The pleasure lasted for some minutes
what lasted after that was a lost soul
with remorse and a heavy heart
The pleasure lasted for some minutes
what lasted after that was a lost soul
with remorse and a heavy heart
His habits had an involuntary beginning in the womb
and they hurt others who were accountable
for the same.
The primordial word had a silent beginning
in the mind of the Almighty and this cosmos
with all these apparent chaos was created instantly.
His uninterrupted quest to succeed was triggered
by his poverty since the childhood making him
unable to find meaning in his sheer existence.
Those who made comparisons and contrasts with that child
were fooled when those dubious hypocrisy in their lives
were unfolded gradually in front of the latter’s eyes.
The snake’s skin on the muddy road
glittered in the sunny day saying
good bye to those old days of my life.
It was everything going good with him
and when the result was promptly declared,
Neither him or his mentor justify it.
The taught lessons lessened his exaggerated existence,
making the futuristic ones to be the best and refined ones
and he realized that lessons are learned than taught.
Today took many decisions of yesterday
targeting a better tomorrow and the now
has been taken to oblivion.
Moving into the food court of my school gives me a feeling of relishing different food delights- rightly named as ‘oodles and noodles’, ‘southern delights’ ‘cheesy burgers’, ‘chocolate toasts’, ‘chilli milli toasts’, ‘spicy vada paves’ ‘bhel puries and pani puries’ and the like. They are just bandwagons targeted at an intended audience, new generation that can never visualize a party without pizzas, soft drinks and burgers. It is their delight. The Facebook posts on detrimental facts of some food items scare some people for sometime, but the temptation of these food is more powerful than the rest. They are nagging. Once you start eating them you can help saying no to it.
The problem does not lie in the substance which they use to prepare these dishes. Rather it lies in the quantity of those substances which are beyond the set standard and limit. This is indisputable that these are mouth watering dishes. But where are they taking us? to the death bed, and an array of diseases. Can this new generation muster their courage to stand against this menace?
Those past good and some bad habits
were changed to new and slow ones
bringing DRASTIC change in me and out.
Choose the least place in the world
which nobody is jealous.
Rule without ruling, work without
effort, hope without frustration.
The greatest success of ‘man is-
to transcend his insatiable libido.
The purity of a ‘man’ lies
in his vision and not in shunning from lies.
The greatest success of a ‘woman’ is-
to transcend her enticements of this world.
The purity of a ‘woman’ lies-
in her reason and not in shedding cries.
The greatest success in life is-
to feel contented, fulfilled and surprised.
The purity of the world lies-
in its devotion to justice and equality!
Today when I touched the feet of my grandmother and when she gifted me the novel, Kashi Yatre, I was in fact elevated to the heights of satisfaction and glory. I feel free and independent. My teacher has done a good job. I never thought that I could learn Kannada alphabet so soon. At this old age, it is like a great dream come true for me. Now I can explore the wonderful world of letters. I get immense pleasure in reading the books. As the novel depicts an old lady who takes after me, it represents the lives of many people. It will take me to different horizons of knowledge. After completing this novel I am going to read a few more books. Thank god before my death I will be able to read enormously. Now I realize the real meaning of freedom and independence. Learning has no barriers of age and gender. Anyone who is determined can learn to read and write. I now regret the days I spent in vain.
The rich man,
lived, existed and striven very hard,
to be one among those ‘coveted ones’,
who have all the materials comforts
and so called pleasures of the world,
at his fingertips.
The common man always looked at him
with envy and awe, and wet his mat with,
sweet dreams of being like him, and being
fulfilled in the dream and to find
having nothing on the following day !
The rich man on the other hand
worked day and night to multiply his money,
in fact, he was rolling on and on in his luxurious matress
and the arid walls of air-conditioned room.
He was deprived of sleep,
he too was jealous of the poor man,
who has a sound sleep, so contented and happy
with few possessions, fearless and relaxed.
One day it happened as he was decorating his body
with the costliest cosmetics at a beauty parlor,
he found that one of his hairs changed its colour,
to alarm him of his imminent end.
The next day, going to the best superspeciality
hospital he asked for a full body scanning,
and found two more uninvited guests,
present in his body, diabetics and high blood pressure.
The smart doctors got a good prey to conduct many
experiment on this guinea pig, whose body never knew
any major pain before.
He boasted to his visitors that only he could afford
to such a treatment available only in the First World countries.
The angel of death laughed on hearing this and said,
“the darkest world is awaiting for you,
here on earth you boast about the first world,
you might have heard the saying,
the first will be last and the last will be first. ”
His friends, wife and relatives shed crocodile tears,
as he died breathing his last, hearing the lamentations,
murmurings, negotiations and consolations of them.
The poor man on the other hand,
led a careless life, but it was miserable,
in the eyes of the world.
As he was breathing his last and
as the real cries of his
dear and near ones resounded
in the farthest horizons of his hut
the angel of death said, “my brother,
you may enter the door of heaven,
place that is prepared for you,
where you will be in bliss forever and ever”.
The other day, I was assigned with some classes for VIII Standard. I was very happy to glance through the Main Course Book, Buzzward Series. I found some fabulous collection of short stories. The first one, the above mentioned one gave me a great momentum. It seemed that the writer has deliberately used very good vocabulary which adds a lot of hum our aesthetic significance to the story.
The story evolves around Dutta, who runs ‘The Modern Frame Works” shop where the photos are framed.
I was awake. I couldn’t sleep that night. I was rolling on my bed. It was ‘the third hour’. I was haunted by three things: – that dream, that boy, the river.
Was it a dream?
Was it that boy?
Was it the River?
He just looked at Anna. She was sound asleep. She always remained happy and contented. I wonder why she is so. After all, she has no children. She is barren. Yet it seems that small things make her happy, like food, a loving touch, a sleep, a gossip etc.
Life is a mystery. Some people are born with a natural contentment. They are the children of the god of simplicity. They seldom think about their existence. They simply exist-the existence per se. They are… They are… They are…as they are… Why don’t they think about the meaning of life? Are there people who think like me? Are there many seekers of meaning and truth? I have heard of Siddartha who became Buddha who used to ask such questions. He left the palace in search of truth. He sat under a tree and meditated. He realized himself and got enlightenment and he called it ‘nirvana’. I have also heard of Confucius who sought truth and gained some light. But it was Lao Tse who influenced me most. His idea of being is good. Just being . It is a sublimated existence right……?
Will that boy with golden hairs be there at Jordan still swimming in it?
Will he be able to withstand the cold?
Anyway, let me go and see…
It was a full moon day. I walked like a ghost to the river. As I neared it I could see a fireball. Yes. There is somebody beside it. Will that be that boy?
I could see a mob around a fireball and I was scared to go there. I returned home.
As I reached home I found Anna awake.
She asked, “Where did you go, I was anxious.”
“I went in search of a boy.”
“Where? Who is that boy?”
“At the river side.”
“I met him yesterday evening at the river. He was swimming across the Jordan. He attracted me. I wanted to talk to him. But I couldn’t. And It was haunting me throughout the night.”
“Why did you get up early?”
“I had a strange dream?”
“Yes. It was an incomplete one. You came and interrupted me.”
“Tell me what it was.”
She narrated her dream.
“It was a full moon day. I saw a beautiful lady dancing under an olive tree. She was ecstatic. It seemed as if she were waiting for somebody. Yes. I could hear what she was singing.
“I am the Joy,
With you My Lord,
I will be taken to more heights,
Clinging to your bosom tightly, so tightly,
I would fly to more heights,
When you take me to your vineyard,
Nourishing me with the sweetest wine,
With the water of love,
I would become an angel and fly,
With an unending joy,
With your blissful hand,
Would carry me to your bed too,
Where I will be elevated to heaven,
As today I have the sweetest fragrance,
Sweeter dreams than yesterday.
Will your vine bear your fruit?
Will I be that privileged one?
Will Yahweh have mercy on me?
Yes. With much love I wait for you,
Come my Lord come,
Take me to your abode,
Forever and ever”
“As she was singing, she continued, I saw a beautiful man approaching her. She hugged him. They remained there together for a while. And suddenly there was a great lightening and thunder. And I heard a voice from heaven-
“Woman, don’t cling to my beloved son. He has to go away. He has not been baptized in the Spirit. Wait patiently for his Second Coming. He will come back to you as my ‘prince’. And you will bear his fruits. You can drink the water of life to your heart’s content.”
And then you came and woke me up.
I too had a dream. I wanted to tell you.
“Oh. Great! What was it?
“I was worried after meeting the boy. I went to bed. I couldn’t sleep. But after sometime I was in sound sleep and I had a dream.”
“I saw a pregnant man. He was full of joy. He seemed to deliver a child. I couldn’t believe my eyes. He delivered a handsome boy. They (many people) stood in awesome wonder. As soon as the boy was born, it was resounded in heaven,
“I have sent my son to the world,
And I have also sent a person to prepare his way,
He will have to travel through unknown paths;
He may have to desert everything,
At last he will transcend everything.”
I woke up. And I wanted to look for the boy. I was curious to know whether that boy would be there at the riverside still swimming across it. And that is how I went to the bank of the river. I didn’t find him over there. He might have gone home. Anyway he had such a Piercing look. It seemed that he would answer some of my unanswered questions.
Be not a follower of any Guru.
Your intuition and reason will guide you.
Do not harm anything or anybody
because by doing so you are hurting yourself.
There is nothing outside of you.
Everything is within you.
Don’t be a coward that you don’t take risks.
Be courageous enough to travel
in an unbeaten and unseen path.
Do not be cunning and shrewd
as it would deprive you of sleep and peace.
Have not a heart of negative thoughts;
it will eventually ruin you.
Do not worry about the present, past or future.
Leave them as they are and live.
Be not a follower of any ideology coined by man/woman.
Instead of following just be another one.
Do not be dogmatic and conditioned by any concept.
Do not run after money,
or material possessions,
it will kill your real being.
Do not a please others,
nobody can be pleased by anybody.
However be a peace maker.
Do not associate with people,
who are narrow minded and fundamentalist.
Have not many material possessions,
that prevents you from visiting and exploring the world.
Do not eat too much that it may cut short your life.
Eat only when you are hungry
and drink only when you are thirsty.
Be not a friend of everybody; but be friendly with all.
Don’t talk about your feelings beacuse nobody cares and listens to them. Others are interested in sad stories about you.
Let money make money for you. Let the sound of breath be louder than the sounds outside.
The greatest commandment in life is the flexibility to change.
The following pages I scanned through during my career as a teacher and found them useful to those who master English grammar for accuracy and fluency in English Language.
The easy path to destruction in one’s life and other’s life is complacency. It can be easily misunderstood as happiness and contentment. However, it is a demon in disguise. It makes one obstinate and easy-going. One stops growing when he has such an attitude in life. It is a brother of self-righteousness.
Complacency is a feeling of smug or uncritical satisfaction with oneself or one’s achievements. This link will definitely shed much light into the harmfel effects of this attitude.
some useful links:-
This video showcases craftfully the dangers of complacency.
The following video shows how it ruins relationships.
The video below shows another truth about it.