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पूर्णमदः पूर्णमिदम् पूर्णात् पूर्णमुदच्यते |

पूर्णस्य पूर्णमादाय पूर्णमेवावशिष्यते ||

Translated as

This is complete; that too is complete. What this completeness yields itself is complete.

And from this completeness; even if the complete is taken out, what remains is complete.

A verse from the Isha Upnishad which which has intrigued me since childhood. Not only due to the marvelous rhythm of the verse itself (which was the first reason to get attracted to it), but also due to the layers of meanings that one can derive out of it.

The first quarter beautifully states that “Not only this; but even that is complete… Everything around us is complete.” Complete in what sense? I feel it to be complete in manifestation. Complete in its identity. Complete in its reason to exist. What it also indicates is as all are complete; hence all are equal. How is it that everything is complete? It says, “What completeness yields is also complete.” It is a self propagating engine. And hence the source of all completeness, which is also complete, which we (probably naively) call the creator. And if the complete creator, creates us; we too are complete… We too are the manifestations of the same creator… so much so, that we are the creators in our own right.

The last part is the most fascinating. “Even if complete is taken out from the complete, what remains is complete.” Completeness is unharmed, indestructible. Howsoever large part of it do you try to carve out; the complete still remains complete. Whatever you do to the creator, the creator remains unaltered.

I can’t help but bring out the parallel with the concept of infinity. In science and mathematics, whatever you add or subtract to infinity, it remains unaltered.

Irrespective of truth and validity of mythology, the fact remains that some brilliant minds could think and perceive of these ideas thousands of years ago and moreover put them in such beautiful poetic forms. Respect is a small word for them…

Arise! Awake!


Arise! Awake! And stop not till the goal is reached!

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उत्तिष्ठत जाग्रत प्राप्य वरान्निबोधत |

A part of a verse from Katha-Upnishad. Translated and popularised by youth icon Swami Vivekananda. Belated National Youth Day to all Indians.

Glow in Your own Flame


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This is the translation of an inspirational part from an inspirational Bengali song… Ekla Cholo Re… 

O Unfortunate one! If they don’t hold up the flame
If in the thunderous and rainy night, all doors close
Then burn your heart and
Glow in your own flame…

Original Part in Bengali

যদি আলো না ধরে, ওরে ওরে ও অভাগা,
যদি ঝড়-বাদলে আঁধার রাতে দুয়ার দেয় ঘরে-
তবে বজ্রানলে
আপন বুকের পাঁজর জ্বালিয়ে নিয়ে একলা জ্বলো রে।।

Transliteration

Jodi aalo naa dhore, ore ore o abhaagaa, aalo na dhore
Jodi jhor-baadole aadhaara raate duyaar deye ghore-
Tobe bajraanole
aapon buker paajor jaaliye niye ekalaa jolo re

Follow me…


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Don’t follow what I do, but follow what I say…

Because

If you follow what I do, you will only reach as high as me…

And not higher than me.

One of the most beloved piece of advice by my father

Imperishable it is


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न जायते म्रियते वा कदाचिन्
नायं भूत्वा न भविता वा न भूय:।
अजो नित्य​: शाश्वतोऽयं पुराणो
न हन्यते हन्यमाने शरीरे॥

Transliteration

na jāyate mriyate vā kadācin
nāyaṁ bhūtvā bhavitā vā na bhūyaḥ
ajo nityaḥ śāśvato ‘yaṁ purāṇo
na hanyate hanyamāne śarīre

Translation

Neither is it ever born, nor does it ever die
Neither is it recreated as body is born
Birthless, eternal, unaltering, timeless it is
Imperishable it is in the perishable body.

Needless to say, it is the soul which is being talked about here. I sometimes wonder what do they mean by soul? How is it imperishable. The reason I love this shloka (and Gita in general) is that it leaves a scope open for thought and interpretation. I feel that it is the law of nature which is the soul. Unaltered, unborn, unchanging. It manifests itself as everything that surrounds us. And unaffected by the death and birth of the bodies, it persists as the imperishable. The bodies come and go just leaving a mark on the evolution of universe.

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