Walked toward an end- dead
Laid down, rested his head
Told not to get up
Neither for water, nor for bread
Without the spice, goes that taste
Ran to manage that hasty haste
When bliss is a ‘satisfaction’ from ‘now’
Its ‘now’, he shouldn’t waste
It’s when the hunger of life grew
When he stopped his soul to chew
When he said, “It’s for him this time”
It was then he decided to start anew
It was back then,
When days were brighter
When nights were lighter,
When time was wonderful
When hugs were tighter.
It was back then
When moments took me high
When the distances were to overfly,
When her sound echoed in my heart
When my shadow was in her eye.
It was back then
When, with her, my life begun
When only we were there and there was none
When I fell in love with her
When I said ‘Together we are one’.
That I love you,
Trust it, and why would you
These are just words, unworthy, undue.
How to make you believe me
You and I are meant to be we,
Through my eyes, can’t you see?
Inside this heart, full of love, there lies a sea.
For you, I’d wait and wait
Till approaches that moment in my fate,
When you arrive back in time or belate
Till the end, for you, I’d wait.
“Everything in this universe attracts others with a force which is proportional to the product of their masses and inversely proportional to the square of the distance in between.”
Every item of this entire universe is attracting the others but according to the myth the force of attraction keeps on decreasing as things keep on becoming distant. I was in my high school when I first read this law and I remember myself asking me the very obvious question that if I am being attracted by the objects around, why don’t I feel that attraction? Apparently the forces tend to cancel out each other being equal in magnitude and opposite in direction. But I completely neglected one very obvious part of the myth.
It was the night of 27th of Ramadan and religiously it’s considered to be a very precious night. People tend to worship the entire night and ask for forgiveness, success, love, money and happiness believing that all the things would be granted to them for just worshipping one single night. Seeing all the people getting busy in their worships, I always ask myself how should I worship or after reward of what service should I be asking for missing and shuffled pieces of my life.
I was sitting in my room when my cousin called me and informed that he’s picking me up on his way to Badshahi Mosque, a highly ranked Mughal heritage of subcontinent situated in Pakistan. I don’t happen to be a conventionally religious person and tried to resist it but eventually had to give up. A lot of other people also came there to religiously celebrate and spend the night in worship. Not everyone was worshipping, some were just roaming around like me enjoying the beautiful mosque, the amazing interiors and a beautiful architecture telling the story of hundreds of years.
While roaming around when I looked at all the people, I felt a strange and a strong bond between all the children, men and women. They weren’t there for any personal reason, they weren’t there because they had any business with each other, they weren’t forced to get there rather they were there for something bigger than the materialistic needs. They were all there to celebrate some sacred moments, though separately but like the flow of individual particles which seem to make a bigger united flow when they are seen from some distance. Like individual drops of water travelling in the same direction unaware of the fact that they are the flow of one single ocean.
For all the Muslims, it’s compulsory to perform Pilgrimage atleast once in a lifetime, which happen to be the largest and the most marvelous and sacred gathering of people in one place in Mecca and people often tell that the journey changed them and their lives altogether putting them in entirely different dimension. And I always used to question the authority of that statement. But that day I realized that it could be true because that day I probably discovered the neglected part of the myth of attraction between objects of the universe that says that attraction goes on decreasing as the distance increases. I had never been closer to those people but when I got a bit closer, it felt different and probably the people performing Pilgrimage speak true when they describe the journey as a marvelous spiritual journey and probably people speak true of loving each other when they get closer to each other because the myth dictates that force of attraction dominates in these circumstances.
Whether it is good or evil, whether life in itself is pain or pleasure, whether it is uncertain-that it may perhaps be this is not important-but the unity of the world, the coherence of all events, the embracing of the big and the small from the same stream, from the same law of cause, of becoming and dying.
The entire Muslim World is celebrating the month of Ramadan which is the most holy of all the months according to beliefs of us Muslims. Homo-sapiens happen to be a very weak species amongst the race of species yet it enjoys the due credits of being the blessed of all. When I was a child, I used to think that the car which stops first at the signal is the winner of the race that just ended at the signal, I used to ask myself that whether the superior one is the one who’s stronger, I used to wonder if I wasn’t born in this world or in this family, where would I be right now and I was always skeptical whether everyone sees for the answers to the same questions.
The concept of religion has always been of particular interest to human beings. As said earlier, homo-sapiens happen to be very weak and mankind has always been in search of some superior force to rely on. This is the place in the journey of history where religion got introduced. Several gods, goddesses and supernatural powers were introduced as being a source of power, courage and guidance to the human beings and the chain is still in progress and like everything else, religions are also under consideration and under modification process.
When it comes to religion, irrespective of the religion we’re talking about, the first thing that attains my utmost attention is common to every religion and that is spirituality. Every religion has some chapters dedicated to the subject matter and I have always been skeptical about what spirituality is. Is it like the software that runs the hardware, is it like the determination you have inside your brain prior to performing a task, is it like the music you hear in the background when you see your loved one, is it like the gratitude when you feel lucky or is it like the rules of nature when you observe different phenomena being operated in complete harmony?
We Muslims fast the entire day forbidding ourselves from food, loose tongue and all the harmful deeds related to one’s eyes, hands, tongue and thoughts just for God. I have experienced spirituality in all the ordinary ways but when it concerns to the matters regarding religion, I don’t know how to define and identify spirituality. Is it the satisfaction of my heart, is it the submission of my will to the will of the One I worship or is it my rebellion against my own desires?
Spirituality lies is becoming content to what’s been awarded to us and being equally content to what’s not been awarded. Spirituality lies in knowing oneself better for the better understanding of this universe and its creator. Spirituality lies in self-training and self-conquer which is perhaps the most difficult of all the things. I may have and may be will spend some moments of spirituality in this holy month of Ramadan but for me the life of the moments spent in spirituality is always too short to be felt, recognized, classified and recorded.
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Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.
They say you are what your thoughts are. How a man can be something else than what he thinks for his 24 hours. Today the neuroscience has proved that the associating patterns of neurons in human brain change as one thinks on different perspectives. The thoughts of a person affect him not only spiritually but also physically. These thoughts make us what we are and these are these thoughts than indeed decide one’s destiny.