“I am”, said the Enlightened One, and the world was left awestruck.
“Hey, hold on! that’s it? What do you mean by just ‘I am’?”
Do you think that ‘I am’ is an incomplete sentence. Grammar error? No. Syntax error? Not really. Something’s just not right, is it? I assure you though that nothing is missing. If at all, it’s about our prejudiced way of knowing ourselves and others.
Let me try to elaborate –
Scene 1 –
The muse: Dear Sir, tell me about yourself please?
Interviewee: Yes, sure. I’m a __ years old person & am an engineer.
The muse: Sorry to break the news Sir, but that’s what you were, or what you thought you were. Presently, you’re just a curious reader who wants to know what this blogger has got to say while robbing away your precious time?
Scene 2 –
Dentist: Please tell me about what’s bothering you?
Patient: Oh, there’s Corona fear everywhere, the economy is in a mess, and the Government is not doing anything to alleviate problems of the common man.
Dentist: Hmm, got it! So, can we also discuss a little about the health of your teeth?
Scene 3 –
Mom: If you study hard then you can enjoy life when you grow up, why, don’t you remember?
Child: Okay Mom, now can you please add some more cheese & seasonings on my pizza?
Were you able to relate to either of the above scenes? If yes, you must’ve got the point.
In the first scene, we are reminded that our identity is ever so dynamic. Actually, we’re all doing role-plays throughout our lives; the titles we attach ourselves to don’t really exist.
Secondly, we’re unable to focus on the issue at hand and go on incessantly cribbing about the problems which are beyond our circle of influence.
Finally, did you notice what the Mother said? We seem to postpone our happiness eternally. On the other hand, the innocent child’s question reflects how he is completely immersed in what’s literally in his plate presently.
In short, we’ve to relearn the art of being ‘alive’. The simplest key for achieving the blissful state is to be fully present in the current moment and to feel life’s joys or sorrows, serenity or chaos thoroughly but not to think much about it. We haven’t been given this life to prove anything to anyone. It’s just about genuinely loving our own company.
Lord Krishna guides us through the beautiful verses mentioned in the ‘Shrimad Bhagwad Gita’, as follows –
नैव किंचित्करोमीति युक्तो मन्येत तत्त्ववित् ।
इन्द्रियाणीन्द्रियार्थेषु वर्तन्त इति धारयन् ॥५.९॥
An enlightened one believes that he himself is doing absolutely nothing & that all his senses are acting as those are naturally intended to. His duty is to live without any intention, guided only by what he feels in the present moment without dwelling into the past or worrying about the future.
Time isn’t precious at all, because it is an illusion. What you perceive as precious is not time but the one point that is out of time: the Now. That is precious indeed. The more you are focused on time – past and future – the more you miss the Now, the most precious thing there is. – Eckhart Tolle.
So folks, let’s be with the feeling and stop wrestling with the mind. Let’s do it in this very moment!