Friday, July 25, 2008

Callous Mind!!

The impervious mind continues to move on at work in Mumbai even in the wake of 5 serial bomb blasts in Bangalore where a lot of relatives and friends are based. The phone lines are jammed and they cannot be reached, the concern existed but only for few fleeting minutes and when other incidents grappled for mind's attention, it went to rest in some remote corner may be to wake up at some later point of time or may be never...!!

A casual chat with a close colleague and friend in the office corridors brought home the realization that we have hardened over time, with the frequent riots and bomb blasts resulting in mindless agony and jolts that set us back when they happen but after awhile no more!! With the frequency with which they seem to be occurring, now the only reaction is "OK, one more!!" and that's just about it, not to forget to mention the instant vaporization of the topic from our minds.

Where we really so callous? - NO.
Where we born like this? - NO.
Do we fear death? - NO.
Do tragedies affect us? - NO.
Why have our feelings become so insusceptible for the pains of the suffering mankind? - Silence.

The mind if it were to dwelve in itself, would get sucked into a blackhole never to re-surface again, thereby the moving on spirit that's got adopted by one and all. Can't really blame anybody? And, there is little we can do to avoid it.

As its rightly said in afghani -
Zendagi Migzara a.k.a Life goes ON...

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Journey to Innerself...

My short vacation in 2003 lead me towards journeying to my inner self. Read how...

It started with a negative feeling where I felt once again I was trading off on my wishes for my mom's religious obsession. While I was contemplating between a trip to Goa or the Golgumbas at Bijapur, she wanted to leave on a religious pilgrimage. My trip to Kadachadri mountain only ended taking me a step closer towards the beautiful nature.

Kadachadri mountain is a beautiful place situated in Kollur, Mangalore. The uphill stretch is almost 66 kms. The only vehicle that is able to make itself up the road is a Mahindra Jeep (applause to Mahindra's for manufacturing such robust vehicles!!). The uphill stretch is steep, curvy and unlevelled. The vehicle takes you on a stretch of about 56 kms; the rest is a journey is to be done by foot.

It's this part of the journey thats the most beautiful part where the concrete roads give way to nature's creation. The path to the destination which is a Adi Shankaracharya cave is amidst a dense thicket that is full of wild plantations and a vast expanse of trees. Wild animals seem to be frequent visitors out here and we happened to see a few of them. Strange it may sound now but then there was no fear at all!! We also had company in the form of friendly monkeys who were eager to eat out of your hands and hold onto our clothes and walk along with us as if we were their long lost companions!!

Nature made great steps out of stepping boulders and roots of trees and it was a beauty to watch how well they were entwined and interlaced. Our minds were sensitised with every movement, sound and sight. The never ending stretch of spirited colors just blended in each other forming a lovely meadow. It just reminded me of a quote by an author unknown which says ..

"The colors that the meadows holds,
Is something which no painters brush has told."

Never realised how easily we walked across a stretch of 8 kms (which would be a near impossible task in the roads of Bombay)!! There was yet another milestone at a distance of another 2 kms but we females were unequipped courtesy our traditional attire and slip ons. The journey certainly called for the trekking dress code with the steep, sharp edges & wilderness. The males in our group continued the blissful journey which ended with a beautiful water fall and a pious 'Shiv-ling'. We saw the visuals captured in their handy cameras. The journey downhill was as intriguing as the uphill one!!

One just lost oneself in a trance unfurling the ravels of the mysterious nature that gave you a sense of peace within and tranquility in sharp contrast to rustic concrete jungle that we all live in; filled with deep urges for achievement, politics, never ending deadlines and a mad rush for money, power et al. One might word it more aptly but the bottom line is that they are all the same!!

Ain't it...???

Are we not trading off a simple livelihood & such pleasantries which are immaterial in nature for something which is materialistic and in our rush for a better life we have all become emotionless thick skinned souls who don't seem to get affected by just about anything!!

Being a part of this melee, I, too the other day just walked aside a partly eaten dead body of a woman lying on the road by just casting my glance away as I was late for an official meeting that mattered more to me.

Strange are the different facets of life for there amidst the beauties of nature I was sensistive to every vibration and here on the road I was an insensitive soul. There is certainly no denying the fact that it is in this very vicious world, I work to earn my bread and butter that feeds my family as against the mesmerizing surroundings of Kadachadri where I sought peace at an elevated level.

As my mind continues to thrive in a conflicted state, I leave here...