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Sunday, 24 January 2016

To Be or To Become

I was once a tree – a large banyan tree. I lived a hundred years. During all those years, I witnessed, but never participated, never judged, never thought, never felt – neither happiness nor sorrow. I was to be a tree – I was being one.

Once, another time, I was a dog. I searched food, I sought affection, I defended my territory, I scared strangers. I felt loved at times, at times I raged with anger. I wasn’t like a tree; because I wasn’t a tree. I was a dog and I was being one.

And now I am a human. I want, I like, I try, I think, I feel, I cry, I celebrate, I compare, I analyse, I plan, I do, I strive, I struggle. They say, “Why do you become? Just be.” I say, “That’s what. I’m just being – being human. Wanting to become is a part of my being. It’s a part of my being today. Tomorrow it may not be. Do you want me to become – become a tree or a dog?”

How can I become? Isn’t it an illusion if I think I can? I can just be. There is no other way.

2 comments:

  1. Bouncer ! Bhai...Venkatesh Prasad ki bouncers to Khel sakta hu...ab to tum Shohaib Akhtar - Mc'grath ke bhi upar wale bouncer fek rahe ho !

    Who are "They" ! "being" itself is a very nebulous term , some say it's atma - some include personality in it - what is that you mean by being ? I missed the core point you were trying to convey ...

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    1. Being is a verb here. Many gurus, including our Master says,"just be", implying, "don't do or don't become."

      This is just a response.

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