ALL I NEED IS…TIME…
TIME TO KNOW WHO I AM,
WHERE DO I WANT TO GO,
WHAT I WANT TO BECOME .. AND …
WHAT THE HELL DO I WANT TO DO… (Why don’t you just leave me alone?)
Spiritualism is generally mistaken for religion or philosophy. The fact is that spirituality works on simple rules. It aims at the betterment of human lives with a little alteration in our qualities and feelings of love, forgiveness and concern for others. It wants us to cultivate virtues like patience and mental calm, come what may. It asks us to shun the out and out materialistic view towards life void of even the minimum goodness. Spiritual habits and exercises like mindfulness and meditation can provide inner happiness and feeling of a superior being.
The fact that every human act- virtuous or vicious- comes back compounded. So if a human works on a simple funda of doing good and least harm, he can assure himself a much happier and contended life. We do good and get better- physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. The importance of being in the present needs to be re-told with due emphasis to everybody. I have heard a lot of people say “What exactly is present. Does it mean we stop caring about the future?” I used to feel confused and ignorant. But lately, I have observed that life is like a travelling experience and when I say ‘enjoy the present’ I want you to enjoy the journey per se. So when we cherish and observe the roads, highways, scenic views surrounding the journey etc, we are actually ‘being in the present’.
“Ponderously brooding over the past
And responding passionately
To future’s beckoning…”
Now, what are the greatest treasure- wealth accounts or health accounts? Up to what extent does wealth come handy in trying times? Can it ward off the inevitable or even delay it? Can it make or break friends? A happy person is the one who is always surrounded by near and dear ones. If wealth could do it, poorest would be the loneliest. But I have seen my domestic help giggling and making merry with any lady she bumps into- the old granny sitting idle in the house or the always frowning sister in law. She is the one who is the local news channel of the locality. The proof of this internal happiness lies in the fact that diseases like hyper-tension, diabetes etc. never haunt them. The point I want to make is that our life on this ever rotating planet should consist of majority of liveliness, happiness and a huge loving social circle, not the self-contemplating, always lonely, busy and pre-occupied with shallow issues. We should better mend our ways before it is too late.
“Your needs are well satisfied,
Keep your quest for
Learning- true richness and wisdom
A poem revolves around a poor beggar who happened to ask for some eatable outside our house. At some point of time or the other, we all have shooed away cruelly some impoverished from the gates of our ‘castles’. But have we ever pondered over the genuine and actual hunger the man would be in. Why do we even think twice when one bread of ours can render him satisfied! Just realise the small and self-fulfilling, happy and enriching moments we miss in the daily ho-hum.
My hostel stay made me a morning riser. The fear of getting late to the department due to a long queue outside the washroom forced me to rise up at the crack of the dawn. A friendly atmosphere and early morning chit-chats induced me to cherish it too. Not an early riser prior to hostel life, I was oblivious to the divine winsomeness of the morning hours. It seems like nature calling and benignly whispering “Blessings to you, my child”.
All the early risers are blissfully privy to the beauty nature showers in the wee hours of the morning. Those few hours are serene, cool, calm, blessed and fertile. They extend optimum benefit and positivity to students, fitness freaks and religious minded people. In youth, we do not fully evaluate these values. We shoulder no responsibility. But as time passes we start discovering the big bad world. We start appreciating these values. It is the only time when our health gets a 360* nourishment- mental, physical, emotional and spiritual.
Early morning rising makes our day proverbially longer. You could hear grannies saying meaningfully “beta, din bada ho jata hai” (the day grows longer). This ‘psychological feel-good factor’ develops a positive and happier chakra in the mind inducing us to follow this virtue forever.
At the metaphysical level, the early morning hours are free from the clutter and ataxia of the people around. This mental muddle operates at the level of vibes. With people sleeping, this muddle is absent. As in an interview or examination hall, we can ‘feel’ the tension; in the twilight hour of breaking dawn, we feel the tranquillity and equanimity that nature gifts for free.
Early risers believe that the ‘prabhat’ time of the day is so much divinely blessed that the prayers made at this hour never go unanswered. Saints chuckle that God is free from the rush of requests at this hour. So whatever we plead with a feeling heart and bowed head, gets answered. Isn’t this alone the reason enough for us to get up early?
Man with his inflated ego and proud arrogance,
Mocks at everything.
Bears his fangs, pitches his guns
And gases to
Kill and maim, take revenge against
Foes and friends and strangers alike.
But when faces he
Floods and cyclones
And tsunamis earthquakes and
Epidemics and forest fires,
He sweats and shivers
Like a scared babe.
Raises his hands skyward in sheer
Surrender and obeisance.
If he but lives like it
Forever,What will ail him?
(Photo: Courtesy Ankita Jain)