Saturday, 26 May 2012

AGONY SAYS


Nirja dear, I see your concern for the downtrodden increase by the day, a good sign indicative of how you have grown in your compassion for the underprivileged and the oppressed. Which brings me to the question as to why do perfectly normal, educated and intelligent people indulge in female infanticide and other heinous acts?

The Bhagwad Geeta explains it very well. In verse 36 of chapter 3, Arjuna asks Krishna “Impelled by what O Krishna, does man commit sin even against his own wishes, as though driven by a force?” Krishna replies “It is desire-lust: it is anger born of Rajas: it is insatiable and grossly wicked. Know this to be the enemy here in this world.”


When the desire for acquiring anything grows out of proportion, it degenerates into “lust” to fulfil that yearning; then whatever stands between that longing and its realisation, becomes the target of anger.
In anger, our ideals are overwhelmed and we pitilessly compromise them. Justice, truthfulness, honesty, uprightness and all such noble values remain supressed in a heart which is filled with lust and we are ready to not only compromise our morals but even justify our actions with all kinds of hollow arguments.

A sense of inner inadequacy makes us run out to possess, acquire, own and enjoy the objects of the world, but these cravings are insatiable, the more we satisfy them, the more they multiply. This lust-desire is the greatest enemy of man. The only solution is to know the enemy well and to banish him forever by giving up indulgence in sense pleasures, which, in any case are short lived. 

Aamir speaks very wise words when he advises us to look within and change ourselves if we want to change the world. 

Friday, 25 May 2012

SATYAMEV JAYATE


सत्यमेव जयते नानृतम् सत्येन पन्था विततो देवयानः । येनाक्रमत् मनुष्यो ह्यात्मकामो यत्र तत् सत्यस्य परं निधानं ॥

Truth alone triumphs; not falsehood. Through truth the divine path is spread out by which the sages, whose desires have been completely fulfilled, reach where that supreme treasure of Truth resides.
(The above quoted Sanskrit verse is from the Mundaka Upanishad)




With tears in his eyes and truth in his words, Aamir, I feel, turns the key to viewers’ hearts – viewers whose humanity has remained firmly under lock - every Sunday. With his heartfelt rendition of what some may brand as just another “reality TV” show, he (Aamir) has begun something that should have never have needed such a big push to set in motion, in the first place! Nevertheless, I will go along with the saying, “देर आए दुरुस्त आए” (better late than never).

Can the human race be actually given classes on being humane, civilised and benevolent, rising above the pettiness of it all? Seeing the well-researched and insightful Satyamev Jayate for those one and a half hours, it seems nothing is beyond the pale of human depravity! Shocking displays of violence, murder (female foeticide), greed and abuse which have been brought out in the three episodes televised till now, are not new to us…we see them every day in the newspapers we read, the news channels we watch, in the fictional serials we watch with bated breath and of course in real life all around us; fact is stranger than fiction indeed!

There are those who are brave enough to take things in their hands and choose to fight and act against the improprieties of people and life but then most of us choose to remain quiet and carry on with our so called normal lives. But then what can we really do? Most of us don’t know where and how to begin the change. Even when things move us we are either so used to happenings like these and just read about them and move on or are unable to or don't know how to bring about change. Like Aamir says the change will come only when we are willing to change ourselves. We can’t change the world but we can transform ourselves into what the supreme power created us to be… “Humans”.

Many before Aamir and many after him have kept and will keep the war on and maybe someday, even if not now, they will be able to make a difference. That day hopefully will dawn upon us soon

Thursday, 24 May 2012

SCHOOL DAYS



The other day my friends gave me a pleasant surprise when they called me up to chat with me from the US. They were taking some time out from their busy schedules to spend time together. Reliving old memories we had a very fun filled, giggly 40 minutes on the phone.

If we could do that on the phone I can’t help but smile conjuring up the image of the three girls, now mothers and career women, spending the weekend together under one roof with nothing to worry about and think about but our school days.

The smile stayed with me for a long time assuaging all my anxieties and tensions of the day. Long forgotten yet still vivid memories came rushing to the fore making me wish we were all together reminiscing those days. All of us were amazed at the instant and bewilderingly fresh recall of our silly escapades, the people we knew and the crushes we had.

I now understand why most (not everyone) consider them the best days of their lives. Not that it means life is not good now but surely the lack of responsibilities, worries (the only worries I remember having were related to whether I did well in my exams, and how one of our teachers (no names here…all my batch mates know who I am talking about) would respond to our shortening the length of our skirts yet again) and the abundance of silliness, gossip, pranks, teasing and the total lack of maturity made those days memorable.

That they were the best days of our lives is most evident from how all of us school mates have all gotten back in touch with each other thanks to Facebook and Parijat Punj ( a school mate) at the helm of it all. At heart we are still the same …grown up kids…kids who are trying to behave like adults and when we meet or talk on the phone we become what we always will be 16 year olds.