IS life an exam or exam is life


The most difficult exams are pretty easier than LIFE. LIFE puts us through  exams which have no syllabus , no fixed date and time. When we look back and sometimes say to ourselves “OHH this might be the syllabus of the exam I went through ” .

LORD Krishna in Bhagawad Gita says

” कर्मण्येवाधिकारस्ते मा फलेषु कदाचन। “

Translation : You have the right to perform your actions,but you are not entitled to the fruits of the actions.

If given a chance I want to ask the LORD leave alone the fruits ,  are these so-called actions determined by you or by my tiny brain . I am not advocating fatalism here but simply trying to figure out the surprises  LIFE throws at me  . Even the toughest of EXAMS like CAT , MAT , IIT-JEE , MEDICAL ENTRANCE etc, etc have a specific pattern . They are static in the sense that they are predictable . LIFE , on the contrary is hell-bent on robbing you of everything . It sucks away the so-called element of predictability. This Mr.KRISHNA goes on to say

” मा कर्मफलहेतुर्भूर्मा ते सङ्गोऽस्त्वकर्मणि॥”

Translation :  Do not let the fruit be the purpose of your actions, and therefore you won’t be attached to not doing your duty.

Damn it , what are you saying let me understand the duties first , the so-called results ,  fruits and attachment to duty are completely out of sight . In this kind of LIFE where every step is an exam , where every wind trembles each inch of our muscle I wonder how the hell Jeremy Bentham and John Stuart Mill thought of seeking pleasures . Of course there is no dearth in INDIA of such pleasure seekers  , the Charavaka philosophy says

 ” Yavat jivet, sukham jivet, rinam kritva ghritam pibet “

Translation:   Live so long you have a life and live with all comforts and luxury (like eating butter) even if you have to take a loan 

I think either there is a  manufacturing defect with  these fellows or their skin is made up of  superior quality ‘Spanish’ Buffalo skin .

Everyone tries to comfort us by saying don’t pay attention to your difficulties they will wane away with time , I would like to ask IS IT SO ??? . Don’t you find every footstep is a footfall . We don’t really tend to forget our wounds it’s just that the material success  diverts our attention . Something like the crying child’s attention gets diverted when he gets a new toy .

Now it’s the time to close as the atmosphere I have created here is very much depressing , but I want to close on a more positive note that I hope and wish to see a gem in each and  every soul in the universe every time it goes through a difficulty .

As the great ( another  MAHAANUBHAV) Confucius says

” The gem cannot be polished without friction , nor man perfected without trials “

Of course , the trials here are not the present day trials , nonetheless lalu prasad , JAYA AMMA (u-know-who 🙂 )  and Mr.Raja would all be considered gems .

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