Sunday, 3 November 2013

A Day Of Light

The light of all lights that shines brighter than the sun, more eternal than eternity, more human than humanity, existing for the sake of its existence, transforming continuously yet hidden in its every form, a truth more true than life itself. It has been named thousand names, a thousand times. It has been called Faith by the devout, bond-of-blood by the radical, love by dreamers and friendship by the wise.

I see around myself a world which consumes everything, ever changing its nature, and my sense of being insignificant in grand scheme of things becomes more profound. I realise no matter what you do, something or other would always be left out, beyond your reach. It is then of paramount importance that a force must exist which fills the void and gives you strength to carry on. This force has been hailed for generations as faith, love and friendship.
It is perhaps a paradox of nature that nothing or no one could exist in this world on his own. To think you could exist without your friends or your loved ones is unimaginable. I always put friends before family for friends are living examples of choices which you have made in this world. People who have witnessed your life, wept for your hardships, cared for your well being and whose mere presence gives you strength and all of these being reciprocated by you, is a boon greater than all the riches of the world.

I think of all this and conclude that there is something at work here, more fundamental than any building blocks of life, which works in wondrous ways. It is an order out of chaos, which sustains us, test us, show us the face of failure and reward us for our persistence.   

Sunday, 14 April 2013

To What End??

Sooner or later we all ask our self the reason of our existence. After a long hectic day of which each and every hour was painful, every step laboured; we always question the reason of our suffering. Why do we suffer needlessly when all we want is to follow our hearts wherever it takes us? Why do the choices that life presents to us have to be so out of context that we are left bewildered and uncertain that the path laid in front of us is indeed the one that we seek?   

It is said that we live to find happiness in this world. For this sole purpose we follow our dreams, fall in love and take risk in life to achieve what we must to full fill our destiny and leave our impact in this world. But each of us at some time of our life question the path that we are forced to tread to find happiness. We all ask our self the same question; ‘To what end?’  

 We all question our faith, our beliefs in different scenarios to ascertain that we follow the most righteous and worthwhile path. Some questions are asked openly, some secretly in silent corners of the house.

It is in human nature to seek acceptance from the people with whom we indulge our self. Our whole life is spent earning our place in the society or so as to say to mingle with the crowd. This is reason why even when it is clear to us that the way is improper even immoral in the eyes of our soul; we don’t dare to heed that voice. For it will make us stand out in the crowd. We feel that we would be seen as an outcast by our own friends, family and the society most of all. Such is the greatest travesty in this world that a soul is lost in hailstorm of life for those who never cared or were not even aware of his existence.       

 It is very infuriating sometimes to follow the customs and traditions with which we must oblige our society. From the time we are born we’re confounded by the endless web of human subtleties.  As we grow up and as our understanding grows we are more baffled by inexplicable human nature and bizarre turn of events which takes us to roads beyond our wildest imaginations.  

Such is the way of life as complex as any mathematics algebraic problem if you don’t understand the question; at the same time simple enough if you know the trick. Life has always been difficult to understand with so much happening around us. It is easier to get lost here than to reach the end of the road. The trick is to keep walking.    

Friday, 1 February 2013

I Am The Master Of My Fate; I Am Captain Of My Soul

Last couple of days have been quite exhausting not physically but mentally. I find it satisfying sometimes to ponder questions which have significant impact on our life. Lately my mind has drifted several times towards impending questions of my future and what it may bring to me.

Can you truly picture what you want to be in future? It is a basic question but to understand it in depth you must answer it with honesty and integrity of your soul. Don’t cloud it with the thoughts of materialism that is inculcated in everyone’s mind from birth. Let your heart decide what path to tread and only then you’ll see what was always in plain sight but is hidden from you.

So once again back to my original question:

Can you truly picture what you want to be in future? Is it like a single image? or Is it like a list of possibilities all of which bear resemblance to your likely future? If so, Is there anything invariable in each of your dreams or picturisation of your future self?

Think about the time when you would realise your dream and answer my question. What is that you wish to be around yourself when you reach there? For a moment keep aside the wealth, position, recognition or awards that you desire and answer my question. These might still be important but they are not what should be used to define your life.

Everyone has preconceived notions about what future would look like. But do you truly believe that you could predict knowing the endless snags which lay in store for you out there.

I was getting frustrated pondering such endless list of questions which seemed unfathomable for the time being. So I took a break and started watching one of my favourite movie Invictus. The film tells the inspiring true story of how Nelson Mandela who after spending 27 years in jail and then becoming the first black president of South Africa, joined forces with the captain of South Africa's rugby team to help unite their country. Mandela shares with Fran├žois a British poem, "Invictus", that had inspired him during his time in prison. I will share it with everyone for it truly stirs something deep and profound inside you.

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeoning of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

In these lines I found peace of mind and understanding about the most important aspect about the future. It does not matter what tomorrow might bring, it is our attitude towards life and strength of our heart which would decide our fate.

Saturday, 26 January 2013

Winds Of Change

 It is the time of change. I could feel it in my bones. The slow mourning of bare trees, the low pitched howling of stray dogs, chirping of birds all are signifying some eminent transformation.

 The chilling winds of winters are trying in vain to prolong their majestic dominance over the weather. Nevertheless the warmth of spring creeps through the reign of cold winds. The onset of springs is inevitable and so is change.

My life couldn’t be more similar to weather. I don’t know what is more strange; my life being similar to weather or myself being ignorant enough to claim that I understand Delhi’s weather. I rather would have compared my life with something more explicable but resemblance with something mysterious gives a much better air.

I am going to be a graduate soon. Everything about my life is going to change in a few months. I feel excited and filled with thrill to discover what all my life has waiting for me. I would freely like to admit there is some uneasiness about my uncertain future. Yet I’m determined to succeed.

My heart has always known the way and I hope that my feet would not falter in the maze of life which is ever so full of deceit and deception. All the wealth of the world would not mean anything if I’m not able to walk the path that leads to my heart’s desire.

My dreams are waiting to be full filled by me even though I don’t know the way yet. They are vital to our survival as they are one’s who make this life worth living. It is my personal quest, whether or not I'll succeed remains to be seen.  
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