“If you are not grateful, then you are a great fool”. Even if I would not have heard about this quote 😉 still I would have paid my sincerest of gratitude towards all of my friends on this platform not just because today Word Press had sent me the notification that I had garnered 1000+ followers here but because writing on this platform has become a part of me and you are the constant source of inspiration and motivation, if not the reason, for this.
For someone who keeps himself a bit close, initially sharing his views, ideas and feelings publically was a challenge. But today with the hindsight and with conviction I can say that this was one of the better choices I made. Writing here caused an increase in frequency of penning new poems and articles and when I did not get desired response it made me feel that the composition was not up to the mark. The responses and feedbacks helped me to improve my compositions. Reading your blogs made me go through the newer ideas and perspective which broadened my horizon of thought process. Your appreciation made me happy and proud. Arguments on issues sometime made me firm on my views and sometime it completely decimated my preconceived notions. On one hand reading your Love Stories made me feel how beautiful the world is and on other hand the Heart Breaks that some of you wrote, forced me think that we are just humans. Despite of all dualities, one thing I got to know is that everyone has their own stories and we should appreciate it. I also got to know the importance of Article 19 of the Indian Constitution (Freedom of Speech and Expression etc.) and why we should always fight for it.
Finally, to encapsulate all what I have learnt here in some words is tough ask, yet I think gratitude can be at least expressed by two words and i.e. “THANK YOU”.
I would like to like to conclude by quoting MAJROOH SULTANPURI
मेरा मन जहाज़ सा,
उड़ने वाला नहीं
पानी का जहाज
और तुम सागर सी,
हिन्द महासागर नहीं
अथाह, असीमित, अन्नंत
मन चंचल था मेरा,
कभी हिचकोले करता हुआ
पर वह अब डूब रहा है
गर्त में, तह तक
जैसे किसी सागर में कोई
जहाज डूबता है,
अस्तित्व को भुला
जैसा कि पहले
कोई, कुछ था ही नहीं
केवल सागर का सन्नाटा
और लहरों के हिचकोले
सिर्फ तुम ही तुम,
मैं स्तब्ध, शुन्य, मौन!
Sometime reflection tells us more than real self/entity. Yesterday, my cousin sister requested me to teach Geography. She is in 6th Standard. I accepted the proposal as I had interest in geography. But since, I remained unconnected with this subject for a very long period, so I thought of revising it.
The first chapter of this book is, “The earth in the Solar System”. You all must have read it during your schooling. I read that and finished the chapter within half an hour. After reading that chapter, a strange thought came and that thought was related to my existence in this universe. Before going in detail, let me summarize few important observations which is elementary in nature, but worth knowing it.
We live on planet Earth, It’s radius is approx 6,371 Km.
Radius of Sun is 695,700 km.
The distance between the Sun and the Earth is 150 million square Km, and the distance between the Sun and the farthest planet from it, Neptune is 4496 million Km.
Our earth is a part of Solar System, with Sun at center, along with eight other planets, which revolves around the sun.
Our Solar System is part of a Galaxy, known as Milky Way Galaxy.
In our Galaxy, there are Billions and Billions of Stars (Sun is also a star) and each will have their own solar system. (One Billion – 100, 00, 00, 000).
Our Galaxy is a part of Universe and it is believed that there are Millions and Millions of Galaxies exists.
Yes, you may wonder that what’s the big deal about these pieces of information? We all have read these during our schooling. Isn’t it?
But Friends, my objective of writing this piece was to highlight the fact about our position with respect to the Universe. If we contemplate on the above facts, then we will get to know that how infinitesimal and microscopic we are. We are not even the dot of a pen, when this dot is made on the Earth sized canvas.
Yet we posses so much of ego, hanker for self importance, try to cheat and deceit others, play dirty game to gain some favor, hurt others sentiments and so much and so forth. Somewhere I have read that “When we will know how Great and Infinite the nature is, then we will be able to see how miniature we are”. When we will consider, and it is a fact, that we are insignificant then we can strive for becoming humble and simple. In traditional Indian philosophy, becoming humble is considered as great quality and a virtue that all should strive for. Humbleness brings happiness.
दिल में बोझ लिए मैं भटका इधर उधर सोचा, कोई तो मिलेगा, पुछेगा, क्या हाल है मेरा हूँ क्यों जर्जर पतझर सा किस अवसाद ने घेरा बंटेगा दर्द दिल का तो मन, सुकून पायेगा इस अनजान सी नगरी में कौन जाने, कोई अपना मिल जायेगा
बीते बरसों कोई मिला न मुझको पर मिली एक सच्चाई थी हर किसी के दिल के अंदर दर्द भरी इक खायी थी फिर वो क्या किसी कि मदद करते जो थे अकेले में आहें भरते
तो मैंने सोचा कि चलो एक काम करते हैं उनके ही दर्द बांटकर कुछ अपने नाम करते हैं यूँ ही चलता रहा फ़साना कटते रहे दिन भूल गया मैं कि अपना कष्ट क्या था उनके दर्द बाँटने का अपना ही मज़ा था