Which Freedom?

The sky was deep blue that day. A kite was flying swiftly as the wind was just sufficient to give it a good flight. It reached to a great height and was cynosure for the other kite runners.

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Suddenly a thought struck to the kite that she could reach to even greater heights and could touch the zenith. But the string to which she was attached was just hindering its progress and limiting her aspiration. She wanted freedom from it, she wanted liberation.

A gust of wind helped her cause. She got liberated from the string, she was put under no restriction. A free flow movement across the landscapes and beyond the river made her feel euphoric.

But soon she fell on ground, became dirty and got defaced under the boots of by passers in the alley of a suburb.

Just think which freedom you desire? Not all limitations are limiting you, some helps you to stay at top.

जाल ..

“मानव ईश्वर की सबसे श्रेष्ठ रचना है” एक वक्ता को जैसे ही मैंने कहते हुए सुना, मन में सैकड़ो ख्याल सरपट दौड़ने लगे. अब क्या कहूँ, कोई योगी तो हूँ नहीं कि एक बार में एक ही ख्याल से मनोरंजन कर सकूँ या विचारशून्यता की सतत स्थिति में रहकर परम आनंद का अनुभव ले सकूँ! हाँ भाई, विचार शून्यता भी आनन्द है..कभी खुद अनुभव नहीं किया तो उनसे पूछिये जो विचारों के अनंत प्रहार से सतत छत-विछत होते रहते हैं और सोचते हैं कि मन में कोई विचार न आता तो श्रेयस्कर रहता..

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खैर, वापस विषय वास्तु पर आते हैं “मानव ईश्वर की सबसे श्रेष्ठ रचना है”. क्यों भाई? यदि कुत्ते आपस में बात कर रहे होते तो वे भी यह कह सकते थे “कुत्ते, ईश्वर की सबसे श्रेष्ठ रचना है”!!! या फिर गधे!!! या शेर !!!

पर मनुष्य उनकी बातों पर विश्वास नहीं कर पाते. क्यों? कारण स्पष्ट है. मानव अपने विचारों का उपयोग करके जितने भी जीव हैं उन सब पर नियंत्रण कर सकता है. अपना प्रभुत्व जमा सकता है. अपने बुने हुए जाल में अन्य सभी जीवों को फ़ांस सकता हैं. अन्य जीव ऐसा नहीं कर सकते. क्या कभी सुना हैं कि मनुष्य मछली के जाल में फँस गया!!! हा!!! लोग पागल ही कहेंगे, यदि आपने अपने मन में ऐसा विचार भी लाया तो!!!

तो फिर मनुष्य महान क्यों ? और अधिक गहन चिंतन करने पर मेरे मन में यह विचार कौंधा. ब्लॉग पर विचार व्यक्त करने कि आजादी होती है, चाहे विचार कैसा भी हो, जो दूसरों को आहत न करे. और भारतीय संविधान के आर्टिकल 19(2) के तहत यह मेरा मौलिक अधिकार भी है. अब आप सम्भालिये इसे..

मनुष्य महान इसलिए कि यह वह जाल बुन सकता है, उस जाल कि विशेषता यह है कि अगर अन्य प्राणी जाल बनाते तो उसका उपयोग वह दूसरे प्रजाति को फांसने में लगाते. पर मनुष्य तो श्रेष्ठ जीव हैं, तो कुछ अलग तो बनता है. मनुष्य श्रेष्ठ इसलिए कि वह आपने बनाये जाल में खुद ही फँस सकता है और अक्सर ही फँसता हैं, खुद ही फँसकर उसमे तड़पता है, छटपटाता है, और जब कष्ट असह्य हो जाता है, तो वह पुनः मुक्ति का मार्ग ढूँढता है….

खुद ही जाल बुनो, उसमें फँसो और फिर मुक्ति का मार्ग ढूंढो…यह चक्र मजेदार है न??

चलिए अभी जाते-जाते संस्कृत की एक उक्ति आपके लिए छोड़ जाता हूँ.. ज्यादा चिंतन मत कीजिये.. क्योंकि अत्यधिक चिंतन भी एक जाल हैं

सा विद्या या विमुक्तये।
ज्ञान वह है जो मुक्त कर दे!!

The Cost of Sunday

Today, it’s neither 15th of August nor 26th of January. Yesterday, India also hasn’t registered any spectacular victory in a Cricket match over its arch rival, western neighbor. More than one year has been passed, when Indian Armed Force conducted a Surgical Strike in terrorists’ safe heaven. Can I discuss something patriotic today?

Good Morning friends, I have asked above question based on my two experiences. One, my experience suggests me that Patriotic zeal in our nation remains/remained full on display on the specific occasions which I have mentioned and on other days it remain lukewarm, if not absent. Two, in recent time whenever someone raises the topic of patriotism there is a tendency in public discourse to label him as Hyper-Nationalist/Ultra-Nationalist. Be it, advocating the position of standing for 52 seconds when national Anthem is played or singing Vande Matram, a song which inspired the generations of freedom fighter. I just don’t want to be dragged in that controversy hence I have asked a simple question, can I discuss something patriotic today?

Since it’s one way traffic, I can’t take the permission from all of you as long as my article will not be published. Hence, I drew the inspiration to publish my view, from article 19(a) from the Indian Constitution but at the same time when it will be in public domain you can let me know your views.

Okay enough of the background now coming directly to the topic.

Do you know Madan Lal Dhingra? Many of you would surely know him, at least the name, isn’t it? I enquired from you just because the name is not so familiar in the echelon of conspicuous Freedom Fighters. This fact is can easily be gauged as we have seldom heard “Madan Lal Dhingra amar rahe”, even on the special occasions which I have discussed earlier.

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Recently, I was reading a book and came across a touching quote from him and from there I drew the inspiration to share it to my WordPress Friends.

Let me very briefly introduce Him, before introducing his quote.

  • Madan Lal Dhingra (8 February 1883 – 17 August 1909) was a revolutionary activist.
  • He assassinated a British Official named Sir William Hutt Curzon Wyllie, in England where he went on to study Mechanical Engineering in University College, London.
  • This was the first revolutionary act of 20th centaury and that too in the home of the colonizer.
  • His father, who was a civil surgeon and Chief Medical Officer of Amritsar at that time, had disowned him for his revolutionary activity and he was so furious of his son’s decision that he went on to advertise this decision in local newspaper.
  • For his act of assassination the British Official, he was sentenced to death by British Court, and on 17th of August 1909 he was hanged.

Now the quote of him which prompted me to write this piece:

“….Neither rich nor able, a poor son like myself can offer nothing but his blood on the altar of mother’s deliverance…may I be reborn of the same mother and may I re-die in the same sacred cause, till my mission is done and she stand free for the good of humanity and to the glory of the God….”

Have a great Sunday Friends, the best day of the week. A day when we can enjoy our FREEDOM most without bothering the price of it, as for the price, it has already been paid by someone else.

 

P.S. – If you have time, It’s my humble request to read Wikipedia page on Madan Lal Dhingra, especially the section where he presented his view point in the Court during his trial, I found it very inspirational. You find appealing, don’t restrict it to yourself, rather share it to others as some story of history needs to be propagated by the citizens as the government in power may have vested interests in writing History.