Wednesday, June 23, 2010

A Movie called Life

Once Lord Yama, the Hindu God of Death asked Yudishthir, “What is the most amazing thing in the world?” to which he replied, “Everyday, we see hundreds of people dying and suffering. Yet, we refuse to believe that it could happen to us. And we continue to live our lives foolishly and recklessly, believing that we are going to live forever. That is the most amazing thing in the world.” Indeed, Yudishthir was the wisest person of his time...

Life is beautiful. But where does the beauty of this life lie? In material happiness? In money? Fame? Or Power? I think, in none of the above.The most beautiful part of life is that it never comes back. It is short, it is unexpected and it is unpredictable.

Just imagine. What if you had your whole life in front of you like a book or a very long movie? What if you knew about every minute, every hour, every single day of your life before it happened? Would you really enjoy it? I don’t think so. You would go through it like a boring routine, feeling none of the joy as you do now, in living with a holy curiosity.

Don’t you enjoy it when halfway through summer, there is a sudden downpour of rain and the sweet smell of wet mud seeps in through your window?! Don’t you love it when an old friend of yours suddenly calls you up one boring afternoon and you chat for hours about ‘those good old days’?!    

Don’t you feel like bursting with happiness when your family gives you a surprise on your birthday and you open that wrapping paper on the gift not knowing what to expect? Come to think of it, would you really like to know all of this before it happened?

Then are those who wish they were immortal. Some wish they had a very, very long life. Really? Are you sure? Would you really like to live for 800 hundred years until you become a walking-talking vegetable, with creaking bones and aching muscles?

Life moves on in different phases- Infancy, Childhood, Youth, Adulthood and Old Age. But the two most important phases that no one really thinks of are Birth and Death.They are the most vital for maintaining the balance of nature. And they are deeply interlinked.

When born, the first thing a baby does is cry out loud. Naturally! It is being pushed out of the comfortable home it has been living on for the past nine months into the unknown world. Wouldn’t you cry too?! In a way, it is Death. The shackles of a known world are being broken, and it is emerging into the unknown. When you die, you transcend life and go into another realm. It is a new birth. And it is much grander than life itself. Our souls know it.

Birth and Death signify change. They remove the old and bring in the new. If you were to live forever, none of this would have happened.

The most beautiful part of life is that it never comes back. It is short, it is unexpected and it is unpredictable.

Stop wishing you could live forever.
Stop wishing you could turn back time and live ‘that day’ once more. 
Stop losing yourself in the Past that is now History, or in the Future that is still a Mystery.
The present is a Gift. Enjoy it. It lasts only for a moment. And it’s never coming back.
Take risks, push yourself harder, and make every moment bigger than it is.

Most of all, have the courage to dream about the Impossible, knowing that if you can think it could happen, you can also make it happen.I remember this amazing quote from an Adidas Advertisement-

"Impossible is just a Big Word thrown about by Small Men who find it easier to live in the world they've been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is Temporary. Impossible is Potential.
Impossible is Nothing. NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE."

Don’t forget that one day, just before you close your eyes for the last time, your whole life is going to play in front of you, moment by moment. It will be the Ultimate Movie you make- the Movie that you are filming even at this moment- The Movie called Life.

Make sure its Worth Watching! 


  1. well written dude......i do agree with you. Life is like a movie aur abhi Picture baki hain mere dost.

  2. Passionate words Avinash... :) Nice read. Dramatic. But nice. :)

  3. @~a and monil- Thank you:) There's no spice in life without being dramatic! There must be 'something' that wakes us up and breaks the monotony...

  4. Very stunning and touching lines!
    ~Keep the Spark ALive..

  5. Very kind of you!
    Thanks :)