If I remember correctly, it was Sahir Ludhianvi who penned this couplet in most magnified a measure touching delicate turns of life more or less in every body’s case. In a way this is the best compromise which a person may have to work upon as a remedy with grace:
वह अफ़साना जिसे अंजाम तक लाना न हो मुमकिन
उसे एक खूबसूरत मोड़ देकर छोड़ना अच्छा।
(If you are on a mission but get confronted with maladies making your task a miserable one in the midway, better it would be for you to drop it with grace).
Such an approach is not to be construed as an escapism which is just contrary to the very spirit of the message conveyed through the above quote. This can well be read in conjunction with what Lord Krishna heralded in Bhagwat Gita –Karmanne vadhikaristey ma phalesh kadachinam – an interpretation of which confirms that one need not stick to the ditch in pursuance of his goal, it is rather more graceful for him to call it a day.
Like it applies to every object on this earth, a life too is subject to depreciation, discount, wear and tear, bad debts and wastages with hardly a little amount of it left to live and that too on moment to moment basis. Jeevem Sharda Shatam (wish to live a life of hundred years) is the Vedic saying but it practically boils down only to a too little percentage of it if indispositions, ailments, bottom low forms, cloudy moods, desperate moments, depressive tendencies, moroseness and too week levels of mental faculties are reduced out of it. Only lucky few ones are able to make it in full measure after certain essentially inevitable cuts. There are persons trying their best to console themselves like a close friend of mine and a poet of repute Awadhesh Pandey penned his otherwise quite well received a poem a part of which reads like this:
सच बोलूंगा सत्य कहूँगा
गीता की सौगंध कहूँगा
जिसको मरना हो मरे
किन्तु मैं नहीं मरूंगा।
(Death doesn’t concern me and this I say as a truth with faith. I am not afraid of death and it is for them to adore it who fear it as such)
This is so bold an expression capable of inspiring the people on earth and appears strong enough to prove life meaningfully worth it of course as against the very fact that the amount of a well meant aspired life at our disposal is too short.
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How very typical it is to get intimated with the persons physically invisible and that too at a big distance geographically. I don’t know a person living at the other end of the globe, or even within my own country at a far off the place. Thanks to the blogging platform which brings variety of people together online, but such a peculiar phenomenon is the one that remains quite invisible. Their ‘Likes’ and faithfully made comments are denotative of the factor that they do like me otherwise what a hell they have to waste their time and energy for me and my work. I too like them, some of them much more, yet some of them so closely and personally. People known to me closely in person are just a few and far between, rest of them accessible not an inch beyond a mental mapping. Looks like the house hold stories meant for the children – there was a king, there was a queen, there was a prince, there was a princess, and all this coupled with fairy tales. At times I feel like I am dealing with imaginary figures sans any physical shape, but then I correct myself saying ‘no, they are very much there quite in an earthly existence with the difference that they are not visible except beyond their icons in the blog, mine or theirs’.
Indian philosophy prescribes that even the Creator of the Universe is Nirankar (nirakaar), and it is for the people to practice seeing even some humans in that form through dhyanyoga. Possibly the bloggers too in their turn may have to resort to such an alternative to experience their love for each other satisfying their urge for an element of kinship.
- BREAKING NEWS: The hearing on pension issue in Supreme Court could not be completed yesterday. It continues and is likely to be concluded today.
‘The world is without joints’ as said Shakespeare in his ‘Hamlet’, and it was like this only when it came into existence, and has to remain as such during all the time the eternity consumes. Grievance against whom?. Me alone one side with the world as a whole at the other end. People don’t behave the way I want, or the way you want. What to do?. Do whatever you like, the world is not going to incur any change in its behaviour simply to match your mood and convenience. You might be a business man with a thinking that your other dealers are dishonest. Did you ever notice that you yourself are like that?. You could be a boss nurturing a malice that your junior is not performing well the duties so allocated to him. Did you ever realise that you too are lagging much behind in discharging your responsibilities in the required measure. There is a small story running like this:
There was a boy consuming too much of jaggery with the result that it caused a regular disorder to his stomach and his parents remained upset on that count all the time. As a last resort, they took the boy to their family priest, whose word was considered to be the last and final in every matter in the family, humbly requesting a remedy to this. The priest told them to see him again after a fortnight for the purpose. They returned to him along with the boy as advised. The priest told the boy ‘Look, too much of jaggery intake is very harmful for health, stop it or just take a very little amount of it’. The parents were shocked and humbly requested the priest to tell them why it was not possible for him to give the same advice a fortnight back. The priest replied ‘…my problem was that at that time I myself was used to taking too much of jaggery, and how could I give an advice on an evil unless I myself got rid of it’.
If one is himself a liar, he has no business to advise others to follow the truth. Moreover, one can’t go ahead with the task of reforming the world as a whole, but what he can very well do is to correct himself and adjust. If I am the master of my soul, it is me myself to set an order for me and then expect the similar response from others in the society. This even applies in the case of animals too. If I treat an animal with love and care, the act sumptuously elicits the similar reaction from it in much bigger a measure.