one year closer to my death

[As I have mentioned earlier, when I speak about my dying I don’t believe in any superstition that it may cause me to die earlier than my actual ticket is dated. For all I know, I may actually happen to die day after tomorrow or next week, but for sure it wont be because of this post! 😉

And it doesn’t imply even in the least that I have any pessimistic tendencies, I am and have more or less consistently been for a lot of time an incredibly lucky, happy and peaceful fellow]

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Recently recalled an incident which I don’t think I’ve ever shared with anyone except to a small group of friends. Here are my notes from August 2005 (slightly edited)… ]

The other day I was driving the car alone on the highway. It was a beautiful stretch of the road – I could see it going straight ahead for a long distance. Except for some distant car, the entire road was practically empty, and I was driving at a fairly good speed at around 60 kmph.

There was some uncomfortable sensation in my stomach. I had never felt it before. I felt something was odd. I slowed down slightly.

The next instant, maybe 100m in the distance, a lorry on the other side of the road so far concealed by the trees along the divider, suddenly came to this side of the road making a U-Turn. But after the driver executed the U-turn, he found that he had miscalculated and the road wasn’t wide enough for him to do it at a single shot, so he had to stop at the last moment in a sort of perpendicular position and slowly maneuver the rest of the turn.

For me, it was effectively a complete road block out of the blue! Had I not slowed down earlier, I speculate there were fairly good chances that I might’ve had a head on collision as I wouldn’t have had any place to avoid. But now I was in a position to comfortably slow down completely and that gave him time to clear the road.

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I’m just a common man and not some psychic, and its not very common that I have such an experience. Nevertheless, it sure made me grateful to be alive. It reminded me how actually there is not even a single moment where we can afford not to listen. It also made me wonder how little of myself I really know about and there is so much more to learn… (and how much that I think I know, that I need to unlearn!) 🙂

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Tentacles of Time
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Sadho Ye Murdon Ka Gaon
Peer Mare, Pygambar Mari Hain
Mari Hain Zinda Jogi
Raja Mari Hain, Parja Mari Hain
Mari Hain Baid Aur Rogi
Chanda Mari Hain, Suraj Mari Hain
Mari Hain Dharni Akasa
Chaudan Bhuvan Ke Chaudhry Mari Hain
In Hun Ki Ka Asa
Nauhun Mari Hain, Dus Hun Mari Hain
Mari Hain Sahaj Athasi
Tethis Koti Devata Mari Hain
Badi Kaal Ki Bazi
Naam Anam Anant Rehat Hai
Duja Tatva Na Hoi
Kahe Kabir Suno Bhai Sadho
Bhatak Maro Mat Koi

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English Translation

Oh Sadhu This is the Village of the Dead
The Saints Have Died, The God-Messengers Die
The Life-Filled Yogis Die Too |
The Kings Die, The Subjects Die
The Healers and the Sick Die Too ||

The Moon Dies, The Sun Dies
The Earth and Sky Die Too |
Even the Caretakers of the Fourteen Worlds Die
Why Hope For Any of These ||

The Nine Die, The Ten Die
The Eighty Eight Die Easily Too |
The Thirty Three Crore Devatas Die
It’s a Big Game of Time ||

The Un-Named Naam Lives Without Any End
There is No Other Truth ||
Says Kabir Listen Oh Sadhu
Don’t Get Lost and Die ||

~ Kabir

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have no idea if I’ll be lucky enough to get a new life as a human again. One can get catapulted into any realm (its an incredibly perfect science simple, yet of unfathomable depth).

[Eg for law of action & reaction… if one buys a lottery ticket and then wins a few lakh rupees, one way the law might be interpreted as… action = buying ticket, reaction = winning money. This is true no doubt about it, only a partial truth, not the complete truth, merely a superficial interpretation. Really it is unfathomable because this income would actually be the result of some good deed ages ago! I believe it is so even in everyday life with our monthly salary. In our ignorance we feel that “I have earned this money because of so and so reason” and so we do not share it much with others].

What is the point behind this post?

The main point is to help remind me…

=> to value my current human life as dearly as possible
=> make best use of every possible moment, without procrastinating any thoughts of good deeds
=> discarding any grieviances, prejudices or hurt – understanding their meaninglessness in the river of time that washes everything away

A post 10 Benefits of Rising Early, and How to Do It says…

I’m inspired by the Dalai Lama, who said, ” Everyday, think as you wake up, ‘today I am fortunate to have woken up, I am alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others, to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings, I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others, I am going to benefit others as much as I can.’“

8 Responses to “one year closer to my death”

  1. praneshachar Says:

    you had a miraculous escape certainly you don’t how you will escape really your sixth sense what they call will work if you are destined to be lucky so you stomach pain which made you to slow down is an indication of this. wonderful right up and thanks for sharing it. life is uncertain but we can not take it that way and go on expecting when death will embrace so we
    have make our lives happier and yes there will be ups and downs and everyone has to undergo this test and satisfy themselves that we are born to live and make our contribution to society and nature

  2. msanjay Says:

    praneshavare I completely agree with you, you’ve hit the nail on the head when you’ve said that we have to make our lives happier and make our contribution to society and nature… thanks for your comments 💡 And also I had written ‘one year closer’ because yesterday I had completed another year since I was born 🙂

  3. praneshachar Says:

    belated happy returns of the day
    huttu habbada hardhika shubhashyagalu

  4. bellur ramakrishna Says:

    happy birthday sanju!

    i believe there is life after death. so that way, you are a year closer to a new life!

  5. msanjay Says:

    thanks Praneshavare & bellur!

    Bellur, ha ha ha good one… and no doubts about that… only thing is that I have no idea if I’ll be lucky enough to get a new life as a human again :mrgreen:

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