Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Drawing a parallel with Dasan and Vijayan…

Each time it falls upon me that I have just embarked upon one of the most brilliant transformative ideas (!), the first thing that I think is,
“Why didn’t this occur to me earlier?”
And I lament upon how my life would have been if this idea had really struck me a while ago, and I do visualize the golden days ahead, when my life is going to be literally swept by this revolutionary, innovative sea of change.

These transformative ideas pop up in a wide range of magnitudes, from the idea as simple as the age-old resolution of ‘I’m going to be an early bird from tomorrow’ to the brave decision to “take life as it comes” from now on and not to get tensed over anything. From deciding to spend one hour daily in expanding my “technical knowledge” to becoming a “mature” mastermind by letting things go. From the evergreen plan to make time for all the little things I’ve always wanted to do to the spiritual decision to make each day meaningful henceforth…From the resolve to start a systematic lifestyle, shedding my lethargy once for all to the drive to seek the answers to the bigger questions on life… And again from deciding to stop fidgeting (the toughest of all) to step forward towards the giant dream of pursuing my passions…The list simply goes on…

Yes. You have guessed right. None of these things happen.

But what actually happens is what others call “harsh reality” or which we can simply put as the practical, ‘sane’ side of things.

So, what is the other side?
That side is the most beautiful part, though it comes with its share of insanity.
Those are the minutes that immediately follow these insightful moments that triggered these decisions. And these minutes have two sections to them.
Past and Future.

We could easily relate to this with the timeless characters of our very own Dasan and Vijayan, made immortal by Mohanlal and Sreenivasan.

The past, when we start regretting, “Oops…Why the hell did this not occur to me earlier…”  

“Eda namukkentha ee budhi nerthe thonnaathath…”

And, how meaningful and productive our days would have turned out to be…(as if we are going to implement it to the letter and spirit from tomorrow)… So the past is the “sad” part of things. Because we feel bad for our lost days where somehow this idea didn’t come into our life. And we feel sorry for ourselves, how foolish we have been all these days, (we’ve become so brilliant overnight), and look pitifully at those dumb people who still haven’t got the luck to even think of getting those ideas…
Why did I waste these many days?...Che…

But we somehow get over that stage, when someone like Vijayan with a philosopher look, comes and comforts us, saying,

“Dasa…Oronninum athintethaaya samayam unde mone..”

Yes…Everything has its own time. Destiny is predestined. And this idea has struck us because its time in the predetermined calendar of events has got auto-initiated.

So, we look forward…Strictly following the advice shared by “overly philosophical” Spirit Science friends on their facebook walls (Oh sorry…timelines)…

“Don’t Look Back, You’re Not Going That Way”.

So we start looking forward…
The Future...

How beautiful! I can’t stop thinking what I’ve been missing all these years! My future lays bright in front of me. As I scale each milestone of my resolution, I visualize myself going farther from my erstwhile ignorant self to a more mature, successful person… (When it comes to future, my grammar automatically turns itself to first person, substantiating the innate selfishness when it comes to the good side of things...)

And all the pleasures…

How we are going to be really wise in executing our plans...
Saving money:

"Eda namuke..chelavu kazhinjulla baaki kaashu maatti vekkanam..."

How our fortunes are going to multiply manifold …  

“Namukke ippo 2 pasukkal alle…athu ini 4 aayi 10 aayi 50 aayi 100 aayi 1000 aayi…..”

How systematically we are going to channelize our wealth in prosperity…

“Namuke…Oru nalla veedu kettanam…Car vaanganam…Fridge…AC...…VCR…TV...”
Dreaming of that prospective happiness...
"Ho...namuke angu sukhikkanam...:

And how we find our newly found idea so incredibly promising…

“Aahahaha…Avattakalde karachil kelkaan thane enthoru sukham…  Enthoru Sangeethaathmakam… Aishwaryathinte siren muzhangunnath pole undalle..”  

The “feel goodness” is too much, and these moments are so very special, that they even outshine the cynicism associated with them; even though we know we are not going to stick to these resolutions and they are made to be broken.  

So having said about the "black" past and the "bright" future...what we very often miss out is what lies between...The present...The moments that we actually, really own...
The moments when we regret the past and dream about the future...
The moments that carry an abundance of hope and vibrating optimism...
The moments which actually matter.

I can see raised eyebrows now, asking "What is the point in dreaming about unrealistic things and deriving fake pleasure"...

As I had already remarked, there is a part of life which goes insane...where there is no space for logic...

The only thing I have to say is that...Though Dasan and Vijayan might not have tasted success in their milk business...They "owned" those moments...When they slept peacefully that night...See the hope brimming on their faces...

Going on in this transient life, when none of us can be sure if we'll really open our eyes the next morning...At times it makes sense to dream a beautiful dream...and say like Dasan...
"Eashwaraa...Rakshikkane..."
and go to sleep peacefully...

May be none of your dreams would come true in following days...But that doesn't mean we don't dream at all...

Something else might surely click...

But those moments, that wonderfully long peaceful sleep and that beautiful bounty of hope are ours...

A Simple Message...

A Simple Message...