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The Sheep, Sheepdog & Shepherd!

13 Aug

Sheep5Sheep are cute beings, with fluffy coat, marble eyes and a near monosyllable bleat. Mammals that are born, grown, fed, led, reared and sheared in a farm by another 2-legged mammal, which not only raises them to make a living but also eventually kills and consumes them.

Happy to be with their herd during their entire short lifespan of 10-12 years and content with what nature offers them – grass to graze, for example – and offer far more in return, namely milk, wool, manure and meat. Despite spending most of their lifetime in the open, roaming freely to graze, they appear to be completely ignorant of something their herders crave, fight and willing to die for – freedom.

Sheep1Sheepdogs are the guardians of sheep that keep the flock together. Alone in the herd, with the unenviable job of herding and protecting the flock, daily, in varying weather, they live their entire lifespan – only slightly longer than the sheep they herd, about 12-14 years – in the same farm as sheep, but fully aware that they are different.

Extremely loyal to their master, they are devoted to their assigned responsibility, despite the known fact that their master may never reciprocate their absolute loyalty and unconditional love, the same way they do.

Sheep8Shepherds are the masters – at least to the sheep and sheepdog. Though they may’ve their own masters – farm owners, businessmen who make and sell cheese, wool and meat for profit, et al – as far as the sheep and sheepdog are concerned, they’re the lords of the lawns.

One of a kind human beings who spend most of their nomadic lifetime in solitude in vast open spaces offered for free by Mother Nature, monotonously watching over a herd for most part of their waking time.

Sheep12At least one shepherd is renowned for expanding his herd to include the human kind, eventually spawning a new religion over two millennia ago, with millions of followers spread worldwide till date. Another, much younger, shepherd was immortalized in a magical fable by a goatee (no pun intended) toting author whose book continues to inspire millions.

Sri_Krishnas_CowIn Bharat, of course, we do have a cowherd who is revered, celebrated and worshiped as a God, whose Life is filled with miracles, mirth, mischief, myth, mellifluous music and mystic love. His treatise, given in the middle of a battleground, at the start of the mother of all wars, to his warrior friend and disciple – aptly named ‘Song of the Divine’ – is still considered and reverently followed as the definitive gospel of Life.Sheep14

All three – the sheep, sheepdog & shepherd – are always together yet alone all the time.

They are connected forever yet separated by nature, physiology, needs, attitude and lifestyle.

They live together for a lifetime yet are so apart in their thoughts and actions at all times.

Sheep13Imagine a farm with all three for a moment. An idyllic landscape painted in vivid shades of green, blue and brown, bathed in warm rays from the sun and dotted with sheep in white, brown and black.

The sheep are grazing or lazing and occasionally bleating. The sheepdog is focused and attentive, totally alert yet absolutely silent. The shepherd is resting under the cool shade of a huge tree standing tall and firm on that grassy knoll that has observed many generations of sheep, sheepdogs and shepherds, silently.

Sheep18Any and all of the sheep’s actions are essential but limited, and always monitored. They’re free to do what they can within the clearly defined limits. They’re constantly aware of the danger of straying away from the herd and are comforted by the fact that they’re safe with their herd, safeguarded by the ever watchful sheepdog and of course, the shepherd. And they obviously don’t seem to have any qualms about doing repetitive things, along with fellow sheep in the flock, day in and day out, on and on, until the end of their lifespan – naturally or by necessity.

Sheep17The sheepdog does what’s necessary and can be pretty meticulous and ruthless about it. It’s obviously the master of the sheep, answerable only to its master, the shepherd. Whether it is kind towards the sheep it protects or scorns at their herd mindset is a secret known only to itself. Despite being a completely different being, different from both the sheep and shepherd, it is absolutely committed to its assigned task and unquestionably loyal to its master. Though it’s free and fully capable of running away from the repetitive boredom of herding anytime, it willingly suppresses its natural instinct and spends the lifetime in service and servitude.

Sheep9The shepherd, as the only being in the flock with ability to think, imagine, observe, analyze, contemplate, comprehend, deduce and express, has infinite possibilities in Life like any of his kind, but chooses to spend a long lifetime in doing something so limited and repetitive, yet with a specific purpose. Most of his nomadic Life is spent with beings of a different kind that are thought to have at least one sense less than his own kind. And he too doesn’t seem to be bothered too much about a monochromatic Life, amidst the most colorful landscape, filled with curious beings doing their own things.

Sheep10Do the sheep, sheepdog, shepherd and farm appear and sound familiar?

Is a home or workplace so different from a farm?

Is a family or team so different from a herd of sheep?

Is a sibling or supervisor so different from a sheepdog?

Is a family elder or leader so different from a shepherd?

Is our Life – the way we know and live it – any different from that of the sheep, sheepdog or shepherd?

Sheep19Are you happy and content with being one of the three, living your Life alone among the herd, confined within set limitations, doing repetitive things throughout the Life and herded by others who decide what and how you will do?

Have you ever pondered about how such a monochromatic Life’s limitations can easily be overcome but is probably never done during this lifetime, due to reasons known only to you?

Has that additional sense endowed to you – the only known species on this planet – been ever tapped to wonder if it is time to at least start comprehending about Life beyond the repetitive, defined, monochromatic and known?

Sheep21So, what are you, dear reader – the sheep, sheepdog or shepherd?

Or, are you someone willing to step beyond the known into the realm of the unknown, to know and live Life, the way it is!

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So, What About You?

29 Apr

So, What About You?

– a Mjolnir blow to wake you up from your Rip Van Winklish slumber!

Disclaimer: Any reference to ‘You’ here isn’t about ‘you’ per se’, but about human beings as a species. So, while reading or upon completion of this (full) post, please don’t get so cooked up to retort with a vehement comment against the poor author! You (this time, it’s indeed you) are most welcome to leave your pov / reflection as a comment, of course 🙂

You’re the leader of a team; boss of a unit; owner of a shop; or leader of a company, on the professional front. You may probably be someone else, but you get the drift.

You probably also are the head of a family; the first or last born; the favorite son or daughter (or the unfavorite in-law, if you happen to be an avid soap watcher who firmly believes such clichés are forever) on the personal front.

Achiever1That naturally makes you think you’re somebody – important, powerful, indispensable, inevitable, etc., which bloats your ego to a larger than XXXL size. Some call it ‘headweight’, appropriate perhaps, as that’s how it feels when you start thinking too much about yourself. This obviously makes you feel extremely good about your job or family, as you find shepherding the minions at professional and personal front both amusing and rewarding. You thoroughly enjoy pulling up people for their incompetence, give an earful of “If I were you” advice – irrespective of whether they need it or not and compare one person to another as if they’re oranges stacked up in the shelves of Pazhamuthir Nilayam or Kroger. It won’t be too far fetched to say occasionally (or often, depending on how severe your self infliction is) you feel like having the world on your palm, controlling which way it spins.

Seesaw1Of course, the oranges, aka, others who’re in the ambit of your influence may quite possibly be thinking that you’re an unbearable pain-in-the-@$$ who’s perennially drunk on power but in reality worse than a used dispensable tissue and a curse in their Life that they’ve to just live with. But like 80% of their own species, they don’t express it but instead grin and praise you as their lord and savior, whenever you grace them with your inglorious presence. That makes you do more and more of such nonsense. Deep inside the crevices of their heart (we humans are deeply emotional beings, after all) they’re hiding the truth that they’ll probably take the day off and celebrate if you’re hit by a truck enroute to work tomorrow morning!

Ahem, once you recover from this shocking truth (rest assured, it is) that just hit you hard like a blow from Mjolnir, aka Thor’s hammer, that appeared from nowhere but appears to have been directed specifically at your head all the way from Asgard, it’s time to get some perspective on who you really are… Shall we get started?

Thinking_ChimpYou’re some X or Y – yep, the chromosome too did its part in determining who you’re

You’re part of some team – one way or other, both professionally and personally

Your team is part of some organization – either your own with you at the helm or someone else’s

Your organization is part of an industry – they all are, supposedly to compete in a healthy way and offer better products and services to customers. Whether they really do so is one of those ‘big why’ questions…

Earth_Lights_from_SpaceYour industry is one among the many industries that dot any nation – irrespective of whether you’re already perched atop Maslow’s hierarchy or not…

You’re located in just one nation (local business) or happen to be a multi-national (global conglomerate) – they say it depends on your ambition but it appears to be more of greed, not just to your competitors but consumers too…

Earth_from_SpaceYour nation(s) is part of this tiny planet called Earth – yep, the only planet inhabited by our species certainly isn’t as big as your ego and you’ll know why in about 14 seconds…

The Earth is part of a bunch of planets located in the Solar System – come to think of it, your planet circles the Sun and without it’s light you and your bloated ego are doomed, almost instantaneously…

Galaxy_AndromedaBtw, did you notice it’s already no more ‘your’ something anymore…

The Solar System is part of the Milky Way Galaxy – ahem, it’s just one of the planetary systems that dot that galaxy…

The Milky Way is one of the many galaxies that are spread far and wide in the space – it’s a fact that we still have no clue about how many such galaxies are there…

The Galaxies dot the deep Space that seem to exist all around and beyond – it’s true that Space is all pervading and we can’t even imagine if there’s a boundary or logical endpoint to space…

Take a deep breath. A few more please. Get hold of your senses. Take a short walk to clear that stunned head of yours. Slowly sipping your favorite brew (not that brew bozo, it’s the caffeine kind we’re talking here) while staring at that striking blue sky might help!

Cosmos2Hmmm… looks like you suddenly appear to be tinier than a speck of dust on the road in front of your home. And most certainly there won’t be even a rumble or tremor in the Cosmos tomorrow morning, if you’re actually hit by a truck enroute to work, to torment the poor fellow humans who just happen to work for or with you. They at least have a choice to walk away, but your poor family… tsk.. tsk..

In the cosmic scale of things, you don’t seem to matter – to anyone or anything. Let’s see if at least some of your so called creations matter…

Screaming4You’ve documented your history proudly – a mere account of individuals and events, predominantly from the victor’s perspective, which is reduced to reams of paper that not many are keen on learning anymore…

You’ve created a fierce national identity – a mere geographical divide of the same race on the same planet, which is extremely effective in dividing the human race than uniting…

You’ve created languages to communicate – a mere arrangement of sounds to convey your ideas and thoughts, which are so many that a single human would never be able to learn all of them in a lifetime…

You’ve created religion to herd people by faith – an organized path to realization, which has been reduced to a mere model that binds people more by hatred than love and led by those who neither are realized nor have true knowledge…

You’ve created many thingamajigs of material nature – a way to make living easy, which is only Life the way you know it, i.e., the absurdity of existence, and not Life the way it is

Monkay1All of your creations seem to have forgotten the essential (& existential) truth of Life – especially in these troubled times. That we’re just one of the millions (billions?) of connected creations that adorn this tiny planet in myriad hues, forms, shapes and size. And all those marvelous beings are certainly not a human creation and perennially beyond most human comprehension!

Whoa, you still aren’t ready to scream “alright, that’s enough… I get it!” Well then, here’s the last salvo to burst that thick bubble of yours…

5Elements1The earth you tread on and live on seems to be far more firm to withstand the mindless human onslaught to destroy it, yet endlessly forgiving to nurture all kinds of Life, including yours…

The fire you create and use seems to be far more capable in making things – from food to tools – yet fiercely powerful beyond belief, when it chooses to burn down everything in its sight…

The water you fetch and consume seems to be far more humble to stay in oceans or flow in rivers, yet incredulously powerful to wash away all of your creations whenever it decides to wash ashore as a flood or tsunami…

The wind you let in and leverage seems to be far more gentle, caressing the frail bodies of all beings and let them live with an endless supply of air to breathe, yet menacingly powerful to smash to smithereens anything and everything in its path when it transforms into a typhoon…

Flowers3The sunlight you await every single dawn seems to be far brighter and longer lasting energy source than any of the light sources you’ve invented…

The lightening you witness unfailingly during rains seem to be the most powerful source of power than any you’ve imagined, yet you’ve absolutely no idea on how to tap it for your own never-ending needs for more power (of the electric kind, not political)…

The flora you somehow still let flourish seems to be far more capable of survival by staying in tune with the nature and not working against it…

The fauna you push towards near extinction by rabid consumption and habitual destruction of their habitat seems to be far more content to ‘Just Be’ the way they’re meant to be than trying to think hard for those ‘aha’ moments to find ways for a better Life only to end up screwing it big time, time and again, like the amusing (and needless to say, annoying) two legged human creatures that roam this planet proudly, as if they created everything…

OMG_AnimalsHeck, even the tiny birds seem to be far more agile and efficient to endure (and in all probability enjoy as well) airborne journeys longer than your largest airplane… the miniscule ants seem to be far more capable of movement on multiple axes and lifting weights that are many times their own… the mountains seem to be far more sturdy than any structure you’ve created… the fragile blades of grass seem to be far more durable than the toughest fabric you’ve discovered…

Mjolnir1The list of things and beings you’ve taken for granted all seem to be better than you, in more ways than one…

But, it’s still hard for you to accept that there are things better than you. Well, you get what you wish for – here’s that Mjolnir blow to wake you up from your Rip Van Winklish slumber that you just seem incapable of getting out yourself.

Take your time to do just one thing to assure yourself that you’re a greater being. Find a nice, cozy place that you prefer as your personal space for ideation, creation, and other such blah. Think hard or brainstorm with the minions under your purview to do just this one task…

“Create a single blade of grass that’s better in form, shape, hue, texture, durability and ability to blend in as part of a large community (of fellow blades of grass).”

Thinking2That’s it. Simple as that – create a single blade of better grass. Or a myrtle green Leaf. Perhaps a fragrant Flower. May be a buzzing Bee. Or a fluttering monarch Butterfly. How about that cute cuddly Puppy? A gentle Giraffe? A massive blue Whale? Oh btw, in case you’re scheming to fall back into your typical human ways of finding wily alternatives to doing the right thing, strictly no cloning business here – just an elegant original creation!

Knock, knock (a couple of firm taps on your block head). Hello, anybody home?

Why have you suddenly become so quiet? What happened to that stronger-than-steel belief of you being superior to any other earthling? Where has that non-stop “i-me-mine” chatter gone? When are you going to stop staring at the vast emptiness that suddenly seem to be all pervading and all encompassing?

Huh, contemplating Life… are we! Suddenly (and inevitably) it dawns upon you… whatever big ideas you’ve had about yourself in that big head of yours seem to be just ‘bah humbug’ that you created. That carefully crafted and tirelessly practiced I-me-mine routine seem to be totally pointless. And you comprehend that you are completely clueless about the meaning and purpose of what you call as your Life!

Dhyana1It’s alright dear fellow human… Truth is never meant to be nice, pleasant or easily digestible. Truth hurts first; systematically demolishes the thick “i” wall you’ve built brick by brick next; obliterates any shards of “me” still left then; and spotlessly washes away whatever remnants of “mine” that remains at last. Truth eventually leaves you stark naked in the perennial glow of reality, so there are no illusory shadows about yourself left anymore. At that point, accepting your true ‘self’ appears to be the only choice left.

If you, at long last, choose to be humble and willing to accepting the choice (instead of your usual choosing a preferred choice), then you’re ready to take the first step on the path to self-realization. And it’s a long way to go before realization actually dawns upon you – could even be a journey of many lifetimes. Perhaps during that enchanting journey, you’ll also come to know, eventually, the journey is the destination!

Keeping all that in perspective, just for a single moment, think about yourself all over again. So, What About You?

Note: The “What about you”, i.e., core message of this post, came from Swamy’s Master Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, who doesn’t mince words when it comes to pricking the ego balloon of all seekers who chose to be drenched in his boundless grace. When Swamy heard it from his Master, whatever remnants of ego that still remained were shredded to bits. And the message did hit one like a a Mjolnir blow to wake oneself up from one’s Rip Van Winklish slumber!

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