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

कितना आवश्यक है हिन्दी में अंग्रेजी शब्दों का बढता प्रयोग ?

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हिन्दी दैनिक जनसत्ता में प्रकाशित एक पत्र में अभिषेक त्रिपाठी ने कुछ विद्वानों के इस प्रस्ताव पर टिप्पणी की है कि यदि हिन्दी भाषा में अंग्रेजी आदि भाषाओं से शब्द मिला लिए जाएँ, तो इसे अधिक समृद्ध बनाया जा सकता है । Continue reading

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Reference: The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda

 

The Best Way To Pay Tribute To Your Teachers

29601829611_8d3c9d7d5b_nSo, you celebrated Independence Day, then threw the flags on the roadside alongwith the cloak of patriotism that you wore throughout the day; tied the Rakhi on Rakshabandhan and then threw away the thread in dustbin and alongwith it all affection and memories of your relationship; you have already swept clean your home temple of the decoration you did for Janmashtami, and with it washed away everything that the Lord taught and stood for. And now you are ready once again to celebrate yet another festival in line — Teachers’ Day, perhaps the only festival which is celebrated all over the country on a grand scale without any use of colours, crackers or controversies. We love our teachers, we hate our teachers, we love to hate our teachers. Continue reading

ये क्या देखता हूँ

रचनाकार — प्रदीप बहुगुणा ‘दर्पण’

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ये क्या देखता हूँ

किसी बुरी शै का असर देखता हूं ।
जिधर देखता हूं जहर देखता हूं ।।

रोशनी तो खो गई अंधेरों में जाकर ।
अंधेरा ही शामो सहर देखता हूं ।। Continue reading