Monday, July 19, 2010

Today Unplugged

 Happiness and the search for it can leave you baffled. It is not a commodity that can be bought, nor is it something permanent. It is but a state of mind so flimsy and ephemeral that it needs to be handled with care. 'Today'...that's were happiness dwells...and it takes very little to live in 'today' without a thought of tomorrow or yesterday. Do everything you do 'today' as if there is no tomorrow! 

An issue often to mind revisits
So nebulous and uncertain.
Always stirring deepest beliefs
Leaving me baffled in its wake.

Happiness comes from liberation,
Unattached to any form of possession,
Power, status, name and money,
Person, praise, comfort and property?

It seems an easy thing to apply,
Since I already all things enjoy,
And in my custody they will stay,
Going no place in a flurry.

Is it not human nature to protect,
All in the world that I possess?
Will I know liberation only if I lost
All in the world that I possess?

So stirred up was I, so stirred up,
Till like bulb it suddenly lit up,
Do all you have to do on this planet
But exist only for this very instant!

Like there is no tomorrow coming
Today! Take care of all your possessions.
Live every wakeful moment loving
Today! Enjoy the fruits of your labours.

When into future you do not look
Today! A pleasant time to be in.
This simple truth has me so shook
Today! A time to smile and be happy in.

Unattached to possession
Today! Liberated from attachment.
Not worrying for a better tomorrow
Today! Living in blissful contentment.

Love, give, catch a tear or two
Smile and the world smiles for you.

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Unknown said...

Nice..wonderful thoughts :)..thanks for sharing

Purba said...

Beautifully expressed Nalini.

A Restless Mind With A Sensitive Heart! said...

so beautiful and so true!