Joy of Receiving 

22 10 2015

Somehow we have come to belive that the greatest act is the ‘act of giving’. We celebrate and glorify such ‘acts’, we legislate such ‘acts’ … We create modern fests like ‘joy of giving’. 

All that we have is a gathering of – food, air, sun & memory. Every bit of that which we ‘have’ has come to us. Meaning we are ‘giving’ that which we have merely gathered. Given this reality, isn’t it obscene to celebrate our ‘acts of giving’; coz what we can give away, of whatever magnitude, will always be miniscule in comparison to the receipts. 
We are fortunate that in this culture, in India , we have festivals n rituals that remind us of the above fact. And prompts us to show gratefulness and reverance towards all that one is receiving. A human being is a sum total of receipts from cosmos. And today, on #Vijayadashmi we celebrate the Receipts. A day that asks us to experience the JOY OF RECEIVING. 
And hence in this culture, we decorate and bow down, even to the inanimate tools and objects that contribute towards our life. Farmers worship farm tools, an entrepreneur worships the machines, an armyman worships his weaponry so on and so forth. The sheer joy of receiving. 
We should also not forget that the ultimate machine we have is the body and mind; lets celebrate and feel the JOY OF RECEIVING.
Now if we are receiving, some source is giving. And that source is existence itself. And so if we humans are a piece of existence than ‘giving’ has to be looked at as our nature and not as an ‘act’ to perform. The realisation of the immensity of receipts when leads to ‘giving’ , it ceases to be an ‘act’ and starts becoming your nature. That is the ultimate. 
Existence doesnt take ‘pride’ when it ‘gives’ us air to breathe; it just gives, its her nature. And thats how we should be. 
#dussera #vijayadashmi #gyanparab #bharat

food for thought.

11 01 2013

During last holidays I paid a visit to my teacher. He is a wise ol’ man who loves his students. As we were talking about various things, out of my concern, I diverted the talk on his physical health and fitness.

I tried to advise him to take care of his health and get into a disciplined food intake. To try and convince him I quoted my own experiments with naturpathy and how it had helped me regain my fitness post turning 30. To be honest, I was trying to show to my teacher that I have turned wise.

For a few moments he let me speak. Finally as I ended my ‘wise talk’ , he spoke…

“Yes, I agree that I am not disciplined in what food I intake. May be I am not as frugal as you when it comes to eating.” He took a pause, his eyes fixed on mine, he asked me, “look around.” The room was filled with books, hundreds of them, across genres. In fact the place smelled of books. I almost realized my folly. I could fathom what he was going to say. He continues, “Look around, I am so disciplined in the thoughts that I intake, I am principled in consuming only that which I deem fit for my mind. I do not succumb to watching mindless TV nor waste my energy on every page of newspaper. I take care of what I should learn. And along side I take some decent care of my health too, and so by every logic I  am  better off than you – who only takes care of food intake and is blinded to the necessity of  thoughts intake.”

By the time he ended the sentence, my eyes had dropped down. I could not see into his eyes any more. He concluded,

“In all probability you will lose the immunity of both your mind as well as your body, by the time you reach my age.”

The final lines that has had a great impact on me are,

“I would have appreciated if you would have had a holistic approach on your health, on your idea of ‘disciplined’ intake, but your current attitude concerns me”, with this he ended.