Friday, March 6, 2009

virtue

The other day I was sitting in a pensive mood. I go into this state out of habit and not because of mood swings. It helps me channel all my emotional and intellectual (in whatever way, small or big, they are) energies in knowing the answers to those few questions which are not mere questions (atleast to me).
And the question that was nagging me was not uncommon. It was common and simple and it was this.
What is the biggest virtue that a man must possess, Love, forgiveness, patience, honesty, Humility, selflessness?
I agree all of them are big. Even if we possess one of them we eventually end up possessing most or all of them. Most of us think that we atleast possess few of them by connecting some instances/incidents of our lives where we had braved an act of selflessness or humility. We even have ‘example incidents’ reflecting our magnanimity, love, patience and honesty.
Why then, even after our many virtuous acts do we live in fear? Why are there so many moments and times when we feel frustrated, back-stabbed. The ungrateful acts of others become just like songs, our minds love repeating. The heart sobs for the unkind, inconsiderate, self-seeking nature inherited in people around us to whom we have forgiven umpteen number of times.
‘Silence’ becomes our virtue. Now, Silence means nothing more than just not talking to those who have inflicted a lifetime pain on us.
Oh! Wait, I think I must rewind back from here. Who inflicted pain on us? Somebody else? Really?
People back-stab, remain ungrateful and be unkind, I agree, even after we have shown all the goodness in us to them. But are they really responsible for our unhappy mood. Are they responsible for our sagged head? Are they responsible for deterioration our heart, mind and health?
Somebody else’s act of vice do not get plainly converted into our pain. There is a twist involved. It so happens that when we see, hear or feel an act of ungratefulness, we instinctively react to it in different ways depending on the character that we are (some cry, some slap and some remain shocked). But the twist is not this.
The twist is that that we do not act virtuous enough to let go the bad experience off the mind. We recreate the scene in minds and start playing it, by controlling the pace of the ill act that had taken place, just like the tape recorder with a fast forward and reverse button. What could have been controlled becomes uncontrollable. The same incident/experience becomes a chain reaction of pain hence unleashing the demon called intolerance.
What we don’t understand is the vicious song going on in our mind doesn’t help us in our resurrection. Mind you, our mind is not always the foe of the turncoat and a friend of ours. Just beware of the games that a mind can play. Avoid talking to it when it is showing its fingers on others.
And how do I avoid talking to my mind about the failure?
By being forgetful
Forgetfulness of bad experience, a virtue I am striving to possess, for my happiness and those around me.

7 comments:

Kunjal said...

I think one must go for "satisfaction"!!forgetfulness is not an answer cos if you forget it means the same thing is going to repaet with you.We learn from our bad experinces that what we should not do.Hope you must have heard-
FORGIVE BUT NEVER FORGET:)

Little Girl Lost said...

hello kunal, you write beautifully. This was my first visit to your blog and I loved it completely… hoping to read more from you again :)

ARUNA said...

very nicely written.......very neat!

Prianca said...

wow!!!
never got to read so much of philosphical gyaan from you earlier,
and i must admit, its well thought and very very true.
nice post

P.S I have updated my blog. please visit it wenever u come online next :p

P.P.S keep coming up with more such posts. they r nice for a change

~vagabond~ said...

Nicely written. Forgiveness is something I too am working on.

sur said...

Where are you buddy!!! Have written couple of posts..been visiting yours as well..hope to see you active soon..

Pranab said...

hello boss,

Nice write up !!!
Well didn't I tell you that you would have comments from me in the coming days.
Have got thru SP Jain finally, what about you?