This is not to say that one shdn’t endeavour to understand the world — it’s just that beyond a certain point it becomes counterproductive. Eg I have spent years taking apart guitars and rebuilding them, modifying them with endless varieties of pickups, strings, setup options etc etc, with the result that I know an incredible amount of guitar minutiae, but honestly I feel that at least half that time would have been better spent in actually playing the darn things!
At the same time, I’m not a big votary of those who simply jump in and take action, and scarcely spare a thought about the mechanism that implements the grand design — all too often their lives run on momentum alone, and when they suddenly run out of gas they find themselves in a vacuum, frustrated and depressed. Of course, people like me would have ended up frustrated and depressed to start with, had it not been for Guruji and the deep insight that His knowledge provided.
Increasingly, one is able to revel in each moment, while leaving a wide berth for human error and ego; additionally, the better one meditates, the more one sees things in perspective, rather than through the restrictive filter of one’s biases and limited experience of the world. I can tell you this much — it makes the journey infinitely enjoyable, and fills each day with adventure and gratitude. Is there a final purpose or point to this exercise called life? At the moment I have no idea, and it doesn’t look like I’m any closer to seeing it than when I first started out! Oh well….
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Prerana Langa says
Thank you so much for this. It is such a relief, to have this perspective. I have been wondering and wondering on how life works and most importantly what is my purpose here. I was thinking that even if get what I want is it worth it?, what is the benefit of benefit?I think from this writing, my take home, is to revel in each moment, be aware of my biases, plan but still enjoy the journey, wherever it takes me……
Thinking that “i can figure out” how life operates seems the biggest illusion. So does says the seers and enlightened ones and the masters. Best is to let welcome everything life gives pleasant or unpleasant and let life unfolds itself.
Those loved and guided by Spiritual Masters are lucky.
Contrary, technical things like playing guitar needs to collect knowledge and practice. Still along with it, it’s the sense of music that one submit to, that creates the music. So it’s efforts collecting some technical information. Working on the same. And let the sense of music guide.
Recently i had good similar experience. I was avoiding playing guitar, thinking it’s too late at the age of 42 to start learning this nice piece of instrument that creates music. Then i started playing it for couple of hours everyday. Not for learning sake, just creating music on C scale for myself. Yesterday while talking with a friend i pulled out a book with Indian classical raagaas to show him. Then, i played some notes written in it. To my amazement i could play few of the combinations quiet easily and spontaneously. Earlier when i tried to play this same combination of notes saa C – gaa – E re – D ma – F and back, it seemed so difficult :). So sometimes forgetting the whole process of learning and just enjoying different tones and sound produced can help a long way 🙂
So living each moment and let those moment reveal the knowledge is far better than i want to learn.
This morning i was just thinking about the knowledge given by so many masters. Don’t compare, if we are alive and let the comparison happen, soon we discover what it does to our consciousness. So next time, as we don’t touch a hot pan on gas stove (because we know what it can do) similarly we don’t compare (because we know what it can do). And we bow to the Masters who pointed that out. Then we bow more if we are aware. Because we know what happens when we bow to Master in real gratitude and humbleness.
Jitu Khatri says
yes bhaiya, if u concentrate too much on things like how to live, will take away the juice in life. on the other hand if we keep doing things just out of impulse, then we sont be able to succeed in any thing we start. I also belive that mix of both spontaneity and preparation and guidance(of the spiritaul master) is required. what do you say?
This leaves me in a quandry. Act and then think or think and then act. There have been so many opportunities in life that I have let go just because I thought and thought and never acted. Sure it could’ve got me into trouble and then maybe not. How does one know??
Sunil Wayanad says
Thank you so much for this well crafted post bhayya…Though these thoughts always filled inside me i was never able to pen it down, for i am used to churning out technical documents and i am just sick of it. I feel my purpose of being in this planet is something else…
How do i pour down my thoughts and emotions into a paper…
Is it your years of practice or innate writing skills or HIS grace helps you in bringing out such beautiful writings.
Great way to end the day..reading your post…
I totally agree with you bhaiya 🙂
iravati अरुंधती kulkarni says
hmmnnn… you have put it across so well… the Grace & the Gratitude make each moment, however it is, rich, nourishing and expansive. The journey itself becomes so beautiful… laughter, joy, singing, dancing follows and flows with it 🙂
wow!! amazing.. and congrats on IPAD 2 :D:D
Kasturi Shinde says
Great post Vikram! I am in complete unison with what you say ..its better that we live life in the ‘grey’ when some things are concerned and respect,worship and fear what we dont know(our ignorance about life)..else will miss out on small small happiness around.My minuscule mind has always wondered ‘what will one do in his life once he comes to know about what it is’ so currently i am of the belief ‘Life is all about ..living it :)’
Mihir Chavan says
This new layout is pretty good bhaiya. I have been reading your blog since last year and I have seen that there are subtle changes in the way you write posts. Your expression of things has also undergone significant change which makes reading your posts considerably more fun. please please put more posts more quickly
“Better one meditates” – how does one grade meditation? I find it better to not grade my meditation and take what comes. I agree that one who meditates does see life in a perspective that is usually different from the one who does not meditate (although – I have seen the other way around as well)
Vikram Hazra says
Yes — its not like a “I can meditate eight hours straight” or “I passed out and flew in the air” scene — by “better” I simply mean that your practice is well established and your experiences are stable and deep — its quite elementary if it is learned and practised properly.