Monthly Archives: October 2018

The Song Lives On: Looking Back At The Gita

7325996116_9995f40082_nIt is said that a classic is a book which has never finished saying what it has to say. Admirers and followers of the Gita say the same thing, i.e., even after years of study and analysis, every time someone reads the scripture, new meanings and messages come out of it. It is always fresh, always new. I do not oppose this assertion, and my only concern has always been that Indians have always considered Gita as a symbol or a label, to take oath in courts, as a token to prove their religious nature, truthfulness, attachment to duty and so on. Very few people ever take the trouble to open it and see what actually is written on those pages. Treatment of Gita is no different from that of Swami Vivekananda — the moment children or youth open their messages, their parents become afraid that they are going to become monks! And of course, parents’ own desires and ambitions are attached to the children, so why would they allow that to happen? Continue reading

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Reference: UP cabinet clears proposal to rename Allahabad as Prayagraj, The Indian Express, October 16, 2018.

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हम सब भारतवासी भाई-बहन हैं !

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मुझे अपनी मित्रमण्डली में चल रही एक विशेष विषय पर बातचीत याद आ रही है । आप तो जानते ही हैं, विवाहित मित्रों की एक ही तो समस्या होती है — अपने अविवाहित रह गए मित्रों का विवाह । और मेरी समस्या थी कि जब भी मैं किसी कन्या को पसंद आता, वह झट-से मुझे अपना भाई बना लेती — ‘तुम्हारी शक्ल मेरे भाई से मिलती है’ । फिर जैसे हिन्दू लोग मूर्ति को ईश्वर मानकर उसकी पूजा करते हैं, उसी प्रकार मुझे अपने भाई का प्रतीक मानकर राखी आदि बाँधने लगतीं । और हम न इधर के रहे न उधर के — असली भाई तो थे ही नहीं, और संबंधी भी बन नहीं पाए । जब असली भाई आ गया, तो हमें सुरेश वाडकर का गाना सुनने के लिए छोड दिया गया — साँझ ढले गगन तले हम कितने एकाकी . . . । Continue reading