Happiness is abstract. It is relative, subjective and can be observed from biological as well as philosophical angles. Here the philosophical angle is touched upon and observational viewpoint is expressed.
Most of us, without a doubt, are aspiring to make this world a better place to live. But a serious consideration would be sufficient to convince us of the futility of our efforts in achieving that. No matter how much we try to eradicate the problems of the world, there is hardly any visible difference in the overall scenario from a larger timeline.
One intrinsic problem with every individual is the inherent tendency keep one’s own self over anything else. Everybody hypothetically assumes that he is the key player in the sustenance of the cosmos. And the consequence is incessant struggle to bridge the gap between the expectation and the reality.
But the reality is that the cosmos exists and functions independent of our existence or efforts to maintain it. As Shakespeare rightly told, “The world is a stage and we are actors and actresses playing our individual roles”. But, we have something more to do than just act.
As a matter of fact, irrespective of any justification, Human beings are meant for some higher purpose in life. This very fact demarcates us from other living entities. And the rhetoric writings of many past as well as present leaders and motivators are testimony to remind us again and again of this reality and the ultimate purpose of our lives. But still, to err is human. We are so much entangled in cynicism that our activities seem to be non-different from any other innocent and helpless living creature. This was not so in earlier days of human civilization. Especially if some considerate study of world history is made, then the Vedic lifestyle comes into picture and such a lifestyle seems so apprehensive to practice these days.
Indeed, current trend is more or less a rat race. People are struggling hard to earn their living and spending their entire human life in vain. This shifting paradigm in our lifestyle is the sole cause of all the visible as well as the dormant problems of the society.
People have forgotten to pay attention to themselves and have stopped to inquire about their real purpose of existence. Our entire life passes in our efforts to maintain our body via Eating, Sleeping, Mating and Defending. Although it may apparently seem to be natural but it isn’t so. Our developed consciousness is meant for some higher purpose. Certainly not to end up being advanced version of animals.
It may sound harsh but the reality cannot be concealed. We need to follow certain rules and regulations in our life and elevate our consciousness to a level that will be exemplary for generations to follow. Nobody is going to survive in this world perpetually so, only by abiding certain higher principles in life, with honesty, it is possible to envision a community free from all chaos and flaws.
Of all resources, greatest resource is human resource and it undoubtedly requires sufficient care and development in order for a society to prosper both economically and socially. Apart from a broader perspective, identifying the necessity to make the best out of a precious human life, on an individual platform, is equally important. In its contemporary scenario, finding people with skills befitting their profession and vice versa is very rare. Infact, in the majority of the cases, we find people switching activities, finding no contentment with any of them. Probable reason might be an identity crisis. In the pursuit of making things work the way people like them, or in quest of imitating the way others have been successful, we forget to interact with our own selves. Our personal identity and interests have been subject to constant mutilation, and the end result is very disturbing. This kind of unfortunate development in the lifestyle of people behoves each of us to take a break for some time and think about our real identity and real interests. (more…)
Birth again, death again,
caught I’m in the shackles of pain,
life is a journey wth dramatic trails,
as I walk alone with melancholic strain
Dualities are part of my existence,
trying to overcome with all my persistence,
In truth, I always believe,
that victory follows honest perseverance
Families, friends, and relatives untroubled,
Knots of relationships keep me entangled,
when mortal loves another mortal,
consequences ought to be crumpled
tormented I am with desires insatiable,
in search of bliss, I render myself pitiable,
when suffering comes, I blame your jurisdiction,
little do I know how majestic is your subjugation
Give me the strength to fight against every odd,
and lead a life to please you oh my Lord,
shackles of mortality have bound me so tight,
who else can free them except you the supreme God?
There is only one defect in forgiving a person and not another. People take a forgiving person to be weak. That defect however should not be taken into consideration for forgiveness is a great power. Forgiveness is the virtue of the weak and an ornament of the strong. It subdues all in this world. What is there that forgiveness cannot achieve? What can a wicked person do unto him who carries a saber of forgiveness in his hand? Fire falling on the grassless ground is extinguished of itself. And unforgiving individual defiles himself with many enormities. Righteousness is the one highest good; and forgiveness is the one supreme peace; knowledge is one supreme contentment; and benevolence, one sole happiness.
From The Mahabharata
Udyoga Parva Section XXXIII
The above excerpt is acknowledging the power of forgiveness at the same time pointing that people who forgive can be considered weak. This shows that the Vedic tradition is not blind from the reality that forgiveness can be mistaken to be virtue of the weak.
To understand the practicality of forgiveness as a useful practice, it is essential to discern the crucial yet subtle difference between Trust and Forgiveness. Often we equate forgiving with trusting and this leads to a lot of problems.
Forgiveness essentially means to stop the feeling of anger or resentment towards a wrongdoer. Whereas trust is much more a positive thing. When we trust a person, we see him as more reliable, truthful and faithful. Forgiveness is about past but trusting is about the future. Understanding the difference between the two is essential for developing healthy relationship and take the correct action at the time of need.
Usually, we think, “When I forgive someone, the person who is under some guilt, is freed from that guilt”. Normal conception is that the other person’s guilt will be lessened.
The problem with this understanding is that the person committing the offence is not even conscious of his mistake most of the times and does not even seek forgiveness. And we feel there is no point in forgiving him. (more…)
From infancy to old-age, sure enough to find,
An incessant struggle to quench the thirst of curiosity.
Seemingly satiable, of things so mortal and kind
That has bound us all in this paradigm of hostility. (more…)