Monday, February 28, 2011

My Friend

When life needs courage
He is there to lend

When life's patch is rough
He stays till the end

When life is broke
He is there to mend

That, my dear angel,
is my love, my friend

Credit: God, Shirley Veliz Cruz

Shirley asked me today to write a poem on friendship. So this was it!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Have you stolen this?

One who has seen truth
Does not need to lie,
One who owns this world
will steal, tell me why?

- Shiv

Credit: God

I posted this picture on facebook, and someone asked me "You have stolen this from a Tokyo drift film, haven't you?"

El verdadero Amor

A amar con todo tu corazón;
Amor con toda pasión
A amar con toda tu alma
Amor sin ninguna razón

Which means,

To love with all your heart
Love with every passion
To love with all your soul
Love without any reason

Credit: God, Maria Jose Contreras

Maria said:

ama sin razon,
ama con corazon,
ama con el alma,
y con toda la pasion

which means,

Love without reason,
love with heart,
love with the soul,
and with all the passion

Hukam - His Will

The truth is spoken By His Will
No one else does have a say
Through His Will begins all life
His Will makes small or great

His Will brings high or low stature
His Will is what brings joy and pain
In his Will are those in peace
In his Will too wandering in vain

Everyone everywhere in His Will
Without His Will there is no one
And once His Will is understood
Says Nanak "I" becomes defunct

- Shiv

Previous: Path to Peace - Guru Nanak (Japji 1)

Credit: God, Guru Nanak (Japji Sahib, Pauri 2)

Earlier Version:

In His Will is the body
one does not have a say
In His Will comes life
And Will makes it great
High or low stature
Willed is joy and pain
Willed are in peace
Willed wandering in vain
Willed is everyone
Without Will no one
once this is understood
The "I" becomes defunct

Hukam Rajai - Surrender to Wll!

Thinking does not unthaw truth
by churning thoughts tier on tier
Silencing scarcely brings silence
by sitting soundless year after year

Hunger will still linger no matter
how many heaps are hoarded here
Like flickers of candles in the wind
the best of wits will disappear

What is then the light of truth
whose brillance makes the path clear
Living in grace inspite of darkness
and singing His song everywhere

- Shiv

Next: His Will (Japji 2)- Guru Nanak

Previous: Truth Meditation

Credit: God, Guru Nanak (Japji Sahib, Pauri 1)


Guru Nanak says "Hukum Rajai Chalana". Hukum is "order", Rajai is "accepting" or "satisfied" and Chalana is "Walk" ... In your order I walk satisfied. Or simply, I sing in your grace!

So two alternatives for the last stanza:

How will I see the light of truth
and remove falsehood's dark layer?
In His game by accepting His rules,
and being now a joyful player

What is then the light of truth
whose brillance makes the path clear
Living in grace inspite of darkness
and singing His song everywhere

I chose the second one,

An earlier version of the poem:

Thinking doesnt bring rest
having thoughts a-million
Silencing doesnt bring peace
sitting silent years a-million
Hunger is not filled by stashing
piles of cash a-million
Like candles in the wind
temporary wits a-million
how to attain truth
and remove dark falsehood?
By singing His Will
and being thankful!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Wake up sleepy head!

This morning,
the sun of truth
rose through
the window of my heart
and quite annoyingly
giving me a jolt
screamed at me
loud and clear:

"Yo sleepy head
the morning has come
it is a new day
filled with new hope
what has never happened before
will happen today
O soul
its time now
wake up!"

- Shiv

Credit: God, My dear guru

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The light of Guru Nanak's Truth

How fortunate am I
The supreme giver
has infinite mercy upon me
and brought to me
none other than
my dear Guru Nanak
so he can guide me.

My Guru meets everyone
with a peculiar humility
strange to our world
Despite knowing so much
he brings no Ego along.
He learns freely from those
who are spiritually gifted
He shows me that the path
to attain spiritual freedom
to attain perfect bliss
is to learn from the learned
with utmost humility.
How fortunate am I

He travels many million miles
he travels far and wide
and and when his feet are washed
Particles of his noble ways
turn the wash water
into sweet ambrosial nectar
a drop of which I get to drink
How fortunate am I

With that luminious drop
all fog starts to disappear
Himself my dear Guru shows me
there is no difference betwee
one who knows everything
and the mysterious one
that no one can fully fathom
How fortunate am I

This world of ours has
those of different religions
and as many opinions,
those of disparate social strata;
some rich live the lives of king
others, paupers, just survive
they have all, in one drop.,
through his blessed vision
become ONE for me
How fortunate am I

At times when
everything looks dark
he lights my path
with the torch of the
mantra of truth, Satnam.
A drop of his light
has the immense power
to shine my heart.
My dear Guru Nanank
has removed my darkness
How fortunate am I
How fortunate am I

Credit: God, Guru Nanak, Bhai Gurdas
More info:

"Guru Nanak" in Raag Bageshri:

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Waterlillies In My Soul's Lake

I look vainly, out for serenity
on the San Francisco bay
to Golden gate, pale red laid,
in a foggy mist of grey.

Even glowing bulbs at night
glistening its curvacious sight
are only momentarily bright

much to my dismay.

My poor heavy heart's gate
is finally thrown open by
whats gushing true, a red hue,
that forever plans to stay.

Awakening me, the creator Sun,
is the very same old one
that on my soul now shines
hope of an early summer day.

Having driven the fog clear then
He himself makes my karmic hay.
And now awake, in my soul's lake,
are waterlillies of Monet.

- Shiv

Credit: God, Guru Nanak, Robert Haydn
Inspiration:Waterlillies by Robert Hayden:

Monet was a famous impressionist painter; one of his famous paintings is "Waterlillies"
Waterlillies are a symbol of pure beauty.
Waterlillies "wake" during the day and apear dead at night.
Karmic is from "karma"
Water lillies stay beautiful despite growing around dirt.

My thinking behind this poem:

This poem is my description of the feeling before and after singing Ekonkar.

I look at the the symbol of freedom, the golden gate bridge, but it is fogged. Even when it has lights decorating it, it is not so beautiful because they do not stay forever. They come and go as night flows into day.

But then Ekonkar enters my heart. It wakes me up! Like the Golden gate its hue is red; but it is alive, it gushes in, it does not get fogged or dark. It has come to stay forever.

The question of karma is thrown out of the window. I don't need to make 'karmic' hay when the sun shines. I don't need to worry about doing good. Ekonkar handles my karma.

Ekonkar shines on my soul like sunlight first rays. It freshens like an early summer day. Making the lake of my soul beautiful like water lillies that open with the sun. But not any water lillies. These are the waterlillies in Monet's painting: classic, beautiful, and immortal ... just like its creator created them.

True beauty is found residing inside, not the temporary beauty that physically surrounds you.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Come my love, come!

Come my love, come.
Come my love, come.

Your priceless laugh
has stayed with me
My heart you've taken
but its ache is still with me

My love is lost
My eyes tiresome
Come my love, come.
Come my love, come.

So very pretty
is your love's trick
so what if it
made my soul sick

I do not know
What will happen
My eyes still call
Come my love, come.

- Shiv

Credit: God
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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Warmth of Love

Warmth of Love:

My heart dark in winters chill
Was icicle topped, cold and still
Your warm eyes sent love's ray
It sings and along with ice, melts away

Credit: God, Jules Verne

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Simple Heart - Bulleh Shah

"Simple Heart" on a stone by D. Goth

You seek knowledge
of a thousand books
your simple heart
You have read not

You've barged into
temples and mosques
Your pious heart
you've entered not

You've tried your best
to fight some Satan
your evil thoughts
You have not fought

You've tried your best
to catch some heaven
what lives in your heart
you have not caught

Inspired by: God, Bulleh Shah

Where is God found? - Bulleh Shah

If God was found
by taking sacred baths
then God would be
found by fishes and frogs

If God was found
roaming in the wild
then God would been
found by beasts and hogs

If God was found
by going to the mosque
then God would be
found by ants in its walls

Bulleh shah says
God is found
living in the goodness
of pure heart throbs

Inspiration: God, "Je Rab Milda" by Bulleh Shah