One of the important tricks that I enjoy is to simply be awakened to the presence of God in the daily moments that I live. Simple things like the peeling of the oranges or the fruity fragrance of the ripe mangoes are a time to think about the mercies of God.
Every life that utters the first cry at birth tells me that life is a struggle. I wonder how many staffs in the maternity wards of hospitals think of this! For the rich and the poor alike, life is a struggle. In all this, it is a great metaphor to see life as a small pilgrimage and me as a pilgrim on earth. The changing times that we live... the globalisation and the wars, the tsunamis and the uncertainness that we pass by everyday makes us know how transient life is! Taking it all as a pilgrim alleviates the pain and the joy of being a man I am.
Buddhism teaches that every attachment brings pain and every desire is the root of all miseries. How correct it is to contemplate on those teachings! Nevertheless, the world would have at once come to a dead stop, if these teaching were obeyed! So why are these teachings important? They are important for me to see and understand the ephemeral nature of our pilgrimage. “Seek first the kingdom of God, and the rest will follow”, Jesus taught.
With Tagore, I must ask, “Who knows when the chains will be off, and the boat, like the last glimmer of sunset, vanish into the night?”
|"EARLY IN THE day it was whispered that we should sail in a boat, |
only thou and I , and never a soul in the world would know of this our pilgrimage
to no country and to no end" ... Tagore
Photos : From personal file.