We all want to be different, hell who wants to be a copycat. I am gonna be the original dog leading the pack. Yes, of course I want followers. It’s in our code to be unique, which we are if we look inside ourselves : literally. Why not be your own genuine self than to start copying others to become ‘different?’
Somewhere in the crowd we too have joined in, copying this and that to remain in the ‘trend’ , forgetting something we told ourselves when we were little.
Losing your originality to become wanted and appear eye-catchy decomposes the whole idea of a personality and uniqueness and ends the discussion like a downpour ends a storm.
You are a nobody if your universe doesn’t come to lie at your feet working at your command. Be yourself and I guarantee you will be different and unique in a beautiful way you never thought existed.
No one can be just one. We all have so many characters and personalities inside of us. Even some animals and parts of other human beings which are long dead exist within us. Many live along with aliens from outer space. I met one such artist.
At the age of 17, I discovered the poet in me after a heartbreak. My love only increased for her ever since. At first, my poems were an expression of love and affection towards the person who I adored so much, but later words flowed more as a realisation of an important lesson of life. One does not get everything one wants and loss of something makes you understand and appreciate its value.
Poetry flowed from my soul onto paper and I discovered my unconditional love for something even better, the thought to pursue poetry writing automatically followed. Poetry helped me beat my sorrow and pickup the valuable lesson learnt from it. Sometimes words written on paper hold far more power than those expressed aloud. Those words which took the form of mere poetry were actually my wounds leaving my soul. In a way poetry helped me recover and rejuvenated me to start life afresh.
Here is a poem I penned down long ago, I hope it depicts what i tried to say above.
Carefree and unbound was a bird,
Until it discovered a world
Of emotions and feelings
Knew love beyond its dreams,
Now it was all but carefree,
It was all but vain
Until one day,
Betrayal and sorrow struck
A cord within its heart,
And now it sings
Upon the fig tree
Knowing all but love
For her songs are full of it
And it is again carefree and unbound.
– mayank mishra
Most of the times we live with ourselves, alone and with the best person we have ever met and trusted in: ourselves. Most of the times we do not care but with your self , you are what you are. Most of the times we are somebody else but in front of a mirror, you see the original you. Most of the days you ask stupid questions to everyone, but to yourself you always ask the right question but get no answers , just plans. If you were to seek those answers I promise you will find your purpose in life. Most of the times you think you are the center of the universe, but when you look inside yourself you know you are the universe. So go out there, know thyself and leave a dent in the universe. Most of the times you don’t know what to do, but if you ask yourself you always know . Somehow all the answers are within us, all you need to do is ask the right question to yourself.
Among hundreds of mysteries surrounding mankind in the 21st century, is one fragile concept of a soul inside the human body which some believe leaves the body when a person dies. According to The world acclaimed Hindu religious book ‘Shrimadbhagwatgita’ or simply GITA in short, the soul is what lives inside the body from birth till death, this entity cannot be detroyed, divided, burnt, dried or shredded. It is invincible and indestructible.
From a practical point of view, there may be a possibility of a soul inside our bodies but it hasn’t been proved scientifically yet. Biologists claim that death is a slow process in which begins at the moment of our birth in which the body loses its ability to form new cells to replace the old ones and slowly it decays and finally death takes its toll.
Leaving the scientific notions apart, let us consider for a moment why the concept of soul was created by the Hindus, by this we aim to understand the reasoning behind this theory. For this reasoning to come to us we have to assume there is a soul in our body. According to the Vedas, soul is our connection to the ultimate energy source which has led to the birth of the universe or BIG BANG. Further there is a notion that we as individuals are souls and not the bodies, thus we must live our life to enrich our souls and not to satisfy our bodies, human body is just a gateway for the soul, it will pass on to the next after the body expires. Gita says that our soul changes bodies like we change our attire. There is no point in clinging on to our bodies and grieving in death when we realise that the soul actually doesn’t die, it is immortal and everlasting and so are we !
If we understand this simple concept that soul is different from our body and we are the soul and not the physical body our lives would be so much simpler and happier. We suffer pain because we associate ourselves with our body which is no the case. If you were able to grasp the philosophical point behind the above notions, lets move on to the symbolic aspect of this concept of soul in our body. Typically we can say it is a form of energy, formless, colourless, odourless, invisible, weightless and indestructible energy. The concept of soul allows us to introspect , understand ourselves in relation to the world, it is like a sanctuary inside your own mind where you can understand and contemplate upon whats going on around you. In this sanctuary you can train yourself to manage your thoughts , your feelings, and thus your actions. Here you can choose to feel the way you like and you will feel exactly that way. Here you can look at yourself without using a mirror.
The concept of soul has helped saints and great scholars in India achieve great heights just by concentrating upon it and introspecting themselves, they have experienced great powers and abilities and bent the laws of physics and nature just be being aware of themselves as soul and not just being trapped in a human body with limited abilities and petty physical boundaries. Why else were we given a brain so powerful if we were not meant to grow outside and beyond our human vessels? From every point of view it is definite that if one was to use the 100% of one’s brain , one would need something stronger and more robust than the human body, something which is indestructible and powerful enough to handle that kind of intelligence and power, and thats where the concept of soul comes in and amazes us forever.