English Literature – Weekly Column☆ Samudramanthanam – 22 – Umbrella ☆ Mr. Ashish Kumar

Mr Ashish Kumar

(It is difficult to comment about young author Mr Ashish Kumar and his mythological/spiritual writing.  He has well researched Hindu Philosophy, Science and quest of success beyond the material realms. I am really mesmerized.  I am sure you will be also amazed.  We are pleased to begin a series on excerpts from his well acclaimed book  “Samudramanthanam” .  According to Mr Ashish  “Samudramanthanam is less explained and explored till date. I have tried to give broad way of this one of the most important chapter of Hindu mythology. I have read many scriptures and take references from many temples and folk stories, to present the all possible aspects of portrait of Samudramanthanam.”  Now our distinguished readers will be able to read this series on every Saturday.)    

Amazon Link – Samudramanthanam 

☆ Weekly Column – Samudramanthanam – 22 – Umbrella ☆ 

Then former king of heaven ‘Varuna’ came in front of all and said, “Indira you know better that I am the best king of Sura and heaven but destiny has made you king of heaven. You are asking how rain is falling without your permission. Are you forgetting that once all the water of universe including water of rain was in my custody? Now as Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu made you king, they have also taken right of fresh water from me and now I am only the god of ocean water. So, this rain is generated by my ocean water because here everyone has got something or other thing but I haven’t got anything.”

Lord Brahma said, “Varuna, your argue and way is not the way of Devtas. You know that this churning will be helpful for Sura, Asura, sages, animals, birds in short for all live creatures of universe and you are doing wrong to disturb this churning by making ocean rain. And the point of gift which are coming as the byproduct of churning so it is our promise that next gem whatever it will emerge from this ocean ‘Kshirasāgara’ will belong to ‘Varuna’ only. Sura or Asura do you have any objection on it?”

Sura and Indira wants to finish this churning as soon as possible to get final outcome of as liquid of immortality, Amrita from ‘Kshirasāgara’ so they don’t mind if next thing will be given to ‘Varuna’ as in other hand from the day when little disturbance appeared in between the relations of ‘Indira’ and ‘Varuna’ from that day ‘Varuna’ is closer to Bali and Asura.

On the signal of ‘Varuna’ the rain of salty water stopped and churning started.

Now came a big canopy type thing from ocean. It was actually a very big umbrella which came at the surface of ocean.

This was a divine umbrella which was taken by ‘Varuna’ to save creature of ocean during any disaster. This umbrella was appearing on the day of Gawardhan.

© Ashish Kumar

New Delhi

≈ Blog Editor – Shri Hemant Bawankar/Editor (English) – Captain Pravin Raghuvanshi, NM ≈




English Literature ☆ Stories ☆ Weekly Column – Samudramanthanam – 20 – Alakshmi ☆ Mr. Ashish Kumar

Mr Ashish Kumar

(It is difficult to comment about young author Mr Ashish Kumar and his mythological/spiritual writing.  He has well researched Hindu Philosophy, Science and quest of success beyond the material realms. I am really mesmerized.  I am sure you will be also amazed.  We are pleased to begin a series on excerpts from his well acclaimed book  “Samudramanthanam” .  According to Mr Ashish  “Samudramanthanam is less explained and explored till date. I have tried to give broad way of this one of the most important chapter of Hindu mythology. I have read many scriptures and take references from many temples and folk stories, to present the all possible aspects of portrait of Samudramanthanam.”  Now our distinguished readers will be able to read this series on every Saturday.)    

Amazon Link – Samudramanthanam 

☆ Weekly Column – Samudramanthanam – 20 – Alakshmi☆ 

Worshiping of ALakshmi is necessary so that she can leave and make place for beautiful ‘Lakshmi’. If you disrespect ‘ALakshmi’ she will leave you only to taste bidder lemon and chill and allow ‘Lakshmi’ to come, which you can welcome with sweet. This is the darkest night of kartik month called nark chuturdashi, bhhot chaudas and at this night you must accept darkness of universe and your inside then tomorrow you will definitely see beautiful ‘Lakshmi’

Alakshmi folded her hand towards Lord Vishnu and said, “O! my God. Thank you to be so gentle on me. Now I was born. I am the byproduct of people sins. Now I want to do merry. Please suggest me some Bridegroom”

Lord Vishnu saw towards sages, smiles and said, “sage Uddalaka would you like to be do marrying my elder sister-in-law, Alakshmi?”

Uddalaka said, “my dear God what is most pleasing then be your in -law, because Lakshmi is your wife and Alakshmi is her elder sister”

The wedding over, the sage took his wife to his ashram, but she found the place utterly unsuitable for herself. The chanting of the sacred hymns pained her. The atmosphere of peace, serenity and spirituality in the ashram suffocated her. Alakshmi ran out of the house right on to the street. The sage was distressed to see this. He found her conduct not only disgraceful but also completely incomprehensible. He asked her why she ran out of home, why she was crying and what she had found so terribly wrong in his ashram.

Then she told him what he never knew: she could not live in a Satwik (spiritually pure) environment and could live in only a Tamasik (spiritually degenerate) one. She could live where people are violent, hate one another, are jealous of one another, quarrel among themselves, praise themselves and engage in malicious talk about one another, steal, practice no sexual discipline, and where there is the smell of cooked meat. In essence, she could not live where there is cleanliness, calm, contentment and understanding, and where the sacred fire is lit and sacred mantras chanted.

The sage was aghast. He realized that he simply could not live with that woman. Such a woman would bring home only unhappiness and kula (lineage) only disgrace and eventually become the cause of her husband’s degradation in this world and in the other world too. He knew what the shastras had said; one must never live with a woman who is foul-mouthed, quarrelsome and negative. The virtuous sage did not hate her; nor did he feel cheated by Vishnu. He had no complaints against anyone. But at the same time, he realized that there was no possibility at all that his marriage with Alakshmi would work. She was not going to live in the ashram and he was not going to give up life as a sage and neither wanted to impose on the other the life one liked to live. He decided to abandon her.

Uddalaka soon approaches towards the side of ocean churning and said to Lod Vishnu, “My Lord I can’t live with Alakshmi”

Soon ‘Alakshmi also came and stood silence.

Lord Vishnu said, “Ok now I request the tree of Piple, Ficus religiosa to merry with you”

 

© Ashish Kumar

New Delhi

≈ Blog Editor – Shri Hemant Bawankar/Editor (English) – Captain Pravin Raghuvanshi, NM ≈




English Literature ☆ Stories ☆ Weekly Column – Samudramanthanam – 17 – Uchchaihshravas ☆ Mr. Ashish Kumar

Mr Ashish Kumar

(It is difficult to comment about young author Mr Ashish Kumar and his mythological/spiritual writing.  He has well researched Hindu Philosophy, Science and quest of success beyond the material realms. I am really mesmerized.  I am sure you will be also amazed.  We are pleased to begin a series on excerpts from his well acclaimed book  “Samudramanthanam” .  According to Mr Ashish  “Samudramanthanam is less explained and explored till date. I have tried to give broad way of this one of the most important chapter of Hindu mythology. I have read many scriptures and take references from many temples and folk stories, to present the all possible aspects of portrait of Samudramanthanam.”  Now our distinguished readers will be able to read this series on every Saturday.)    

Amazon Link – Samudramanthanam 

☆ Weekly Column – Samudramanthanam – 17 – Uchchaihshravas ☆ 

Suras were doing churning of ‘Kshirasāgara’ without interest because it was already told by Lord Vishnu that next gem whatever it will be must be go to king of Asura ‘Bali’.

Indira in his mind thinking what will be the next outcome of our churning? What will happen when it appears something most powerful than we Suras possess? Then Asura will definitely defeat Sura.  No, I must have faith on Lord Vishnu.

At the other hand Bali is thinking, “What will be our first gem as a churning of ocean? Will it be useful or useless? Whatever be the outcome I’ll accept it as the will of Shri Narayana.”

Then sound of neigh started coming from the ocean. All were stunned there because that sound was looking very impressive and good to all ears, very different from normal horse sound.

All eyes were stop blinking they saw a most beautiful horse anyone ever saw coming out from ocean. Colour of that horse was snow white. No one can remove their eyes from that horse. That horse contains seven heads all of seven different colours similar to colours of rainbow. So that horse has seven different colour heads but snow-white body.

That horse was literally flying from ocean surface towards king of Asura ‘Bali’ from his white colour wings.

Horse stop just in front of ‘Bali’ and said, “O! Bali, the king of Asura I am ‘Uchchaishravas’ meaning “long-ears” or “neighing aloud”, from now onwards you are my master and I am your servant. I will follow your command in each case. Whenever I am with you no one can defeat you. I can fly in seven realms and five elements; no weapon can harm me. I am very happy that I have got chance to server brave and honest king like you”

King of Asura said, “Thank you best among the horses. Don’t think me like your master rather I am your friend and it is promise of Bali that I’ll treat you always be my friend till my last breath”

All there were happy except ‘Indira’. he was thinking that this is not right the best product of churning of ocean is given to ‘Bali’ this great horse deserve master like ‘Indira’.

Without second though ‘Indira’ throw ‘Indrajaal’, net of Indira or bound of ‘Indira’ to arrest ‘Uchchaishravas’ but Bali come in between Indrajaal and ‘Uchchaishravas’ and arrest in that.

Brahma said to Indira, “Indira what are you doing, Asura accepting all their faith and not done anything bad, even till now they didn’t get any gem of churning and you?”

Sage kashyapa said, ”Indira your name is perfectly suited to you. Desires of your ‘indriayas’ senses never fulfill. This is our order release the ‘Bali’ right now”

Meanwhile all the Asura who were participating in this churning of ‘Kshirasāgara’ got angry from this action of king of Sura and all together run fast towards Sura to do fight and release their king ‘Bali’.

But meanwhile ‘Uchchaishravas’ reaches where Indira has arrested ‘Bali’ in Indrajaal and within no time he cut all the bound of him from his teeth. Then he said to Bali, “My master is you alright? “

Bali reply, “Yes my dear friend”

Then ‘Uchchaishravas’ said, “I will kill ‘Indira’ right now”

Bali said, “No my dear friend. I know the role of ‘Indira’ to run affairs of universe so we can’t kill him”

Both teams were sitting apart and not doing anything. Churning of ‘Kshirasāgara’ is not taking place.

Lord Vishnu appears and said,” Indira you forgot what promise we have done with king of Asura Bali. You are least reliable demigod of universe. Bali just forget about ‘Indira’ fault and be remember that this churning will be beneficial for both of Sura and Asura. So, both teams go and start churning again. And Indira this is our last warning to you. And for ‘Uchchaishravas’, from today onwards Indira and his weapon can’t harm you and also in general rain will never harm to any horse”

After this Lord Vishnu disappear and churning stated again.

 

© Ashish Kumar

New Delhi

≈ Blog Editor – Shri Hemant Bawankar/Editor (English) – Captain Pravin Raghuvanshi, NM ≈




English Literature – Short Story ☆ Fire ☆ Captain Pravin Raghuvanshi, NM

Captain Pravin Raghuvanshi, NM

(Captain Pravin Raghuvanshi—an ex Naval Officer, possesses a multifaceted personality. Presently, he is serving as Senior Advisor in prestigious Supercomputer organisation C-DAC, Pune. An alumnus of IIM Ahmedabad is involved in various Artificial Intelligence and High-Performance Computing projects of national and international repute. He has got a long experience in the field of ‘Natural Language Processing’, especially, in the domain of Machine Translation. He has taken the mantle of translating the timeless beauties of Indian literature upon himself so that it reaches across the globe. He has also undertaken translation work for Shri Narendra Modi, the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, which was highly appreciated by him. He is also a member of ‘Bombay Film Writer Association’.)

We present an English Version of Shri Sanjay Bhardwaj’s Hindi Short Story  “आग ” . We extend our heartiest thanks to the learned author  Captain Pravin Raghuvanshi Ji (who is very well conversant with Hindi, Sanskrit,  English and Urdu languages) for this beautiful translation and his artwork.)

पुनर्पाठ…✍️

लघुकथा –आग  ☆

 दोनों कबीले के लोगों ने शिकार पर अधिकार को लेकर एक-दूसरे पर धुआँधार पत्थर बरसाए। बरसते पत्थरों में कुछ आपस में टकराए। चिंगारी चमकी। सारे लोग डरकर भागे।

 बस एक आदमी खड़ा रहा। हिम्मत करके उसने फिर एक पत्थर दूसरे पर दे मारा। फिर चिंगारी चमकी। अब तो जुनून सवार हो गया उसपर। वह अलग-अलग पत्थरों से खेलने लगा। 

 वह पहला आदमी था जिसने आग बोई, आग की खेती की। आग को जलाया, आग पर पकाया। एक रोज आग में ही जल मरा।

 लेकिन वही पहला आदमी था जिसने दुनिया को आग से मिलाया, आँच और आग का अंतर समझाया। आग पर और आग में सेंकने की संभावनाएँ दर्शाईं। उसने अपनी ज़िंदगी आग के हवाले कर दी ताकि आदमी जान सके कि लाशें फूँकी भी जा सकती हैं।

 वह पहला आदमी था जिसने साबित किया कि भीतर आग हो तो बाहर रोशन किया जा सकता है।

Fire …. ✍️ 

For the rights of hunting, the people of both the tribes were always indulging in throwing stones at each other, relentlessly. Some stones used to  collide with each other, leaving lightning like sparks, scaring people to run away in fear.

However, just one man always stood his ground, undeterred. Instinctively, gathering his guts,  he threw a stone aiming at the other one, with all his might.  Lo and behold, there emerged a bigger spark, lighting up the sky.  Now, he became obsessed with it.  He continued playing with different stones,  experimenting extensively, mastering the skill of lighting the fire…!

He was the first man who sowed fire, cultivated fire, reaped fire…  He was the pioneer who ignited the fire, cooked on fire; and, eventually one day, he died in fire…

But, in the annals of history  of mankind, he became immortal as he was the first man who introduced the fire to the world. He explained the difference between flaming-heat and the fire.  He demonstrated the possibility of baking _’on fire’ and ‘in fire’.  He consigned his life to the fire so that the mankind could learn that the dead bodies could also be cremated by fire.

He was the first man who proved that if there is a fire inside, then outside world could also be illumined.

 

© Captain Pravin Raghuvanshi, NM

Pune

≈  Blog Editor – Shri Hemant Bawankar/Editor (English) – Captain Pravin Raghuvanshi, NM ≈




English Literature ☆ Stories ☆ Weekly Column – Samudramanthanam -3 Manifestation of Goddess ☆ Mr. Ashish Kumar

Mr Ashish Kumar

(It is difficult to comment about young author Mr Ashish Kumar and his mythological/spiritual writing.  He has well researched Hindu Philosophy, Science and quest of success beyond the material realms. I am really mesmerized.  I am sure you will be also amazed.  We are pleased to begin a series on excerpts from his well acclaimed book  “Samudramanthanam” .  According to Mr Ashish  “Samudramanthanam is less explained and explored till date. I have tried to give broad way of this one of the most important chapter of Hindu mythology. I have read many scriptures and take references from many temples and folk stories, to present the all possible aspects of portrait of Samudramanthanam.”  Now our distinguished readers will be able to read this series on every Saturday.)    

Amazon Link – Samudramanthanam 

 ☆ Weekly Column – Samudramanthanam -3  Manifestation of Goddess ☆ 

After creation was completed sage Bhrigu and his wife Khyati went to meet the Lord Vishnu. Lord Vishnu was sitting on Sheshnaga and Goddess Lakshmi was sitting beside him.

Sage Bhrigu and his wife Khyati do Namste, salute to Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi  and then Bhrigu said, “O! all preservation, the core essence of you and mother Lakshmi  is already manifested in different creatures of nature, but now it is our hearty wish that Goddess Lakshmi will take her incarnation in our home, to remove obstacles of  earthly creature.

Lord Vishnu smiles and said, “Bhrigu you are above me, and my duty is to help great sages to sustain and run universe as per decided cycles and if you wish to be then Goddess Lakshmi will definitely take incarnation from the womb of your wife ‘Khyati’.

Almost one year later, on the night of Sharad Purnima in the hut of sage Bhrigu smell of millions of roses arise and moon was showering his radiant white light over that place. All the beautiful and symmetrical aspects of universe are surrounding the Bhrigu hut. Around 12:00 a.m. Khyati has given birth to a girl child. That child was such a beautiful that all world come to see her in bhrigu home. Gajraj, king of elephants came with his companions and do showering of Khsirshagar milk of that born girl who was actually the incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi. The little girl was born with the cushion of lotus flowers. All the good sign of fortunate start happening around that place. Many types of treasures start flowing over there.

Sage Bhrigu and his wife Khyati were amaze from all these and both do the salute to new born child girl Goddess Lakshmi.

Sage Kashyapa has many wives name of few are Aditi, Diti, Kalika, Tamra, Krodhavasa, Anala, Arista, Khasa, Surabhi, Ira, Sursa etc.

Aditi has given birth to 12 Adityas, 8 Vasus and 11 Rudras. These all assign as demigods of nature and natural cycles as well as cosmos cycles of lower level. The twelve Adityas are Data, Aryaman, Mitra, Sakra, Varuna, Amsa, Bhaga, Vivasvan, Pusa, Savita, Tvasta and Vishnu (incarnation of maha Vishnu, one of the trimurti of hindus), 8 Vasus are Dhara, Dhruva, Soma, Ahas, Anila, Prabhasa and Anala, 11 Rudras, the incarnations of Lord Shiva are Ajaikapat, Ahirbudhnya, Virupaksa, Suresvara, Jayanta, Bahurupa, Aparajita, Savitra, Tryambaka, Vaivasvata and Hara.

Diti has given birth to many Daityas, few of which are Surapadma, Simhavaktra, Vajranga, Gomukha, Hiranyaksa, Hiranyakasipu, Simhika and Ajamukhi.

Kashyapa wife Krodhavasa has given birth to many different creatures of earths including, Mruga who was first creature of animals, Mrgamanda who given birth to Rksa, Srmara and Camara.

Krodhavasa also given birth to Hari from which lineage of Lions and Monkeys stated.

Bhadramata given birth to Iravati the mother of elephant Eiravata.

Other elephants were born from Matangi.

Krodhavasa also given birth to Saduli from which Tigers and leopards generated.

She also given birth to Sveta who given birth to eight elephants who hold the globe of earth from eight directions.

Surabhi given birth to Rohini mother of all cattle and Gandhavri, mother of all horses.

Surasa given birth to Nagas (Serpents)

Kadru given birth to all reptiles.

Sage Kasyapa other wife Tamra given birth to some other children, Kraunci responsible for owl family birth,

Bhasi for Bhasas, Syeni for Hawks and eagles, Dhrtarastri for Swans and ruddy geese

Suki given birth to Nata,

Vinata given birth to Aruna and Garuda.

So, platform was ready. Almost all creature has been created and role of Brahma in first cycle of life about to end and now task of Vishnu is ready.

Brahma married his daughter Shachi, to Indra and made Indra as kind of heaven and all Devtas. In fact, he was not deserving contender for king and inferior from Varuna in all counts. But it was done and now Varuna was very upset and decided to be spy of Asura or Danava whose location was fixed to under earth. Asura were also not happy with this arrangement.

Cycle of time is passing like always.

© Ashish Kumar

New Delhi




English Literature ☆ Stories ☆ Weekly Column – Samudramanthanam -1 ☆ Mr. Ashish Kumar

Mr Ashish Kumar

(It is difficult to comment about young author Mr Ashish Kumar and his mythological/spiritual writing.  He has well researched Hindu Philosophy, Science and quest of success beyond the material realms. I am really mesmerized.  I am sure you will be also amazed.  We are pleased to begin a series on excerpts from his well acclaimed book  “Samudramanthanam” .  According to Mr Ashish  “Samudramanthanam is less explained and explored till date. I have tried to give broad way of this one of the most important chapter of Hindu mythology. I have read many scriptures and take references from many temples and folk stories, to present the all possible aspects of portrait of Samudramanthanam.”  Now our distinguished readers will be able to read this series on every Saturday.)    

Amazon Link – Samudramanthanam 

 ☆ Weekly Column – Samudramanthanam -1 ☆ 

 

The flux of consciousness, energy, and matter in which nothing is inseparable is Shakti, “Maa Amavarunai”, from her ever-changing Rajas means Vishnu tattva make manifestation possible. When Sattva is about to reach on their threshold the interplay of Sattva, Rajas and Tamas generate first sound, the un-struck sound of ॐ ‘Om’. Then in fast vibrations, first there generate a source of light from center of vibrating Rajas of the Nabhi, Navel of Lord Vishnu. Same time the Tamas fall out separately, study without motion means Lord Shiva and that source of light is actually Lord Brahma, the father of all creature.

When one cycle is completed then again, all three Sattva, Rajas and Tamas merge in to one and complete darkness again. This is the process of manifestation and un-manifestation or creation and obliteration. This is ongoing from immortal time. No one can identify space and time separately in the phase of obliteration.

So, when that light source or Brahma is generated from the Nabhi, Navel of vibrating ‘Rajas’ or Vishnu. He saw that my source of generation is coming from center of vibrating energy. This thinking separated consciousness and matter in that light and a body is appear who is in panic because he was all alone. He bends his head towards that vibrating energy which was also taken the form of beautiful nature creation. So as consciousness of Brahma passes through energy and matter of hid body all his senesce generated then he asked from Lord Vishnu, “O! my creature, who I am and who are you? Why we are alone why I am emerging from your body part from where a beautiful amalgamation of matter (Lotus flower) is going outside, over which I am setting. Please say something because I am feeling very lonely and I am very fearful. I don’t know why my structure upper part has one hole (mouth) which is vibrating and a different sensation is going outside in this vast space? I just feel that something from my middle part of body (heart) is going towards my most upper part (brain) then some sensation is coming out from this hole (mouth)”

 

© Ashish Kumar

New Delhi




English Literature – Weekly Column – From Nidhi’s Pen # 13 ☆ The Migrant Worker ☆ Dr. Nidhi Jain

Dr. Nidhi Jain  

(Dr. Nidhi Jain is an Assistant Professor at Bharti Vidyapeeth, College of Engineering, Pune. She selected teaching as her profession, but it was a dream to be a litterateur. Her first book कुछ लम्हे  is a culmination of her interest. Her time management of family,  profession (Teaching in engineering science) and literature is exemplary. Today we present her short story with poem “The Migrant Worker“.)

☆ Weekly Column ☆ From Nidhi’s Pen  #13 ☆ 

☆ The Migrant Worker ☆  

I woke up in the morning, in the darkness only small light coming from the night lamp which was hanging on the wall. I started searching for my watch which I keep on my bedside table. It was 4 O’ clock in the morning. I started to toss and turn on my bed. After 15 minute, I started feeling uncomfortable. I wanted to get rid of my bed. The smooth bed, silk bed cover and woolen cozy quilt were not able to comfort me.

I went to the drawing-room which was full of beautifully decorated things. I rolled my eyes on the showcase. I started gazing each and every object sleeping comfortably on the showcase. I consoled myself that they were non-living, without heart and blood. They all beautifully decorated and transported from across the world.

I went outside into the balcony. Night was still holding the dark clouds. The stars were smiling and telling me, “I will go soon from the sky when the big boss sun comes to meet us. The sun is like a policeman for all the stars”. These stars captured and stole the light of the sun. When the sun comes they have to run.  The moon is the leader of all thieves. He remains full night in full swing without taking rest. The moon motivates the star to stay fearlessly in the sky without caring about the guilt of stealing the light.

Street lights were on. The rains drops were dazzling from the sky. They were meant to fall. The leaves of the trees were holding their hands sometimes. But the weight of the rain drops was increasing; the leaves cannot hold the pressure and stress and allow rain drops to fall. The edges of the building were also pushing rain drops to fall because they were meant to fall.

The breeze was touching my cheeks. Hairs were holding the hands of the breeze to fly but not able to leave their roots. The temples of my face were still talking with the worries. The hot air was jumping from my nostril to escape, from the inner lava that makes the eye to remain open.

The eyes were the window for the outer world. The eyelids were stuck on the roof of my eyes, not allowing to shut, which was governed by the chemicals of my brain. The worries were in full swing. They were rolling inside the brain doing all sorts of exercises to keep me awake.

Tensions are the output of all types of exercises the brain does. I was gazing and allowing my ears to do some work.

The only person I saw sleeping comfortably was the migrant worker in the half-constructed building. I stopped myself. I started churning and juicing my tensions. I instructed my mind to throw the dirt of mind. What I was thinking about? Is this way of living? What is my destiny? Peace is the only destiny.

Now the world became pleasant. The ears started listening to the beautiful music of the chirping of the birds. The darkness started fading. The breeze started kissing me. I was here to change myself, not the others. The world was only a reflection of ourselves. The shades of worries started running from my body. I was waiting for the sun to come. Feet started working and took me to the bed. I went to sleep again with a smile on my face.

 

Nothing to lose, nothing to gain, he went to sleep again.

Full day he works,

Taking mud and sand,

Never takes rest,

Works his best,

Nothing to lose, nothing to gain, he went to sleep again.

 

Night lamps are on or shut,

Nation economics are up or cut,

Rich are behind name or fame,

His hopes are concentrating on work not on dirty game,

Nothing to lose, nothing to gain, he went to sleep again.

 

No house, No bank balance,

No insurance, No worries,

Only single bed to sleep,

Days are passed, but nights are only to sleep.

Nothing to lose, nothing to gain, he went to sleep again.

©  Dr. Nidhi Jain,  Pune




English Literature – Poetry ☆ Chirmritak –the Eternally Dead☆ Captain Pravin Raghuvanshi, NM

Captain Pravin Raghuvanshi, NM

(We are extremely thankful to Captain Pravin Raghuvanshi Ji for sharing his literary and artworks with e-abhivyakti.  An alumnus of IIM Ahmedabad, Capt. Pravin has served the country at national as well international level in various fronts. Presently, working as Senior Advisor, C-DAC in Artificial Intelligence and HPC Group; and involved in various national-level projects.

We present an English Version of Shri Sanjay Bhardwaj’s Hindi Poetry  “चिरमृतक” published previously as संजय उवाच – चिरमृतक   We extend our heartiest thanks to Captain Pravin Raghuvanshi Ji for this beautiful translation.)

☆ Chirmritak –the Eternally Dead ☆

– The day was very bad.

-Why?

– There was a death in the neighbourhood.  Went there early in the morning.  Later on, the whole day was a waste as no work could be done properly.

-How else could it be, since it is inauspicious to see the face of the deceased right in the morning.

Especially, the last sentence was said in such a way as if the person saying it, has been conferred with ‘Amarpatta’ –the robe of deathlessness.

Just ponder over this sentence as not making of a formula of Shubha-Ashubh, the auspicious and ominous.  Just a point to consider: After all, who stares at you in the mirror every morning?  Who else but yourself!… How many births have you taken to reach here. How long has been your journey of of births and rebirths… How did every life come to an end… by death only? Isn’t? And, how were you reborn from the death?  You see the face of the ‘Chirmitrak’, the eternally dead everyday! Also,  the other aspect of this cycle is that you see the face of the resurrected one who is dying daily. Between Chiramritak, the eternal dead

or Chirjanma, the eternally born, you have to decide, which one are you!!

Always remember that, not through seeing the faces physically, but it’s the internal soulful life and death from within, that makes and sustains the lives.

Jeejivisha, the Will to live  and diligence infuse the life into breath.

Look at the life; and live the life…!

 

≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡  ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡

© Captain Pravin Raghuvanshi, NM
Pune



English Literature – Short Story – ☆ Inexhaustible ☆ – Captain Pravin Raghuvanshi, NM

Captain Pravin Raghuvanshi, NM

(We are extremely thankful to Captain Pravin Raghuvanshi Ji for sharing his literary and artworks with e-abhivyakti.  An alumnus of IIM Ahmedabad, Capt. Pravin has served the country at national as well international level in various fronts. Presently, working as Senior Advisor, C-DAC in Artificial Intelligence and HPC Group; and involved in various national-level projects.

We present an English Version of Shri Sanjay Bhardwaj’s Hindi Short Story “अक्षय” published in today’s  ☆ संजय दृष्टि  – अक्षय ☆ We extend our heartiest thanks to Captain Pravin Raghuvanshi Ji for this beautiful translation. )

 

☆ Inexhaustible ☆

 

In the childhood, he had read the story of three *’D’*. *Daya*, the kindness, is expected from the demons; *Daman*, the sensory repression from the deities, and *Daan*, the donations from the humans.

He was a pauper, had nothing to give.  Then, he started giving a portion of his bread to others.  He started drinking water only after distributing it to the thirsty people. He would give supporting hands to the little ones and  accompaniment to the elders.

As the adage goes, the pauper’s accumulation always remained inexhaustible.

 

© Captain Pravin Raghuvanshi, NM




English Literature – Short Story – ☆ The Right Choice ☆ – Shri Suraj Kumar Singh

Shri Suraj Kumar Singh

 

(Mr. Suraj Kumar Singh is a young and dynamic author.  He is also an editor of “Young Literati”  (E-Magazine). Today, we present an excellent story “The Right Choice”

 

☆ The Right Choice ☆

 

My ten year old son came back home from school frustrated. I shifted my gaze from the newspaper I held open with both hands onto him. “What happened my boy? Is everything alright?” He didn’t reply. I remembered it was result declaration day today and thought that his grades are bad and that’s why he is tensed and is not talking straight. “So what was your result champ?” He pushed his report card across the table and said in a not so enthusiastic tone, “Eighty nine percent only.”

“Brilliant! Excellent! Amazing! But are you going to tell me now why you are so upset?” He said he was unhappy because a classmate of his scored one percent more and became class topper. “That’s it? That is the reason you are upset champ? Come on dear bring it on. Your grades are too good to be upset.” I tried to raise his spirit but all my efforts went in vain.

Later that day I found him quarrelling with his sister about the lights. “Ease up children.” I asked them to stop shouting and then requested them to stay quite. I asked my daughter first, what is the matter? She said that when she switched on the lights he came uninvited and started yelling at her for no reason. I interrupted her right there. “There my child you are not entirely correct. If smoke is there then there must have been a fire! As much as I know my son he is not mad that he will yell at anyone for no reason. There has to be a reason. There must be a reason. Now you champ, it s your turn to defend your action. So say.

” He began, “It is daytime and there is already enough natural light in here. So why it is necessary to light all the lamps around here?”

“Hmm…. you have a got a point champ! But isn’t it the same stuff that you have been doing all along?” This one statement perplexed him.

I continued, “Yes champ that is what you and your friends were doing! Lighting a lamp where there is already enough light.” His confusion deepened further.

So I asked him a few question to begin with. “Why is it that you want to stand out in the field of academics only? Even in academics you performed exceptionally well but you are still not satisfied with yourself as you are jealous of your classmate whose score was just one percent greater than yours. You are very good musician and as much as I know there no musicians other than you in the whole class. So, why do you want to compete with that guy? And why do you wish to stand out by lowering someone else’s stature? Why don’t you try raising your own instead? I mean you can showcase your musical talent to feature your uniqueness and individuality before others. And that boy who came third is a very good painter if I am not wrong. And I have also heard that there is no artist like him in the entire class. Ask yourselves if you require anything else to be unique. Never solely focus to excel in one field. Explore the unexplored, try to go where nobody else has ventured before because it’s never wise to light the lamp where it’s already bright. Wise are those who try to light a lamp where there is dark. And that is what I call the right choice.”

 

© Suraj Kumar Singh, Ranchi