मिकता। और अपनी पीढ़ियो के लिये धन इकठ्ठा कर लेते है। नेता अपने बच्चो को कानवेंन्ट मे पढ़ाये।
और हमे धर्म का पाठ पढ़ाते है हमे कहते है कि सरस्वती स्कूल मे बच्चो को पढ़ाओ संस्कृत पढ़ाओ ताकि हमारे बच्चे अंग्रेजी न पढ़ पायें क्योकि दुनिया का ज्ञान लिटरेचर और कम्प्यूटर सब अंग्रेजी मे है।

अगर हमारे बच्चे ज्ञानी हो गये तो इनकी धकियानूसी कहां चलेगी

आपको मालूम होगा कि चीन अंग्रेजी को कितना महत्व दे रहा है इंग्लिश टीचरो को बुला कर सारी सुविधायें और तगड़ी पेमेन्ट दे रहा है। उसको मालूम है कि अंग्रेजी कितनी महत्व पूर्ण है।