Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The Right to Defend

Today, I happened to read a statement by President Obama supporting Israel for its ‘right to defend’. I have no problem in the spirit and meanings of the statement ‘right to defend’, but my issue is ‘what are we defending?’ Obama, the democratically elected and the champion of freedom could not able to see the defending of Israeli’s right at the expense of Gazan’s right. Defending of Israel’s civilians at the death of Gazan’s civilians. Defending of one particular country at the expense other country’s freedom. Well… we should not be surprised!

Couple of days ago two young girls were arrested in Mumbai for posting a comment in Facebook, in fact questioning the Mumbai bandh upon the death of Bal Thakery, who rose to prominence through intimidation, violence, vandalism and communal rights. Those two girls were arrested at the behest of complaint by Shiv Sena’s local office bearers and charged with the offense of instigating communal enmity. These poor girls were forced ‘not to defend’, yes, the right to defend, but as expected Bal Thakery’s violent loving party goons won the battle of ‘right to defend’ as the expense of poor girls freedom of expression. These girls were arrested by police for questioning the necessity of bandh on Thakery’s funeral day in Mumbai which made millions of people to sit at home and out of which thousands of workers lost their daily wages, the only life line for their decent income. Whereas, a Shiv Sena leader who defended the vandalism against the dental clinic as ‘expression of love’ towards Bal Thakery is left to enjoy his comfort life in his mansion. These two girls were arrested in couple of hours after their posting, whereas the police took two days to arrest the Sena’ goons who vandalized the dental clinic.

A week back I happened to face an odd situation with a local elder person, who drove his vehicle on a no-entry road, in a single track where I became the victim. The respected elder person simply drove and about to hit my car head to head. He had not only unapologetic, but simply stop the engine and jumped out of the car for a coffee break and left the scene. I was stuck with the road in which I have only option to reverse for a longer distance and find another road. Eventually, he came back and we end up in verbal dual and he almost threatened to damage my car. He is being the local and son of the soil, his ‘right to defend’ the wrong is more powerful than my ‘right to defend’ the right.

The ‘right to defend’ is subjective and depends on the people who exercise it. No matter, how wrong the issue is, if the defender is powerful, he can succeed. Meanwhile, if the defender is weak he needs to go through the humiliation of defending the right.

All because of loss of equilibrium, especially the authorities who need to maintain the equilibrium is simply does not want or failed to do. The so called world community under UN is chose not to be responsible in maintaining the equilibrium and the result is never ending Palestine issue. The Mumbai police failed to maintain their equilibrium and the violent Shiv Sena’s enjoying their violence as a love of affection to their demised leader. The traffic police failed to maintain and monitor the traffic rules and the elder son of the soil not bothered to respect the road rules. The strong defends whatever they like and the weak deprived of defending their rights because the ‘right to defend’ is subjective and out of proportion.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Games within the game – Corrupted Anti Corruption Movement

The cat is out. My apprehension about the leaders of Anti Corruption Movement is right. (Refer my article on June 6, 2012). Anna Hazare disbanded his team and supported the idea of forming a political party to fight against corruption. His strategy of forcing or shaking the top and attracting the grass root or low level support have finally shows that how awfully wrong it is. The educated mass in India is genuinely worried about country, but will not ready to involve in street fight against the system. They will support, provided the movement has a strong volunteers including middle and field managers or leaders to keep the movement going with energy. Anna does not have such back up and therefore fall into the trap of Anti-Congress parties to provide necessary head counts. Finally, the anti-congress parties have decided to absorb the Anna and his team and ready to offer some space. The space is going to be a new political party without money and muscles and subsequently will completely be annihilated by both Congress and non-Congress parties in Indian political drama.

Any struggle or fight for good cause require a well defined strategy after a great deal of understanding the past, present and future consequences. When the vicious cycle or the corrupted system is strong while our resources are weak, we have no other option except to join the system to fight within, even though the system itself is worst and hopeless. If the vicious cycle or the system is at least semi-functional and good, we have the choice of standing away from the system and fight against it, provided we have enough resources at our disposal. In Anna Hazare’s case, he is neither having enough resources nor understood the scale of struggle that he aimed for. If both of my conclusions are wrong, then he might be acting on the script of some hidden play writers.

As usual the victim is Indian public without having any hope to eradicate the corruption in government.

Ramadan Diary – Mankind and Devils (Shaitan)

Once in a Ramadan a Mughal king assembled his mid-night club members for a Hukah smoke. A leading poet impressed the king and audiences with an interesting couplet about Ramadan and devils. ‘During Ramadan, all devils (shaitan’s) are chained and locked’. He paused and other members were curious to know second line of the couplet. ‘And all those chained and locked devils (shaitans) are here in the mid-night club’. He completed with greater appreciation from other members.

Devils are impressively smarter and stronger especially when we have less or no control in our self. Devils also perfect in their work with only one clear and straight forward objective of misleading the humans. The ‘right’ has limited liberty whereas the ‘wrong’ has all the freedom in the world and therefore the devils have no limitation. Devils do their SWOT analysis well because they know that mankind love to do ‘wrongs’ with great excitement and exhilaration. Mankind is created with fair amount of weakness and has been kept increasing for generations. Today, with the advancement of technology and feeble life system, devils are superbly enjoying their rhythm and concerting albums with variety of interesting misleads that are easy to adapt, conceal and enjoy.

Devils are sometimes visible and mostly invisible. The visible devils are invariably lives in the mind and hearts of people whose life is built on capricious, especially erratic and therefore easy for devils to live forever. Let me illustrate little more on people with capricious mentality. ‘Impulsiveness is part of human nature and is understandable, but when we subscribe capricious mindset in our daily life, it became a dominant factor and subsequently it become a cancer. It also extinguishes or replaces all good human values whatever we possessed. Our core belief system, life values and references all get corrupted one after other without any warning or with feeble occurrences to our largely orphaned consciousness. The ‘cause’ will be replaced with ‘effects’ and we will merit only the effects and even abstracting from any causes’. Eventually, we behave like a human but with devil characteristics.

The invisible devils are highly dangerous due to their natural ability in deceiving us comprehensively by living underneath of our own skins. These devils run in our blood and breaths in our lungs. They dance in our minds and coercing to take every attempt to sweet coated destructions. They tempt us on every moment through succumbing to our own environments. They would drive us to believe that environment cannot be controlled, let alone managed. It fickle our mind and create constant pressure by reminding that life is all about ‘me’ and the necessity to outsmart others with any means and ways.

Secondly, every single worry in life is a welcome gate for devils. Worries leads us to fear and fear lead us to insecurity. Insecurity led us to imbalance and imbalanced minds are fertile grounds for devils. We often failed to handle such devils, because the insulation wall in our mind and heart is weak. Though our hearts may look impenetrable for a while, yet it certainly breaks and gives way due to our weak reinforcement security system. Because of our absolute belief in freedom and ‘state of permanency’ we committed for.

So how can we protect us from those invisible and visible devils? We don’t require different approaches to both visible and invisibles. We require a simple formula, but with ardent and strict applications. The formula is seeking the guidance from the Creator. The Creator of both devils (Shaitan from jinn) and men. The Creator knows well about (Shaitan) devils and has already developed an instruction manual to mankind to protect from the devils. There is no better formula then surrendering the Creator and asking His guidance, because as we know that He is the One Who created the devils and knows the devils worse part.

In fact, devils are playing a major role in driving us towards the Creator. Without visible and invisible devils, many of us may not able to realize the necessity of God in our life. The question may come about atheists who don’t believe in God and how are they handling the devils? The answer is that devils know well about themselves.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Ramadan Diary – Faith and Freedom

Past couple of weeks, I had witnessed a pigeon comfortably sitting on a plastic bucket that was kept on my open balcony shelves. She always glimpses at me before it decides whether to fly or stay depends on my body language. Mostly she stays by staring at me and I never disturbed it because I knew that she was incubating with its eggs. The pigeon might have accidently chooses to live in my balcony for her incubation, but she has triggered my inquisitive mind to analyze our human life in context of ‘faith’.

Faith is the basic agreement between Creator and creatures. Faith is the foundation to build spiritual and material experiences. Faith is the nucleus of life system. We all exist and function in this world because we have faith in our own context and understanding.

The pigeon likes to live wherever possible and we need a comfortable home by carefully selecting the location, convenience, and of course need to consider our social, political and geographical constraints. The pigeon does not have any food storage in its nest. We would have a store room with enough food provisions for a period including a refrigerator with frozen stuffs. The pigeon fly everyday to nearby area to search for its food. We travel to work every day with loads of stress and worries about our uncertain income. The pigeon is always relaxes with her colleagues by spending considerable time with them. We don’t spend time with friends and hardly have any relaxations due to our preoccupation in making money. The pigeon lives in a simple life but we live a complicated life. The pigeon lives a pure natural life but we live mostly an unnatural life. Finally, the pigeon is a free bird, but we are prisoners… yes the prisoners of our own past, present and future. Why?

The bird’s life is simple, natural, one dimensional but imbibed with a basic quality of faith in its ‘life system’. Though it looks like a monotonous method from birth to death, yet their life is programmed to adhere to the Creator with a particular life system and limited liberty. It has no other option except to follow the integrated life system in which the ‘faith’ is interwoven. The birds that lived 5000 years ago and the birds that we see today are all having similar life system.

Mankind is also inbuilt with ‘faith’ in its natural life system, but has the remarkable quality of ‘freedom’ to execute the faith by choosing the method of application that suits to our environment, minds and body. The faith is imbibed in physical matters and is visible right from our own physical to worldly bodies. In other word, faith is inbuilt in the human life system also, but allowed the humankind to execute the faith with certain degree of freedom in order to realize, understand, engage and enjoy the life.

The context of ‘choosing the method of life’ is interpreted into trepidation and given birth to aimless subversion to the noble concept of ‘freedom’. Mankind mostly abused the concept of freedom and moreover believes that liberty is unconditional and is unquestionable rights for mankind. Mankind is happy to enjoy the freedom without any responsibility and accountability. Even the intellectual section of human race forgets that freedom is coiled with responsibility and accountability. In the process of exercising the freedom, especially now a day, the concept of ‘we’ is consciously subdued by the concept of ‘I’ and subsequently it override the existence of faith in our life system.

To make things even more badly or to kill the inborn quality of faith in human life system, a systematic assault on ‘freedom’ is unveiled in the name of ‘survival of fittest’ and therefore, the justification of self is completely overwhelmed in the subconscious minds of everyone. (I will write a separate article with my views on the callous concept, the ‘survival of fittest’). Towards achieving our selfish objectives we are misusing the ‘freedom’ and eventually forgot the stipulation of life that is ‘faith’, because faith is directly consequential with the concept of ‘freedom’. Moreover, faith is associated with certain degree of accountability and accountability is most hated by many. How many of us know that freedom is worthless if the true concept of faith is not exercised? Not many.

The deviation in our life is seems to be so innate that we started to believe that independency is permanent. Further we work hard to achieve the independency by liberating our mind by relinquishing the responsibilities. Some of us believe death is only act that can terminate our independency and death is natural because of ageing body cells and nothing else. In pursuit of confirming the ‘state of permanency’ we have no qualm in questioning the veracity of faith and its necessity in life. The ‘state of faith’ is endlessly dissected and dismembered, thanks to the rudimentary knowledge by generation after generation without any contrition. Eventually, there are two sets of people emerges in the world. One is atheist and other is believer. While atheist holds the degree of ‘permanency’ and sadly exercises their own faith or believe in ‘nothing’ while they are all part of ‘something’. The other set of people who are known as ‘believers’ have many divisions and beliefs; and distracted the concept of faith to their advantages.

However, those who exercise certain level of faith in monotheism, the Oneness God are also inclined to compromise the part or whole of ‘faith’ for the love of world in the name of ‘freedom’. The ‘faith’ in pigeon is inbuilt and functions according to the programmed life plan with limited liberty and therefore no consequences. But with total liberty at our disposal we corrupt our faith and create endless consequences in us. This article is not against freedom, but an opportunity to remind ourselves that faith and freedom are integral system in human life and freedom is strongly bonded with responsibility and accountability. In other word to enjoy the true freedom one must understand the ‘faith’.

Faith is basically starts with heart related application or worship towards our Creator and is applied in all our life activities and matters throughout the day and nights. Allah says in Quran:

“And know that Allah comes in between a person and his heart” – Surah Anfal – 42

“Verily it is not the eyes that grow blind, but is the hearts which are in the breasts that grow blind” – Surah Al Hajj – 64

The Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) said, ‘certainly the body has a morsel of flesh, when it is upright, all of the body is upright and when it is corrupted, all of the body is corrupted and that is the heart’.

The heart generates the ideas and concept and brain prepares the strategy, plan and execute in association with heart. It has connection with brain; and its sensual and nervous inklings are known to Allah only. Heart is the basic of all functions and therefore the faith must start from there itself.

The basic components of faith is ‘Al Ikhlas’ (sincerity), Attawbah (repentance), Attawakkul (reliance on Allah), Al Khawf (fear of Allah) and Arrajaa (Hope in Allah). Let us take all these five as yardsticks to measure the strength of our faith.

We compensate our ‘faith’ or ignore it for worldly matters and justify it with our wants and needs. We are seldom sincere to our own self and how can we except to be sincere with others? We don’t respect our own self let alone to others. We do things first and find reasons next.

Consequently, in a period of time we have completely disoriented and the ‘faith’ in our life is nothing but mere utterances by words. To a Muslim, faith in Creator is the basic for life on earth. Faith, as we Muslims called as ‘Eman’, is a ‘verb’ and need to be demonstrated, not just uttered by words alone.

In reality, our faith is largely conditional and our approach to the Creator is ‘conditional one’ to fulfill our requirements. We need Allah for our requirements, mostly for this world. We don’t strive with our belongings that we possessed to the cause of Allah. Instead, mostly we strive hard in our prayers to fulfill our worldly requirements and desires only. Our faith is largely for selfish advancements only.

Only those who are believers who have believed in Allah and His messenger, and have never since doubted, but have striven with their belongings and their persons in the cause of Allah: Such are the sincere ones. Al-Qur’an: Al-Hujrat 49:15

Our attitude and approach with Allah is ‘give me first and I will show my gratitude next’. Our gratitude is subject to what we receive and forgetting that our mere life in the world itself is a gift from Allah. The life on earth gives the opportunity to amend our mistakes and strive in the cause of Allah. Instead every one of us lost in the world of material requirements or achievements and expects the Creator to fulfill our needs. We consider as privileged because we have pronounced the faith or a born Muslim and demanding Allah that it is His responsibility to take care of us.

Once a Bedouin came to Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) and complained about the camel that he lost in the desert. He asked the Prophet to use prophet’s or seer’s gift see the location of stray camel. Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) told him that he had come to the wrong prophet. The Prophet asked him ‘why he did not tie back the camel’s knee?’ ‘I did not tie it because I put my trust in God’ replied the Arab Bedouin. ‘Both tie and trust’ Prophet told him.

Our fundamental mistake is that we don’t tie but we put our trust in Allah. We don’t tie our mind and let it wander even in prayers and blame the Creator that he did not listen to us. What is our concentration level in prayers? We learned Quran or some part of Quran mainly to recite in our prayers. We hardly attempt to understand its meanings and let alone the implementation in our life.

We don’t tie our desires and therefore experiences unlimited sufferings in life, yet we blame the circumstances and complain to God. We don’t tie our tongue and create as many as enemies, yet we defend ourselves and blame others. We misplace our faith and trust and blindly expect rewards.

We practice our religion through verbal exchanges, not through genuine demonstrations. Quran is not just to read, understand and folded up. We all read Quran in holy month of Ramadan as a part of prayer. Quran is to read, understand, feel the presence of Allah and practice in life.

Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) said; ‘Learn Al Quran, recite it, for the example of whoever learns the Quran, recites it and adheres to it, is the example of a bag that is full of musk whose scent fills the air. The example of whoever learns the Quran and then sleeps (i.e. lazy) while the Quran is in his memory, is the example of a bag that has musk, but is closed tight’.

Faith is to demonstrate by actions not by words alone. I pray to Allah to guide me and my fellow Muslims to practice the Quran and Sunnah in every part of our life.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Ramadan Diary - Introduction

The ascendency of spiritual celebration could never be more enjoyable than the month of Ramadan. A month long prayers coupled with joy and feelings of getting closer to Allah is something that every Muslim looks forward to enjoy once in a year. The eternal pleasure of knowing, understanding, feeling of Allah and His endless presence can be well realized in Ramadan, in fact subject to our total surrender to Him. If there any prayers with lots of celebration, it is Ramadan, because one can enjoy his or her prayers as much as they wants. I am writing about the spiritual celebration that liberates the mind and body from worldly matters and smooth the path of self purification in attaining multiple rewards from Allah. Exerting the control on mind and body with a sole objective of achieving peace with Allah, the Creator of universe could never be explained with words of any languages. It is more of a personal relationship and closely confined to our hearts only. In Ramadan the mankind achieves the highest level in prayers aimed for Allah’s pleasure in both here and after life. The reward for the prayers on the ‘night of power’, the lailathul kadhr is equal to one thousand nights. What else we need? It must be realized, felt, experienced and enjoyed in solitary confinement, especially at mid-night prayers.

Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) said, "When the month of Ramadan starts, the gates of the heaven are opened and the gates of Hell are closed and the devils are chained" [Bukhari]. Now it is the requisite of Muslims to open our gates of ambition to attain heaven by totally surrendering ourselves to Allah. And it is the necessity of Muslims to shut the devils out our heart and minds once for all. This exercise of broadening our path to heaven by totally eradicating the devils out of our lives could be easily achieved in Ramadan because of our total surrender to Him. Ramadan brings happiness to every Muslim irrespective of their status. It is a month of sharing in which Allah increases the sharing with His creatures; men and women shares whatever they can with their known and unknowns. It is a period where there are no strangers and all are universal brothers and sisters. The joy of sharing the breakfast, especially in two holy mosques in Makkah and Madiah is a treat to eyes and minds and a living proof of universal brotherhood among Muslims.

We are fortunate enough to welcome yet another Ramadan in our life. Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) often prayed to Allah, when he nears Ramadan month, to grand the opportunity of living in yet another month of Ramadan. While we would enter into Ramadan shortly, I would like take this opportunity to reflect the rational and emotional part of our life, prayers, especially the application level and sustainability of good deeds. While Ramadan treasure is unlimited, I would prefer to analyze how much we benefits from our Creator’s unlimited bounty. Precisely, my analysis is in two categories a) application of knowledge (principles, guidance and instructions of Allah) and b) sustaining them beyond Ramadan.

Celebration of prayers shall be meaningful if it is followed with application and sustainability of good deeds throughout our life. Confining all those good deeds in Ramadan only or cherishing it once in a year is nothing but a sign of weakness in our faith (Eman). My analysis is directly relevant to the practical conflicts and challenges that we face in our contemporary life and the necessity of preserving and increasing the faith. I am not offering any extraordinary techniques to handle the conflicts and challenges and not necessary too. The simple technique that is given to us by Allah is nothing but to strengthening of our ‘faith’ in Allah. Faith in Allah is always take us forward when knowledge and experience stops or fails, because faith is the basic connectivity between Allah and us and it should never be tampered with, instead it must be strengthened. The strength of our faith determines the strength of our password to login to the domain of Allah’s heaven.

My analysis is based on simple reflections of Ramadan in connection with our daily life, habits, attitudes, approaches and inner consequences. I would share it under different topics with my perspective and understanding which is not necessarily an academic view under religious interpretations. Knowledge is after all to share with others and therefore I am.

(To be continued)

Friday, April 13, 2012

வேருடன் வாழும் மனிதர்கள் வீழ்வதில்லை.

சிந்தனைத் துளிகள் - வேர்களைத் தேடி

விடியலில் தொடங்கும் மனிதர்களின் அன்றாடப் போராட்டங்கள் விளக்குகள் அனைந்தபின்னும் தொடர்ந்து கொண்டுதான் இருக்கின்றன. எப்போது மறந்தோம் அல்லது எப்போது ஓய்வு கொண்டோம் என்று தெரியாமலே ஒவ்வொரு நாளும் நாம் தற்காலிக மரணத்திற்குள் எல்லாவற்றையும் புதைத்துவிட்டு உறங்கிவிடுகின்றோம். விடியலில் அவைகளை மீண்டும் தோண்டி எடுத்து பழகிய களங்களில் போராட்டத்தை தொடர்கின்றோம்.

இவ்வகையானப் போராட்டங்கள் யாவும் நமது அன்றாட வாழ்க்கையின் பெரும்பான்மையான நேரங்களை ஆக்கிரமித்துவிடுவதொடு நமது தன்னம்பிக்கையையும் ஆட்டம் காண வைத்துவிடுகின்றன. போராட்டம் பழையதாக இருந்தாலும் நிகழ்வுகளின் அதிர்ச்சிகளில் இப்போராட்டங்கள் பெரும்பாலும் புதிதாகவே தோற்றமளிப்பதோடு நம்மை சோர்வடய செய்து தோல்விகளையும் சந்திக்க வைத்து விடுகிறது. ஆனால், இப்படி போராட்டங்களையே தனது வாழ்க்கையாக மாற்றிக் கொண்ட அல்லது சூழலின் காரணமாக மாறிவிட்ட மனிதர்களை சந்திக்கும்போதெல்லாம் என் மனதில் தோன்றுவது 'கொதிக்கும் உலையை நிறுத்த எரியும் அடுப்பை' எப்படி அனைப்பதென்பதே. அதிலும் சமகாலத்தில் நாம் எல்லாவற்றிற்கும் எல்லா நிலைகளிலும் போராடும் சூழலில் கொதிக்கும் உலைகளைப் பற்றி மட்டுமே கவலைப்பட்டு எரிகிற அடுப்பை மறந்துவிட்டவர்களாக வாழ்ந்து வருகின்றோம்.

தத்துவார்த்தமாக சொல்ல வேண்டுமென்றால் வேர்களைத் தேடித் தேடி தேய்ந்து கொண்டிருக்கிறோம் என்பதெ உண்மை. இதில் தேய்ந்து கொண்டிருப்பது நமது திறமையும் அறிவும் துணிவுமட்டுமல்ல. நமது உறவுகளும், மனித நேயங்களும் இன்னும் எதிர்கால வளங்களையும் சேர்ந்தே இழந்து கொண்டிருக்கிறோம். இவை எல்லாவற்றிற்கும் முக்கிய காரணம் அடிப்படைகளை மறந்துவிட்டு அந்தரத்தில் சுழன்று கொண்டிருக்கும் வாழ்க்கைக்குள் நம்மை தொலைத்துவிட்டதனால்தான்.

மனித மனங்களுக்கு கேள்வி கேட்கத் தெரிந்த அளவிற்கு பதில்கள் சொல்லத் தெரிவதில்லை. ஆச்சர்யங்கள், அதிசயங்கள், மனமார்ச்சயங்கள், புதிர்கள், அதிர்ச்சிகள் மற்றும் இவைகளுக்கெல்லாம் மேலாக அறியாத பல விஷயங்கள் சூழ்ந்திருக்கும உலகில் மனிதர்களிடம் பதில்களைவிட கேள்விகளே மிஞ்சி நிற்கின்றன. விடைதெரியா கேள்விகள் அதிலும் குறிப்பாக எதிர்மறை விளைவுகள் அதிகமாக ஏற்படும் காலங்களில் மனிதர்கள் வெகுவேகமாகவே சோர்வடைந்துவிடுகின்றனர். சவால்கள் ஒரு பக்கமும், விடை தெரியா வினாக்கள் மறுபக்கமுமாக வாழ்க்கைச் சுழற்சியின் வேகத்தில் நாம் வேர்களை மறந்துவிட்டு வெற்றிடத்தில் வாழ்கிறோம்.

உலக வெற்றிக்காக பல வேடங்களில் தங்களை வெளிப்படுத்திக் கொள்ளும் நாம் பிற்காலத்தில் அவ்வேடங்களை களைக்க முடியாமல் வேடதாரிகளாகவே வாழும் சூழலுக்கு தள்ளப்படுகிறோம். பல நேரங்களில் பொய்களுக்குள்ளேயெ நமது பொழுதுகளை கழித்துவிட்டு அணிந்த வேடத்தை களைக்க விரும்பாமல் அவதியில் வாழ்வதும் பழக்கமாகிவிடும்போது எப்படி நமது வேர்களை நாம் தேட முடியும்? உண்மைகளை உணரவும் அதை வெளிப்படையாக ஏற்றுக் கொள்ளவும் தைரியமும் துணிச்சலும் தேவைப்படும்போது நாம் வேர்களை மறந்தவர்களாக வேடமிட்டு அலைகின்றோம். இப்படி இருக்கும்போது எவ்வாறு நமது வேர்களின் அடித்தளங்களை அடையாளம் காணமுடியும்? எவ்வாறு கொதிக்கும் உலையை நிறுத்தமுடியும்? உண்மைகளை உணரவும் ஏற்றுக் கொள்ளவும் துணிவற்ற காரணத்தினால்தான் பெரும்பாலும் நமது வாழ்க்கை நமக்கே வெற்றிடமாகத் தெரிகிறது. எங்கே போகிறொம் என்று தெரியாமலே வாழ்ந்து கொண்டிருக்கிறோம்.

குப்பைத் தொட்டிகளில் உறங்கிக் கொண்டிருக்கும் நாய்களுக்கு அவ்வப்போது ஏற்படும் அறிவைப் போல், நாமும் அவ்வப்போது நமது சூழலையும் நிலையையும் நினைத்து வருத்தப்பட்டு அதோடு விட்டுவிடுகின்றோம். இறுதியாக எல்லாவற்றிற்கும் காரணம் நமது சூழலும் அடுத்தவர்களும் என்று நமது வேடங்களை களைக்க விரும்பாமல் வெற்றிடங்களில் நமது வேர்களைத் தேடிக் கொண்டிருக்கின்றோம்.

காரை நிறுத்திவிட்டு சாலை ஓரத்து பூங்காவின் எழிலிற்குள் என் மனதை சிறிது நேரம் வாடகைக்கு விட இறங்கி நடந்தேன். பல வண்ண மலர்கள் ஒன்றாகக் கூடி காற்றுடன் கதை பேசிக் கொண்டிருந்தன. என் விழிகளுக்குத் தெரியாத காற்று அம்மலர்களுக்கு என்ன கதை சொல்கிறதோ தெரியவில்லை, மலர்கள் அவ்வப்போது தலையசைத்து சிரித்து மகிழ்வதைப் பார்க்க என் மனமும் இலேசாகி காற்றுடன் கை சேர்த்து மிதக்க ஆசைப்பட்டது.

இந்த மலர்கள்தான் எத்தனை மகிழ்வுடன் வாழ்கின்றன. மஞ்சளும், வெண்மையும், சிவப்பும், ஊதாவும் இன்னும் பல வண்ணங்களில் வித்தியாசமாக இருந்தாலும் எல்லா மலர்களும் ஒன்று சேர்ந்து ஒன்றோடு ஒன்று கொஞ்சியும் குலாவியும் உரசியும் மகிழ்ச்சிகளை வெளிப்படுத்துகின்றன. காலையில் பூத்து மாலையில் மரணிக்கும் இவ்வண்ண மலர்கள் மரணங்களை மறந்துவிட்டு வாழும் மனிதர்களைப் பார்த்து கேளிக்கை செய்கின்றனவா? அல்லது தினம் தினம் செத்துக் கொண்டிருக்கும் மனிதர்களைப் பார்த்து பரிகாசிகின்றனவா? அல்லது வேடங்களையே வாழ்க்கையாகக் கொண்ட மனிதர்களைப் பார்த்து இறக்கப் படுகின்றனவா?

வேர்களை நாம் வேரெங்கும் தேட வேண்டியதில்லை. நம்மிடம்தான் தேட வேண்டும். தேடுவது ஒன்றும் சிரமமில்லை, தேடவேண்டும் என்ற தாகம் ஏற்படும்வரை.

நமக்கு மட்டுமே தெரிந்த நம்மை, வேடங்களை களைந்துவிட்டு, உண்மையான நம்மை தினமும் கொஞ்ச நேரம் இவ்வுலகில் சுற்றிவரச் செய்தால் நமது வேர்களின் அடையாளங்களை காண முடியும். முதலில் நமக்கு நாமே உண்மையானவர்களாக வாழ முயற்சித்தால் நமது வேர்களின் சுவடுகள் தெரிய வரும். நமக்கு மட்டுமே உண்மையாக வாழும் நாம், கொஞ்சம் கொஞ்சமாக நம்மை சார்ந்தவர்களுக்கும், சுற்றி இருப்பவர்களுக்கும் உண்மையாக வாழ ஆரம்பித்தால் நமது வேர்களும், அவற்றின் ஆழமும் தெரியவரும். வேர்களின் ஆழங்கள் தெரிந்தால் மனதில் வினாக்கள் எழுவதற்கு முன்னே விடைகளும் தெரியவரும். விடைகள் தெரிய ஆரம்பித்தால் வாழ்வின் போராட்டங்களும் குறைந்து விடும். எஞ்சியிருக்கும் போராட்டங்கள்கூட பாரமாகத் தெரியாமல் வாழ்வின் அங்கமாகவும் வெற்றிப் படிகளாகவும் மாறிவிடும்.

வேர்களை இழந்த மலர்கள் வாழ்வதில்லை. வேருடன் வாழும் மனிதர்கள் வீழ்வதில்லை.