Happiness through Right Understanding…

The other day a young boy in a local school, where we help develop universal human values among children through narration of stories and poems, asked me: “इस जीवन में कितना जीवन बाकी है?” The question literally means as to how much time (I am) left with to live in this life. I was taken aback by the question. Instead of brushing it aside, I decided to lead him to the answer to his question in a direct, straight forward manner. I asked him a question in return: “क्या हमारा जन्म एवं मृ‍त्यु पर कोई नियंत्रण है?”  “Do we have any control over life and death?” He appeared a little perplexed; so I decided to help him out. “देखिये, हमारा जन्म एवं मृ‍त्यु पर कोई नियंत्रण नहीं है. ना ही हमारा नियंत्रण है कि हम किस घर में पैदा होंगे और कौन हमारे माता एवं पिता होंगे.” “Look, we have little control either over our birth or death. We also have no control as to where we will be born and who our parents will be.”

I continued, saying: “जो भी इस दुनिया में आया है, उसे  इस दुनिया को छोड़ कर एक दिन जाना ही है. कोई जल्दी चला जाता है तो कोई देर से, हम सबको एक दिन जाना ही है. यही प्रकृति का नियम है. यही सत्य है. यही सच है।  कोई इस को बदल नहीं सकता है और किसी भी व्यक्ति, छोटा या बड़ा, अमीर या ग़रीब, का इस पर कोई भी नियंत्रण नहीं है।”   “Who so ever is born in this world has to die one day, earlier or later. This is the Law of the Nature and this is also the Truth. No one can change it; young or old, rich or poor have any control over it.”

Here, I paused for a little while and then inquired as to whether he was understanding what I was saying. I was amazed to see him nod his head saying “Yes.., I am following you.”   Looking at his enthusiastic face, I decided to continue further stating: “कोई यह भविष्यवाणी नहीं कर सकता कि वह कब तक जीयेगा. कोई तो १०० वर्षो से भी ज्यादा जी सकता है और किसी के अगले पल का पता नहीं…आयेगा भी या नहीं. यह प्रश्न हमारे अंदर अवश्य उठता होगा कि ऐसी अनिश्चित स्थिति जिस में कुछ पता ही नहीं कि आगे क्या होने वाला हैं, हमें क्या करना चाहिये? तो आप को क्या लगता है कि हमें क्या करना चहिये?”  “No one can predict as to how long one will live. One may go on to live for more than 100 years or may not live beyond this moment. So in such an uncertain situation what should one do?”  I asked.

He quizzically looked back at me as if he was expecting an answer from me. So I added: “कल अपनी यादों को पीछे छोड़ कर बीत गया है; आने वाले कल ने अभी तक अपना चेहरा नहीं दिखाया है; और अब हमारे पास है आज;  नहीं, हमारे पास है केवल यह पल जो अब बीत रहा है.”  “Yesterday has already gone leaving its memories behind; Tomorrow is yet to show its face; and what we have now is Today, in fact only this moment that is happening ‘Now’.”  “और, सत्य तो यह है कि यह जो पल अब बीत रहा है उस पर भी हमारा कोई नियंत्रण नहीं है, तो हमारी भलाई इसी में है कि इस पल को हम स्वीकार करें, समझे, एवं सही समझ से जीयें. हमारा यह जीवन बहुत ही सुंदर एवं रहस्यों से भरा हुआ है जो जीवन हमे हर पल दर्शाता रहता है. कभी यह पल हमें हँसाता है, तो कभी यह रुलाता है, कभी कुछ करने को उकसाता है, तो कभी नयी राह दिखाता है. पल पल मिल कर ही यह जीवन बनता है. अगर हम हर पल को सही समझ से जीयेंगे और हर पल को अपना सबसे अच्छा, जो हम करने लायक हैं, योगदान देंगे तो हमारा यह जीवन सुखमय हो जायेगा, सदैव के लिए.”    “And, the truth is that we have no control, whatsoever, over the moment that is passing by now; then it is in our best interest to accept this moment as it is, become aware of it, and live it with right understanding. Life is beautiful and full of mysteries that it keeps unfolding all the time. Sometimes… this moment makes us laugh; sometimes… it makes us cry; sometimes… it entices us to do something, and sometimes… it shows us the new direction. All the moments combined together makes this life. If we live each moment with right understanding and offer it our very best that we are capable of, then this life will be full of happiness and that too for ever.”

He asked: “हम यह सही समझ, जिसके बारे में आप बात कर रहे हैं, कैसे पा सकते हैं? “How do we gain this right understanding that you are talking about?”  “हम सही समझ शिक्षा एवं संस्कारों (मूल्यों) के द्वारा विकसित कर सकते हैं.”  “We can develop right understanding through Education and Sanskars (Values),” I replied.

“अब मुझे समझ आया कि पाठशाला में आना क्यों इतना महत्वपूर्ण है; हम अपनी सही समझ को विकसित कर सकते हैं और जब हम सही समझ से अपना कार्य करतें हैं तो हम सुखी एवं आनन्दित होते हैं, और इस सुख एवं आनंद को हम ना केवल अपने जीवन में फ़ैलाते हैं,  परन्तु दूसरों के जीवन को भी सुखमय बनाते हैं ”  “Now I understand why it is so important to go to school; we can develop our right understanding and when we act with right understanding, we become Happy, and spread Happiness not only in our lives but also in the lives of others,” he said smilingly.

The young boy displayed maturity beyond his years. I gave a pat on his back and said: “शाबाश”   “Well done” and thus ended the conversation…

Here are two video clips, courtesy YouTube. one about a song entitled ‘ज़िन्दगी कैसी है पहेली हाये’ from a Bollywood film, Anand, and

another entitled ‘Khat’ (खत, an Urdu word for letter; Letter from Grandfather to Grandson) that I am sure, you would enjoy…as it would help you further in developing right understanding….

P.S. This post is in response to an assignment for the course Blogging 101 being conducted by Blogging University.


9 thoughts on “Happiness through Right Understanding…

    • Thank you very much for going through the post and finding it interesting and motivating. I can well appreciate the difficulty as it is bilingual in nature… but then I decided to use Hindi in addition to English to give it greater originality…

  1. ” “हम सही समझ शिक्षा एवं संस्कारों (मूल्यों) के द्वारा विकसित कर सकते हैं.” “We can develop right understanding through Education and Sanskars (Values),” I replied.”
    This is the crux of the blog. I am sure you would explain it in future.
    The blog is highly useful because in real life such a dialogue hardly ever takes place.

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