The center of world


I was around 13-14 years old. I used to get mesmerized by the sound of flowing river. A small river named Garga used to be my favorite spot.

Once while wandering near the river I decided to sit on a stone. While sitting like a person who has forgotten what he was looking for just a while ago. I was aimlessly looking on all sides of where I was and then …I suddenly felt special.

…  Exalted I noticed …  “oh !  look, this place, right here is the center of the world”. excited as a teenager, I stood up, turned my eyes around and found that, to whatever distance I could see, it was all such, as if, I were standing just at the center of the world. I was looking at a large circle with horizon at the circumference on all sides barring some trees and land elevations in few directions.

My logical mind wasn’t accepting …. “am I so fortunate, to have discovered the ‘true’ center of world ?”
…. “or may be, this is just the center of Bokaro ” (my home town). My mind was willing to accept that I could possibly be that much fortunate.

As a teenager, I very closely held the belief that I was not ‘a man’ but I was ‘the man’ …something unique, someone special.

I confirmed in my imagination that even if I had the ability to see larger distances, this conclusion would still hold true. I was awed. “Am I right !”
…… yes, with whatever instrument I would have seen. I would see a circular view of the world from that stone. The center of the ‘viewed world’ would be none other than me myself !
… but I failed to understand that it would be the same for everybody, at whichever place they are.

As I washed my physical understanding of the world with the holy water of science, I understood that, the place of the stone was not actually the center of the world as I thought.

Despite growing up into an adult, men still emotionally live with that belief. Every time when you say that, “yes, I know!, this is right” … when you are frustrated with “why the hell are you not able to see this simple point” …”wait, first try to understand what I am saying”. We keep shouting … not understanding why the other person is unable to see that the center of the world is where “I” stand.

We fail to realize that the other person, miserably, is also looking at a whole different world.
Even if ‘I’ were magnanimous enough to see a bigger & wider world; still, whatever ‘I’ see would have the center of the world on ‘me’ … isn’t that the limitation of the way our physical eye and emotional mind is ?

Only when we wash our emotional understanding of the world with the holy water of spirituality, do we understand that we are just another bubble of energy in this plethora of energy-dust and what ‘I’ think is not the perfect way… its just a way which might be true from the center of ‘my’ world and untrue from the center of ‘your’ world.

Way out ?
… Allow a little space for even those things/thoughts which you think are not the way it should be.

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6 comments on “The center of world

  1. Your observation that we all consider ourselves the center of the world is very astute. Perhaps true spiritual maturity is the realization that we are all intersecting centers, none more or less valid than another. But what a tremendous struggle to arrive at that point.

  2. enlightening one n probably the best on ur blog.

  3. That is the reason when we can understand others perspective we are able to see the larger part of the curve, or understanding the perspective of others helps in widening of our own horizon of thoughs as they say.

  4. manisha says:

    very true……….If at all v cud understand and apply this in our lives. Alll theee bounderies wud merge and world wud be such a beautiful place to live in 🙂 🙂

  5. C Brakewell says:

    I like that :), (at least the bits I could make out easily). I suffer from color blindness (tritanopia to be precise). I mainly use Konqueror browser (unsure if that makes a difference), and much of this webpage is a little difficult for me to read. I know it is my problem to deal with, in truth, nonetheless it would be kind if you could consider color blind visitors while doing your next web page re-working.

  6. sure Sir, I will try to do so, if you suggest me what I could do towards it. As of now I have no idea of what would have made it better for a color blind person.

    I have heard of this disease but do not have anyone around me with whom I would get to know the problems and solutions better.

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