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Payo baal budh sukh re

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Payo baal budh sukh re (ang 214)

Payo – I have attained
Baal – child
Budh – wisdom, attitude
Sukh – happiness

I have attained happiness or peace by adapting the innocence of a child.

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Never stop learning.
Learn from everyone and everything.
Don’t stop yourself from learning just because the one who’s teaching you is a child.

In fact you can learn some very valuable lessons in life from a child.

Children cry after an injury and soon after start laughing.
Well that’s a lesson for us.

They cry when they are in hunger or uncomfortable.
Simple and non-pretentious.

They eat almost the same food everyday and yet smile.

Learn from children; when they fight, the grudge is not forever. After a while they shake hands, and resume play once again.

Learn from a child; they stand, walk, stumble and fall. And then thry get up again to walk.
Not that we would never fall, not that we will never get hurt again but that’s what we do in life.
We try again and again.

If you are a learner, there will be lessons and inspirations everywhere.

Dhrig jeevan birtha janam gawaya

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Dhrig jeevan birtha janam gawaya (ang 129)

Dhrig jeevan – cursed life
Birtha – uselessly
Janam – human life
Gawaya – wasted

Their lives are cursed; they have uselessly wasted their human lives.

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A very dear friend sent this beautiful parable.

“Here is a parable of life for you to ponder on:

A group of tourists is sitting in a bus that is passing through a gorgeously beautiful country; lakes and mountains and green fields and rivers.

But the shades of the bus have been pulled down. The passengers have not the slightest idea what lies beyond the windows of the bus.

And all the time of their journey is spent on squabbling over who will get the seat of honor in the bus.
Who will be applauded.
Who will be well considered.
And so they remained till the journey’s end.”

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Life is like that bus journey. The bizarre thing about this journey is, it can end anytime. It’s not like a bus journey that at least has a destination point. Ours, or anyone’s for that matter, could just end without a prior warning.

Then all the goals and struggles that we have sought in our minds would end. Just like that.

And we would have missed the things we could have enjoyed in this little short ride. The songs to sing, the dance and the laughter with the ones we love. ਬੱਸ that’s what life is about.
Don’t waste it.

Ik tujh hi keeye raajey ikna bhikh bhawaiya

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Ik tujh hi keeye raajey ikna bhikh bhawaiya (ang 566)

Ik – some
Tujh hi kiye – you have made
Raajey – kings
Ikna – others
Bhikh – beg
Bhawaiya – wander about

Some have been made kings by You, others have been wandering around begging around.

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A famous verse by Mirza Ghalib :

Kabhi kisi ko muqammal jahan nahin milta
Kahin zamin toh kahin aasman nahin milta

No one ever has the entire complete world
Some don’t have the land, some don’t get the sky.

When it comes to desires in this world, everyone is standing in a circle. It seems as if we all standing in a queue where some are ahead of us and some are behind us. But in a circle no one is really ahead or behind.

All are in the middle. Everyone seems to be lacking something or the other.

Whenever you need an inspiration to do better in life, look at the ones ahead of you.
When you feel disheartened, look at the ones behind.

And also remember that it takes no time for situations to change. After all we are all standing in a circle.

Je gur jhidhke tan meetha laagae Je bakhshey tan gur wadheyayi

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Je gur jhidhke tañ meetha laagae Je bakhshey tañ gur wadheyayi (ang 758)

Je – if
Jhidhke – rebukes
Meetha – sweet
Laagae – seems
Bakhshey – forgives
Wadheyayi – greatness

If the Guru rebukes me, I can feel the sweetness; if he forgives me, it’s his greatness.

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Each movie is a director’s creation and hence each scene of the reel is very dear to the maker.

After the movie is made, comes the editor whose job is to cut out the scenes that are unnecessary and give the movie a final shape.

The relation between the director and editor may not be the most amiable one.
The editor is probably the biggest critique of the director.
And a good director has to be able to listen to the editor.

It’s not easy to listen to the ‘editors’ of our lives.
The Gurus, teachers, parents, children, true friends will tell us about our flaws to make us better. They want the ‘movie’ of our life to succeed.

But we only love praises and only listen to those who give us a good feedback about ourselves.

If you want to succeed in life, be patient and positive towards the ones giving you criticism, honest opinion.
If you chide them, they might not be able to gather the courage to do it again.

Always be humble enough to see your faults and open enough to the editors in life, including the inner one, to shape your life better.