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Oh Lord! Lead Us Towards Light

Tamasoma JyOtirgamaya

This writing of mine is not as usual as I do! Because, the focus subject of this discussion is such!

The focal point of my writing here is – a unique kind that is never seen or heard of – a kind that transcends only feelings of negativity ; In everyone around. Overcoming all that ; Most of us -We, You and all our neighbours and community; forgetting all the caste, creed, status, age difference; following the path towards positivity; In repelling all the negativity or at least neutralise. The basic purpose of this article is to express that we have been successful to much extent in this attempt ; Through some survival experiences and in some cases personal experiences as well.

That is the reason, in this article, even though not all of the whole Navarasa feelings could be felt; but at least some of such sentiments could be felt of, in the whole of the write up!

The Famous Mantra we all chant :
Om Asatoma Sadgamaya         ॐ
असतो मा सद्गमय।
तमसो मा ज्योतिर्गमय।
मृत्योर्मामृतं गमय ॥
ॐ शान्ति शान्ति शान्तिः ॥ – बृहदारण्यकोपनिषद् 1.3.28।

अर्थ
मुझे असत्य से सत्य की ओर ले चलो।
मुझे अन्धकार से प्रकाश की ओर ले चलो।
मुझे मृत्यु से अमरता की ओर ले चलो॥

Meaning
Take me from Unreality towards Truth or Reality
Take me from darkness towards Light (Spiritual Knowledge)
Take me from Morality towards Immortality (Self Realisation)

Of the various Veda mantras, This is one of the favourite mantras of mine; that is often reminiscent in me; that inspire courage, lust, let down, and indifference in life.

In the present situation,  how many ever times this mantra is remembered and chanted; we do the chant of self-motivation; it seems like just not enough! That is what the current situation looks like.

Okay! Now let’s go back a little while ….in time

2019…. As the year was coming towards it fag end – What could be amount of the fabulous dreams we all would have had about the New Year’s Eve? How much work and to-do list could it have been there listed? Perhaps all the preparations for some ceremonies, such as the definitive marriage, and others; All those as well which we never thought could be possible!!! How much could have all these reached the last stage of completion ?

But had we foreseen? that it could be like this? ….

Mostly , pretty early this year;  a dormant volcano began to indicate eruption, finally erupted somewhere mid-March; not just in our country Bharatha, but in the entire world ; and scourge many people’s lives, or several of their dreams and aspirations?

Who could even image that ? That it would Literally tremble the foundation of life? That great Epidemic!!!! That It can be so ruthless towards everyone so impartially?

Yes! I am now talking about the Mahamari (deadly weapon of the God Of Time) called “Corona”.

Wherever you look around, you would find discussions around this this form of an unexpected guest –  mari! Social networking sites,The press, televisions and videos , the radio and audios …. everywhere it is its clamor!

Is it Reality? Is it glorification? Or The scary truth? Is the end of mankind? Or is it the beginning of the Third World War? Something that could never be deciphered; neither can stay indoors nor outdoors ; Nest of Numerous negative emotions; It represents everyone’s home, state of mind!

In a situation of facing ಅತ್ತ ದರಿ, ಇತ್ತ ಪುಲಿ…  [Double sided sword?? ] itself, every moment, every day ; we Indians slowly got adjusted to this harsh reality …

From one or other direction. .. Despite the opposition to the restriction of public movements imposed by the government; more people began to milk the benefits of the limited freedom they had.

This was the first attempt to turn a negative situation into a positive one! Would you question ? How is it so ?

Until now, Many of those monotonous, mechanical relationships – family, relatives, friends; started to interact through social networks! It was Like several times a day! Sharing all those details that cannot not be exchanged even when met in-person!

Its God’s kindness! The term social distancing did not enter this arena!

True! We all grew much closer than before;  With all of our dearly and nearly , emotionally. Such is our culture!

For unquoted, in numerous reasons, All the hobbies, interests that were kept aside, all those words that had been buried deep inside for a long time ; A time emerged to set them on path.

Artificial social statuses, unnecessary show offs disappeared, at least temporarily. Lifeguarding masks, hand washes and sanitisers themselves became the jewellery of everyone.

Hang on! I had Forgotten to mention! All these feelings that I am expressing about are of common man’s – like me and  you .  Not about those Rich Kinsmen; who tried to win over the world! that would be human made? who would ruin the mankind with the aide of insects! Who are the poorest when it comes to wholeheartedness !! Those who want to build empires on such destruction!!!

As the geographical world literally shrunk, the world that united all of us kept on growing!

This fierce time also taught the lesson of equality; that the poor and the rich ; all had to maintain the social gap.

The mind was slowly relieved of this (almost) house arrest sentence, willing to be content with the situation and find maximum satisfaction and pleasure.

The contribution of many social networking and visual media, to such sentiments and present satisfaction must be recalled.

Some positive pop ups about this great epidemic that pleased us, Jokes that made fun of it began to creep in here and there! Messages of enlightening society on this great epidemic, began to flow very often.

If you do not believe in my words, peep into any social site for just a moment!

All we need is just interest! Time – we have enough now! Definitely more than before!

It might be some good music that will make you happy; Maybe a video series of mythological stories based on mythological stories that convey the ideal of our Indian value! With the slogan “Stay home, stay safe”, there are many such broadcasts in the daytime trying to revive our temperament.

I would like to say another important thing in this regard:

Why are so many mythical, mind-blowing Indian cultural programs repeatedly appearing on social media?

“Get up, gear up, don’t be disappointed, it’s not all over! Always victory is for religion, light, optimism, immortality. Temporarily, negative forces like darkness, despair and lawlessness may feel like they have won! Remember, they are just temporary “ Are they not conveying this latent message ?

Otherwise, why there are so many subscribers/viewers for such visual media programs that are over 30 years old? why are there newest ways of connecting our minds, such as the most pleasing music and other such, that can be enjoyed laying back at home? Why ARE there TRPs for such programmes? 

With the aid of such positive turns, we are at least temporarily away from the memory of the epidemic “Corona”. IS it not?

Gradually we are adjusting to the situation. Many of our traditions that have been forgotten under the banner of “madivantike” or “High Cast casteism”  are now reviving with the new nomenclature of “social concern”.

The situation may not be the same, and we can return to the same situation we were early this year or may be last year.

But … let’s dream of becoming a newbie again, not all like the formerly MACHINEs we were, but all of these newly found enthusiasm and emotional responses. Because such a dream is not just someone’s property!

Shall we all put in some effort towards making such dream come true?

Shall we try to achieve immortality that often strikes with the light to clear the darkness and take us towards light?

Om shanti, shanti, shanti

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