WOW: Take A Walk. Write About The Sounds You Hear.

I remember a piece of poetry (Shair) by Great Urdu poet Mirza Ghalib Ji –

Zinda hoon, zindagi ka talabgaar nahi hoon,
Bazaar se guzraa hoon, kharidaar nahi hoon.

In this couplet (shair) the poet expresses that he has been living but does not aspire for this life! This approach of not expecting anything, from life or any happening, is also a great part of Indian philosophy, like here the poet says that he is going through the market, but not for purchasing anything.

Here the poet is not saying one thing, but our philosophy says that we must be good observers . We should be involved in the happenings, activities, not as a customer, may be not as a doer also, but as a keen observer!

There are several things we learn from great people. Like in our life we are so un-involved in the activities we do, like when we take our food, we might be listening to news or watching TV, the activity of eating, which gives us nourishment mostly gets done automatically, without our involvement. We just let it happen mechanically, without getting involved in the activity of eating, without even feeling the taste internally, in such a condition it would not give us the benefit that it ought to give.

In the activity of ‘Vipashyna’ also we learn to be a vigilant observer, rather we practice to watch ourselves from outside, as an independent observer.
I remember a Hindi song-

Chalaa jaata hoon, kisi ki dhun me
Dhadakte dil ke fasaane liye.

What I want to mention here is that mostly we keep moving, doing things, without being vigilant and observant. It all goes on happening mechanically, as a routine. We need to become a really living being than a robot doing mechanical activities as programmed.

When we move, other than  walking along the busy roads, with sounds of horns, polluting emissions etc. like we move early in the morning or go for an evening walk in a garden, under green trees, flowers and listen to the chirping sound of birds. It gives us great sweet experience and we get closer to the creation of God.

Not only birds and other beings, we could enjoy the games of little children, the great interest they have in the little activities they are doing, the lovely dreams they have. Such things great poets observe very minutely, as Nida Fazli Ji said-

Bachchon ke chhote haathon ko,
Chand-sitaare chhoone do,
Chaar qitaaben padh kar ye bhi,
Ham jaise ho jaayenge.

Yes it is also true that our knowledge also draws boundary lines, it tells us that we can go this far only, so better we do not think of achieving anything beyond that.

Anyhow it is also said by great Saints that ‘Knowledge only frees us from the bondages caused by our ignorance’.

So, we need to become very keen observers, always ready to learn new things and be involved persons, not just doing things mechanically.

I just feel that being a constant observer and learner, we can live our lives with more involvement, not just in things we own or get directly affected by, but also things happening around us, which might become relevant for us tomorrow if not today.

Yes it would be very useful if we observe and Write About The Sounds You Hear, while we are with nature.

I again remember a piece of verse on this-

Kin raahon se dur hai manzil, kaun sa rastaa aasaan hai,
Ham jab thak kar ruk jaayenge, auron ko samjhaayenge.

So there might be some achievements which we could not make, still we can help others to achieve them from our experience, our failed missions, so that the victory mission of human beings continue and we as a human race keep on achieving new successes.

http://This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda

Thanks for reading.



  1. True we do not pay attention to activities that we routinely undertake, like an example of eating you mentioned. We watch TV or try to finish fast to watch TV or complete some other task. We not only not enjoy the meal we do not chew it properly and meal is not digested. Nice post you have written with examples of poems.

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