As I walked up to buy vegetables on the previous day of the recent National Bandh, the vegetable vendor from whom I used to buy came up and said – “my new shop is open!” I was amazed that his contagious smile persisted even after his old shop he inherited from his father was demolished for widening the road. The new shop was better and had more things to offer. Loss gets compensated for those who smile!
It was the other day when my friend said – we need not take care of nature, nature takes care of us. And that is true. As one who was involved with gases business I have heard about CFC’s the refrigerant gases that have an impact on ozone layer and stipulations to use modern gases instead. May be may not be we need to look ahead to protect environment, but how much is possible?
The incident that took place in Russia has been triggering innumerable questions in me. With a blinding flash and a booming shock wave, a meteor blazed across the western Siberian sky and exploded with the force of 20 atomic bombs, injuring more than 1200 people as it blasted out windows and spread panic in a city of 1 million. This was the largest since 100 years. It was the previous day that I read about an asteroid that passed close to earth about 27400 km away and I thought initially that that was what fell on earth, but was not. The meteor incident was one that travelled in another direction and coincidently the same day. Could anyone have predicted this incident though after the incident NASA stated that they will probe? – And luckily no human causalities.
The tsunami that struck in 2004 is another catastrophe that linked my mind to that of the meteor strike. My daughter Divya, who was in Pondicherry with her friend and her father were on that beach for a stroll in the morning. As they wished to play in the waves, the father suspected an unusual kind of symptom on the sea front and suggested they withdraw and move away. On return home, they heard of the tsunami and the rest of calamities that followed.
For me the two incidents above provided a platform to introspect about cosmic external thrust and pressures and the internal implosion. Meteor was external and tsunami an outcome of internal pressure. These happen to us as well as we pass through our lives.
It’s all about stress – and release or venting the extended sphere of our mind. From the incidents it appears that we can study “Outer Stress > Inner Calm”. Internal stress is rooted in our beliefs, attitudes, thoughts and feelings and these are things in the world over which we have any control. Though controlling ourselves isn’t always easy. Internal stress, as its name suggests, occurs when stress comes from inside. The cause of stress may be psychological or emotional. Internal stress requires no external cause although we may sometimes imagine there is one.
“Sakshi Bhavam “is a concept that comes to us from books of knowledge to practice life as a witness of life “jeevan sakshi” rather than taking a very active role in controlling our thoughts on matters that we have hardly any control. Practicing this, we may manage stress by managing our internal state and external source of potential stress may not necessarily make us stressed. Our internal state determines whether or not we experience stress.
Our mind is always busy and attempt to seek pleasure and avoid pain. It’s never at rest because this love and hate, cause unending strings of thoughts. Stress is caused by fear. Fear of the unknown. Mental images and words can slow and even stop for a short time. This happens when we let go and mind becomes detached from problems. The body and mind tend to relax and stress reduced.
The vegetable vendor probably did not anticipate and foresee anything drastically wrong in his mind and worked for an outcome that improved his business. People who get affected due to natural disasters and live close by take advantage after the eruption of volcanoes. They are tuned to face and engage with fear.
Being happy is a state of mind and key to a healthy lifestyle. Being an optimist is not foolish. Happiness is not merely external joy we experience on receiving material blessing. Happiness indicates our inner state of being- the status of mind. When things go wrong, we feel sad. Life is too short for us to spend time worrying about that are out of control. Let go. Remember it’s we who can change the way we feel. The power to improve our mood lies within us. All you need to do is to understand “Sakshi Bhavam“