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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Seize the present

PP Wangchuk, Hindustan Times

Life is living in the present. It is for enjoyment and fulfilment here and now. For that, one must have the presence of mind for the present. In other words, one has to take care of the present in order to take care of the future.
Blessed is he who can seize the present and can make the best use of it. Ajit Kumar Bishnoi, in his book, Spiritual Sense – The Truths, has a lovely story that stresses the importance of the present and how to take care of it instead of brooding over the glories of the past and the uncertainties of the future.

An injured man is given shelter in a family not known to him. The kind members of the family nurse him back to good health. There is a lovely girl in the family and the man falls in love with her.

She too likes him but her strong family attachment forbids her from accompanying the man when he seeks her hand. She says she will live with the pleasant memories they had together. The man reacts, "The moment I leave this house without you, I shall forget all about you. I would love to live with you, and not with your memories. I believe in enjoying my present and I know only one thing --- my present." Hearing this, the girl loses no time to give her consent.

Living in the present or enjoying the present does not mean one should live to eat and enjoy like animals do. One has to, while taking care of the present, plan for a bright future too. Oscar Wilde had said no man is rich enough to buy back his past. But you can buy your tomorrow with your investments today. You would be, as US author David Gerrold says, a fool if you try to store your past in the future!

Moral: Caution yourself that only a fool can afford to bask in his 'glorious past'; the wise can’t thrive in its shadow.

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