There is nothing new about ‘waiting’ in waiting rooms. But this one is different – because often you get roped in an animated discussion and the time just flies. How come? It’s because the people waiting pen down their favorite quote on a white board kept in a corner. The quotes generally are inspirational and the discussions interesting. The quote yesterday was in Hindi – there were many interpretations. I am not sure if I can translate it’s meaning correctly in English. Read below what it says – so what do you make of it?

     I will attempt some kind of a translation of the verse. It is far from perfect and may even dilute the effect of the simple wisdom hidden in it. Here goes:

God (Almighty) says

“You do what you want to do,
But you get what I want for you to get,
If you do what I want you to do,
Then what happens will be what you want it to happen.”

The moral of the verse in simple terms is that we must listen to our inner voice (Gods voice), and do what He tells us to do. Not to follow materialistic attractions us or things which misguide us.

Translations always do not work. I am not entirely satisfied with my translation but hope you get a gist of it.

One of my blogger friends Pamela gave a better translation below 🙂   which I am inserting here:

                 GOD speaks.
“You always do, what you want to do.
But you always get, what I want you to get.
Now, you start doing what I want you to do.
And watch! You shall get what you want to get..”

Thanks Pamela 🙂                                                  


Keep Smiling!


About Dilip

An open mind! Love to share my thoughts and a keenness to learn. An engineer and a MBA I had a wonderful innings in the Army and later moved to consultancy and teaching. My current interests are music and growing culinary herbs. Love to play golf and do yoga regularly. I am serious on "Living life less seriously". A warm welcome to you be well and be cheerful always.

65 responses

  1. Sahil says:

    Can some give me the original shloka in Sanskrit for this ?

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  2. VEDANT says:

    Enlighten Blog !!

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  3. Raj Kumar Ahuja says:



  4. girish kohli says:

    Thank you sooooooo much sir for your blog in which I get so much of learnings and when I saw ourgroup photos I get so much in bliss and happiness remembering my college days and every things we experience at TASMAC, Pune.

    uours remains faithfully,

    girish kohli

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    • dilipnaidu says:

      My dear friend Girish I too get the same wonderful feelings when I go through the photos very nostalgic 😒

      But when we come to know how well you guys are doing it is we who feel so proud and rewarded 😀😀

      Thanks dear Girish keep in touch.


  5. swapnil says:

    Pls translate it into Sanskrit…i m not getting it .)


  6. Thanks 🙂 Something good to ponder!

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  7. Ashutosh says:

    Which Shlok is this of Bhagavad Gita?


  8. Ankur Mithal says:

    The title of this post, for some reason, reminded me of the Sholay scene with Dharmendra speaking as God where he says “Yeh hum bol rahe hain…” from behind a statue. But, jokes apart, the translation seems to stay honest to the original.


  9. Sagar says:

    Could you pls help me
    with its original version
    i mean i dont find on net in sanskrit version.


  10. Manu Narula says:

    Can you tell me the Chapter number & versa number in which all this is present in Bhagavad Gita??


  11. Pamela says:

    GOD speaks.
    “You always do, what you want to do.
    But you always get, what I want you to get.
    Now, you start doing what I want you to do.
    And watch! You shall get what you want to get..”

    Profound wisdom!
    Just needed this most. NOW!
    Thank you.


    • dilipnaidu says:

      Welcome Pamela I am honored. Glad you liked the simple words and found them profound which indeed they are.
      BTW I like your translation much better than mine 🙂

      Cheers and have a lovely week-end!


      • Pamela says:

        Thank you so much Dilip ji.
        I have pasted this quote onto my paper back cover..
        Lovely weekend to you too!


        • dilipnaidu says:

          What a lovely thing to do. Me too its essence is firmly etched in my mind I try to keep a quiet mind to be able to listen to our Inner voice. Another prerequisite is the challenge of minimizing our ego – बहुत मुश्किल है

          Best wishes always and cheers 🙂


        • Pamela says:

          EGO- Erasing God Out of our life. 😀
          Best wishes to you too!


        • dilipnaidu says:

          Sorry मुझे समझ में नहीं आया 😦


        • Pamela says:

          Ohh sorry for that. में ये बोलना चाह रही थी कि Having an ego is like banishing the existence of god from ones life..
          That is E.g.o = erasing.god.out of life :)..
          Since we were discussing on ego…so thought of sharing this with u.


        • dilipnaidu says:

          Beautiful I like that. Many thanks 🙂


  12. Nice poem and title. My Hindi is not great (actually it’s very bad), but can read the alphabet relatively easy. I think your translation is very good though.



  13. Thank you for posting the information.


  14. fgassette says:

    WOW! I learned a lot reading this post and the comments. Thank you for visiting my blog. Hope you come back for a return visit.



  15. pennycoho says:

    I am very ignorant of much. But have greatly enjoyed following the discussion here, however. Speaking of myself, it seems that the “I” of me is in the first-person mentality too often when viewing and experiencing life. The hardest thing is to have the selflessness and willingness to remove the “I” as in “I am” and just be. Thank you.


    • dilipnaidu says:

      Hi Penny,

      So nice you took interest in in this Hindi verse. I will attempt some kind of a translation of the verse. It is far from perfect and may even dilute the effect of the simple wisdom hidden in it.

      God (Almighty) says

      “You do what you want to do,
      But you get what I want for you,
      If you do what I want you to do,
      Then what happens will be what you want to happen.”

      The moral of the verse in simple terms I feel is that we must listen to our inner voice (Gods voice), and do what it tells us than do what outwardly attracts or misguides us.

      Translations always do not work. I am not satisfied with my translation but hope you get a gist of it.

      Kind regards,


      • pennycoho says:

        I sincerely thank you for the translation. You’re right of course, interpretation of a translation from language to language (frequently without intent) can vary thus changing a meaning in a subtle way which history has certainly proven. But I believe I have your ‘gist of it”. I hope so. I will try to listen harder to my inner voice. Again thank you for your time and care,



  16. बहुत ही शानदार वाक्य है!


  17. girish says:

    Hello sir,

    It is indeed a truth of life that we are given the life by God as per our past karmas .We are suffering due to our own karmas but the most irony is we consider others responsible for our sufferings or happiness.

    When Arjun asked Lord krishna that what is the most astonishing fact of life, then Krishna replied that we all see that someone or the other is dying but we never expects or belive that we can also die on the same day.
    In my opinion our life is glass of water with mud where mud signifies our bad karmas . If we want to be happy we have to remove the mud out of our life by increasing our good deeds which should increase our bad deeds or karma.
    Our prayers will only get answered when we are in tune with the essence of nature who is obviously giving us so much but still it is so mute.

    The lines of the artical are very authentic and true.

    With regards

    Girish Kohli


    • Dilip says:

      Girish Ji,

      I liked what you say “If we want to be happy we have to remove the mud out of our life by increasing our good deeds which should increase our bad deeds or karma.”

      Yes we need to practice this with faithfully!

      Warm regards!


  18. Girish Kohli says:

    “Tu wahi kar jo main chahta hoon, phir hoga wahi jo tu chahta hai”. Let us start with 2 interpretations
    A) Be full of desires as we have been conditioned by the society and get into the mad race of consumerism? Be devoid of compassion for the so called “others”? Is the God system or system is the God?
    B) As Sriram Sir said we should be desireless as the God himself is and this brings us to the ultimate truth: if we align our desires with what the God desires according to Sriram Sir then we are talking about oneness with God? Is it not? If the God does not desire anything and we should mirror God’s desires in our action/behavior, then why have we become slaves of desire? Who puts desires in our minds? The question is who is stopping us from shedding our desires? Who is creating obstacles in our way from being one with God? Who has sowed the seeds of guilt and fear in our minds? I am afraid it is none other than religion which does not allow us to become one with God. Our miseries do not end here, at one end we are made desirous of becoming the best and at the other extreme we should fear the God (I want to know how is it possible to become one with him if we fear God), feel guilty for being immersed in joy & happiness and for endless desiring if we follow those so called “means” which are not prescribed or non confirming. What kind of contradicting values are we forced to live with and this is being sold to us in the garb of balancing act? Let’s not forget, we are talking about the basic ingredients of all the conditioning which shapes our personality. The problem gets more compounded when we are told “Our religion is good while theirs are bad”, or ours is more tolerant than other religions. The more one tries to find out who is stopping us from being one with the God, who the culprit is, the more convinced one becomes about this truth. The society and our surroundings make us acquisitive, aggressive, competitive, violent and what not. The fall out of this kind of attitude and behaviour cannot be negated. My final question is: Do we really know what are the main causes of social pathology? If we are unsure about it in any way we should think how such a society could get shaped. It is the religion and those who are supposedly the prime benefactors who sow seeds of pathology. Is it just by accident that someone has propounded the ultimate truth which is in front of us?


    • Dilip says:

      Hi Girish,

      I extend a warm welcome to you and thank you for sharing your thought provoking views. I entirely agree with you and Sriram Sir on the Option (B).

      We need to to make it a start to aim at a ‘desire-less’ or a state of निरइच्छा . The journey may be long for many or short for a few but the quality of our lives is bound to get better and better. Yes religion and social pathology a disease of modern life will not find a place in our quest for the ultimate Truth.

      It appears to me your knowledge on these matters is quite profound and we all in this forum look forward to more from you.

      With kind regards!


  19. Gaurav R Arora says:

    Dear Sir,

    I believe God has a great plan for all of us, our job is to have faith on him and do our karma. As Written in Bhagvad Gita ‘Karm Kar Fal ki Chinta Mat Kar’ Life is a journey and we have to keep moving on.

    I do agree with you it’s all about believing and listening to our inner voice. We sometime realize that there is no point on wasting our energy in some things which are not worth of efforts, but then we hear a voice saying ‘give it one more try and I promise miracle will happen’. Concept of Inner Voice is related to God i.e. ‘Paramatama’ the supreme Spirit which reside in everyone.
    It’s our Atma that charge us with positive energy of love and help us move in right direction.

    I am reminded of the prayer which we sang during our Schooldays ‘ Hum ko Man Ki Shakti Dena,Man Vijay Kare Dusarau ki Jai Se Pehale Khud Ko Jai Kare’. Listening to Paramatma is all about ‘Trust’ and it’s a known fact that many of the organization fail due to people’s lack of Trust on its Management.

    If we have a positive frame of mind positive things bound to happen. As the wordings says ‘ Par Hota Vahi Hai Jo Mea Chahata Hu…’ implies once you listen to the prompting Spirit, life happens to be much Smoother and Happier.

    In words of Eleanor Powell
    ‘What we are is God’s gift to us. What we become is our gift to God’

    Jai Hind


    • Dilip says:

      Dear Gaurav,

      Your comments makes me want to share a Bhajan which inspires me most. Please do listen and enjoy

      मेरा आपकी कृपा से,सब काम हो राहा है.
      करते हो तुम कन्हैया,मेरा नाम हो राहा है….
      पतवार के बिना ही,मेरी नाओ चल रही है
      हैरान है जमाना,मन्जिल भी मिल गयी है



  20. Dear Sir,

    How are you?

    You are really doing such a great job by reaching such kind of theme which are really life at your all loved ones.This the thing which we common human being usually forget but hold firmly which is not permanent.I am really grateful to you and respect your activities from my bottom of heart.

    This is the truth of life. We all are Zero and God is digit
    ( 1 to 9).Zero can’t prove its value without help of any digit(1 to 9).Our beginnning and ending of life is only because of blessings of omnipotent god.Without taking help of digit(1 to 9) if zero wants to prove itself with any digit/number then there will be only defeat.

    If we dedicate all our works( personal,professional,social,etc.)dedicate to our creator then error commiting will be minimised and there will be greater chance of successful completion of all jobs.

    This universe is just as a stage for all creatures, god is director and creatures are actors.After finishing our role ,we all will back to the destination.
    Even in our present modern era till today no actor/player has not done well without their director/mentor/coach.

    Let’s all put faith on the omnipotent and will do the assigned job for short life sincerely as per the constitution of omnipotent. (Like Hindu follow Shreemad Bhagwatgeeta,Muslims follow Koran,Christian follow Bible,etc.)Only reading is not sufficient, putting into practice is most important.

    Your dear Sashi.


    • Dilip says:

      Dear Sashi,

      What you say “We all are Zero and God is digit” is the only Truth. Once when we understand this life moves on effortlessly guided by the Divine force.

      Warm regards and best wishes.


  21. resumeworth says:

    You’re the guiding star for budding minds. showing them the right path, inspiring them to choose untrodden path and leave a mark behind to follow, indeed a noble deed.
    Hats off to you and keep it up.
    Warmest wishes


    • Dilip says:

      Hello Devdat,

      Sorry for this belated acknowledgement to your kind words. I just viewed your inspiring blog – the latest post on ” Personal banding in your resume”. I would love to learn from it and share my thoughts.

      Your blog too will serve to benefit young minds.

      Thanks for the visit. Kind regards.


  22. suhas says:

    The Lord has said…..
    I created the four VARNAS (Bramhan, Kshatriya, Vaishya & Shudra) based on the Gunas & past Karmas of individuals. Each person should follow own Dharma (Duty). No duty is superior or inferior.
    You have a right to act, and never to the fruit of action.

    But,” tu karta vahi hai, jo tu chahata hai”

    You cannot spend even a small fraction of time (KshaNa) without doing any action. You will at least have to do your natural duties (breathe, digest, cause blood flow in the body etc).
    If you try to act as per other person’s Gunas it will be dangerous.
    Whenever there is a decline in righteousness, I will appear and destroy the unrighteous.

    Hence, “hota vahi hai, jo Mai chahata hun”

    I control this universe with just a fraction of my prowess, Oh Arjuna. But you need not be concerned with it?

    So “Tu vahi Kar, jo mai chahata hun”

    Dedicate all actions to Me, and act in the present without memory of the past, without anxiety for the future.

    Then, “ Fir hoga vahi, jo tu chahata hai”


  23. Wonderful quote really…Adjusting your will with god’s will is indeed important.


  24. Nupur Jain says:

    All readers will have their own perceptions about this statement

    So let me take the priviledge of explaining my view

    This starts from I doing what I want to do (tu karta wahi hai jo tu chahta hai)

    every human does what he wants to do, a sinner would not sin unless he finds the sin worth going in for. if we do something to keep our family happy, its not because of our family.

    I am doing something because I want to keep MY family happy.

    All we are, is ‘I’ Specialists.

    If I have two choices to make in my life, I would choose the one which I find feasible and then follow it till the T,and if it goes right, I am responsible for it, and if it goes wrong, I did what God allowed me to do.

    God/luck/fortune don’t sound anything more than the most sought after escape in such situations.

    When it comes to happenings happen according to God’s will (hota wahi hai jo mai chahta hoon)I would say that for any man who has endeavoured enough, the outcome has to be decided as per his efforts.

    The irony of it all is such that when there is someone else who fails we can have the cheeks to say that he didn’t work hard
    enough and when we fail, it’s someone else’s (generally God’s) wish. Although, such is not the case when we are successful.

    Further, (tu kar wahi jo mai chahta hu).. just yesterday, I read this interesting article on a random website where college going students were asked how many of them would be OK anout marrying the parter of their parents’ choice and more than 70% of them were not OK about it. “Today is the time when people don’t wear clothes of their parent’s choice, how can I marry a man my mother gets for me.” Said a student studying 12th Commerce.

    To put it straight, there is a human being, whose existence can be easily sold on a mother’s day/ father’s day/ parent’s day,
    to be as close to God as possible, and we cannot be ready to wear clothes of their choice. and then there is this unseen character who is believed to not exist, by a good number out of today’s population, and we appear to be ready to Act as per HIS will.
    or maybe, we do what we want to do, and call it God’s will.(is the easier way out)!!

    Its all about how we act, and we are supposed to bear the outcome of our Actions!

    We are grown up enough to take responsibility of what we do!!

    Thanks for reading this!


    • Dilip says:

      Hi Nupur,

      Sorry for my delayed response. Thanks for a spontaneous response – no hold barred 🙂

      I agree 100% with you that “All we are, is ‘I’ Specialists”. Its because of this deeply ingrained I that leads to many avoidable arguments, anger and stress.

      I feel we need to work on this and graduate to the small “i” state. This would expand our vision manifold.

      Thanks a lot for making time from your professional commitments to post your observations.

      Regards & best wishes.


  25. Sriram says:

    Dear Sir,

    It’s an interesting verse that needs to be dug into beyond the superficial concept of a bhagwan who is the master puppeteer and the puppet that performs best is the one that allows it to be controlled by the master!

    The word Bhagwan in sanskrit is representative for the One who is ‘limitlessly’ endowed with 6 ‘bhagas’or wealth – knowledge (jñāna), energies (śakti), strength (bala), opulence (aiśvarya), heroism (vīrya), splendor (tejas) and also is one who doesn’t have any objectionable qualities in Him.

    So Being Bhagwan, one is essentially desireless.

    So when Bhagwan cannot have desires, he doesn’t want anything from the human as well.

    Let’s explore why there is any desire or ‘drive’ for any action. This in sanskrit is called Vasanas – meaning the impressions or residues that induce a predilection in our behaviors and actions – which in english is drive and hence associated with ‘motion’ , motive and motivation.

    So the simple equation for our actions / behaviors is that we are ‘driven’ by these ‘vasanas’.

    where from are these ‘vasanas’ acquired? – through past & current actions.

    Every instance of our behavior leaves behind reactions – one that has an instant feedback mechanism and the other that takes its own sweet time to ‘feedback’.

    So the solution to get out of ‘vasanas’ and hence ‘driven’ behaviors, we must exhaust them.

    The secret to exhaust them is to then do actions or indulge in behaviors that do not leave reactions.

    Is that possible – newton’s laws of motion – can they be defied?

    Actions or behaviors when decomposed comprise of a physical part and a ‘mental or intent’ part. What leaves reactions that take time for feedback is the intent.

    So when action doesn’t have intent, it becomes free from adding to future feedback and the cycle of ‘driven’ to act is ceased.

    its all in our intent then! So when the verse says do as Bhagwan wants it is perhaps asking us to do actions without ‘intent’ as Bhagwan would – because a man who possess everything is not ‘driven’ to act, but acts for the joy in ‘action’.

    So the verse actually is asking us to behave like Bhagwan’s – not to be driven to act but drive the action, not to be controlled but control – because one who is endowed with all in limitless supply will act without a hankering / without a tension on the outcome.

    Studies on ‘Drive’ or motivation as presented in the book ‘Drive’ also confirm this concept that any action of ours if driven with a sense of ‘reward’ at the end of it ‘clouds’ our minds and crowds out our thought processes, binding us into a set course of steps rather than liberating us to explore multitude alternative courses of action. Hence the prescription from the studies on motivation is to remove the focus on expectations & rewards and put it back on the action / process itself.

    So let’s observe our own behaviors and understand what portions are ‘driven’ and what portions are when we are the driver. That’s the start and then we will finally reach a point after practice where we act as drivers rather than driven and therefore as the verse says do as bhagwan would do!!

    Thanks for the interesting quip that ‘drove’ me to write this!!




    • Dilip says:

      Dear Sriram,

      Your interpretation in Sanskrit ‘being free of desire’ is the ultimate truth. However reading the quote did not strike me as Bhagwan being in the role of a puppeteer. To me the third and fourth lines imply that only when we connect with the Almighty or the Supreme Consciousness then our thoughts and actions become free of Raag – Dvesh – Vasanas. I’d love to read the book ‘Drive’ mentioned by you.

      Many thanks for the enrichment! Warm regards.


  26. Prachiti Talathi Gandhi says:

    Rightly said.You can not beat destiny no matter how hard you try. Destiny will take it’s own time to judge your virtue and reward you.


    • Dilip says:

      Hi Prachiti as I said in the post above there are many interpretations on this. Destiny yes but do you think the quote also implies something on our ‘inner voice’?

      The next comment by Sriram Sir is something we need to apply our minds on. I’d love to understand well what he has explained.

      Many thanks and trust your doing well over there. Best of luck.


  27. Mansi Shah says:

    Its an extremely superb saying..!!