Monthly Archives: August 2008

Either Fear is the Key or the Price is not Right

Am reading Karan Thapar’s ‘Sunday Sentiments’ now. Few chapters are too much intriguing and very much worth reading again n again.. So thought of blogging about one of them which shook the confidence I had till now in me…Giving a deep thought, am sure you also would feel the same.

Few excerpts:

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"It’s all a question of price. Each man his price – each woman too, I suppose – and morality is a relative thing. At the right price, every saint can be made a sinner and at the wrong price every sinner can pretend to be a saint."8183280234

Now he illustrates it with an example. At a younger age, once he was supposed to get a ‘turkey’ for dinner. He went to get the turkey from the shop. It was for around 7 pounds and he gave a cheque to pay for the same. Fortunately or unfortunately the cashier gave back the cheque after noting down the details. Karan purposefully didn’t bother to give it back as it was not his mistake, and after all he could claim to have done so without appearing guilty. In a flash, he assessed the situation, the possible consequences, worked out every probable reply and having done so and being assured that everything is fine, he pocketed the accidentally returned cheque and went back home.

Rather than feeling ashamed, he was rather proud about it and told the same to his cousin, Arjun. Hearing this, Arjun Exclaimed: ‘Seven Pounds is your price’.

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I am sure all of us have been in such situations and have acted almost similarly. It may not be always money, but could be something else like a favour. But remember that once you succumb to such temptations, it determines your Price or the threshold. That’s when you fall..

EITHER FEAR IS THE KEY or THE PRICE IS NOT RIGHT

Are things we consider bad, are really bad ? or is it a Pseudo-ego fulfilling ?

I always liked the way OSHO argues. His arguements are always supported by logic. Here is an excerpt from his book : Zen, Zest, Zap and Zing. Disclaimer: I dont smoke….and am not endorsing smoking.

Take the example: If you want to stop smoking. It may be harmful to smoke, but you are enjoying it. It must be helping you in some way. It may be relaxing you in some way, it may be taking your mind away from your constant occupations, your worries, your anxieties. People smoke when they are very tense. If you don’t smoke your tension goes on accumulating, which is far more dangerous than smoking.

Smoking is just stupid, not dangerous. Maybe you will live one or two years less – so what? What are you going to do even if you live two, three years more? If you have not done anything in seventy years, what are you hoping to do in those extra two years? You will go on doing the same nonsense, you will be living the same misery. So that is not the point. Whether you are healthy or unhealthy, a little bit unhealthy, does not matter much. In fact, it may prevent you from being a nuisance.

Just think: if Adolf Hitler had been a cripple or had amoebas or was continuously getting hepatitis, the world would have been saved. In fact, Adolf Hitler was against smoking, against alcohol. He was a pure vegetarian like Mahatma Gandhi.

In fact, both men have many things in common. Both believed in going early to bed and both believed in getting up early in the morning. Both believed that vegetarian food is great. Both believed that smoking is bad, alcohol is bad. Both were great saints. The only difference was that Mahatma Gandhi had the Jaina characteristic very much developed in him – he was only ten percent Hindu, ninety percent Jaina – so he tortured himself. Adolf Hitler had the Mohammedan characteristic developed in him: he tortured others, he didn’t torture himself. But both tortured. Whom they tortured is not of that much significance. They both were enjoying torture.

Adolf Hitler would have been a great blessing to the world if he had smoked. He would have been less tense if he had been an alcoholic. I don’t think there would have been the Second World War.

Alcohol is vegetarian. Smoking is also vegetarian! Tobacco is not anything non-vegetarian, it is vegetarian. And just taking the smoke in and out is only a way of doing pranayama, doing a little bit of exercise, breathing exercise – harmful to you, but not much to make a fuss about.

But people try to control it. If they succeed they become egoistic, which is far more dangerous. If they fail they feel guilty, they feel depressed, which is far more dangerous. If they fail they become condemnatory towards themselves, they lose respect for themselves.  And the moment you lose respect for yourSelf, remember, you are losing your trust in life.

This sado-masochistic idea exists in everybody.

Say What You Need To Say

Take all of your wasted honor.
Every little past frustration.
Take all of your so called problems,
Better put ’em in quotations.

Say what you need to say

Fightin’ with the shadows in your head.
Livin’ up the same old moment
Knowin’ you’d be better off instead

If you could only…Say what you need to say

Have no fear for givin’ in.
Have no fear for giving over.
You better know that in the end
It’s better to say too much, than never to say what you need to say again.

Even if your hands are shaking,
And your faith is broken.
Even as the eyes are closin’,
Do it with a heart wide open.

Say what you need to say

Source: BucketList (2008)