To Die before you Die

Death is stripping away of all that is not you. The secret of life is to “ die before you die”- and find that there is no death.
-Eckhart Tolle

What I have become, I don’t want to know anymore! I have been fed to all that I am not and I only came to know about that when I faced death.

I identified with my mind. I let it dwell on my fears which gave me sufferings and frustrations. It made me to shed tears for my past and worry for my future.

It stole my ‘now’. It overpowered me, I became its prey and it fed my life. I became my failures, my sufferings which lingered only in the past. It became my sense of self.

Who am I ? Just my failure or suffering ? No it can’t be true. I cannot be the figment of my mind, just a mere thought?

No I can’t let my smitten mind feed me. For that I have to die before I actually die.

I have to stop thinking, I have to come out of my unconscious self and cling on my heart beat which exist in the ‘now’. I have to breathe in my present and exhale my past.

This will kill my ego, my fear, my sufferings and all that is born out of my past and future.

My false self will die and my true self will emerge from the eternal now.
I am not the past and future , I am all that is happening right now !

What you have forgotten ?

What you have forgotten ?

Your deep inner self which resides in your consciousness, your true identity, which can only be accessed by the stillness of your mind .

What is stillness of mind?

By Stillness of mind, I mean when you are not thinking about the future or the past. In fact the process of thinking itself is not being in the present ,where your heart beats with every passing second.

Life is ‘now’ and you are not the slave of your mind. The reason behind most sufferings or grief is your mind. It makes you think , makes you accomplish things but at the same time it controls you to look for more wealth, exploit things before finally exploiting yourself.

How our thoughts affect us ?

If you can’t stop thinking about material things or can’t control your thoughts then you are surely enslaved by your mind. Most of us are slaves. And that’s why we struggle to find inner peace, happiness and even struggle to find the meaning of our existence.

Enlightened are those who can feel life right in the present without thinking too much about it.

Just try to find a moment for yourself , focus on your breathing, declutter your mind from all thoughts, feel the moment residing in the eternal now, the oneness ,yes right there your existence lies, your true identity.

Life, Death and Fear

Life

We are not only gifted with life but also with death. Death follows us since we are born like a shadow of life itself. So where there is life there is death.

Death

Parents not only give birth to their offspring but they also donate death to them. They pass on light of Love and also darkness of hate to their children in some or the other way. And the darkness of mind, heart or the material world achieves nothing but fear.

Fear

Fear is natural to every living being though it is only the imagination of an uncertain future.
In spite of knowing that fear is just an imagination ,it is extremely difficult to triumph over it.

Is this the End ?

The End of the world? Surely not !
The end of 2020? Oh yes, hell it is !
The end of all woes? Hmmmm….
Maybe..

I am sure when the writer wrote our world he didn’t want to get bored. He wrote vicissitudes to get entertainment. So why not the actors (we of course but quite dedicated ones) enjoy the show as well! It’s tough but not impossible.

Without a doubt I can say that we have ventured out of our script , contrived a more complicated mess and surprised even our creator, our writer ( I don’t know about his intentions but he definitely wants a better ending).

So what’s going to happen in the near future ?

Well, we know our future to a great extent and we also know that we have to change that to undo all the mess we have already created !

Love , empathy , compassion is the only way forward. We have fallen, lost our people , lost everything in between but we always have to remember one thing, our beginning .

Against all odds, one very rare incident took place on this planet, the beginning of life. It is the biggest success of all times and every thing after that is bonus for us.

So just try to play your part, enjoy this life, protect this planet and follow the path which ensures happiness of every one !


Happy New Year !

A boulevard of sufferings

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A boulevard of worldly sufferings
I chose to stroll at twilight.
A jobless peasant sulking with
Only adversity in belly at roadside !

This boulevard is flooded with tears,
I failed to cleanse with moonlight.
the deafening cries of a mother
Who fails to feed her poor child !

This boulevard of trembling souls,
The victims of apathetic affluence.
The heartless fortunate capitalists
Who ignored them on the road !

This boulevard of cracking bones,
The skeletal remains of humankind.
I tread through this rubble of sickness,
Succumbing to blows of immoral kinds !

©2020 Piyush Singh

Blooming thoughts

A man has at least one weakness inside him. But we consider that one weakness as the center of our lives and cling on to that until we lose all sense of self belief .

It takes a mountain of courage and an ocean full of wisdom to be contented with your weakness or to surpass that through your relentless efforts.

Both the options can lead you in the positive direction but it depends on how you perceive success since we are so obsessed with success !

Our limitations should never suppress us but it should push us even harder to achieve more than we could ever achieve.

But if we fail after all those efforts, then our heart should be wise enough to embrace contentment.
After all in the end contentment is our last Solace, it is our last resort !

In contentment ,we find our strength, in contentment we embrace our final wisdom !

Expectations, a litmus test?

The basis of all relationships is expectations. Our expectations from beloved, children, parents, family and friends.

A man is truly able to love the one who fulfils his expectations. But the expectations are destined to be broken.

It takes birth in the mind of humans and that’s why it very often becomes mystery to others. Even if someone desires to fulfil the expectations of his dear one ,he is never able to fulfil it completely.

And from there struggle takes birth, every relationship is transformed into struggle. But if humans do not make expectations the basis of their relationships and embrace relationships the way it is, isn’t it true that life will become flawless with only happiness and prosperity?

No ,life is not that simple. It is complex, it is like a filter full of chemicals through which an impure soul goes through. And after death it comes out through that filter, purer than before.

The Purpose of Fear

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When there is nothing left in the world worth seeing then the man looks towards God!

The making of time cannot be avoided. Only our sense of understanding it can change.

So quickly Year 2020 brought August to us that we hardly prepared ourselves to welcome it. Infact, nobody seems to care about it’s coming. The ravages 2020 brought to us is far from over.

Since we are running slow with all the fears engulfing us amid Covid 19 pandemic, we are hardly noticing the ticking of clock. But the time will not stop even if we cease to exist.

People are fed up now and the virus is peaking. They want to enjoy the freedom though time and again they are jolted by the fear of the virus which brings their sense back.

A certain incident happened which brought a rare smile on many faces. I was outside a grocery store and the keeper was struggling to persuade the crowd to maintain social distancing, they made a herd like bees.

They were relentless and stupidly ignoring the virus looming around them. I took it on myself to teach them a lesson. I marched towards the most belligerent one who was arguing at the top of his voice. I told him to calm down and follow social distancing as it is for everyone’s safety.

But then he confronted me and asked, “Excuse me gentleman, who are you to teach me wisdom? “

I chuckled and observed many faces attacking me with their looks though the shopkeeper looked at me with hope, the hope of saving him from that chaos.

I replied, “I am no one but a victim “.
Everyone got confused, they became curious and I prepared myself to give them a final blow.

I finally revealed, “I have just returned from 14 days of quarantine”.

The words echoed like fire through kerosene. As soon as I said it the most belligerent one jumped few feet backwards and the others followed too. The entire crowd was shell shocked.

They were suddenly haunted by the virus. I became their virus though I was lying. My weapon was fear which brought their senses back.

It brought smiles on the face of the shopkeeper and many onlookers. And everyone came back to their civilised best and followed social distancing .

I guess that’s the purpose of fear. It really makes us feel alive. It injects a sudden thrill which we need from time to time in order to comprehend life in its purest form.
That’s the true message of this pandemic, slow down, amend your ways and feel the precious life which we ignore very often.

In the Present

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When you get so engrossed in something which can either be a job in hand or the thing which you love to do most, you lose track of time.

Or in other words you don’t feel the passing of time and you hardly care about it’s existence when you are lost in your current job. You exist in the ‘Now’.

This is living in the present when you don’t worry about the future and don’t regret over your past. This is how a life should be lived.

A happy man is too satisfied with the present to dwell too much on the future – Albert Einstein

A Handful of Stardust

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A potpourri of grains rustled
With afflictions in a void, so vast.
The grains of the stardust
Glistened with pride,
They were all alike.
Those similar grains of stardust
Contrived humanity who made boundaries
The divisions of religion, the difference of colour,
Black, brown, white, yellow.
Everyone will go down the same drain
To become the similar
Handful of stardust again!

©2020 Piyush Singh