Right from our childhood we begin to learn the ways we are expected to lead our lives. Quite often we suppress what our heart asks us to do. We are made to believe that our heart often demands things that are neither good for us or for the world around us. A few among us do question, sometimes, about what we are taught, but their questions rarely penetrate, because many penetrating questions are viewed as some kind of abnormality.
Perhaps, the world has treated a human being as any other material object in the universe, but, with superior intelligence and many desires. As a consequence, the man also believes that he has as little potential to cause any change in his surroundings as any other object, but is very important for himself by virtue of his exceptional intelligence and desires. The net outcome is that the man thinks that he can pamper himself to any extent without causing much change in this universe. The thought that the man has limited abilities, but is of much consequence to his world is superseded by the thought that the man has many abilities but is of little consequence to his world.
The world overemphasizes man’s abilities, but undermines his potential. It overrates the man’s individual success and underrates the contribution the man can make to his world. The man tries to mold himself according to what is expected of him, but suffers, because he is neither able to perform a useful contributory role in his world, nor is able to ever ‘succeed’ in his endeavors owing to his limited abilities. He lives like an incomplete human being and also dies like that.
Like all other components of this universe, it is also natural for the man to give a part of him to the universe, perhaps, a little more than others, with the great potential he is born with. He denies himself the right to live a natural life and suffers. Achieving a natural state is never very difficult; if the man tries, he can change himself and his surroundings. We all like to contribute, because that has always been a greater source of contentment than anything else.
PROMOD KUMAR SHARMA
[The writer of this blog is also the author of “Mahatma A Scientist of the Intuitively Obvious” and “In Search of Our Wonderful Words”.]