Posted by: Laxman | May 11, 2009

Blog VI

READER, do you want to bend time? Would you be happy if you could change some things from your past; make them more happier or less forlorn. Would you want to draft your perfect life, if you were given a time machine?

The Bhagavat Gita is a phenomenal piece of philosophy. If you read it, you will realise that the entire eastern philosophy is based on the words of wisdom from Lord Krishna to Arjuna on that battlefront of Kurukshetra. There is one more reason why I bring in the time and place where the Gita was imparted to mankind. When the war is only moments away, Arjuna throws his weapons down, refusing to fight his kinsmen on the otherside. Lord Krishna gives him the entire of Bhagavat Gita then and there. And how does He manage the time to deliver such a big message, when Arjuna is expected to be bowing arrows. He halts time!

“Whatever has happened, has happened for good.
Whatever is happening, is happening for good.
Whatever is going to happen, it will be for good.
What have you lost for which you cry?
What did you bring with you, which you have lost?
What did you produce, which has been destroyed?
You did not bring anything when you were born.
Whatever you have, you have received from Him.
Whatever you will give, you will give to Him.
You came empty handed and you will go the same way.
Whatever is yours today was somebody else’s yesterday and will be somebody else’s tomorrow.”

These are, perhaps, the most quoted verses of the Gita, often claimed as the essence of the scripture. Enough has been said about these lines and when you read them, they seem to be quite mundane. It will make some of you think, what is there being said in it that you don’t already know.

Anton Chigurh, a psychopathic killer and an Oscar winning character in the movie, No Country For Old Men, sits before his prey keeping them at gun-point and tells them, what good is their life when all that they have done and believed in life, until that moment, has led them to that particular point, facing death. He even offers them a chance to live at calling the toss of a coin. He says, to an unassuming man in a filling station that he stands to win everything in his life.

When you think about it, reader, your life is a string of events. How many times have you missed being hit by a bus, by just a second? Or have you experienced a near-miss-experience of cheating death? Now you being there by one second late or one second too soon is due to a string of events that started since time started rolling. But for the sake of understanding this idea, lets say that you being at some place where a bomb has exploded by ten minutes late in the present time, is perhaps the ten minutes you wasted under some tree when you were ten years old.

I have often wanted a time machine to see how much is the impact of displacing a stone in the past would change world history. What with all these fiction about travelling to the past and saving lost lives, you could end the universe by dislocating a stone from its place in the past. There are a zillion possibilities short of that too. The permutations and combinations of events are simply infinite. Yet space evolves tracing a few numbered dots amid zillions and zillions of such dots. It follows only one combination. Any permutation could be disastrous. It is not unlike a kaleidoscope. The entire design changes if one coloured bead shifts from it’s place.

What it personally teaches me is that, my life couldn’t have been better or worse until this point as long as I am breathing. So, if I tried to make things happier in my past by changing them, I could stop breathing. It is a definite possibility. I can’t call it destiny. It has become too flimsy a word. Many use it without intending the entire proportion of what it represents. Time and space weave quite a unique fabric and my life is but a thread crossing zillions of other such threads. In order to realise that there are zillions of other threads criss-crossing its path, this thread has to realise that its material is exclusive.

…see you when I see you!

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