FREEDOM AND PEACE.

Freedom and peace are interrelated and every one including all creatures wish to have absolute peace as well as freedom. Is it possible to have absolute freedom and peace in this world? This seems to be just an illusion and a mirage and the humans since inception have been trying very hard to achieve this but have miserably failed in their mission. For attaining peace we have been fighting wars and have left no stone unturned to wipe out the entire creation from the globe. This certainly is not the right solution. The great wars of Ramayana and Mahabarta followed by thousands of wars all along the dynasties have failed to provide lasting peace and freedom to the different nations.

Peace is a bliss, it is to be felt internally by stabilizing and calming the waves of our mind. We, instead try to find peace externally by oppressing those who don’t appreciate our point of view, and for that, we choose a wrong path which results in disasters, animosity, hate, and wars. Many wars happened for the search of peace. This approach is a product of a biased, and arrogant mind. Only Peace can induce peace and wars are certainly not a solution.

Similar is the case with Freedom. It too has to be experienced. It is not something tangible. We have to identify the masters who have enslaved us. Many of them are internal such as mind, senses, anger, greed, pride, attachment etc. They keep us within their control and make us dance to their tunes. They are the mother of all evils. How can we enjoy freedom under their slavery? We are bound to our religion and there is nothing bad in it. No religion advocates hate, all preach universal brotherhood, love, and trust in one God. But is this actually happening on the ground? We become biased and lose objectivity resulting in losing whatever little freedom we have. We don’t stop at religion, we have divided ourselves further into castes, subcastes, creeds, and colors. Belonging to the same country we are divided into different regions, states, cities, areas, and even to streets. Under such a mental setup how can one remain unbiased and hence feel free?

Freedom of any type always has some limitations. Freedom of speech does not give you the right to hurt anyone’s sentiments by your words. You can’t move freely across the national boundaries unless you have proper permissions. You have to act within the limits permissible under the law of the land. For building a simple house on your own land with your own money, you need a lot of permissions from the concerned agencies. You are made to pay taxes against your will and you don’t get a job of your choice despite required qualification. Doesn’t this look ridiculous if we hope to enjoy full freedom? Sometimes we feel that the birds and animals are far better than us as they enjoy full freedom and peace. Yes, they do because they don’t have much of the bondings such as greed, lust, hate, prejudice, bias, attachment, pride and they have not divided themselves into different religions, and castes. They have not divided the earth into different countries or regions and have not drawn any boundaries. They have full faith in the Almighty and live to His will as against humans who have no control over their wishes and are always begging for more and more. HOW CAN A BEGGAR EXPERIENCE FREEDOM AND PEACE? And above all, We the humans being the descendants of THE ADAM AND THE EVE who disobeyed God and ate the forbidden fruit have to pay for their as well as of our own sins.

All this doesn’t mean that peace and freedom are not possible. These can be easily achieved by learning something from the birds and animals. We need to shun violence, hate, greed, bias, and all other negative attributes and respect and love all humans because we are the children of same universal Father. We need to bring an element of objectivity in our thinking process as well as enhancing the area of our compassion beyond our family to neighbors, streets, cities, states, countries, castes, religions and to the whole human race and extend it further to include animals and birds and trees. The more we enlarge our contours of compassion, more peace and freedom will surround us. We have to empower our soul which is a particle of God in us and control our mind i:e the negative power within us. Whenever we are about to make a mistake, the positive power in us i:e the soul definitely stops us, though feebly, but we ignore the command under the influence of our mind and its tricks and get involved into a conflict. The soul will always direct you to love and peace whereas the mind entangles us in the negativities. Tolerance and submission are the roads to peace and real freedom.

The greatest advocate and worshiper of peace, tolerance, and non-violence of the modern times -Mahatma Gandhi has said that in case someone slaps you on one cheek, please don’t react but instead, offer the other cheek to him. By this, he didn’t mean that you should unnecessarily keep on getting slaps on your cheeks from every tom and harry. He wanted to convey that we should not be intolerant and react to all actions. No one will unnecessarily hurt you without a reason, and when you react then he will respond and an unending chain reaction will set into motion. The only way to avoid this is to not to react. We generally don’t value our own virtues and our actions are mostly a result of our reactions towards other’s actions. Then, where are the peace and freedom? A very revered Muslim saint Sheikh Fareed has in one of his Kalaam said,” Jo te maaray mukian, tina na mareen Kum, aap nerhay kar ja ke paer una de chum”. Which means that in case someone beats you by fists,  don’t react and respond by hitting him back with heavy blows but instead go near him and kiss his feet. This will bring peace and end the conflict.

Fights, wars, and oppression are not the solutions. We need to empower our soul and control the mind to achieve peace, tranquility and real freedom. Tolerance, compassion, love and objective thinking are the tools required at the micro level to attain peace and experience complete freedom in the real sense at the macro level.

 

 

 

 

THE DESERTED MANSIONS

From the time immemorial, Man has been building big mansions to live in happily for himself and for the generations to come. He has been building big castles and strong forts for his safety and security.

But has he achieved his desired objectives? If we look at those huge ruins today, we find the dwellers missing. These deserted mansions are dying slowly but steadily. Have the strong forts and big castles saved his life from death?

All these huge buildings are decaying, crumbling, and being consumed by insects as there is no one to take care of them. Wild bushes and big trees have taken roots in their sturdy walls and roofs. Once magnificent mansions, have now become a home for the rats, bats, vampires, cats, and monkeys. Some of these, once beautiful structures, are now haunted by the ghosts. The beautiful and priceless paintings in the magnificent halls and rooms are covered with spider webs and dust; no one to appreciate their beauty and take care of their maintenance. Has the person who got them built with so much wealth and passion, ever thought of the fate, his proud possessions would one day meet with such a pitiable condition? If by chance he again comes to human life with all his old passion and memory and visits his choicest possessions: Can anyone imagine how he would feel? He would definitely repent as to why he committed such a great blunder in his life……

Humans have the tendency of ignoring the history and trying to derive satisfaction and happiness from the huge possessions. Instead of achieving satisfaction and happiness from the possessions, they become restless while creating such possessions. Their cravings for more and more keep them toiling restlessly and sometimes they have to sacrifice the values of life and good principles of humanity. How can one derive happiness and satisfaction by such means? This is the dilemma of life and a Mirage which keeps one running until the end.

Happiness and satisfaction are not in the possessions, but these are in the contentment. A man with a contented heart is the richest of all and the  one with greed and discontented heart is worst than a beggar even if he has abundant of wealth. We should take a lesson from the history and lead a simple and contented life and should always thank the Almighty for whatever he has bestowed upon us.

Whatever you can use in your life is actually yours. What you keep on possessing without using is a waste; for others to use. One keeps on building mansions, forgetting that lifespan is very short and he may not get the opportunity to enjoy his living in those mansions which he created with so much toil.

If we take a look at the present times, nothing seems to have changed. There is no dearth of big mansions which are empty as there is no one to live in. Those for whom, their ancestors had built these huge buildings have either migrated to other cities or abroad for their living.

We care more about our future generations than for ourselves,  little realizing that if we are able enough to live our life comfortably as per socialistic and societal standards , will our  future generation not be able to do anything for themselves? Why such a negative thought takes root in our mind? If we could do something ourselves, Our future generations would do better than us. With such a positive attitude, live your life happily lest you may have to repent afterward.

PLEASURES OF RETIRED LIFE

The golden period of your life starts when you retire from the active service or from active business/profession. This is the period when you can enjoy the Life as per your own choice and with full freedom without any worries, provided:-

  • You have Settled all your liabilities during the active period of your life.
  • Your children have settled professionally and personally.
  • You have a place to live which you can call your own Home; with your family who cares for you.
  • You have suitable pension or an accumulated pension fund to meet your needs.
  • And above all, You and Your spouse have maintained Good Health and a good understanding of each other.

If you look back to your pre-retirement days; You were so tight scheduled and having no time for your life partner, no time for family trips or even pilgrimage. You were always requesting leaves so that you could share time with your loved ones but the boss always frowned upon you with most typical lines,”You have so much of  pending work, how can you even think of going on leave???” and You listened to all this with a bowed head out of sheer compulsion. Your blood pressure rose during supervisor’s visits and his reprimands. The multitasking activities both in office and at home kept you under constant stress. Even when you tried to calm your mind through meditation and tried your best to concentrate, you couldn’t because the angry face of your boss always occupied the upper layers of your mind. You were more loyal to the ticking sound of your clock or the office or factory siren than anything else in this universe.

Now the Life is completely different after retirement, you are free from all those shackles, pulls and pressures? Don’t you now feel yourself nearer to GOD than ever before? Now you have enough time for everything of your choice. Now you are the boss of your own wishes and wills. You are now a free bird, so enjoy your flight of life like a bird. Keep on chirping, land at places you like, eat what you like to eat, and dance with your partner the way you both like.

Now, this is the time for you to enjoy the fruits and charms of freedom. Is not this amazing that the entire twenty-four hours of the day and all three hundred sixty-five and a quarter days of the year are your’s and your’s only? Every day is a holiday; a holiday for which you had to wait for five to six days in a week and you were never sure if the boss would call you on holiday for some urgent work. All your plans to enjoy on the weekly off used to be marred by such compulsions. Now no compulsions, as you are boss of your own self, so enjoy, enjoy and enjoy only. Remove all, from the life that comes between you and your happiness, your peace of mind, and GOD; be it a dispute, grudge, hate, anger or a complex.

Always try to remain happy and fearless. Don’t interfere in the affairs of others especially your own children. You may give advice if asked for, but let them have their own way. Don’t try to squeeze the generation gap as it will generate reactions and disturb your and family harmony.

Always be on the path of truth and don’t fear anything, not even your death. Whatever has to happen will happen; you can’t change it, then why worry; face it smilingly. At the same time don’t take much liberty of your freedom because everything will not happen as per your choice  Everyone can’t have similar choices and wishes, these differ from person to person, so let GOD decide what to do for you. The BIG BOSS is boss of the whole universe and loves us all. He takes care of all of us so don’t doubt his intentions. The best is, to surrender before Him and live to His will. You can’t change circumstances but you can change your attitude, so change it according to the times and always remain positive.

You are at the ripe age, so remember that you are the most beautiful human being. A fruit is more beautiful when it is ripe and so are you. Feel this beauty inside and outside you. Don’t expose yourself to risks such as investments in share markets, crypto currencies, Ponzi schemes or in any scheme of volatile nature because a ripe fruit can’t afford to withstand the winds and jerks of risks.

You are now more close to nature. Grow plants and watch them sprout out of the soil, and then growing into plants with tiny and shining leaves, flowering with magnificent colors and then bearing fruits and seeds. The pearl-like tiny dew drops on the leaves of plants and the grass in the morning are an amazing miracle to see.

Some people complain that they have too much spare time so they get bored. Getting bored in the twenty-first century is an impossible proposition. Make use of eighth and ninth wonders of the world if you luckily have both. The eighth wonder is your spouse who in spite being illiterate or less qualified, or even more qualified than you, remained with you through thick and thin when all nears and dears left you in adversity. You at this age have an exceptional understanding of each other. No one understands your mood, feelings and needs better than your better half. How beautifully she/he adjusts to every situation however difficult it may be. Is not that great wonder?

Your mobile phone is the ninth wonder of the world. Through the internet, you remain connected with the whole world. You can have any information available with the touch of a button. You can play games, read books of all types, see pictures of cities and places of the world over, watch movies and listen to music of your choice, share greetings and other messages with your friends and talk face to face with your relatives and friends living in any part of the globe.

So enjoy your retired life in a Smart Way. Don’t remain stuck to TV or mobile phone or your bed. Go for morning and evening walks even if for short distances. Do talk to and play with your grandchildren whenever you are with them. Play with kids of your locality. This will bring freshness and spirit of youthfulness in you.

You are lucky if you are enjoying Retired life, so thank God and keep smiling, meet friends, associates. Do some social service for the society without any considerations. Each day is a bonus for you. No one knows how much time we will get to stay in this beautiful world, so make the best use of whatever little time you have at your disposal. Do as much good as you can and remain as much contended as possible.