Create ghosts or gods; the clay is yours. Attracted to one, repelled by the other, ghosts and gods are changing, while the clay remains the same. Brahman is bliss, a changeless Love; sorrow is our creation and needless.
You feel happy, you start loving. In love, happiness blooms. Yet, my friend, understand, it’s one coin but the sides are two. Love is happiness expressed, happiness is love experienced.
Feel the joy of sharing. Giving is life, taking is death. Share what you have, always full; the wellspring refills itself. Your talent, skills or knowledge, your health, wealth or love, your time, words or smile.
Lacking in nothing, Children of Amrita, The blissful Brahman; You are That.
Kaupeena Panchakam by Sri Adi Shankaracharya This is a very short poem with five stanzas written by Shankaracharya which glorifies the life of a Sannyasi. A Sadhu renounces everything before entering into Sannyas and wears only a kaupina aka kaupeena (loincloth). That too is for the sake of the world.
वेदान्तवाक्येषु सदा रमन्तो भिक्षान्नमात्रेण च तुष्टिमन्तः । विशोकमन्तःकरणे चरन्तः कौपीनवन्तः खलु भाग्यवन्तः ॥
Who is revelling in the thoughts of Vedantic declarations, Whom does a meagre portion of begged-food satisfy, Who is walking around without a trace of sorrow The man with just the loincloth is indeed the lucky one. -1
Always contented in the joy of ones own self
Who is peaceful by curbing desires his senses
Who is immersed day and night in the bliss of Brahman
The man with just the loincloth is indeed the lucky one. -3
देहादिभावं परिवर्तयन्तः स्वात्मानमात्मन्यवलोकयन्तः । नान्तं न मध्यं न बहिः स्मरन्तः कौपीनवन्तः खलु भाग्यवन्तः ॥
Dehadhi bhavam parivarthayantha,
Naantha na Madhyam na bahi smarantha,
Kaupeenavantha Khalu bhaghyavantha – 4
Always witnessing the changes of his own body,
Who is seeing himself as the Self, the changeless,
And who never bothers to think about the end, middle and outside (of the world),
The man with just the loincloth is indeed the lucky one. -4
Always singing the sacred glory of Brahman, the eternal Always contemplating that ‘I am Brahman’, Who is wandering around just on alms obtained, The man with just the loincloth is indeed the lucky one. -5