A note on life....

 

My cousin (10) asked me last summer why do we live if all die. She didn't understand why everyone was afraid of dieing as we all die eventually. I obviously could not give her the answer I wished for, so I decided to settle down for ..."because it's fun". In that particular moment, I was quiet embarrassed about my answer and trying to calm me down by saying that "in few years I will tell her the truth (whatever that was)". But, then (some months after) I realized that I was not wrong at all. Yes, life is fun!

 

I read on a blog post a very useful advice which stated that whenever you feel angry or upset just imagine you are upon a mountain and you see yourself from above. Then you will regain your peace. Life is just a game. A game in which we are all creators and players, but the former we never acknowledge. It's indeed fun to see yourself from above and have a laugh or two on your absolute innocence and foolishness.

 

I have heard so many times people wanting to change the world, but heard just one or maybe two saying they want to change. Life is fun, but is not to be changed. It's you and me who has to change. People blame Gods, governments, aliens (sometimes), they go to any extreme that seems close to pick on. Sadly, the closest responsible for any damage this world has suffered, is YOU! You that decided not to dedicate a minute of your day TO YOURSELF. Life is YOU and YOU are FUNNY! Funny because with our potential, we overlook our inner thoughts, we crave for material comfort, we ignore what does not affect us, we are sad for others, but never ourselves,

 

I am sad, for me and for others. This does not make me better, it just makes me more understanding. My sad is about the children in Africa, India and all over the world that starve to death...and I am doing nothing. This is my pain....how can I help myself to help others?

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Comment by Yogesh Jadhav on April 9, 2011 at 4:57am

: ) thanks for the kind appreciation !

you may 'pray' for me (please) and that is what I eagerly cherish !

 

Comment by Alexandra Matei on April 8, 2011 at 1:48pm

Dear Yogesh,

 

I honestly thank you for your comments. I once more restated my strong belief that answers come to us when we look for them. In this case, it came from you....I will always think of the Talisman you shared with me. If by changing us we change the world, then you helped me so you inevitably changed a part of this world. Hope one day I can pay it forward!

 

 

Comment by shyam tosawad on April 8, 2011 at 11:00am
Look at the trees, look at the birds, look at the clouds, look at the stars... and if you have eyes you will be able to see that the whole existence is joyful. Everything is simply happy. Trees are happy for no reason; they are not going to become prime ministers or presidents and they are not going to become rich and they will never have any bank balance. Look at the flowers - for no reason. It is simply unbelievable how happy flowers are. ~Osho
Comment by Yogesh Jadhav on March 28, 2011 at 2:50am

Dear Alexandra,

Thanks for the post..

I fully sympathise with the experience of your student whose feelings you had narrated in your post.. and I think she is not to blame for this ... as she might have been the victim and been exposed to these extremes in her ambient conditions in her life.

Now due to information overload as a result of excessive exposure to media (print, audio-visual) within the reach of a child, there is this danger of widespread anxiety and desperation culminating in a sub-conscious phobia for humanity within the citizens psyches.

Regarding the solution,,, I believe, I have no final solution as situations differ from person to person and places to places.. but I can share my experiences... when I was a student I used to search for solutions for similar problems, and I found solace in spiritual writings. I read about the religious texts, and also applied them in my life: irrespective of the faiths, whether Islam or Hindu, or Buddhist, or Christian, etc. As all of them speak of the same truth.. And then I also read about the contemporary religions (including Bahai Faith) and I really appreciate the teachings and have tried to inculcate these in my daily life... I found solace in this, as it provides answers to the contemporary world's problems..

Similarly some people might find solace in their vocation of life, and may devote themselves to a social cause..and life for it..and die for it..just to see that some one other than them is benefitted..

I would like to quote from Mahatma Gandhi's Talisman:

"I will give you a talisman. Whenever you are in doubt, or when the self becomes too much with you, apply the following test. Recall the face of the poorest and the weakest man [woman] whom you may have seen, and ask yourself, if the step you contemplate is going to be of any use to him [her]. Will he [she] gain anything by it? Will it restore him [her] to a control over his [her] own life and destiny? In other words, will it lead to swaraj [freedom] for the hungry and spiritually starving millions?
Then you will find your doubts and your self melt away."
- One of the last notes left behind by Gandhi in 1948, expressing his deepest social thought.

Hope this helps..do let me know...

best wishes,

Yogesh

Comment by Alexandra Matei on March 26, 2011 at 8:14am

Dear Yogesh,

 

Thanks for your comment. It does help to know that there are some other people who share the same worldview. But on one note I somehow feel slightly different from you. First of all I believe in reincarnation, as a process of purification and of reaching our sublime potential...that resumes to the divinity to which we all belong. So, I guess that we are here to define ourselves as WHO WE ARE. In such a polarized world between good and bad, love is both and no matter the choice we make there is no mistake because even a mistake can lead to the enlightment of the soul either in the life we live in our afterwards. We come here and there and everywhere with the supreme potential of creation - creating ourselves as we want to be and creating our reality.  But, the issue is not this. The problem, my problem is that I acknowldege that but in the same time I feel helpless. In the sense that I try, and I try but the environment that surrounds me (including people) haven't reached to this understanding of life. I was amazed to hear on one of my Human rights class a girl who said that if tomorrow there would be no government, all people will kill themselves and she will also. It makes me incredibly sad to witness such a realistic and pessimistic view on the nature of human being. What can I do? On one hand I think I am with hands tightened up, but on the other I know I can free myself from that...I just didn't figure out how....

Comment by Yogesh Jadhav on March 26, 2011 at 7:48am

Hi Alexandra,

 

Thanks for the article, especially, the trailing question is quite interesting, "how can I help myself to help others?"

May I have the opportunity to post my view here?

Firstly, I am as well an admirer of Mahatma Gandhi.

Well, what I gathered from my study through researching a cross-section of literature (incl, religious, ethical writings, metaphysics, etc) is that life is a continuum: of pleasure and pain, happiness and sadness, of birth and death...

Now the concept of birth (as per Bhagavad Geeta, which was the ideal for Mahatma Gandhi's way of life) is that we experience it as a small phase in the eternal life, i.e. life of the soul .

We are born in order to gain spiritual perfections in whatever we do, wherever we are, whichever social condition we are born, we need to gain spiritual qualities. These perfections help us to witness greater bliss in afterlife i.e. after the physical death phase of the eternal life phase.

Globally, material standards differ in terms of their influence and magnitude (for e.g. a person born in a developed country is relatively better off in terms of basic needs of food, shelter, clothing, education etc, than the one born in a least developed country). But spiritual standards and qualities are eternal , for e.g. the spiritual qualities of truthfulness, trustworthiness, honesty, etc- whether practiced in east or the west, have exactly the same meaning.

So you see, each of us always has a chance and a choice to be good.. and thats how we make ourselves happy, and this happiness when reflected in our works, it passes on to others !

I hope that the above lines did 'help' you make a little 'happier' ?

cheers !

Yogesh

 

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