I received a comment on one of my poems titled Memories that made me go into a thinking mode. The comment stated that it's difficult to be simple. I was soon surrounded by strange thoughts and my consciousness got trapped in the reflection taking place in the mind and intellect. Let me come straight to the question that gave me lot of trouble:Why it's difficult to be simple ? I am posting my views on this post not to show what I feel in this regard but just to receive views from enlightened readers in this regard.
I don't know much about the rise and fall of various civilizations.I don't know what were the intrinsic attributes these civilizations actually represented.However, I know some of the mighty and glorious civilizations came to end because they left the company of simple ideals for the sake of pompous attributes.That was bound to make them get lost into unheard pages of history forever.Coming back to our times aren't we Indians committing the same mistakes by giving to false set of plastic values.One needs to analyze that how the nation that treats "jagat" (world) as "Mithya" (illusion) has allowed the dominance of cheap and superficial values ? Or should I say "Jhandu" values.
Thank God ,I have good parents and some real good friends who have allowed me to remain down to earth without much discomfort till date. Most of my these friends have given way to rat race all in the name of practicality but that has not disappointed me.I am still the same "outdated guy" with old values. My best friends treat me as a person who is not in tune with the values of present times-a view they express behind my back even as they admire my will power to remain in tune with old values. So why it's difficult to remain simple these days ?
It's because people have two sets of values these days. One they actually follow and the other one is merely used as inspirational quote to impress a group.The idea to remain simple falls in the set of values that has the same utility as showpiece items. All our politicians ,writers, professors and successful people use these lofty values as showpiece items. They preach but do not practice.That has given rise to impression that once you start embracing better values the distance between you and the success becomes more and more .To be successful it's now necessary that you remain at a safe distance from the simple values.
Let me say in harsh word why any sensible guy will hate to be simple and innocent person in our times.Because to be simple in our times means you are worse than a chosen fool. Even a chosen fool will think twice in embracing simple values.Why ? Have we left any scope for a person in league with better values to live a dignified life ? What's the gain of a person who dares to remain honest and simple ? He/she comes to gain unending peace within but is the unending peace will allow his/her family members a better life ?
Have a glimpse of the world around. Even a village boy in tattered clothes loves to flash a costly mobile. I was sitting in a secluded corner of my village temple. A boy only in his chaddhi and no shirt on his body was grazing his buffaloes in the nearby fields.I noticed he was listening a song in his mobile.Later,he happened to meet me and out of curiosity I had a look at his mobile set.It was a beautiful costly set. Now it was his turn to have a look at my set. It's a simple old set with no camera and no modern features. He gave me a strange look.."Kaisa bekar sa set hai ..Camera nahi..Video nahi".. (An useless set ! No camera ! No mobile).He left the place with this remark. A son of one of my relatives has got placed in metro.The first thing he came and told all of us is that he saw so many people driving costly cars there !! Well, it's that the reason why our present day youths who turn into bureaucrats use the postings to make millions and if they are not able to do that they leave the job citing "unnecessary political interferences" as the main reason !!! Look at our Big B,hankering for a farmer status . He has gifted his son Abhishek Bachchan a car that has the price tag in crores.
It's easy to understand to that to remain simple means to face series of humiliating episodes one after another.It means life of troubles.True,why should be open ourselves to endless pain and suffering ? If a minister ,bureaucrat,actors,businessman and other such class enter in all sorts of scandals and yet maintain a healthy image why should a common person chased by so many problems entertain simple values ? Why should they starve their family members to death ? Why they let their children give way to uncertain future by making them study in schools which have no roofs ? I mean what's the gain of living a simple life ? What does simplicity gives ? Unending bliss and peace within ? Is this unending bliss going to attract food and quality life ? The answer is BIG NO. It's merely going to attract fake compliments of friends who will admire your guts to live in league with good simple values but behind your back label you a creature more than a chosen fool. Is that's the reward of living a simple life ? The truth is that we have no better epithets to offer to a person in league with good values.
I will finish the post with a conversation that I had my with one of my best childhood friends Sampanna Kumar Sangharsh in the Allahabd High court premises just a few days ago. In his youths he gave way to Communist ideology.In fact,right from his childhood he lived amidst the communist ideology. After all, his father Sheshji is a known Communist and also an eminent literary figure.Well,we both are poles apart but call it good luck that we have always remained in sync all this years-a thing that many treat it as an unnatural phenomenon.At present Sampanna Bhai has become 100 % practical man, being nowhere near the strong values that he once used to reflect in college days.That doesn't mean my Sampanna Bhai has given to corrupt practices. He remains the same old good soul. However,I see traces of pain and frustration in his eyes.That pain increases when he happens to see me.After all, I am still the chap devoid of practical values like him. I mean the impression he generates remind me of the line "yeh kaha aa gaye yu hi saath chalte chalte " (look where we have arrived walking together for long).
He told me ,"Arvind Bhai unless you give way to false set of values it's hard to survive in present age.The system is so distorted that it has no place for ideal values.Not all can be Karl Marx who will sell the hair of his wife to make both ends meet. Have a close look at lives people around.The writer class or bureaucrats who pose themselves as role models are corrupt in actuality.Look at many Hindi writers of Allahabad who pretend to live amidst penury are in actuality owners of huge property.Arvind bhai our love for idealism has given us nothing and that's the case be in future as well."
I said nothing.However,I was left in total pain after this conversation. I came to remember my days spent with him during the college days. The conversations that rested on making this world a better place.We are still doing the same but the thing called uncertainty chases us all the time. Ending the post with a remark in a lighter vein.I didn't tell that to Sangharsh bhai.I thought within 'Sagharsha Bhai you have enough reasons to be a practical soul.You have a family.I don't have one.Let me have a creature called wife in my life. Who knows I may also turn into greatest practical soul of all times ? '
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