will be torn open
time to depart
state of art
in your place
a new map chart
malls wall mart
poor mans heart
arre i hate tears
my school sweet heart
new age big bucks
rising realty prices
the common man
ala re ala
bhaskar dada chye
tears on the
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
“When nobody except a group of three members of his family was left with al-Husayn, he moved against the people (the soldiers), while the three (moved with) him until (all) three were killed. Al-Husayn was left alone. Despite being weighed down by wounds in his head and body, he began to strike against them with his sword and they scattered, to right and left, away from him.
Humayd b. Muslim said: “By God, I have never seen such persistence. His sons have been killed, and the members of his household and his followers, yet he is still as brave as ever and he has not allowed his spirit to leave him….”
When Shamir b. Dhi al-Jawshan realised (the position), he called for the cavalry and they came up at the rear of the foot-soldiers. He ordered the archers to shoot at (al-Husayn) and they showered him with arrows until his (armour) became (quilted with arrows)….
Then Shamir b. Dhi al-Jawshan shouted at the foot soldiers and the calvary: “Why are you waiting for the man? May your mothers be deprived of you!” So they attacked him from every side.
Zur’a b. Sharik struck him on the left shoulder-blade and cut into it. Another of them struck him on the shoulder. He fell prostrate on his face. Sinan b. Anas al-Nakha’i stabbed him with a spear and killed him. Khawali b. Yazid al-Asbahi) hurried to him and bent down to cut off his head but he trembled (too much). Shamir said to him: “May God crush your arm why are you trembling?” Then Shamir bent down and decapitated him. He lifted the head (and handed it) to Khawali saying: “Take it to the commander ‘Umar b. Sa’d.”
Then they began to plunder (the body of) al-Husayn. Ishaq b. al-Hayat al-Hadrami, may God curse him, took his shirt. Abjar b. Ka’b, may God curse him, took his trousers. Akhnas b. Marthad, may God curse him, took his turban. One of the Banu Darim took his sword. They plundered his saddle and his camel and they looted his womenfolk.
allah humma laan qatalatal husain
Ashura in Mumbai is a very sad moment for the Shia community..its the 10 day of the Martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain the beloved grandson of the Holy Prophet.
In Mumbai the Irani Shias stage a passion play at Amin Imambada, a traditional fare that depicts good against the evil of Yazidiyat.
The entire area is totally packed, on one end are the quintessential braveheart Shia women who watch the events from the rooms in the Imambada, and on the edge within the courtyard, and from the parapet above the ground.
The women have been coming here since they were little kids, now older they are still a force to reckon with, always squabbling , fighting amongst themselves to get a strategic place to view the events..you dont mess with them ever..God save you..
There is in the center of the courtyard a fountain that has a platform from where the damam beaters add the cacophony to the entire Ashura proceedings..
Slowly the procession enters the courtyard, the Kama matam and the zanjir matam start, the Zuljana the Taboots the cradle of Ali Asghar the Alams, being a dominant part of the juloos, where young mothers place their newborn dressed in green kafan to signify the martyrdom of Imam Hussains 3 month son Ali Asghar who was brutally shot down like a wild beast from an arrow of archer Harmullah..
There is Shimr all in red with his army who beats the crowd , Shimr snatches Ali Asghars cradle ill treats the child in the cradle..
There is Imam Hussain on the horse facing the wrath of the Red Army of Shimr, he is trampled thrown drown from the horse ..
All these visuals are needed to break the dam of the Irani Soul..
The matamdars go berserk , sword matam takes place near the rear exit , Habib Nasser, Mamu from Byculla cutting through flesh..
Habib will be rushed to Habib Hospital and 172 stitches to sew up his grevious wounds..
I have never done matam here , I have to shoot pictures , so I keep my kama matam for the Ashura procession in the evening..
Amin Imambada is a must visit place on Ashura day..
Nasser from Lucky Hotel Bandra introduced me here ...though I have come here when I was a young kid myself..
The Shia Child becomes Man at Amin Imambada..
mujhe nahi kisi se bhae
ali haq ali ali haq
the path the way
"Man kunto maula, fa Ali-un Maula" -
accepts me as master
, Ali is his master too
he did say
La Fata illa Ali,
La Saif illa Zulfiqaar
King of the brave, the Lion of God
The Strength for The Lord,
There is none like Ali,
There is no sword like Zulfiqaar
many a evil heads he did slay
ya ali maulah
ya ali maulah
a chant and a prayer
heard every where
hyder hyder hyder
my soul i bare
fear fears me
This was shot at Nakhas close to the main road,a little before this is the house where my in laws the Qazilbash live..Lucknow has its importance in my life it is the city of my biirth, I was born in my matrnal grand father Daroga Nabbans house at Imliwali Gully Pata Nala..10 Dec 1953..But I have been living in Mumbai since the age of one.. so I am more of a Mumbaikar than anything else.
Lucknow (pronounced /ˈlʌknaʊ/; Hindi: लखनऊ, Urdu: لکھنؤ, Lakhnaū, IPA: [ˈləkʰna.uː] ( listen)) is the capital city of Uttar Pradesh, the most populous state of India. Lucknow is the administrative headquarters of Lucknow District and Lucknow Division. According to Government of India, the Lucknow district is one of the ninety Minority Concentrated Districts in India, shown by 2001 census data on population, socio-economic indicators and basic amenities indicators..
Located in what was historically known as the Awadh region, Lucknow has always been a multicultural city. Courtly manners, beautiful gardens, poetry, music, and fine cuisine patronized by the Persian-loving Shia Nawabs of the city are well known amongst Indians and students of South Asian culture and history. Lucknow is popularly known as the The City of Nawabs. It is also known as the Golden City of the East, Shiraz-i-Hind and The Constantinople of India.
The All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) was formed at the Lucknow session of the Indian National Congress in 11 April 1936 with the legendary nationalist Swami Sahajanand Saraswati elected as its first President, in order to mobilise peasant grievances against the zamindari attacks on their occupancy rights, and thus sparking the Farmers' movement in India .
Today, Lucknow is a vibrant city that is witnessing an economic boom and is among the top ten fastest growing metro cities of India and is the second largest city of east, north & central India after Delhi. Straddling across the river Gomti, modern Lucknow is a bustling metropolis. Historically, it was a centre of Hindi and Urdu literature.
After 1350 AD the Lucknow and parts of Awadh region have been under the rule of the Delhi Sultanate, the Mughal Empire, the Nawabs of Awadh, the East India Company and the British Raj. Lucknow has been one of the major centers of First War of Independence, participated actively in India's Independence movement, and after Independence has emerged as an important city of North India.
Until 1719, subah of Awadh was a province of the Mughal Empire administered by a Governor appointed by the Emperor. Saadat Khan also called Burhan-ul-Mulk a Persian adventurer was appointed the Nazim of Awadh in 1722 and he established his court in Faizabad  near Lucknow.
Awadh was known as the granary of India and was important strategically for the control of the Doab, the fertile plain between the Ganga and the Yamuna rivers. It was a wealthy kingdom, able to maintain its independence against threats from the Marathas, the British and the Afghans. The third Nawab, Shuja-ud-Daula fell out with the British after aiding Mir Qasim, the fugitive Nawab of Bengal. He was comprehensively defeated in the Battle of Buxar by the East India Company, after which he was forced to pay heavy penalties and cede parts of his territory. The British appointed a resident in 1773, and over time gained control of more territory and authority in the state. They were disinclined to capture Awadh outright, because that would bring them face to face with the Marathas and the remnants of the Mughal Empire.
Lucknow's rise to growth and fame begins with its elevation as capital of Awadh by Nawab Asaf-Ud-Dowlah. He was a great philanthropist and gave Lucknow a unique and enduring legacy. The architectural contributions of these Awadh rulers include several imposing monuments. Of the monuments standing today, the Bara Imambara, the Chhota Imambara, and the Roomi Darwaza are notable examples. One of the more lasting contributions by the Nawabs is the syncretic composite culture that has come to be known as the Ganga-Jamuni tehzeeb.
In 1798, the fifth Nawab Wazir Ali Khan alienated both his people and the British, and was forced to abdicate. The British then helped Saadat Ali Khan to the throne. Saadat Ali Khan was a puppet king, who in the treaty of 1801 ceded half of Awadh to the British East India Company and also agreed to disband his troops in favor of a hugely expensive, British-run army. This treaty effectively made the state of Awadh a vassal to the British East India Company, though it notionally continued to be part of the Mughal Empire in name until 1819.
The treaty of 1801 formed an arrangement that was very beneficial to the Company. They were able to use Awadh's vast treasuries, repeatedly digging into them for loans at reduced rates. In addition, the revenues from running Awadh's armed forces brought them useful revenues while it acted as a buffer state. The Nawabs were ceremonial kings, busy with pomp and show but with little influence over matters of state. By the mid-nineteenth century, however, the British had grown impatient with the arrangement and wanted direct control of Awadh.
In 1856 the East India Company first moved its troops to the border, then annexed the state, which was placed under a chief commissioner - Sir Henry Lawrence. Wajid Ali Shah, the then Nawab, was imprisoned, and then exiled by the Company to Calcutta. In the subsequent Revolt of 1857 his 14-year old son Birjis Qadra son of Begum Hazrat Mahal was crowned ruler, and Sir Henry Lawrence killed in the hostilities. Following the rebellion's defeat, Begum Hazrat Mahal and other rebel leaders obtained asylum in Nepal.
Those company troops who were recruited from the state, along with some of the nobility of the state, were major players in the events of 1857. The rebels took control of Awadh, and it took the British 18 months to reconquer the region, months which included the famous Siege of Lucknow. Oudh was placed back under a chief commissioner, and was governed as a British province. In 1877 the offices of lieutenant-governor of the North-Western Provinces and chief commissioner of Oudh were combined in the same person; and in 1902, when the new name of United Provinces of Agra and Oudh was introduced, the title of chief commissioner was dropped, though Oudh still retained some marks of its former independence.
The province of Awadh (anglicized to Oudh) was annexed by the East India Company in 1856 and placed under the control of a chief commissioner. In the Indian Rebellion of 1857 (also known as the First War of Indian Independence and the Indian Mutiny), the garrison based at the Residency in Lucknow was besieged by rebel forces. The famous Siege of Lucknow was relieved first by forces under the command of Sir Henry Havelock and Sir James Outram, followed by a stronger force under Sir Colin Campbell. Today, the ruins of the Residency, and the picturesque Shaheed Smarak offer reminiscences of Lucknow's role in the stirring events of 1857.
The city played an important role in both the First War of Independence and the modern Indian freedom struggle. Whether it was the Lucknow Pact of 1916 or the Khilafat Movement, it brought the citizens on a united platform against the British rule. In the Khilafat Movement Maulana Abdul Bari of Firangi Mahal, Lucknow actively participated and cooperated with Mahatama Gandhi and Maulana Mohammad Ali.
In 1901, after remaining the capital of Oudh since 1775, Lucknow, with a population of 264,049, was merged in the newly formed United Provinces of Agra and Oudh. However, it became the provincial capital in 1920 when the seat of government was moved from Allahabad. Upon Indian independence in 1947, Lucknow became the capital of Uttar Pradesh, the erstwhile United Provinces.
Traditionally, Lucknow has been a mandi town for mangoes, melons, and grains grown in the surrounding areas. Sugarcane-growing plantations and sugar industries are also in close proximity. This attracted Mohan Meakins Brewery to set up a unit based on molasses in the city. Meakins was incorporated in 1855 and is Asia's first commercial brewery.
Lucknow is famous for its small scale industries that are based on unique styles of embroidery, namely, Chikan and Lakhnawi Zardozi, both of which are significant foreign exchange earners. Chikan has caught the fancy of fashion designers in Bollywood and abroad.
During the period of the Nawabs, kite-making reached a high level of artistry, and is still a small-scale industry. Lucknow has also been an industrial producer of tobacco products like 'Kivam', edible fragrances like 'attars' and handicrafts such as pottery, earthen toys, silver and gold foil work, and bone carving products.
Language and poetry
Both Hindi and Urdu are spoken in Lucknow, but Urdu has been the lingua franca of the city for centuries. Under the rule of Nawabs, Urdu flourished and turned into one of the most refined languages. Hindu and Muslim poets like Brij Narayan Chakbast, Khwaja Haidar Ali Atish, Vinay Kumar Saroj, Amir Meenai, Mirza Hadi Ruswa, Nasikh, Daya Shankar Kaul Nasim, Musahafi, Insha, Safi Lakhnavi, and the great Meer Taqi Meer took Urdu poetry to dizzying heights and established the Lakhnavi form of the language.
Lucknow is one of the world's great cities for Shiite culture. Two poets, Mir Anis and Mirza Dabeer, became legendary exponents of a unique genre of Shia elegiacal poetry called Marsia centred on Imam Husain's supreme sacrifice in the Battle of Karbala which is commemorated during the annual observance of Muharram.
In recent years the use of Urdu has reduced significantly. Day-to-day transactions in the city are typically performed in Hindi or English. Nevertheless, Lucknowites are still known for their polite and polished way of speaking which is noticed by visitors to this city. The revolutionary Ram Prasad Bismil, who was hanged by the British at Kakori near Lucknow, was largely influenced by poetry and wrote verses under the pen name of "Bismil". The surrounding towns like Kakori, Daryabad, Barabanki, Rudauli and Malihabad produced many eminent poets and littérateurs of Urdu like Mohsin Kakorvi, Majaz, Khumar Barabankvi and Josh Malihabadi. Recently in 2008 which is the 150th year of 'mutiny' of 1857 a novel has been released which uses 1857 as a backdrop. 'Recalcitrance' is the first English novel by a Lucknowite on the 'mutiny' of 1857.
Main articles: Awadhi cuisine and Cuisine of Uttar Pradesh
The Awadh region has its own distinct Nawabi style cuisine, with various kinds of biryanis, kebabs and breads. Kebabs are also of different types - Kakori Kebabs, Galawati Kebabs, Shami Kebabs, Boti Kababs, Patili-ke-Kababs, Ghutwa Kababs and Seekh Kababs are among the known varieties.
The city has a range of fine restaurants catering to all tastes and budgets.
Makkhan Malai, 'Malai Ki Gilori' of Ram Asrey (an oldest shop of pure ghee sweets, established in 1805) Chowk , the famous Tundey Kebabs, named after the one-armed chef Haji Murad Ali, and 'Kakori kebabs' are very popular with food lovers.
The Chaat in Lucknow is one of the best in the country. There are quite a few places serving outstanding chaat, like Shukla Chaat and Moti Mahal in Hazratganj, Radhey Lal in Aliganj, Chhappan Bhog in Sadar and Neel Kanth in Gomti Nagar, and famous Jagdish Chaat House in old lucknow Chowk.
After a delicious dinner, one can have Paan at any of the innumerable Paan vendors.
An inspiration for films
Lucknow has been a major influence on the Hindi film industry of India and it would be true to say that without the Lakhnavi touch, Bollywood would not have been what it is today. Many script writers and lyricists hailing from Awadh like Majrooh Sultanpuri, Kaifi Azmi, Javed Akhtar Ali Raza, Bhagwati Charan Verma, Dr. Kumud Nagar, Dr. Achala Nagar Wajahat Mirza (writer of Mother India and Ganga Jamuna), Amritlal Nagar, Ali Sardar Jafri and K. P. Saxena have enriched Indian Cinema.
Moreover, several famous movies have used Lucknow as their backdrop, such as Shashi Kapoor's Junoon, Muzaffar Ali's Umrao Jaan and Gaman, Satyajit Ray's Shatranj Ke Khiladi. Ismail Merchant's Shakespeare Wallah was also partly shot in Lucknow.
Bahu Begum, Mehboob ki Mehndi, Mere Hazoor, Mere Mehboob, Chaudhvin Ka Chand, Pakeezah, Main Meri Patni Aur Woh, Saher, Anwar and many more films have either been shot in Lucknow or have Lakhnavi backdrops. In the movie Gadar: Ek Prem Katha Lucknow has been used to depict Pakistan. The Lal Pul has been used.
A little ahead of these ruins was Imli wali Gully the house of my maternal grandfather Daroga Nabban Saab descendant of poet Mir Anis.. now nothing remains all sold out by vested interests.
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The Media photographer Pratik Koli and a barefeet blogger of Mumbai Firoze Shakir wishing Idd Mubarak and Ganpati Bappa Morya..
This message is part of my thread Hope and Hindutva a Message of Peace ..on Flickr.
Living in peace as human beings is more important than making an issue of an individuals choice of faith or religiosity.
Pratiks being Hindu or me being a Muslim does not dent the spirit of our Indianness .. which is what matters at the end of the day.
jahan khuda hai
wahan bhagwan hai
kan kan main basa
wa insan hai
mahzab nahi sikata
lena kisi ki jan hai
lekin han hamare
bhitar bhi shaitan hai
bhala koie hindu
se ranga hua
aman ka elan hai
main sab ki jan hai
bharat desh mahan hai
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satirizing the soul
of the quintessential
a community close knit
on cyberspace a great hit
god gave him a clean chit
endowed him with brains
so others he could outwit
crafty as a fox
ferocious as a bandit
in the craziest outfit
speaks hinglish and sanskrit
so many qualities
you cannot omit
he has a few flaws
digging his nose
searching for gold
with determination and grit
scratching his family jewels
this kinky comic culprit
gets divine pleasure
in shaving his armpit
the forbidden wall
if time will permit
shitting on the seaside
at juhu chowpatty
beautifully sky lit
on pristine white walls
he loves to spit
habits die hard
he will never quit
like an English man
but his soul
could not be colonized
by the Brit
For The Muslim Beggar Ramzan 2009 2010 2011 2012 Is All The Same, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.
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She is a blind beggar married to a blind man and they have two children, they sit close to the Nawab Masjid at Pydhonie.. this was short two years back and if I go and shoot her today , the picture will look identical such is the Muslim beggars life nothing changes in their life..
The day Ramzan ends and Muslims celebrate Eid her Eid does not exist it is a normal day, though workwise slightly more profitable than the normal day.
And I shoot all this and document the pain of the poor Muslim , his shackles bound him forever to his or her enslavement to Mankind.
Earlier people though I shoot beggars to make money but than I dont sell my pictures , and than there were others who found me guilty of showing India in a bad light this hit me hard and I screamed to the God of Scams Raja and other evil Saints of Corruption.. they were in jail but always in the limelight..
Muslims dont consider me a Muslim luckily and being a Shia is synonymous of being a rafidi , heretic what not..to them I say Oh Go Fuck yourself..
The last thing I would want to be is a moron in misplaced spirituality who blows himself up to bed and fornicate with 72 Virgins in his self made illusory Paradise..
Sometimes I am happy being what I am not .. naught .. and the streets where I live walk watched me carefully I am fasting both in body mind and my camera.
I see pictures all the time as they are born in front of my eyes I have a mobile I could shoot something but it would be an insult to my camera consciousness and my Third Eye of Shiva lodged in the center of my forehead.
on the death of this photographer
when his time comes to leave
memories as images left behind
a magic he tried to weave
adding to the flesh of a memory
a new hope to perceive
bound to blood
his spiritual belief
on the emulsion of his soul
love he could not conceive
a touch he did receive
it was her fine way to achieve
an imagery in a spiders net
tremulously to deceive
Mumbai has several Gods Godesses dieties in the Hindu pantheon..but Lord Ganesha of Lal Bagh is the Ultimate.He holds sway over human hearts.
All roads during the Ganesh Feast lead to his pandal , people all walks of life come to touch him and be touched.
For me a Muslim , my tryst with Lal Bagh Chya Raja goes many years back, I had just begun dabbling in photography , I shot with the students of Girish Mistrys Shari Academy , most daring photographers , I must say they taught me a lot, I saw how they would try to shoot Ganesha in different ways..
I had finished my shoot and was going back to Bandra, when these young photographers held me back and said wont you shoot Lal Bagh Chya Raja he comes on the beach at 4 am.I am a diabetic, I walk barefeet , I was tired and I decided to sleep at my parents house at Colaba and came back to shoot Lal Bagh Chya Raja.. I shot the Arti.. on negs, but more than the pictures was the ambience and the aura.. and I dare say without any reservations that Lord Lal Bagh Chya Raja has a special regard for my humilty, he calls me and I follow him...
It was the first time I shot him seated at his Pandal, and on Visarjan day followed him half the way , I did not shoot him at the end as I was really dehyderated I had fasted on this day.. kept myself sustained on water and nothing else...
I shot the Hijdas with their Ganpati, the Hijdas from Kamatipura Gully No1..
So Lal Bagh Chya Raja is not about a God of Hinduism , he is Hope and Hindutva.. he loves all... the essence of his Godliness, Shiddhi Vinayaka ...
Lord Ganesh was born on the 4th day of the bright fortnight of the month of 'Magh'. 'Chatur' means 4. He controls the 8 directions of the Cosmos. 'Gana' means to count. The science of Astrology is dependant on numbers. Hence Lord Ganesh is the Master of Astrology. No wonder that one worships Lord Ganesh before embarking on anything auspicious. Those who would like to fast on Ganesh Chaturthi, start their series of fasting as of today.
Ganpatiji sits with one foot on the ground and the other folded up. This posture means that while we must operate in the world one must be constantly aligned to our spiritual nature.
Lord Ganesh's big ears denote that He can hear and understand Vedantic Truth. His big head reminds us that we are Spiritual Creatures so we must 'Think Big'. His small mouth denotes that He talks less. (So must we: Talk less and Listen more) His small eyes urge us to 'focus'. The long trunk of an elephant has the quality of being able to uproot a tree, and at the same time pick up a tiny needle from a haystack. This is again a quality attributed to the Lord, as we believe that in spite of His great power, the tiniest creature does not pass unnoticed by Him. The mouse though small can play havoc. Ganeshji has him under His control.
The parsaad offered to Lord Ganesha symbolises material and spiritual wealth.
As the Lord's mode of transport, the rat increases the difficult task that a spiritual person faces when treading on the 'Way to the Almighty'
Lord Ganesh's large belly denotes prosperity and that He digests all the good and bad in the world. The planet Mars and Ganpati are considered to have the same complexion. On Ganesh Chaturthi frequencies from Mars and Ganesh reach the Earth.
Ganeshji holds in His 4 hands:
An axe to cut off evil and worldly attachments.
A Rope pulls His disciples closer to the Spiritual Path.
The Rosary beads remind one to continuosly strive towards the Real Knowledge.
The last hand is held up in a posture of blessing.
May the Lord Ganesh bestow His Grace upon all of you today.
So people will once again be bringing 'Lord Ganpati' into their homes. They will be performing prayers and entertaining Him for a few days and then they will bid Him farewell with a request to return next year!
This wonderful custom was popularized by Lokmanya Balgangadhar Tilak to bring together the 'Hindustanis' during the British rule. Originally worshipping Lord Ganesha was a family affair. Wet clay was fashioned into a symbolic Ganesha form, placed on the left palm and worshipped with the chanting of mantras, followed by the rituals. The idol was the immersed in the well or a pond. A devout Hindu believes that what came from the earth should return there.
Ganpati is supposed to smash, with the help of His trunk, all the obstacles that come in the path of His devotees. When an elephant moves through the forest, his massive body clears the way for others who follow. If the trunk of 'Ganesha' is curved to the right He is called 'Sidhi Vinayaka' and requires special worship.
So let us worship Him again this year. Let us bring Him, not only into our homes, but into our hearts and keep Him there. The idol we may do 'visarjan' (immersion) of, and together with it, our negative tendencies.
Those conversant with Yoga would know that the 'Kundalini Shakti' or primordial energy, rises in a zigzag manner through the Spinal chord, culminating in the third eye, which resides in between the eye-brows. When the trunk of Ganeshji is facing straight forward, it signifies that the passage, though the Spinal chord, or 'Sushumna' is entirely open. When the trunk of Ganeshji is swung right in the air, it means that the 'Kundalini Shakti' has reached the Sahasraar' or the Region of the third eye, permanently.
When Ganeshji's trunk is curved to the right. He is called Siddhi Vinaayak.
The left side, represents the Moon. The right side represents the Sun. Hence if the Trunk of ones Ganeshji leans towards the Right, It would require special worship, as the 'Sun' would burn one if rules are violated.
Another explanation: According to Hindu texts there are three channels or naadis that are responsible for overall health.
The left channel is called the Ida Naadi and is connected to the right side and the back of the brain. This naadi looks after our emotional side.
The right side channel is called the Pingala naadi. It crosses the Ida naadi at the third eye or the Agna Chakra. Pingala is connected with the left side and the front of the brain. It is the Super conscious mind.
The central channel is called the Sushumna. This channel helps us integrate and helps in our Spiritual Evolution.
During earlier times, Ganpati was a tribal God, Guardian of the forests. He was, in fact believed to be a creator of obstacles, by whose Grace one could survive in the treacherous jungles. This world is no less than a jungle, where we constantly require His Grace to survive. He forever protects us. His Big ears hear our tiniest complaint. His Big Belly, remind us that He is Prosperity Itself, and He owns all that we might require. His trunk has the capacity to uproot a tree and to pick up a needle from a hay-stack. He is all powerful, yet He sits on a humble mouse to remind us that however powerful He may be is forever present on Earth, a humble planet, in the vast Universe.
In the case of Aum What looks like 3 is the 'a' sound in Sanskrit, the tail or trunk is the 'u' sound and the dot on the half moon is the nasal sound Together it says 'Aum' Aum is also a visual, and if you care to interpret it in the following way, it looks like a Ganpati. The lower part of the 3 is the belly,and the 'u' is the trunk, with a tika on top.
21 Durva blades are offered to Ganpatiji. It is believed that Ganpatiji is formed from No 3. 2+1=3 2+1 is 21
9 is a complete and powerful number. The devout who believe in the power of number 9 visit 108 Ganpatijis during these auspicious days.
Once again it is that time of year when the devout invite Lord Ganpati to their home and entertain him, with so much love!
People often say that God is Just and Merciful.
If one analyses the two adjectives, one will realise that if one relies on justice, one cannot always be merciful and if one shows Mercy, one probably cannot exercise proper justice. The theory of karma is based on justice. Forgiveness is a gift of Mercy. If you will only bear with me, I would like to explain to you a theory which explains the above a bit better.
On the earth and for some miles around it we experience the Law of Gravity. The Law of gravity does not exist in Space. Similarly while we are bound by human knowledge, the Laws of karma apply. Once we transcend through love. We break the barriers and we enter the Law of Grace, compassion and mercy. We have then entered the realm of miracles. Now we can use our thoughts, feelings, words and actions to co-create with God our own reality.
I will not write further on the above subject. Will you re-read what I have written and ponder upon it?
The Lord Ganpati, is being revered across India, for the present 10 days as a great clearer of obstacles. He is considered a symbol of wisdom and a bringer of good luck. He is believed to be a very powerful positive force in the Universe. It is said that Ganpati was born when Shivji and Mother Parvati contemplated on 'OM'
There was once a competition in Heaven as to who would circle the Universe first. While the other gods went in different directions, Ganpati circled round His parents. Some believe that because of Ganpati's example, we hindus revere our parents always. Therefore we need not celebrate Mother's and Father's day , only on a particular day each year. So let us call upon Ganpati to enter into our lives and affairs, and not leave our hearts even though we bid adieu to Him at the end of the 10 day celebration.
The 12th of Sepember, 2000 is Maha-visarjan-day. The grandest (in stature) of Ganpatis will be returned to the elements (Water). They have been feasted in a grand manner fit for gods, and now it is time to chant:
Ganpati Baba Morya!
Pudcha varshi laukarya!
Which means: O Ganpati
Return soon, next year
As we prepare to allow Him to leave, let us get to know a little more about Him.
It is believed that Ganeshji Himself wrote the Mahabharata, to the dictation of Guru Veda Vyasa. He is also considered the most intelligent. A challenge was thrown to brothers Ganeshji and Karthikeya by Sage Narada. The challenge was whoever went around the globe first would have the fruit first. Karthikeya went around the world which took quite some time while Ganeshji went round his parents thrice and claimed the fruit. The logic he gave was that since his parents represented the universe he had gone round them.
Ganeshji (Another name for Ganpati Bapa) is the beloved son of Shivji and Ma Parvati. Shivji used to leave Parvati for long periods of time, to immerse Himself into deep meditation. During one such time, Ma was feeling lonely, so she took some clay and water and commenced to shape a baby. She breathed life into him, and called the beautiful baby, Ganesh.
Once Ma Parvati went in to bathe and asked Ganesh not to let anyone in. Shivji happened to return from his long sojourn and Ganesh refused him entry. Enraged Shivji cut off Ganesh's head as he did not recognise the child. Ma Parvati implored him to restore her son's life. Lord Shiva said that he would cut the head of the first living creature that passed by and use it to replace his son's head, and that is what he did.
However it makes me wonder why Lord Shiva said that he would cut the head of the first living creature that passed. Could Lord Shiva have performed a head transplant? Eric Van Daniken in his book 'Chariots of the Gods' claims that humanity was very advanced in early history and far-fetched theories like the above one, should be taken literally.
Another version: Mother Parvati pointed out the planet Saturn to Ganpati. The latter's head got burnt due to the power of the planet.
The point to remember is that Ganeshji triumphed the onslaught of Saturn and became immortal.
Later, Ganeshji married Sidhhi and Buddhi and had two sons called Kshem and Labh. Please do some homework! find out the meaning of the above names and you will be able to learn the great qualities that Ganeshji is endowed with.
Ganeshji is called 'Ekdanta' because he broke one tusk while he engaged in a fight. 'Ekdanta' means 'one tooth'
Once the 'Moon' laughed at the appearance of Ganpati. The moon since has had dark spots on its beautiful surface as punishment.
Ved Vyaasji is the Poet Supreme . He penned the Shrimad Bhaagvat besides other remarkably Divine compositions. While writing the Mahabharata, Ved Vyaasa realised that his thoughts were flowing faster than his pen. So he requested Ganpatiji to write, while he dictated. Ganpatiji agreed. But he put up a condition. VedVyaas must not stop his dictation even for a second. VedVyaas agreed on the condition that Ganpatiji would only write a couplet after he understood it.
Ganeshji speed in writing was unsurpassed, hence Ved Vyaasji composed a difficult 'shloka' from time to time to keep Ganeshji busy trying to understand what he was writing.
So we have Ganpatiji to thank, for writing the hundred thousand couplets (shlokas) of the Mahabharata, which took 3 years to complete.
Remember, Ganpatiji's wife's name is 'Buddhi'? Buddhi means intellect and wisdom.
Truly Ganpati possesses all the powers to do away with any difficulty that confronts a devotee of his. So say with me:
Ganpati Bappa Morya
Pudchaa Varshi laukarya!
and may our troubles be as small as Ganpati's mouse &
our moments as sweet His laddus.
Now even this Imambada has gone as the house was recently sold, by my uncle, this was where Daroga Nabban Saab my maternal grand father( descendant of Mir Anis } poet who wrote under the name of Furkat stayed..he had two wives one family branched out to Pakistan .
The other stayed back in India..Lucknow Mumbai and Ashraf Abidi Urdu scholar poet stays in Delhi father of Adnan Abidi Reuters..we are blood relations so to speak.
Another relative Fakir Bhai eminent scholar poet writer is settled in UK..
Picture of the ancestral house Imambada ..
you are far too negative
life means unliving
forget and forgive
before you die
you must relive
dont just take
learn also to give
to the queen of pain
bood that trickles from the brain
when i slash my forehead
a soul that weeps
a tear dropp
you are still in your cradle
you dont know pain
untruthful it may sound
but times even truth to be truthful
has to feign
as is where is
a beggar poets
in love with
that i miss
than her hiss
It has recently lost its loved ones
this city almost mother like weeps
yes in grief
this city never sleeps
into the corroded hearts
of our hardened politicians
others sow they reap
in a mire of tainted notes
in a world of counterfeit votes
what was once yours
is now mine for keeps
our elected black sheep
I know you shoot better pictures than me
better photo your picture gallery
I consider you my mentor
my extended family
you have to come to mumbai
to shoot the hijras at haji malang
the beggars of haji ali
moharam in hyderabad
to the chant of ya ali ya ali
4 year old
might shoot you
with her nikon d 80
there are so many
things you and i dont agree
from your bond of friendship
i set you free
you are your
I Decided To Become A Beggar Was A Better Option, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.
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so i scaled
the gilded walls
of good money
i am on the run
i did not
i do not
to be part
i will still
i do not
want to earn
what i taught
i do not
want to learn
ashes to ashes
dust to dust
is a better
in the urn
no more regrets
no more heartburns
to your promised
paradise of doom
i pray to god
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Please read this poem as a satire and our depressing civic values and habits..
we are Indians
we always do
on a spiked fence
we dig our nose
we scratch our balls
most of the time
on the roads
we pee and shit
showing our posterior
to the world
bit by bit
do not throw garbage
the writing on the wall
in reply we spit
we will throw our garbage
in the neighbors yard
like he always did
now we are the
we are stupid
of divide and rule
a system that our
we are hindus
muslims christians dalits
but hardly hardly
we are Indians
we are too ashamed
we get angry
we fight amongst
we have lost
our humorous wit
but in spite of all our
we love our mother India
here we are tightly knit
iron in our soul
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During the break after the 93 Hindu Muslim riots in Mumbai the only time I was hit hard but survived thanks to Nitin Manmohan and his brother Hemant Panchmiya, we had a our first own pagdi house at Danpada Khar in the fishing village of Khar Danda when the riots took place.
Nitin bhai as I call him and I worked at his store Prachins helped me get temporary accommodations as the Danda house my family did not want to go back because of the dark violent memories.
So we stayed for a short while at Chand Society Juhu but the Muslim tag would frighten people so we moved from here to Juhu Scheme and stayed at a bunglow next to Mr Danny Daenzogpas house , from there again after a few months we shifted to Adarsh Nagar in a building close to the Lotus Gas station and mind you my kids still studied at Bandra.
From Adarsh Nagar we came to Pali Naka and from Pali Naka to Veronica street at Ranwar as tenants of Agnes Pereira , my room later was taken by Preity Zinta cine star and according to Agnes has been lucky for those who inhabited it as tenants.
I can vouchsafe words to Preity Zinta I dont now about my luck it eludes me till date.
From Pali Najka a short hiatus , our Khar Danda house got sold for peanuts we came to De Monte Street Bandra .
We stayed here for quite a few years so wherever I lived in Bandra Jesus Christ was always close at hand , this crucifix was in front of a house Maryville on Hill Road and the side lane leads to Waroda Road.
At Pali Naka too there was cross shadowing us and our nomadic after riots life style.
At Kamla Bai Sadan De Monte street house there was the tiny Grotto at the Bandra Bazar and the cross.
At my present house there is not one but several crosses that I pass as I go for work via De Monte street and Chinchpokli Road.
I thought this introduction was necessary to my genre called Jesus Poetry..
Jesus follows me
in the shadows
of the night
cloaked in a hood
he sheds light
not to give
up the fight
or be overawed
i am a muslim
he knows it alright
but he was
so he knows
its not divinity
but man who
into black and white
we kill we maim
in his name
its not man
but the maker
we kill on sight
my poetic angst
my poetic flight
21 Ramadan Shahadat Hazrat Mola Ali a.s
Khamosh hain to deen ki pehchan Ali a.s hain
Gar bolain to lagta hai k Quran Ali a.s hain
Quran to daita hai hamain dawat-e-Imaan
Iman yeah kehta hai mairy jaan Ali a.s hain
Ummat main numayan hain sabhi Ahle-e-Wilayat
Aur Ashab-e-Wilayat k bhe Sultan Ali hain
Es Bagh-e-Nabuwat ki kali Fatima Zehra s.a
Hassnain a.s hain 2 phool to Gulzar Ali a.s hain
Yeah Ummat-e-Sarkar miti hai na mitay gi
Es Aakhri Ummat k nigheban Ali a.s hain
Wo moqa-e-hijrat ho ya k Jang-e-Ohad ho!
Har haal main Sarkaar s.a.w.w per qurban Ali a.s hain
Khaibar ka qila cheekh k daita hai gawahi
Kuch shak nahi Quwwat-e-Yazdan Ali a.s hain…
Hai madd-e-muqabal ko bhe peenay ki ejazat
Safeenk moqey pe Zeshan Ali a.s hain
Main shama Shabistan-e-Wilayat kahon kis ko?
Dil bol utha Shama-e-Shabistan Ali a.s hain
Har aik Yazeedi se kaho Hashmi khul kar
Islam Ali a.s hain maira Imaan Ali a.s hain.
Ya Ali Madad.
Khuda k deen ka pehla Alamdaar jata hai…
Maskeenon Yateemon ka Madad-Gaar jata hai.
Qayamat toot pari Hussain a.s par jab Jibrael a.s nay kaha!
Karo Matam k aaj Haider-e-Karaar jata hai…
Inna Nillah-e-wa-inna elleh-e-raaji’oon.
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The commander of faithful, the father of eloquence, the caretaker of the orphans, the shelter of the needy and the perfect of all humans after Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw). Born in the House of Allah, Holy Kaaba, and martryed in the House of Allah, Masjid-e-Kufa. He died on the 21st day of Ramadan 40 A.H. and buried in Najaf al-Ashraf (Iraq).
On the eve of the martyrdom of Imam Ali (as) we take this opportunity to extend our heartiest condolences to Imam of the time, Imam Mahdi (as) and the Muslim world. Oh Allah (SWT) help us live the life of Imam Ali (as)!
Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib (as) had prophesied his departure from this world several days before hand, and on the day of his martyrdom he mysteriously desired his sons Imam Hasan and Imam Hussain (as) to offer their morning prayers in the house and not to accompany him as they usually did to the mosque of Kufa. When Imam Ali (as) was leaving his abode, the household birds began making a great noise and when one of Imam Ali's servants attempted to quieted them, Imam Ali (as) said, "Leave them alone, for their cries are only lamentations foreboding my death."
On the 19th of the month of Holy Ramadan (Mah e Ramzan) of the year 40 A.H, Imam Ali (pbuh) came to the mosque in Kufa for his morning prayers. Imam Ali (pbuh) gave the call for prayer (Azaan) and became engaged in leading the congregation. Abd-al-Rahman ibn Muljam pretending to pray, stood just behind Imam Ali (pbuh), and when Imam Ali (pbuh) was in a state of prostration, Abd-al-Rahman ibn Muljam dealt a heavy stroke with his sword, inflicting a deep wound on Imam Ali's (pbuh) head.
This was the time when Imam Ali (as) uttered his famous words : "Fuzto warab-il-Kaaba" - "By the Rab of Kaaba, I am successful".
Holy Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) had prophesied the assassination of Imam Ali (pbuh) and his issues. Regarding Imam Ali (pbuh) Holy Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) had said, "O Ali! I see before my eyes thy beard dyed with the blood of thy forehead."
They assassinated Imam Ali (pbuh) at his finest time - the hour of standing before Allah, the Exalted, during a prayer of submission, in the best of days, while fasting during the month of Ramadan (Mah e Ramzan); during the most glorious Islamic duties, while preparing to wage jihad, and in the highest and most pure divine places, the Mosque of Kufa.
May joy be to Amir al-Muminin Imam Ali bin Abi Talib (pbuh) and a blessed afterlife!
The crime of assassinating Imam Ali (pbuh) remains one of the most cruel, brutal and hideous, because it was not committed against one man, but against the whole rational Islamic leadership. By assassinating Imam Ali (pbuh), they actually aimed at assassinating the message, the history, the culture and the nation of Muslims embodied in the person of Imam Ali bin Abi Talib (pbuh). In doing so, the Islamic nation lost its guide of progress, and at the most wondrous opportunity in its life after the Holy Prophet (pbuh).
Imam Ali (pbuh) suffered from his wound for three days, and He (pbuh) passed away on 21st of the month of Ramadan (Mah e Ramzan) at an age of 63 years.
During these three days, he (pbuh) entrusted his son, Imam Hasan (pbuh) with the Imamate of guiding the nation ideologically and socially. During those three days, as during all his life, he never ceased remembering Allah, praising Him, and accepting Him and His ordinance.
Likewise, he continued giving pieces of advice and directions leading to good, pointing to the right, defining the way to guidance, explaining the course for deliverance, calling for the observance of Allah's ordinances, and warning against following one's ill desires and set-backs from not carrying out the divine message.
The following is one piece of advice offered to his sons, Imam Hasan (pbuh) and Imam Hussain (pbuh), as well as to his people, the nation and coming generations:
"I advise you to fear Allah, and not to run after (the pleasure of) the world, even if it may run after you. Do not be sorry for anything from it which you have been denied. Say the truth and act for (Allah's) reward. Be an enemy of the oppressor, and be a helper of the oppressed."
"I advise you, my children, my household and all those who may receive my message, to fear Allah, to arrange your affairs well, to maintain good relations among yourselves, for I have heard your grandfather (pbuh) saying: 'Good relations are better than prayer and fasting in general.'"
"(Fear) Allah when handling matters of orphans. Do not let them starve, nor allow them to be lost as long as you are there."
"(Fear) Allah in respect to your neighbors, for they were the trust of your Prophet (pbuh). He went on asking us to take care of them, so much that we thought he would make them heirs (of our heritage)."
"(Fear) Allah in respect to the Holy Quran, (take care that) no one may excel you in following its tenets."
Fuzto warab-il-Kaaba - By the Rab of Kaaba, I am successful"(Fear) Allah in respect to prayer, as it is the pillar of your religion."
"(Fear) Allah in respect to your Lord's House (Kaaba), do not forsake it so long as you live, because if you do you will not be looked upon with respect."
"(Fear) Allah in respect to Jihad, fight with your wealth, your lives and your tongues, in the way of Allah."
"Have mutual liaison and give-and-take. Beware of turning your faces from, and of renouncing, one another. Do not abandon bidding good and forbidding evil, lest vicious people may overrule you, and then in such a case, your invocations will not be responded to (by Allah)."
Then he said: "O, Banu Abdul Muttalib, certainly I do not want you to wade through the blood of the Muslims, crying: Amir al-Muminin was murdered. You certainly kill for me no one but my killer."
"Wait till I die by this stroke of him (Abd-al-Rahman ibn Muljam), then strike a single stroke against him, and do not disfigure his body, for I had heard the Holy Prophet (pbuh) saying: 'Avoid mayhem even with a rabid dog.'"
Such was the heroic end of this great man! The loss to the Mission and the nation was the gravest after the loss of the Holy Prophet (pbuh).
By the death of Imam Ali (pbuh) the nation lost:
A heroism that had become the song of the time;
A courageous history that has never dreamt of its like;
A wisdom no one can fathom, save Allah;
A purity, the like of which was only in the prophets;
An abstinence from the pleasures of life that could be attained only by the nearest to Allah;
An eloquence such as to be the echo of Book; and
A jurisprudence, and a thorough knowledge of the laws of religion, that made him the 'gateway of the city' of the Prophet's knowledge, and the authority to whom the Islamic nation referred in all its affairs.
Peace be upon Amir al-Muminin the day he was born, the day he was martyred on his altar, and the day he shall be raised alive.
Praise be to Allah, Lord of the worlds.
dedicated to Shankar Gallery
reaching out for
a serene spirituality
in a dahi pot
hands and legs
head and shoulders
in the streets of mumbai hot
jai govinda jai gopala
a beautiful thought
a magical moment
binding you soul
on the spot
peace hope harmony
that god bought
defeating the curse
of swine flu
an accidental plot
that was terrorizing
the human lot
from destiny's rot
jai govinda jai gopala
mumbai wala hai dilwala
mumbai premki patshala
jalnewale ka moonh ho kala
dilip kumar madhubala
rajendra kumar vijayntimala
purani pijcharon ka maza nirala
sharuk khan ko
amriki immigrationwalon ne
pareshan kar dala
A Camera Club Guy Asked Me Why Do You Post Pictures on the Net Do They Sell?, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.
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i gave him
a blow on
from his brains
you cant tell
as pictorial heaven
i prefer burning
filth rancid smell
i am a blogger rebel
i live on the streets
where even angels
fear to dwell
Picture shot by French Photographer Laurent salesse on Ashura day , on the way Karbala Talkatora Lucknow.
on the mound of derelict
pulverized car yard
trying to remember her
this shia thug die hard
registered on her web page
a broken heart of a
on a glass shard
this pedestrian poet
a joker a knave
she a blog goddess
a trump card
a heart pumping iron
via so many
yes what was once deleted
pulled me toward
through the back yard
of a dying love
blooming in a
bust nest graveyard
this rotten bad tomato
only by invitation
send the blog author
a cybernetic post card
yes I am back
all back scarred
hopes and aspirations
like burnt love letters
ashes to ashes
firoze fuckwit shakir
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but it is god
the inner soul
of a mans
lick ass lusterless
power and greed
do take heed
a beggar poet
full of money
does not need
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