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Two Yards Of Land!

This life of ours is termed as ‘Mirage’ by many learned people and Saints. We come to this world, we learn, acquire knowledge and skills as per our requirements and capacity and then we wish to get into a service or business, that we are able to get into for living a life fulfilling our dreams.

 

There are many novels and poems that highlight, how everybody has big dreams in life and there are very few who are able to reach somewhere near to their dreams. It is also true, that our dreams are limited by our living conditions. The conditions we live in often shorten our horizon, everybody can’t normally think of becoming a Mukesh Ambani or so.

It is often not easy to explain what we look for in our life. True that everybody likes to live his or her life with happiness, but what is the thing or set of things or living conditions, that give us happiness keep changing with time and our status. Our present status often determines the range of the satellite of our dreams.

Often we are not in a condition to differentiate between our needs and our aspirations or may be our greed. If our needs are met, we might feel satisfied but mostly our dreams do overpower our feeling of satisfaction also. In today’s world everybody is in a continuous race, we are running to achieve what we observe that some other people are having and we must also acquire, to be at same level, and then move further.

We listen to old stories of wishes of people getting fulfilled, some demons praying God, pleasing them and then getting a boon of becoming invincible, but that also fails in the end, since there are certain rules, which they eventually do not follow, considering themselves invincible.

There was also a story that a saint taking pity on a small mouse made him a lion, but later he tries to attack the Saint and had to again become a mouse.

There is the famous story from Ramayana, where Kaikeyi one of the three queens of King Dasharatha, gets her wish fulfilled through boons from Dasharath that her son Bharat should be made the king of Ayodhya and Rama the elder brother be sent to exile! But did she get what she wanted to achieve through fulfillment of her wishes!

Yes it is right that we follow our dreams, have wishes in life and make good efforts to achieve them, but let the wishes, our dreams not be such that we keep tracing them and finally do not get anything.

There was a story in Hindi which in English can be termed as ‘Two yards of land’. In this story a King tells a person that he can start walking in the morning and whatever area of land he covers till sunset, would be owned by him. The persons keeps extending his lust for land, keeps walking with more and more speed till evening and finally falls down and dies. Ultimately he gets the two yards of land, where he fell down.

Finally I would like to sum up with a couplet by Saint Kabir Das Ji, which says- Saain itna Dijiye, jaame kutumb samaay, main bhi bhookha na rahoon, Sadhu na bhookha jaay’ ( Oh God , give me so much, which fulfills my family needs, so that we do not remain hungry and are also in a position to feed our guest).

So definitely happiness is the ultimate goal, we must try to achieve in our life, whatever is achievable by our talent and efforts, without being over worked or being impractical. Yes in addition to this personal wish, I wish that there is peace and harmony in society and an atmosphere in which everybody can pursue his or her dreams.

This is my humble submission on the #IndiSpire prompt- I wish. We all wish. What’s that wish? #WishMine

Thanks for reading.

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