A simple mind

4 08 2014

What’s the greatest treasure in this world? “A simple mind.”

In this complicated world, we are compelled to think complicated. There is so much to process, so many things to manage. We have to worry about our future, we need to be wary of our past, and we need to tread carefully through the present. We have to take care of us, our family, and our society. And we need to compete to survive and race ahead. In times where there is no clear distinction between black and white but rather exists a huge range of grays, where virtue doesn’t always win and justice rarely met, we need complex minds to navigate through the labyrinth of life.

Or so do we assume.

But deep down we know that something is amiss. There is a want of something alluding. Peace?

A simple mind is a child-like mind. Of the two choices life presents at each moment, it always chooses the simpler one. Love is simple; hate is complex. Smile is simple; frown is complex. Compassion is simple; indifference is complex. Truth is simple, lie is complex. And so on. It lives in the present, untouched by the past or the future.

I think it all boils down to the ancient philosophy from Gita: Be righteous. Follow your dharma. Do what you need to do, without bothering about the results.

A simple mind is a clear mind. An enlightened mind.

If internal peace is what everyone seeks – the ultimate goal of existence – which path leads us to it? Why do we let ourselves get lost in darkness?

Nobel Peace Prize 2009

9 10 2009

I must say I was genuinely surprised to see in today’s headlines that Obama has won the esteemed Nobel Peace Prize for 2009.  I didn’t understand why.  I can’t say I have good knowledge about what it actually takes to bag the prize – the worthiness of work done and qualities possessed. Clearly there is a large information gap in my mind. 🙂 So, though I couldn’t quite comprehend the rationale behind this selection, I don’t have any reasons with me to doubt the inappropriateness of it.

From Obama’s acceptance remarks, it seems he himself was a bit surprised.  I really felt lost by his concluding words  –“… men and women across the world who sacrifice their safety and their freedom and sometime their lives for the cause of peace. That has always been the cause of America.  That’s why the world has always looked to America. And that’s why I believe America will continue to lead.

My immediate reaction was kind of – “is it? Really?”

Peace of what? Of America? That’s something I can vouch for. 🙂

Well, I can only say that different people have different perspectives of looking at and interpreting things…

One thing is sure – that America is powerful enough to affect the peace of the whole world. So, it might be good idea to award it’s promising president the Nobel Peace Prize as an advance incentive or motivation.

Congratulations Mr. President!