Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Victory over our own self

Many of you have already seen this video in which my niece is singing the prayer Hum ko man ki shakti dena.
I just love listening to this prayer from my niece. So much so that each time I call my sister I make my niece sing it again for me. But after humoring me for a couple of times she got tired, and wouldn't sing the song. So, I pretended that I didn't know the prayer, and actually wanted to learn it from her. That worked. Now I have been getting regular lessons from my niece. And a real good teacher she is! But of course, I am being a poor learner. I keep forgetting the lines when my niece asks me to sing the song independently, without her support. That's how our lessons continue.

Back to the song itself, I find its lyrics very inspiring. I often hum the song whenever I face any potentially overwhelming difficulties. Today was one of those days. But the invigorating words of the prayer instilled enough strength in me that I was able to face the challenges courageously.

Here's the song in my voice. I hope it inspires more people to discover their inner strengths.

English Translation of Lyrics
(Original Hindi Lyrics by Gulzar)

God, please give us the strength of the mind...
So that we can win victory over our minds,
So that before trying to be victorious over others,
We first gain victory over our own self.

So that we keep our hearts free from any prejudices,
So that we are able to forgive when our friends commit mistakes,
So that we keep away from falsehood, and fill our hearts with truth,
So that before trying to be victorious over others,
We first gain victory over our own self.

When troubles befall on us, please have this much grace...
So that we always support justice and tread a moral path,
So that we remain confident and fearless,
So that before trying to be victorious over others,
We first gain victory over our own self.

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