अब वो बातचीत की रिवायतें नहीं रही

मुद्दत बाद
वक्त की शाख पर
दो फल लगे थे
फुर्सत के
अपनो के साथ
चखने के लिए
लेकिन भूल गया था
वो बातचीत की
रिवायतें नहीं रही
अब शायद
इस भागते दौड़ते शहर को
ठहरने की
आदत नही रही।

दम लेले घड़ी भर, ये छैयां, पायेगा कहाँ।

जब कभी जमीन की ओर देखता हूं तो लगता है कि इंसान की इन परेशानियों का कभी अंत नहीं होगा। व्यक्तिगत, पारिवारिक, सामाजिक या वैश्विक स्तर पर कोई न कोई समस्या बनी ही रहेगी। लेकिन जब आसमान की तरफ देखता हूं तो इंसान की सभी समस्याएं महत्वहीन लगती हैं।

रात गहरी होती जा रही है लेकिन नींद के आने की कोई आहट सुनाई नही दे रही। फिलहाल मुझे भी नींद का कुछ खास इंतजार नहीं है। इस सन्नाटे में घड़ी की टिक टिक की आवाज कानों में ऐसे पड़ रही है जैसे कोई हथौड़े से कील ठोक रहा हो। इस आवाज के साथ साथ मन में बहुत से विचार उमड़ कर आ रहे हैं और ये विचार भी इस आवाज की तरह कम कठोर नही हैं।

कोरोना महामारी के चलते हर रोज कोई न कोई बेचैन कर देने वाली खबर आ ही जाती है। पिछले काफी दिनों से मैंने कोई समाचार नही पढ़ा है। बेचैनी की आग पहले से इतनी है कि अब इसको किसी समाचार पत्र के घी की जरूरत नहीं है। पिछली बार मैने सोचा था कि ये महामारी केवल महानगरों तक ही सिमट कर रह जायेगी। लेकिन इस बार देख रहा हूं कि ये महामारी दूर दराज के गावों में ऐसे फैल गई है जैसे किसी बूढ़े बड़ वृक्ष की जड़े जमीन में फैल जाती हैं।

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Favorable Conditions Never Come

“We are always falling in love or quarreling, looking for jobs or fearing to lose them, getting ill and recovering, following public affairs. If we let ourselves, we shall always be waiting for some distraction or other to end before we can really get down to our work. The only people who achieve much are those who want knowledge so badly that they seek it while the conditions are still unfavorable. Favorable conditions never come.”

C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory

The Key to Self-Knowing

The more you will try to “become” the far you will go away from reality because the reality is you, not something in the future.

It was a beautiful morning. It was just like as it should be. Seeking perfection in nature is insanity and violence of the human mind but looking at it as it is, is a virtue. This morning a person came to meet me. She was a member of some kind of religious organization. She introduced herself as a sannyasi and explained that she had renounced the world and all its comforts, pleasures, and wealth. She told me about her organization and its activities. She said that she was struggling to bring about a different kind of future; a future that is much better than the present in all aspects. She was gentle calm and peaceful. Her words were poetic as she was good at playing with words and their meanings. All her words were to convince me of a few particular ideas about life which she had learned from her organization.

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A Romantic Affair with Words

A book is not complete until you sleep with it and dream over it.

It is so much beautiful to write your thoughts on a paper. It is like the materialization of thoughts into hard and subtle forms. There are millions of thoughts in our minds and we choose a few of them to share. Now a day, people love to write on laptops and computers; but nothing can beat the originality of paper and pen. A hand-written letter can express your feelings thousand times better than any email; this is why the letters are considered more romantic. Electronic words are virtual and don’t have enough power to convince anyone. Virtual words can convince the mind but the heart works differently.

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Sick by Shel Silverstein – A Beautiful Poem

Read this humorous story of one child’s attempts to stay home from school.

One wakes up in the middle of the night. It is so quiet and magnificent. The mind is so alert; but not able to sleep. It has been a very long and suffocating day. One is so much tired and restless that everything looks like a complication. It is good to read something which has no logic to understand the logic of oneself. One finds a poem on the internet. It is a benediction to find something when it needs the most. It is written by Shel Silverstein. Here it is:

“I cannot go to school today”
Said little Peggy Ann McKay.
“I have the measles and the mumps,
A gash, a rash and purple bumps.
My mouth is wet, my throat is dry.
I’m going blind in my right eye.
My tonsils are as big as rocks,
I’ve counted sixteen chicken pox.
And there’s one more – that’s seventeen,
And don’t you think my face looks green?
My leg is cut, my eyes are blue,
It might be the instamatic flu.
I cough and sneeze and gasp and choke,
I’m sure that my left leg is broke.
My hip hurts when I move my chin,
My belly button’s caving in.
My back is wrenched, my ankle’s sprained,
My ‘pendix pains each time it rains.
My toes are cold, my toes are numb,
I have a sliver in my thumb.
My neck is stiff, my voice is weak,
I hardly whisper when I speak.
My tongue is filling up my mouth,
I think my hair is falling out.
My elbow’s bent, my spine ain’t straight,
My temperature is one-o-eight.
My brain is shrunk, I cannot hear,
There’s a hole inside my ear.
I have a hangnail, and my heart is …
What? What’s that? What’s that you say?
You say today is ………….. Saturday?
G’bye, I’m going out to play!”

Shel Silverstein

Read more about Shel Silverstein on Wikipedia or you can get his books on Amazon.

Olny Srmat Poelpe Can Raed Tihs

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The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can still raed it wouthit a porbelm.

Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh? Yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt! If you can raed tihs psas it on!!

The Mindless Crowd & Self Knowledge

Every person in this crowd is in confusion and in misery as you are. They are not different than you; even they are leaders or followers. You are here because of them and they are here because of you. It is an endless mystery that is keeping you away from self-knowing.

It is 5 o’clock in the morning and time to run away from the crowds of city to a place where the sky meets the earth. My shoes are looking at me and are ready to go out on this beautiful journey.

Every runner knows that shoes are the best friend for him. I am not an expert into technical details of a shoe but I love to wear Nike, Adidas and Reebok. If you want to know that a pair of shoe is suitable for you or not, you have to run almost a mile wearing those particular shoes. I know this is really hard and I cannot check every shoe in this manner, so I always go with one of the above three brands. I choose and believe these brands because these are the top bestselling companies in sports wear; especially in professional running gears.

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Emptiness and Loneliness

Is it possible to fill this emptiness completely and overcome this fear of loneliness permanently and how?

We have accumulated so much knowledge, money and power. We have invented super-fast computers, robots, satellites, air-planes and all the rest of it. Now we are able to fly over the clouds, swim under the deep oceans, and transplant a new part in body, go to the moon and much more. We have done much more than our expectations. Whatever we see all around is created by us whether it is a small pencil in our pocket or a huge satellite far away in the space.  Everything is incredible and we are so much proud of it.

All of this was about outer world but what we are inside? In outer world, we feel like almighty but in inner world, we are so tiny and empty. This is a fact. Inside, we are hollow like a bamboo. We are not able to solve our stupid little problems and living in misery, fear, pain and depression. We have messed up the whole inner world of relations, virtues, intelligence and have invented this endless conflict, contradictions and sorrows.

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