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.

We dread anything suspicious – be it a man or an object that has the potential to bomb us off. The word suspicion itself is a much-hated one and hence a man who is unnecessarily suspicious sees motives in everything. He sees an ‘enemy’ even in a friend and gets on to lose his friends one by one. One may or may not agree that suspicion always haunts the guilty; but it can’t be but the truth that a thief sees a cop in every man crossing his path. [Read more]

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How many of us wake up daily with the consciousness that we are here to see a better and happier world around us? And how many of us recall the proverbial words of wisdom, ‘As you sow, so shall you reap’ to remind ourselves to be good and do good? If you say you do, then you have taken the wings of goodness to seek the truth. [Read more]

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The root-cause of our ruin can be found in our living for false values that somehow we erroneously think give us an edge over others. Yes, they give us an edge but not a desirable edge. In such a situation, you are making a living for ‘untruth’, and the very foundation of your ‘castle’ that you have built for yourself will stand precariously, doomed to collapse right at the start. [Read more]

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Be a warrior and not a worrier. Those are lovely words from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s latest radio talk, Mann Ki Baat, to students across the country. As students, the Prime Minister said, they should be brave and should have vision; and that they should not keep worrying about their studies.

Instead they must tackle their problems with the zeal of a warrior; and it does not matter whether they get results or not so long as they have put in their best.

We know that any effort or hard work never goes unrewarded — sooner or later, that is. We must work hard, honestly and hopefully. That is the key to remain happy without bothering much about results. If you keep on worrying over results or failures, then you are surely asking for misery. Many a time, failures happen not because of your mistake or shortcoming but because of external factors over which you have no control. And, one must remember, that failures are a part of only hardworking and honest people.

Worry kills one’s vision as it darkens one’s way of life. That is to say, worry kills your enthusiasm to find a way out when you are stuck in a mess. You see nothing but a thorny path ahead and thus you lose the desire to tread to treat yourself to the fruits of success. The question one should ask oneself is why to bother about something that may or may not happen. As someone said, you should stay, always, in the sunlight, giving no chance to darkness to envelop you.

On this issue, the Dalai Lama gives a very apt quote: “If a problem is fixable, if a situation is such that you can do something about it, then there is no need to worry. If it is not fixable, then there is no help in worrying.”

What a striking statement that each one of us should be telling ourselves daily as a mantra in order to ward off the ‘waves of worry’. After all, worry is a “phantom” that will consume you eventually if allowed to ‘befriend’ you. Agreed, keeping worry away maybe quite difficult for many of us, but if you exercise rationality and see the futility of being worried about illusions, then you acquire the ability to ward off worry.

As Benjamin Franklin had said very rightly, “Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen.”

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Each one of us has to realise the ultimate goal — the abode of peace and bliss. And for that one does not have to go far and wide; the place that will give us peace, joy and bliss is very much within ourselves. All that we have to do is to travel within with great attention and seriousness. A time comes when your ‘look within’ presents before you a heavenly abode where there is nothing but comforting light and bliss. You are then in a world different from this hurly-burly existence.

Sant Rajinder Singh, in his latest book, The Abode of the Beloved, says all this and more. “A place of peace, joy and bliss rests within all of us. We can enter this abode and enjoy a retreat of calm and happiness anytime we want through meditation. Through a simple technique of meditation on inner light and sound, we can enjoy a daily holiday from life’s stress, being refreshed by the Beloved’s never-ending inner stream of divine love and bliss.”

The entire theme of the book is on meditation and peace. Meditation not only helps us realise what and who we are, it also enables us to be an effective tool to be of use for those who need us to relieve them of their suffering and pain. That is because meditation enlightens us and we see the futility of selfishness and see the usefulness of service towards those around us. With meditation, one can exploit one’s inner talents and skills to have a world much more worthy of being proud of to live in.

On any given day, most of us get busy attending to the needs of our body and obeying the orders of the mind. We hardly pay any attention to the needs of the soul which is the very force of our life that can give us enlightenment. As the author himself says, “We may pray to God but are we mostly praying for something that is going to help our body, our mind, or the people we love? How many times do we pray to God for God?

That is the crucial point. Praying to God for God (meaning humanity as His creature) alone helps us uplift ourselves to a level where we can see everybody in ourselves. That is to say, we become one with the rest of the creatures of the Supreme Being. And there is no experience greater and fulfilling than that.

Therefore, one must be extra-careful to listen to the call from within – the sound or the music that alone can lead one to complete awareness of the futility of mere existentialism and the need to be an instrument of peace and love. Nothing else matters as much.

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