Weekly Photo Challenge – Comfort

Comfort for me- My home, my family, mountains, sky, clouds, and my prayers. Let me illustrate using pictures as it is meant to be… :)

Me in my mother's pure and never-changing comfort-This is my favorite picture

The beautiful flowers and peaceful mountain sky.

Lying on the comfort of a soft blanket and looking towards the mountains, esp. in winters.

The words on that paper form a beautiful prayer. Click on the picture to read it.

Thanks to good God, I am lucky enough to know what comfort is. I hope everyone in this world knows it too. God bless everyone. :)

To Afridi, with Love [by Maheen Sadiq]

I came across this article (which is actually a letter) today on Facebook via a friend (J.J.) of mine. I found it really touching. Such lovely words. It really is worth sharing.

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To Afridi, with Love ~ by Maheen Sadiq

There’s a lot to be said about the cricket tournament, especially our match against India. And it has a lot more to do with Misbah-ul-Haq and Umar Gul’s bad luck, and Sachin Tendulkar’s good fortune.

Cricket speaks to our nation in a way our government never has.

And Shahid Afridi addressed the nation in a way our president never has – unselfish, genuine, modest. So when Afridi apologized to Pakistan, millions listened and were humbled by the gesture. Our eyes filled with tears and our hearts with love and strange kind of sorrow. Shahid Afridi, you need not apologize to the nation. We are proud of you and our entire cricket team! You didn’t bring back the cup, but any excitement, any happiness, any hope that Pakistanis have felt in the past few months is because of your brilliance. We’ve been hearing a lot of “Pakistan needs something to celebrate,” but Continue reading

God- It’s Not Just A Three-Letter Word.

Following are some “universal” quotations I came across today:

“Divine Mystery” :)

Reference: Times of India, 18.03.2011.

God Bless everyone. :)

Hor Vi Neevan Ho – Noori

Hor Vi Neevan Ho. This phrase means: “Bow your head down even further (in humility)”

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Sufi-folk genre is one of my favourites. And Noori brothers [Ali Noor & Ali Hamza] have given us (again) such an awesome song via Coke Studio.

Awesome work. One of the best parts? The Veena played by their mother. And lyrics are so inspiring. I would encourage you to listen to it fully along with the lyrics.

 

Here is the song + video:

 

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do when every time I listen to it. Mesmerizing!  :)

 

Prayers and Rituals

Every religion has rituals associated with it, esp, Hinduism. They have been followed and performed by religious people for hunderds of years. They are considered as ways to show God our love and prayers. Many of the rituals have been continuously modified among generations. I was brought up in a very religious family. But now being a science person too, I have observed that these rituals are more of some RULES than being simple prayers. I mean people get tensed and scared if they don’t follow them, thinking that God will get angry and will not listen to their prayers and will punish them. I am not strictly against rituals, I respect them, but honestly, I don’t follow them on daily basis (I have my own rituals ;) ). What people have forgotten is that our “deeds” are our prayers to God and not those rituals. People visit temples, mosques, gurudwaras,… do bhajan-kirtans, etc, but are not even conscious of how they behave with other people. Prayers should be spontaneuos.

Here is one article which so beautifully describes what I need and want to say:

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A Spontaneous Love
(Talk: Osho)

Iam against rituals, but that does not mean that a religious person cannot go into a ritual. But when a religious person goes into a ritual, it is not a ritual at all. His heart is in it; then his words have wings. I am against the ritual when there is no heart in it.

Here’s a story about Moses. He was passing through a forest. He saw a man praying. But the man who was praying was saying such absurd things that he could not go further. He had to stop the man. What he was saying was profane, sacrilegious. He was saying: “God, you must be feeling sometimes very alone – i can come and be always with you like a shadow. I will give you a good bath. I am a shepherd. And i will take all the lice from your hair and your body…”     Lice? Moses could not believe his ears: “What is he talking about?”     Moses stopped him and said, “Listen! What kind of prayer is this? What are you doing? To whom are you talking? Lice in God’s hair? He needs a bath? And you are saying ‘I will rub your body and make it absolutely clean’? Stop this nonsense. This is not prayer. God will be offended by you.”     Looking at Moses, the man fell at his feet. He said, “I am sorry. I am an illiterate, ignorant man. I don’t know how to pray. Please, you teach me!”     So Moses taught him the right way to pray, and he was very happy because he had put a man on the right track. Happy, puffed up in his ego, Moses went away.     And when he was alone in the forest, a thundering voice came from the sky and said, “Moses, I have sent you into the world to bring people to me, to bridge people with me, but not to take my lovers away from me. And that’s exactly what you have done. That man is one of the most intimate to me. Go back! Apologise. Take your prayer back! You have destroyed the whole beauty of his dialogue. His love is true. Whatsoever he was saying, he was saying from his heart. It was not a ritual. Now what you have given to him is just a ritual. He will repeat it but it will be only on the lips; it will not be out of his being.”

Don’t learn empty gestures. Let your gestures be alive, spontaneous. Otherwise, deep down you know that this is a ritual, deep down you know that this is just a formality you are performing. And if that is your feeling inside, what is the point of going into it?

I am against rituals because they have killed the spirit of religion in the world. But I am not saying don’t pray, but let the prayer arise. Let it be of your own. Don’t repeat it parrot-like. I am not against rules, but the rules should arise out of your understanding. They should not be imposed from the outside. I am not against discipline, but discipline should not be slavery. All true discipline is selfdiscipline. Only disciplined people become free, but their discipline is obedience to their own inner voice. Let your own awareness decide your lifestyle, life-pattern. Don’t allow anybody else to decide it. If you do, your life will remain superficial, it will be hypocrisy.
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Rituals are man-made, while God is in FAITH, LOVE, GOODNESS, and HOPE.

Keep loving! :)

If we…

Even if we cannot be the solution,
let us at least be the solace.
Even if we cannot help, let us not harm.
Even if we cannot solve the problem,
let us not cause the problem.
Even if we cannot be the accelerant,
let us not be a retardant.

If you can be the pain balm
of the battered souls,
rather being the cause of headache,
the world will come in search of you.

With compassion in words and actions,
help every man to find his solutions
and this world will belong to you.

“Frozen Thoughts”

When things get hard

Whenever things get hard, I always think of this lovely prayer. It is written by the Egyptian Sufi master Dhu’I-Nun. I read it in the book “Like the Flowing River” (Paulo Coelho). It goes like this-

—— O God, when I listen to the voices of the animals, to the sound of the trees, the murmur of the water, the singing of the birds, to the rushing of the wind or to the rumble of thunder, I see in them evidence of Your unity; I feel that You are supreme power, supreme knowledge, supreme wisdom, supreme justice.

O God, I also recognize You in the difficulties I am experiencing now. God, let Your satisfaction be my satisfaction, and let me be Your joy, the joy that a Father takes in his child. And let me remember You with calmness and determination, even when it is hard for me to say: I love You. ——-