I dive down into the depth of the ocean of forms,
hoping to gain the perfect pearl of the formless.

No more sailing from harbor to harbor with this my weather-beaten boat.
The days are long past when my sport was to be tossed on waves.

And now I am eager to die into the deathless.

Into the audience hall by the fathomless abyss where swells up the music of toneless strings
I shall take this harp of my life. I shall tune it to the notes of forever,
and when it has sobbed out its last utterance,
lay down my silent harp at the feet of the silent.

–from Gitanjali, by  Rabindranath Tagore

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  1. Well, I often feel that there are many things in life that are irrelevant, which we pursue with unquestioned conviction, and in going about our day-to-day routine there’s a lot of the *essence* of Life that we miss. And I often wish I could discard all that and “dive into the depths of the ocean” instead of “sailing from harbour to harbour in my weather-beaten boat”.

  2. >> I often wish I could discard all that and “dive into the depths of the ocean” instead of “sailing from harbour to harbour in my weather-beaten boat”

    Yeah, 99% of the things we do in life are because “everyone else does that” 🙂 and no one really has much clue about why he/she is doing that! If you clearly know what you think is relevant and irrelevant, I think there is no reason you should hesitate in “diving to the depths of the ocean”, you should just do it !

    Love,
    Gopu.

  3. Thank you so much for your encouraging words, Gopuetta! 🙂 For the past two-three years I have been keenly observing myself and the people around me, and one thing I’ve found is that there are a lot of things which people generally seem to care about which I don’t and vice versa. Earlier, it used to be a source of mental conflict, but gradually I’ve been realizing that that’s how I am, and the only way to be in harmony with the world is just to *be* myself and pursue the things I do care about. Otherwise I could never do true justice to myself and others.

  4. >> and one thing I’ve found is that there are a lot of things which people generally seem to care about which I don’t and vice versa.

    Yup! An ideal environment will be a group of people with differing opinions/perceptions each of whom believes that he/she is right but also believes that the others can be right too, or at the least doesnt believe that the others are all wrong :-). Unfortunately we come across a lot of people frequently who thinks that everyone else’s views are wrong, and I guess all you can do is to just pay as little attention as possible to them.

    Life is just not an F(A,B,C,..) where we can find the “right” values for A, B and C etc.. and expect to plot the curve we want, so I guess a lot computing power of the brain need not be spent on evaluating the “rightness” of the parameters :), instead just try to make most of the curve that comes out!

    Love,
    Gopu.

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