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.

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Hold Me Steady, Steady With Your Gaze


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Swami hold me steady, steady with your gaze.

Only you can lead me away from the haze.

 

This morning again, I woke to a slumber

A world of motion and momentum,

But not a sense of direction.

I can see so much, yet see nothing at all,

Call it confusion, delusion,

Or is this true perception?

Is my knowledge truth or just memorisation?

We call it education,

Should it be called a condition?

 

Swami hold me steady, steady with your gaze.

Only you can lead me away from the haze.

 

The world is spinning on and on,

Racing, chasing, running on.

A tornado’s tearing up my head,

I can’t stand up, can’t go to bed.

If I can’t hold you, how will I hold on?

If I can’t love you, how will I move on?

Swami hold me steady, steady with your gaze.

Only you can lead me away from the haze.

Don’t let me fall, as I trip through these dreams,

Cuz its only you who can be my beam –

Light from the darkness. Dawn from the dusk.

Let me rise again, like a phoenix from the dust.

 

Swami hold me steady, steady with your gaze.

Only you can lead me away from the haze.


 

I wait…


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I wait for the day I feel worthy,

worthy of your smile,

its warmth, its radiance,

its embrace.

But I know it may never happen.

I wait for the day I feel worthy,

worthy of your glance,

its sparkle, its power,

its ever-flowing love

But I know it may never happen.

I wait for the day I feel worthy,

worthy of your giving hand of grace

on my head, my shoulder,

my cheek.

But I know it may never happen.

I wait and I wait; I wait

to feel worth of you.

But I know it may never happen,

Because all I do is wait.

A Fragile Faith


A faith so weak it’s kept behind keys,

A faith so weak it can’t face these,

These words of logic and questions from reason,

Even curiosity against it is called high treason,

A faith so fragile, so frail, so weak,

Can it truly be the truth we seek?

But say I, see the egg in its nest,

See it shielded there from predator and pest,

How fragile, how frail, how terribly weak.

How could it hold more than a beak so meek?

But unknown to us all, growing in its depths,

A phoenix stirs, the king of its sept.

So feeble an egg, brings forth such wings,

So can a feeble faith, bring forth great things.

લટકે લગાડી લગની


A mesmerizing gesture from Pramukh Swami Maharaj

A mesmerizing gesture from Pramukh Swami Maharaj on 23rd August, 2014. (C) BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha. http://www.baps.org

લટકે લગાડી લગની…લાલ રે

પલમાં પમાડી પ્રીતડી…પ્યાર રે

અંતર્યામીને અંતર લેતા, વાર કહો કેટલી…૧

નજર મારી રહેતી ભટકતી, નેણે તારે પકડી…૨

દિલમે અંધારા જ્યાં હમેશ રહેતા, ત્યાં આજ તારી ચાંદની…૩

સાંભળી વાતો મેં ઘણી વરસતી, (એક) વેણે તારે પલળી…૪

પ્રેમ છે મારો ઘણો ભૂલ ભરીયો, ભાવ જોજે હે હરિ…૫

ચખાડી સાચો આ પ્રેમ શું તારો, જજે ક્યારેય ન છોડી…૬

 

A Gujarati poem inspired by Pramukh Swami Maharaj. At 93 years he still has the power to make millions fall in love with just one hand gesture, one glance. He sparks a new light in dark corners of people’s hearts. His pure life and divinity make his words the aural form of Truth. Having tasted his true love, we pray that he forgive our flawed love and always stay with us.