A Force Within Your Soul
There is a life-force within your soul, seek that life.
There is a gem in the mountain of your body, seek that mine.
O traveler, if you are in search of That
Don’t look outside, look inside yourself and seek That. ~Rumi
The Songs of Kabir (Excerpt)
O Friend! hope for Him whilst you live, know whilst you live, understand whilst you live: for in life deliverance abides.
If your bonds be not broken whilst living, what hope of deliverance in death?
It is but an empty dream, that the soul shall have union with Him because it has passed from the body:
If He is found now, He is found then,
If not, we do but go to dwell in the City of Death.
If you have union now, you shall have it hereafter.
Bathe in the truth, know the true Guru, have faith in the true Name!
Kabîr says: “It is the Spirit of the quest which helps; I am the slave of this Spirit of the quest.”
Kabir tried to find common ground between Hindus and Muslims. Kabir’s mystical and devotional poetry has been found inspirational by people of many different faiths. ~J.B. Hare
Why do you scorn others?
Can it be that you are proud?
No matter how accomplished you are,
There are people ahead of you and behind you,
All beings on the path,
All victims of the same existence,
All with body, mind, and spirit.
No one is better than the next person.
Help others for all the times that you have been ignored.
Be kind to others, for all the times that you have been scorned.
The common thread in today’s post is that we all have common ground in our human existence. When you think you are better than other, you are not. When you help others, you help both them and you. Human existence is a challenge. Using the special life force within your soul is also a challenge. Despite that this wonderful source of power and strength is always there, we don’t always see it. Feel it. Or remember that it is there. Instead we sometimes get desecrated by the petty games of day to day living. Why does she have more material wealth than me? Why is he so popular and I am not? We all get sucked into that false game from time to time. But that is a distraction to the real miracle in your life. The real miracle is that our souls contain the breath of God in them. Beauty. Magnificence already exists within us. It’s just up to us to listen carefully enough to the God whisper within that knows the truth. The truth of goodness. The truth of beauty. The truth of why we are here. To help one another. And be a beacon of love and light.
Indian Film Pick:
You might be wondering what an Indian film has to do with Rumi, Kabir, and Lao Tsu. This particular film displays the power of the underdog. That even the poorest of villages and people are no worse or better than the most powerful. That we all share the sense of humanity in our souls. If this movie doesn’t make you laugh, angry, happy, and cry, you better double check, you might not be human. OK, that was a tad strong, but it is a brilliant Bollywood movie.
Lagaan features one of my all time favorite Indian actors – Aamir Khan as Bhuvan, the leader of the underdog villages. Lagaan is an Indian epic sports romance drama musical. Wonderful songs. Good acting. Great film. The word Lagaan means “tax”.
Captain Andrew Russell (Paul Blackthorne), the commanding officer of the Champaner cantonment, has imposed high taxes (“lagaan”) on people from the local villages which they are unable to pay due to a prolonged drought. Led by Bhuvan (Aamir Khan), the villagers beg Raja Puran Singh (Kulbhushan Kharbanda) to help them. He tells them that much to his regret, he is also bound by British law.
It is after their visit to the Raja that the people of the village first witness a cricket match. Bhuvan mocks the game and gets into a fight with one of the British officers. Taking an instant dislike to Bhuvan, Russell offers to cancel the taxes of the whole province for three years if the villagers can beat his men in a game of cricket. If the villagers lose, however, they will have to pay three times the amount of their normal taxes. Bhuvan accepts this wager on the behalf of all villages without their consent. When the other villagers find out about the bet, they are furious with Bhuvan. He argues that it is important for everyone to fight against British rule.
Lagaan – Ghanana Ghanana Ghir (One of my favorite songs, the words mean “The clouds have accumulated”)
Lagaan – Radha Kaise Na Jale (A song with heart, the words mean “How can Radha not be jealous?”)
Lagaan – The entire film (from You Tube)