About P P Wangchuk

The writer, a senior editor, has seen life at the Hindustan Times for almost three decades, and  is obsessed with writing on issues that make or break life. Having joined the newspaper as an idealist at 23, he has come a long way, and is today a realist and down-to-earth person. In between, he has handled Page 1 and the Edit Page for several years.

Peace is there where love is. And love is there where peace is. Just a reiteration, nothing new. But when one happens to land up at a place where peace and love reigns supreme, one wonders which one – love or peace- has led to the other! Anyway, that will never get us anywhere near a perfect answer.

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Do we really need a wake-up call in life? And, will a wake-up call have the strength to wake us up from the slumber we are in and set us in the ‘go and act’ mode? If we were to believe Mamta Bhargava, the author of the latest book on making life meaningful, Life’s Wake-up Call, we can make the best use of a wake-up call and be on the go and make life have its true meaning.

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What is true for me may not be true for many others just as what is good for you may not be good for me. And we all can accept this statement as true. But there are certain truths that have to be true for all. For instance, when we say ‘truth prevails’, no sensible person will have good enough reason to say otherwise. That is because truth, when taken and accepted as a universal phenomenon, is thought to be good for all.

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Those who believe in the power of prayer feel that the non-believers are unlucky, if not foolish. Prayer is nothing but your understanding and reiteration of belief in your ability to handle the difficulties of life in a manner that you condition your mind to do so.

And, if you are able to get the gods and goddesses you believe in in your scheme of things, you will have an easier task!

I take the word prayer to mean one’s bid to rediscover one’s self; and if possible, to reinvent it. That is to say, having a relook into one’s own self to understand it and be closer to the real self so that you don’t stand to be seen what you are not, really. The gap between you, as seen by the outside world and what you really are within, needs to be bridged so that you emerge as the same as you are within.

Take prayer as an earnest desire and expression of one’s willingness to improve and do better each passing day. It has to be taken as if you are bent upon trying all possible ways to seek your destination. It should work as an effective tool to ‘melt down’ your stiff attitude towards your unwillingness to do better and create a more congenial atmosphere.

It should be used to make you see, always, the positive aspect of situations and the goodness in others so that you can endear even the worst of your so-called enemies. No one on this planet can be your enemy unless you seek one. The enemy lies within, and the key to turn it into a friend too lies within you.

Gandhiji used to say that “prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one’s weaknesses. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.” In other words, Gandhiji wanted us to believe that we have to be loving and compassionate; and that can be done by telling yourself day in and day out, that you can, and you will. It is a reiteration of your willingness to showcase your goodness and make the best use of it before your journey on this planet gets over.

Prayer is not an act to influence one’s gods and goddesses. You can’t ever do that. But you can certainly please them by doing good work. Prayer is an attempt on our side to reform ourselves and change our nature to be useful all the time, everywhere.

As Mother Teresa used to say, prayer is your faith in love; and love is supreme service.

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