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I Just Know

© Photo By: Khushbo
© Photo By: Khushbo

Where there is silence
Symphony will soon follow
Light will only shine
In the blinding darkness

The sweet scent of Jasmine
Fills the air as the wind blows
In a new direction
hearts that follow, see it

Rosy pink and majestic
A new dawn is begun again
To celebrate a new arrival
A beautiful new beginning

A turn in destiny
bejeweled with a newness
A blissful ambiguity
A skip in your heart beat

Fingers dance gracefully
over the piano in honor
Of a hope set to arrive
late yet long awaited

It’s here and
I just know it.

-Khushbo
©lifealight.com, 2013.

 

It Felt Love

Photo by: Khushbo
Photo by: Khushbo

How
Did the rose
Ever open its heart

And give to this world
All its
Beauty?

It felt the encouragement of light
Against its
Being,

Otherwise,
We all remain

Too

Frightened.

– Hafez

Your Pain

pain

Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.
Even as the stone of the fruit must break,
that its heart may stand in the sun, so must you know pain.

And could you keep your heart in wonder at the daily miracles of your life,
your pain would not seem less wondrous than your joy;
And you would accept the seasons of your heart,
even as you have always accepted the seasons that pass over your fields.

And you would watch with serenity through the winters of your grief.
Much of your pain is self-chosen.
It is the bitter potion by which the physician within you heals your sick self.

Therefore trust the physician, and drink his remedy in silence and tranquility:
For his hand, though heavy and hard,
is guided by the tender hand of the Unseen, And the cup he brings,
though it burn your lips, has been fashioned of the clay which
the Potter has moistened with His own sacred tears.

– Khalil Gibran

Cages

bird cage

Picture by: Aaron G

The small man
Builds cages for everyone
He knows.

While the sage,
Who has to duck his head
When the moon is low,
Keeps dropping keys all night long
For the
Beautiful
Rowdy
Prisoners.

–Hafiz

Charlie Chaplin’s Speech

I saw this today and I had to share! A truly moving speech by Charlie Chaplin in the movie “Dictator”. Although the topic is based on dictatorship I find there is much to learn from it: humanity, dignity, justice and love. So many lessons to learn from a speech made by a man who’s successful career revolved around silent comedy!

Invictus

Inviction

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

– William Ernest Henley

Benevolence

On the bough of a tree was seated
A nightingale that was saddened

Saying that-
Over me the night is past
And in pecking day is lost!

Towards their nest
How will they (birds) reach
When the shadow of dark
Has fastened its glitch

When heard this yell and wail
Of the nightingale
Said the glowworm
In a voice so calm

With my heart and soul
To you I am of avail
So what if I am
An insect so little?

The night is dark
Why worry then?
All through your route
I will enlighten!

A torch has Allah given me
A radiant lamp has He made me

Noble are those ones indeed
Whom others find while in need!

– Alama Iqbal

Emotions

Bright blue oceans, the green of lush forests, heat of dry desserts, chill of cold winters, bright autumn colours, all these range of emotions the earth chooses to show us. Why fear our own so much when even mother earth deserves the right to volcanic eruptions? Isn’t the lava that replenishes the earth initially what destroys all in its path? Aren’t we as human being just the same in our range of emotions. Aren’t those amongst us that feel every emotion passionately more likely to feel love with its full ferocity? I no longer feel my unhappiness is ever a curse or a thought we should never feel. If I never felt unhappy how could I ever fully rejoice in being happy today? Just as the green grows in the most uncertain places it is up to us to bring the cheer when life lacks it the most.

Much the same enjoying the stillness of the water could not be appreciated in the same manner if one had never seen its restlessness. The power of the waves crashing into the shore is just as serene as the cool calm water. Anger is the necessity to calm. How can we possible appreciate all of existence without looking at the bigger picture, the entire picture? Aren’t we all in the end just floating in an unpredictable world with realities that are just as chaotic. Should we or should we not just embrace the chaos around us? Removing all hazardous elements from our environment is a hopeless quest after all. Peace and serenity what are they save accepting the chaos and still managing to remain at peace.

“If you could get rid of yourself just once, the secret of secrets would open to you. The face of the unknown, hidden beyond the universe would appear on the mirror of your perception.” ~ Rumi

Who Am I?

Ola!

Life is surrounded by so many questions. Although we cannot seek to answer all of them, we can look at some of the ones that challenge us in life. Destiny, fate and hope, are they all fallacies created by the mind to continue our journey in a life distraught with problems large and small? Although it may be impossible to seek the whole truth we can take a journey on understanding some of the mysteries of how life and reality collide with these beliefs that keep us whole.

The journey of life is filled with mixed emotions, and I am certain this blog with evolve to reflect many of the crazy range of emotions I manage to feel! Hopefully the level of offensiveness in my writing won’t get out of hand. Hang in there; life’s mysteries as interpreted by moi will continue to unravel!

Lately I have been through some enormous life changes. I made some big decisions to change many of the things that have made me very unhappy for a very long time. Trouble is when you internalize your suffering and hide it from people, they do not accept your evolutionary changes. People do not like change whether it’s in their routine or in their environment. I am a mere environmental affliction for most. I have made some big decisions which I have revised in my head infinitely, I cannot say that I regret them. The people I was surrounded with worked out in two parts, some that choose to shun me, make lucid inquires of my decisions and others that decided to pretend nothing happened, ignore the situation completely. Which leaves me with me, myself and I. This should be an ideal situation but being the people please-er that I am, I torture myself daily with question and answer sessions in my head: Why did it work out the way it did? Am I to blame? Why after all the sacrifices that I made did I choose this route? Could I have done things differently?

I learned that I started depending heavily on the people around me to answer these questions for instant relief from my inner questionings and then I found I would fall into the same pattern endlessly, daily. I would start off positive and end the day in absolute negativity.

So I embarked on a quest (Google is the quest!) to answer some of the questions of life that tormented me enough to make big changes. The purpose of life, Why am I here, Who am I? In my research I found some very amazing people! One such person is Jiddu Krishnamurti. I am in the process of reading his book, “The Limits of Thought”. He talks about Truth and Reality,  how although we may view them to be one in the same, they are not! I am posting his speech on the question so many of us ask: Who Am I?

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