Re: [racchabanda] రచ్చబండ కవితలు


Good to hear all this dear Lyla.

Living life as it comes and to the extent on one's own terms is a luxury few could afford.
Live to the hilt - the best way, in you own way! And bless you.

Warmest regards

On Monday, 29 April, 2019, 11:42:35 pm IST, [racchabanda] <> wrote:


I am in very good moods. And I am in very bad moods. 

I am listening to the live concerts of so many undergrad students of music. They play so well, with great understanding of so many composers. And I can't do half as much as they can do. So I admire them. I appreciate them. Yet I envy them. And I get depressed. This love-hate, elation-depression swings continue, and I advance in my studies. When I express my sorrow, my teacher cheers me up saying, you don't even remember how far you have travelled. Remember I started you off with the western music alphabet. You are playing musically now. Then I am elated, and I go with my head in the clouds.

I am also writing a Telugu essay. It already went thru several changes. As I write, there is no paper that I can dramatically tear up and throw into a waste basket. Roll another sheet of paper into my type writer and bang on. No such theatricals can happen with my desk top computer. Each time I call up a blank word document and work on some of my changing thoughts.

When I tire with Telugu keyboard, I go to the piano keyboard, learn a few more bars of music. Or have some idle conversation with a family member. And I get back to my books, my computer in the library, start writing.

I do hope to post this Telugu essay, on Rb. It can be in a few hours, or it can be in a few days. Who knows?

It is one beautiful day after another in Naples. Bunches of big colorful dates are hanging down from the palms. The gardens are in full bloom. The pubs and bars are full of snowbirds.  Farewells are being said to them by the year rounders' over dinners and drinks. There is always this urge to stay outdoors, next to the ocean hanging out with friends, doing nothing, and never come back home. The spirit of Lotus eaters of Tennyson dominates all the spirits that reside in me.


Have a nice week friends! - Lyla


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Mon Apr 29, 2019 9:28 pm (PDT) . Posted by:


As a lump of sugar sweetens every drop of water in the cup, seeing through the eyes of love makes everyone friendly and charming. The simple milkmaids of Gokul saw each other as Krishna; such was their overwhelming love for the Divine Incarnation. The Bhagavata, where their love and the love of many other devotees of the Lord are described, is a text-book of Divine Love, Bhakti. Begin loving service, this day this moment. Each act will urge you to the next, for the thrill is so inspiring. The act of service is to be judged not by advertisement or the cost spent. The need of the recipient, the feeling (bhava) of the person who serves - these decide whether the act is gold or lead. Fill every act of yours with Love. Let no one suffer the slightest pain as a result of your thought, word or deed. Let this be your Sadhana. It will surely help you to achieve the Goal.

Mon Apr 29, 2019 9:36 pm (PDT) . Posted by:


The prompting inside an individual to love one's mother is an expression of the Divine Nature in that person. If there was no spark of the Divine in the person, they would not have loved at all. A person who loves another individual is a theist, whether they go to a temple or church, or not. You proceed from the known to the unknown. Then that love expands in ever widening circles, until it covers all nature! In its pure form, even plucking a leaf from a tree may affect you that you will think twice! The green vitality of the tree is a sign of the Divine Will, which sends its roots deep into the soil. The roots keep the tree safe from storms, holding it fast against the violent tug of the wind. So too, if the roots of love in an individual goes down into the spring of the Divine in them, no storm of suffering can shake them.

Mon Apr 29, 2019 9:38 pm (PDT) . Posted by:


Why must you compete and quarrel? One of you may be working in an office, another in a shop, third in the press – how does it matter? Do not feel that your role is low and another person's high. Do not be depressed when you find your role is minor; do not be proud when you discover that your role is a major one. Give your best to whatever role is allotted to you. Engage in sadhana with devotion, discipline and a sense of duty. That is the way to earn Grace Why should you be as intensely fascinated by materialistic desires? When will you strive to gain the eternal, infinite, and universal? One day, you must give up the body you have fed and fostered. How long can you keep all that you have earned and possessed with pride? Trivial thoughts and desires award only sorrow; holy thoughts and desires award divine peace. Cultivate good and beneficial feelings and desires..

Mon Apr 29, 2019 9:41 pm (PDT) . Posted by:


Food is the medicine for the illness of hunger; water, for thirst; for the disease of Birth-Death-Cycle (bhava-roga), Bhagawan is the medicine. for the disease of desire, Jnana is the specific. For the disease of doubt, despair and hesitation, which are the occupational diseases of spiritual aspirants, the most effective remedy isparopakara (doing good to others). For the major infection ofashanti (anxiety and restlessness), the course of treatment isbhajan. It is to provide these remedies to the sufferers that the organisation has to dedicate itself. The organisations must be such that members find them congenial places to deepen their Sadhana, to cultivate their virtues and to overcome their ego, by contact with workers who are free from the least trace of that deadly poison. If this is achieved, their success is certain.

Mon Apr 29, 2019 9:43 pm (PDT) . Posted by:


I feel hurt when anyone calls India deficient or poor. It may be that some people are unaware of the methods of becoming rich or may not care to adopt them. But most people know the means of getting inner peace. You should demonstrate through your lives that spiritual discipline makes one happier and more courageous to fight the battle of life. This is your great good fortune, indeed. The world is suffering today from too much knowledge; virtue has not increased in proportion to the advances of knowledge. That is the root cause of the misery in human society. Of the two tyres of the vehicle that humanity is riding, the tyre of Divinity (Brahman) is flat, and it must be filled by pumping the Lord's Name into it. You cannot drive very far with a flat tyre. Therefore, join holy association, cultivate good activities, and derive joy therefrom!

Mon Apr 29, 2019 9:33 pm (PDT) . Posted by:

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Mon Apr 29, 2019 9:37 pm (PDT) . Posted by:


The mind's complaining about a problem is often a bigger problem than the problem itself When the weather is bad, say, too cold, we all are inconvenienced. But some people start complaining repeatedly, "It's so cold, it's so cold, it's so cold." Over time, their continuous complaining becomes more irritating than the cold itself. To keep our sanity and clarity, we need to move away and stay away from such complainers.

Unfortunately, we all have such a chronic complainer right inside us: our mind. When we face some problem, especially some problem that leaves us with little power to rectify it, our mind starts complaining, "This is terrible, terrible, terrible." It becomes like a stuck audio player replaying the same track endlessly. Hearing that unrelenting track, we start becoming more and more discouraged till we stop even trying to do anything constructive. The Bhagavad-gita (06.34) states that relentlessness is one of the attributes of the mind that makes it almost unmanageable.
How can we deal with the mind? We can't move away or stay away from the mind, but we can choose to focus on something else.
Returning to the starting example of the weather and the complainer, suppose we are focused and absorbed in working on something important. That absorption can make us transcend both the weather and the complaining. And just as absorption can help us neglect outer complainers, so it can help us neglect inner complainers too.
We all need to cultivate absorption in something bigger than ourselves. Bhakti wisdom offers us the highest purpose by helping us connect with Krishna, develop faith in his plan for us, and shape us to become instruments in his plan for our and everyone's ultimate welfare. Once we start sensing his presence and benevolence in our life, even if the problems persist, we start neglecting and transcending our mind's complaining.
Think it over:
How can the mind's complaining magnify a problem? How can absorption in Krishna protect us from the mind's complaining? What does your mind complain the most about? What can you most easily absorb yourself in?

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Mon Apr 29, 2019 9:45 pm (PDT) . Posted by:


If conscience doesn't create a barrier between impulse and indulgence, intelligence must Suppose a river tends to overflow unpredictably, flooding the nearby areas. To protect those areas, a barrier would be constructed on the riverbank.

Similarly, in the river of our consciousness, unhealthy impulses sometimes rise as floods. Such impulses push us toward indulgences that are degenerate and destructive. Often these impulses come so suddenly that we end up indulging without even realizing what we are doing. To protect ourselves, we need barriers.
Our conscience is meant to serve as a natural barrier. How? By emotionally pinching us when we start doing something wrong and emotionally patting us when we start doing something right. Whenever an unhealthy impulse rises, a functional conscience immediately makes us feel bad and deters us from indulgence.
Sometimes however, our conscience becomes disoriented or dumbed. If we have grown up in a licentious culture, then our conscience, being culturally disoriented, may no longer flag wrong things as wrong. Or if we have repeatedly indulged in something unhealthy, such habitual indulgence can numb and dumb our conscience.
When our conscience doesn't act as a barrier to impulse, we need to create an alternative barrier. How? With our intelligence. Pertinently, the Bhagavad-gita (05.22) states that the intelligent desist from sensual indulgence, knowing that such pleasures are temporary and end in misery.
How can use our intelligence as a barrier for a particular impulse? With our intelligence, we can note down the dangers of pandering to that impulse, and keep those notes readily, constantly accessible. Whenever that unhealthy impulse arises, we can train ourselves to look at those notes and thereby get the intellectual impetus to resist that impulse.
By thus using our intelligence to resist impulse and simultaneously pursue transcendence – specifically, the all-attractive divine – we can gradually repair our conscience, weaken our impulses and relish devotional absorption.
Think it over:
How does our conscience serve as a natural barrier against impulse? How can we use our intelligence to build an inner barrier? List any impulses for which your conscience no longer pinches you. For those impulses, how can you use your intelligence to act as a barrier?

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Mon Apr 29, 2019 9:45 pm (PDT) . Posted by:


Opening the mouth without opening the mind helps neither the mouth nor the mind We all have had to sometimes bite our words. On seeing or hearing something, we made a snap judgment and spoke words that we later realized were wrong, sometimes even grievously wrong.

Such missteps happen because we voice our opinions and judgments about others without considering where they are coming from. We act based on our preconceptions about how things are meant to be or about how people are.
How can we overcome our preconceptions? By learning to open our mind before we open our mouth. This indeed is the essence of the austerity of speech recommended in Bhagavad-gita (17.15), which urges us to speak beneficial truth non-agitatingly and pleasingly.
To speak thus, we need to open our mind before we open our mouth.
To open our mind means to see things from others' perspective, to try to put ourselves in their shoes, to give them a fair chance to tell their side of the story, to be ready to give them as much benefit of doubt as we would want them to give us if situations were reversed.
Opening our mind needs effort, however. It requires that we come out of our conceptual comfort zones where things exist in convenient categories of black and white and confront discomforting realities where things exist in multiple shades of grey.
Comparatively speaking, opening our mouth is much easier – we can pat ourselves on the back for having put people in their places in our pre-fabricated compartments of black and white. However, such attitudes and actions only keep us both mentally and verbally undisciplined.
If we become ready to strive to open our minds, we learn so much about people and things; we grow in wisdom and insight; and we speak words that persuade, not alienate.

Think it over:
Why do we have to sometimes bite our words? What does opening our mind mean? Why is opening our mind tougher than opening our mouth?

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Mon Apr 29, 2019 9:46 pm (PDT) . Posted by:


To see our own stupidity, unvarnished and unjustified, is infuriating and invigorating When someone we care for does something stupid, they often try to hide it from us, either denying it entirely or concealing it under various varnishes. But when we come to know clearly what they have done, we feel infuriated and invigorated. Infuriated at how they could have done something like that and invigorated with concern to protect them from repeating their idiocy.

We need to similarly confront ourselves. In our mind and senses, we all have self-destructive desires that make us act foolishly. Under their spell, we often spend huge amounts of time, energy and money on sensual pleasures that are fleeting, unfulfilling and even degrading.
However, we don't usually see such indulgences as a colossal waste because we hide our stupidity from ourselves. Or rather, the same self-destructive desire that misleads our senses and mind also misleads our intelligence (Bhagavad-gita 03.41). Such a corrupted intelligence prevents us from taking a hard look at ourselves; it either denies our wrongdoings entirely or conceals them under various justifications and rationalizations.
On some occasions, however, we are brought face-to-face with the harsh realities of what we are doing and where we are heading. Such occasions usually come when the consequences of our actions hit us, or when we study scripture and look at ourselves through the eyes of scripture. At those times, all the varnishing and justification fall aside, and our actions stand before us, exposed in their folly. Such moments can be infuriating ("How could I have been so dumb?") and invigorating ("I am never going to let this happen again.")
Channeling the energy of such anger and vigor, we use our intelligence – or rather, the part of the intelligence that is uncorrupted – to connect with the supreme spiritual reality, thereby freeing ourselves from those stupefying desires (03.43).
Think it over:
How do we hide our stupidity from ourselves? How are we brought face-to-face with our stupidity? Is there anything you need to confront yourself about?

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Mon Apr 29, 2019 9:48 pm (PDT) . Posted by:


Insight comes by catching sight of the link between things already in sight If we find some people's talks insightful, we may wonder, "How do they get such insights?"

Insightfulness may be an inborn gift in some, but we all can develop it by conscious effort.
'Insight' can refer to catching sight of things that are themselves invisible, but link things already in sight. On seeing those links, multiple discrete things click into a coherent whole, leading to a delightful aha moment.
Aha moments are valuable and pleasurable in any area of life. But they are especially empowering if they help us make sense of life itself, as is done by spiritual knowledge. Let's see how. What are life's fundamental truths already in sight? We all have two deep longings: to live forever and to love forever. But we can't do either: we can't live or love forever because our and our loved ones' lives are terminated by death.
What insight can link our immortal longing and our mortal living? The Gita insight that real life beckons us at the spiritual level, beyond the death that besets all things material. There, we as souls live forever and love forever the all-attractive supreme soul, Krishna. When this insight animates our devotional journey, we become purposeful in moving toward Krishna through life's various ups and downs.
Extending this link to life's various areas, insight can come by linking knowledge in any area with the object of that knowledge. Pertinently, the Bhagavad-gita (13.18) explains that Krishna is knowledge, the object of knowledge and the objective of knowledge.
When we connect our consciousness with Krishna by practicing bhakti-yoga, we start catching sight of the link between all things and Krishna. Gradually, various places, people, events, emotions and experiences start falling in place as parts of Krishna's plan, thereby making our life sublimely insightful.
Think it over:
How can insights give us aha moments? How can spiritual knowledge provide us insight? What insight has recently inspired you? What points did it link together?

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Mon Apr 29, 2019 9:43 pm (PDT) . Posted by:


Because of their lust for authority
men are in constant turmoil. Those
in authority are ever fighting to
maintain it, those out of authority
are ever struggling to snatch it from
the hands of those who hold it. Believe
that no authority is worth the flutter
of an eyelash, except the authority of
Holy Understanding which is priceless.
(Mikhail Naimy)
सत्ता की लालसा(भूख) के कारण मनुष्य निरन्तर
व्याकुल रहते हैं। जो सत्ता में है वे उसे बनाये
रखने के लिये सदा लड़ते रहते हैं, जिनके पास
नही है वे सत्ताधारियों के हाथों से इसे छीनने
के लिये सदा संघर्षरत रहते हैं। विश्वास करो,
किसी भी सत्ता का रत्ती भर मूल्य नही है,

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