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A hindi verse for you. (Blog marathon post 16)

जो बीत गई सो बात गई
जीवन में एक सितारा था
माना वह बेहद प्यारा था
वह डूब गया तो डूब गया
अम्बर के आनन को देखो
कितने इसके तारे टूटे
कितने इसके प्यारे छूटे
जो छूट गए फिर कहाँ मिले
पर बोलो टूटे तारों पर
कब अम्बर शोक मनाता है
जो बीत गई सो बात गई 


        ----Harivansh Rai Bacchan

The above words are one of the best pieces of poetry and philosophy I have ever come across. My non-hindi speaking friends will have to excuse (or use google translate)

These powerful lines reminded me of what my dad used to say to me in my mother tongue , the literal translation of which is 'If you die today, tomorrow two'.
What it means is 'If you die today, today is 1st day of your death, tomorrow is second day, day-after is third day and so on'. It means that you should never look back--exactly the same sentiment expressed in the poetry above.

So if a terrible tragedy has occurred with you, lament over it but only for a brief while. Once you are done feeling sad, forge ahead and move on.

What matters is not what was or what will be, but this present moment, where you can focus on all the joys that you have. The fact that you are breathing itself is a cause to be grateful for. Think about it.

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  1. Very thoughtful and inspiring lines. And this comes at the moment when I needed it the most. Thank you so much :)

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  3. Thoughtful and exalting lines mam :-)

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  4. Good Morning Preeti! This comes at the moment when exactly I was comparing my past with the present and was thinking that past was beautiful instead of appreciating what I currently have! Thank you so much for these lines and making me understand the value of things I have! Hope to be a better or could say satisfied person from now on! Thanks again.. :-)

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  5. A couple of days back my whatsapp status was "I am gratified to be able to breathe !" and heres your post... This poem is anyway an all time favourite of almost everyone I know. Madhushala. Nostalgic !!!

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  6. very beautiful lines!! it captures the greatest lesson of life, so very powerful expression!

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  7. i received this blog in my mail early this morning that on my father's death anniversary and throughout the day i kept on recollecting what i have red in the morning that made my day easier and since the poem was in hindi i was even able to share it with my mom thanks preeti for sharing and writing and i even like ur blog on fresh start the 1 % change day by day a practical idea.

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  8. Very touching and moving lines by the great poet. I wish it were so easy to follow. Thanks Prreti for reminding us of our short-lived life. But, alas, we are so vain and arrogant!

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  9. #InspirationalPoetry..!!! One of my bestfriends once told me: There is NO future in the Past. What has gone by, why to waste today in thinking of all that stuff. Instead live in present and make the best out of it..!!!

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  10. So true but I find it difficult to implement but nevertheless will keep trying .

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  11. Yes, this is very true. I had to use Google Translator to understand the meaning. So beautiful and touching. Thanks for posting. We should be grateful for so many day to day things we have which we might have taken for granted. Like breathing!

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