“The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.”
– Issac Asimov (American writer of science fiction)
Our ancestors carried a silent wisdom gathered from their own experiences coupled with the teachings of their forefathers who lived closer to nature. As we hear the timeless understanding of these sages, and practise them in our own way, we’d make an amazing discovery; these principles are true! It’s been true all these millennia! These principles are after all universal- the wisdom of an eternal religion- known as sanatana dharma– that transcends time, space and regions.
When we submissively read or hear from these books with an open mind, we access a region beyond our mind. Things seems to fall in place, we develop clarity and also discover our ‘aha’ moment. The American poet and winner of Pulitzer Prize, Amy Lowell said, “Books are more than books. They are life, the very heart and core of ages past, the reason why men lived and worked and died, the essence and quintessence of their lives.”
Henry David Thoreou was an unabashed admirer of the Indian classic Bhagavad Gita which he claimed, shaped his consciousness. Thoreou connected the Walden Pond, a lake in Concord, Massachusetts, to Ganges that flows thousands of miles away in India. He stayed on the bank of Walden Lake for two years and was inspired later to write his Walden – considered as one of the greatest books that’s come out of America. Thoreou not only studied the ancient Indian classics, he even appreciated yoga and the Indian diet of rice. Besides, so absorbed was he in his spiritual pursuits that minutes before his death, he found a deep union with the divine as he declared, ‘Now is the time for good sailings’. He meant he is now embarking on a happy after-life journey to the realm of eternity. He lived just for forty four years, yet his works shaped the destiny of the nineteenth and the twentieth century- Leo Tolstoy, Mahatama Gandhi, and Martin Luther King (Jr), amongst many others confessed they were deeply influenced by Thoreou’s writings.To be continued…