Hi, I’m Atma


Hi I’m Atma. How do you do?

You do see me? Or do you?

Look inside, this body’s heart,

I’ve been right there right from the start.

 

I’m smaller than an atom

And brighter than the sun.

My light is bright but it doesn’t burn…

Because, I’m Atma and forever fun.

 

I’m made of happiness and jolliful joy.

Smiles and giggles and laughter, oh boy!

No bully or joke, no words or deeds,

Can possibly change old merriful me!

 

Yes, I’m Atma and I’m powerfully strong!

I’ve been elephants and lions, devas and kings!

If I wish and work hard, I can do anything!

Nobody or buddy, can ever rule me,

My mind, my heart, all listen to me!

 

Oh I’m Atma and incredibly intelligent!

Brilliantly brilliant and smartly smart,

The knowledge of worlds, lies right in my heart.

Given time to study and churn,

There’s nothing that I cannot learn.

 

You see I’m the Atma, and I am eternal!

I will not die and was never born.

I change through lives like clothes out worn.

And while death is not something that I ever fear,

I’m careful of all that I do, think or hear.

Nice things bring nice, bad things bring bad,

And things done for God, make Him very glad.

 

I am the Atma, oh, yes I am.

And I am pure, like a pearl in a clam.

No wants or demands, no worries, no fears,

No fights, no screams, and not even tears!

Evil and sadness are never inside,

Because inside, does God reside.

 

So I am Atma and you know me well.

Now join me for a powerful spell.

Place a finger on your heart.

And with pride, let’s start:

 

I am Atma, and I am happy and smart,

I am not this body, but live in its heart.

I am eternal, powerful and incredibly strong,

I am pure and I will never do wrong.

I am all of this and so much more,

For God resides inside my core.

 

Now all of this may seem hard to master,

So here’s something that’s easy and faster.

Just tell yourself every day,

“My guru is my atma in every way.

All I want to be is him.

All I want to see is him.”

If that much you can remember,

There is nothing more for you to master.

 

I am Atma and so are you.

Now gone on and be the best you.

Swaminarayan Charitra


A new first for BAPS! Saturday, Aug. 6,2011, Pramukh Swami Maharaj blessed the first copy of Swaminarayan Charitra – a new animated telling of Bhagwan Swaminarayan’s life. The first episode, titled Ghanshyam and the Storm of Evil, covers a the stories of Ghanshyam’s birth and his defeat of his evil tantric uncle, Kalidatt. The story is a production done in-house at the Swaminarayan Aksharpith Animation Studio and largely a  volunteer effort with very little professional industry involvement. As such the product is quite an achievement for first-timers.

This telling of Ghanshyam’s story is borrows both from imagination as well as the historical account given by H. T. Dave in his biography of Bhagwan Swaminarayan. It adds talking animals to the tale and tries to reconstruct piece by piece what the battle between Kalidatta and Ghanshyam might have looked like.

The main plus points of the films are the dialogues, scripted by Kamlesh Pandey, and the face of baby Ghanshyam. The story as a whole needs some help in flow and development. The animation, while a great first effort, still seems simple and formulaic but I’m sure it will improve as time goes on. After all, they are going to be putting out one episode per year for some time into the future.

So, get to a BAPS mandir book store and buy this historic DVD – if for nothing else, then to support a unique undertaking.

visit: charitra.baps.org