Morality as truth; devotion as a force for human upliftment–Satyagraha in South Africa.

gandhiinsouthafricaM K. Gandhi introduced a new weapon in the Indians’ campaign for justice. That weapon, satyagraha, was the culmination of a profound development.  The reason why satyagraha found favour among the Indians was that it marshalled their inner most resources, and thereby gave them the dignity which their legal disabilities sought to deny. ‘Satyagraha is soul force pure and simple…’ and that is the way they understood it. It was not weapon of the weak. Source: Gandhi: Satyagraha in South Africa, Nayajivan, Ahmedabad, 1928, pp. 109-15.  Truth (satya) implies love, and firmness (agraha)engenders and therefore serves as a synonym for force.

South Africa Movement.

South Africa Movement.

State Court House

State Court House

Will You Come And Follow Me: God Not A Moralupbringing Alone.

https://moralupbringing.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/01-01-will-you-come-and-follow-me-the-summons1.mp3Will you come and follow me, if I but call your name?Will you go where you don’t know, and never be the same?,Will you let my love be shown?Will you let my name be known,will you let my life be grown,in you and you in me?Will you leave yourself behind if I but call your name? Will you care for cruel and kind and never be the same?Will you risk the hostile stare, should your life attract or scare? Will you let me answer prayer in you and you in me? Will you let the blinded see if I but call your name? Will you set the prisoners free, and never be the same? Will you kiss the leper clean, and do such as this unseen, and admit to what I mean, in you and you in me? Will you love the “you” you hide, if I but call your name? Will you quell the fear inside, and never be the same? Will you use the faith you’ve found, to reshape the world around, through my sight and touch and sound, in you and you in me? Lord your summons echoes true when you but call my name. Let me turn and follow you, and never be the same. In Your company I’ll go where Your love and footsteps show. Thus I’ll move and live and grow in you and you in me.

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Wo Jo Hum Mein Tumme Qaraar Tha: Begum Akhtar Vocalist.

Queen Esther.

Queen Esther.

Palace of worship

Palace of worship.

Dominion of God. Our Lady of Hope, Grace, and Prayer.  .Woh Jo Hum Mein Tum Mein Qaraar Tha, Tumhe Yaad Ho Ke Naa Yaad Ho,Wohi Yaani Waada Nibaah Kaa, Tumhe Yaad Ho Ke Naa Yaad Ho,Woh Jo Lutf Mujh Pe Thae Beshtar, Woh Karam Ke Tha Mere Haal Par,Mujhe Sab Hai Yaad Zaraa Zaraa, Tumhe Yaad Ho Ke Naa Yaad Ho,Woh Naye Gile, Woh Shikaayatein, Woh Maze Maze Ki Hiqaayatein,Woh Har Ek Baath Pe Roothnaa, Tumhe Yaad Ho Ke Naa Yaad Ho, Kabhi Hum Mein Tum Mein Bhi Chah Thi, Kabhi Hum se Tumse bhi raah thi. Kabhi hum bhi tum bhi thae Ashna, Tumhein Yaad Ho Ke Naa Yaad Ho, Jise Aap Ginate thae Ashana, Jise Aap Kehate thae Baavafaa, Main Wahi huun ‘momin-e-mukhtela’, Tumhein Yaad Ho Ke Naa Yaad Ho. Do you remember the truth between us, that made promises we seek? That wonder that lasted between the two of us leading to benevolent will, have you forgotten it all or just pieces of it? Our love mixed in with pride and hurt that through will made stories. Will you let me believe that your piques were just a figment?When we face each other our sight speak volumes to one another. That thread of desire made open to all, do you remember me today Beloved? Opportunity rushes to us and asks for patience, every moment rebuking those it loves the most. Where did that splendor of longing go, it seems that we lost our way even though it was just yesterday that we met do you remember? Listen this conversation between us has gone on for a long time, tell me once and for all do you remember the agreement between us, Beloved? That agreement is now ruined because you never agreed to any thing I said.Yet even ruin was enveloped in beauty such is the strength of belonging between us. Do you recall our vows to each other now? You counted me as a friend and called me faithful, I am that poet embraced in this will. Do you remember Beloved?

Ana B’Ko’ach, Entering the Heavenly Halls of the Letters. (A Kabbalistic Prayer.)

Heavenly hall of letters.

Heavenly hall of letters.

Synagogue, Persia, now Iran.

Synagogue, Persia, now Iran.

Poet: Shakeel Badayuni. Abhi na jaon chord kar. Do not leave yet. Vocalist Akriti aka Shreya Ghoshal.

Abhi na jaaon chord kar ke dhil abhi bhara nahin – Abhi abhi tho aaye ho bahar banke chhaye ho hawa zara mehek tho le nazar zara behek tho le ye shaam dhal tho le zara ye dhil samhal tho le zara main thori dhair jee tho luun nashe ke ghuunt pi tho luun nashe ke ghunt pi tho luun abhi tho kuchh kaha nahin abhi tho kuchh suna nahin abhi na jaaon chord kar ke dhil abhi bhara nahin .adhuri aas… -chordke adhuri pyas chord ke Jo roz yuun hi jaaoge tho kis tharha nibhaoge Ke zindigi ki rahon mein jawan dhilon ki chah mein kayee maqam aayenge jo humko azmayenge bura na mano baath ka ye pyar hai gila nahin Nahin nahin nahin nahin abhi na jaaon chord kar ke dhil abhi bhara nahin.Don’t abandon me yet as my soul is empty. I have come to you as glory. Let the uprising play to its fullness until this world pays attention to you. This evening’s destiny is on the table for all humanity to partake of.  I have been waiting to live for just one more moment drunk in longing. Still there is no response. You have yet to hear. The stars sparkle in the sky and the road opens ahead.  Sometimes this is how you are when my heart is never full. Let go of harassment and do not take from me the promise that beckoned. If I stop now I will never be able to leave. If you do so, this is how you will always be remembered. Wherever there is distraught do not O Lord make it a will of your own. Stop taking offense when all I asked for was love not theft. Leaving this strange place leaving this home how will I survive O God when everything you have built is lost. Life’s journey has been misplaced and its desperation revealed in the eyes of children. There will be many false beginnings before truth is made known. These are not stories of hate but of longing for truth.

In Memorium-Ofra Haza-Im nin’alu–Forever Young.

woman with green braceletIm nin’alu daltei nedivim Daltei marom lo nin’alu Im nin’alu Im nin’alu …El chai El chai

Rabindranath Tagore (Nobel Laureate): Ekla Cholo Re By Suchitra Mitra and Sarod (instrumental) Accompaniment. I walk alone.

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Boondaniya Saban-Raag Shudh Kedar-Pandit Bhimsen Joshi. Kedar-Pure offering of servant in distress not.

Mor Kare Shor. Peacocks making a loud noise.

Mor Kare Shor. Peacocks making rain showers.

The Land of Longing. Rabbinic Judaism unfolding.

The Land of Longing. Rabbinic Judaism unfolding.

Saban ki bundaniya,barsat ghan ghore bijari chamakat dhamakat, daas nanila nalita rajat,mor kare shor, saban ki bundaniya barsat ghan ghore…saban ki…In its season, the drops of rain cover the earth. Lightning illumines the sky making everyday bright.  The servant of God is pleased.  In season of the peacocks raindrops will cover the earth.