Is glory of life measured by the number of deserts crossed,
Or by counting the grains of sand that in form of time, gently slip your palm?
By climbing the highest mountains of ambitions and greed,
Or by plunging deep and winning against the fathomless sea of mundane misery?
Does the answer lie in the strength of dew drop that balms the weary soul,
Or in the dance of heavenly stars that lights the cosmos?
There are billion roads & more that lead to the answer for the eyes that seek them on the outside,
But for the ones who employ their wisdom, the answers lies buried in the depths of their souls.
In the epic Mahabharat, there is a mention of celestial weapon ‘Narayanastra’ – The weapon of Lord Vishnu. (Narayan = Vishnu & Astra = weapon ) which was used by Dronacharya’s son Ashwatthama against the Pandavas in the Kurukshetra War. This weapon when unleashed had the power to subjugate an enemy and the only way out was to completely surrender to the might of the weapon and in-turn to Vishnu. The reason behind putting forth this analogy was to convey the message that, in life you may be powerful enough to move the heaven and earth, but many a times certain scenarios develop against wherein it becomes impossible to win against them. Situations might at times hammer you into submission or they might grind you into submission. That’s all right – it’s all part of life. After all the great Lord Krishna was also accused of stealing the ‘Syamantak Mani’ - Gem of Lord Sun. All that matters then is how you respond to the situation. How do you collect yourself and keep on walking, keep on doing things which are in your domain and try your heart out to reach towards the light. What counts in these trying moments is not how many times you get knocked down but how many times you get up and most importantly the manner in which you get up and conduct yourself. It is not easy, never was and never will be. But these are the moments that will define you. Pay respect to them – while enduring them and even after their passage behind the curtains of time. Remember them and learn from these moments. Keep walking, Keep rising – towards the light.
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1) Punctuality is the politeness of kings.
2) Punctuality is the soul of business.
3) “He was always late on principle, his principle being that punctuality is the thief of time” ― Oscar Wilde
4) “Show some mercy to your ‘time’, don’t always waste it.”
― Amit Kalantri
5) Punctuality is not just limited to arriving at a place at right time, it is also about taking actions at right time.” ― Amit Kalantri
6) “Beginning of a great day begins a night before.” ― Sukant Ratnakar
7) “Procrastination is the foundation of all disasters.”
― Pandora Poikilos
8) “If you don’t write when you don’t have time for it, you won’t write when you do have time for it.” ― Katerina Stoykova Klemer
9) “The essence of self-discipline is to do the important thing rather than the urgent thing.” ― Barry Werner
10) The problem with procrastination is it’s been around since the beginning of time it seems.” ― Stephen Richards
Planet earth has witnessed the birth of many species. Some evolved with time and thrived for thousands of years whereas others were not so lucky. Human beings are species which at present are placed much comfortably as compared to other living beings on Mother Earth. But, what horrible legacy are we leaving behind? Not just for the coming generations but also for other living beings i.e. animals and trees.
In the last 300 odd years we have systematically looted resources from Mother Earth and at the same time have played a destructive role with clinical precision that has lead to the extinction of several species. And all that we have gained in return is an unstable, unsure, conflict ridden world. Human beings are the only species that pay ‘rent’ to stay on earth. Humans have made a lot of progress in all fields known to the world. But at the same time have completely abandoned the aspect of spirituality (not to be confused with religion) from every day life.
This unfortunate neglect of spirituality from everyday life has degraded the world we live in not only for us but also for other living species. People are busy leading their lives with scant respect for their surroundings. They live as if they won’t ever die.
Is this the legacy that we plan to leave for coming generations? Will they ever forgive us. The current generation is making a grave mistake by taking grace bestowed by Mother Nature for granted. For a few minutes of joy we are eagerly sacrificing the glorious future of coming generations and paving the path of death and destruction for the million plus species on Mother Earth with our insatiable greed and scant respect for beings – living or dead. Power has blinded the minds of many. Even boons bestowed upon humans are being employed to attain silly immaterial, short term, narrow, personal gains. ‘I’ (Ego) is the biggest illusion and the world is entangled in it like a fly in a spiders web. Unless sincere efforts are made to regain the dignity of human race and other loving beings on Mother Earth , I fear the day won’t be far, when the human race itself shall cease to exist.
Spirituality (not to be confused with religion) is the key. It is the only aspect that will determine whether the coming generations of not just the human race but also of plants and animals will curse us or bless us.
The importance of being faithful to the present moment can never be overstated – Sumukh Naik
The element of change is said to be constant. The most tiniest of fraction into which this change can be compartmentalized is that of a moment. Life after all, is only but a string of moments. What matters now the most, within moments, can turn into something of secondary importance and what never mattered before could achieve prime importance in life. The train of life chugs along gently on the rails of these moments. All we can and need to do is admire the scenes / events as they pass by. This journey of life keeps on chugging ahead never does it go back to grant us the opportunity to undo a mistake or reclaim lost glory. All that lies with us is the golden boon of learning from the past and applying it to our present so that the future may shape up according to our will.
Whether the future will ever shape up to our expectations is a question none can answer with complete authority for what lies in the womb of time is something even the wise can’t summarize without sufficient knowledge. Neither the past can be remade nor the future be tampered with. All we have to deal with is our ‘Present’ . How we deal with it should be our only concern. Try not to dream aimlessly into the fallen walls of the past and don’t waste unnecessary time building palaces for future in thin air. Play your present moment with knowledge, sincerity, sensibility and absolute authority over your senses and may be then the other two tenses will take care of themselves.
Be faithful – to yourself and to the gifted moment of life. You never know what wonders it could have in store for you. In the end, life is only a necklace of pearls with each individual moment shining brightly as and when the torch & glory of time falls gently on it.
Hence, the importance of being faithful to the present moment can never be overstated.