Passing clouds and the spotless sky

August 23, 2010 at 10:02 pm 11 comments

The unblemished sky tinged in sapphire hue looked majestically pristine as the unfurled terrestrial canopy expanding across and beyond the horizons appeared spectacularly benevolent. Just as the aerial panorama seemed calm and serene, the sudden random streaks of lightning zigzagging over the zenith flashed out a hundred blinding illuminations while the roaring thunders that followed in quick successions threw the nature quickly into turbulent turmoil. The stray winds metamorphosed into gathering storms and whistled past with unreasonable fury and the laden clouds rolled over each other to turn into heaps of dark monsters frighteningly usurping the overhead skies.  Sparingly scattering tiny droplets of silver quickly gave way to sheets of torrential downpour and with it the fields submerged, habitats flooded and rivers breached their banks to inundate vast stretches of fertile land. In that unrelenting frenzy, the elements enveloped the sky above and the land below and merged into one single expanse of all-around devastation!

And as the storms petered, the rains thinned and the rivers quietened to return to their original courses, the sky once again presented a picture of tranquil beauty unfazed by the violent eruptions that were, not so long ago, played over its canvas.  However intense and tumultuous the weather patterns are, the sky would not allow itself to be marred by the scars of the activities that are staged over it. Essentially integral yet aloof and distant, it is a host to a myriad terrestrial spectacle and yet remains a silent and unconcerned witness on the backdrop. A detachment only matched in its magnificence by its own grandeur.  

This awesome disinterestedness to the surrounding cacophony and the stunning calmness amid clamouring chaos is a compelling lesson in detachment worthy of emulation for man too is buffeted, just as the skies, by the avalanche of unsettling experiences that trigger emotional upheavals on an untrained mind.  And just as the sky doesn’t get affected by every passing cloud, man too should seek to be free from the pulls of his fanciful thoughts and remain just a witness to the unending cascade of emotions that surge within him, one after the other.  And in this voyage towards attaining the state of stillness where the innate brilliance of the self does not fickle with every sundry emotion, the stately aloofness of the lotus flower is yet another guidepost. Though blooming and blossoming on marshy waters and drawing sustenance therein, the lotus does not inherit an iota of the repulsive traits of its habitation but instead, exudes an invigorating freshness that elevates even the stature of pond that it is embellished in. We too need to be of our environs yet not part of them and it is only in such an extolled position of detachment could we aspire to explore our true self.

But rather than picking a leaf from the University of Nature, man, like that cotton shred which gets tossed up by every whiff of air only to land and roll aimlessly, allows himself to drift directionless by his unregulated thoughts and uncontrolled emotions. And akin to the deer caught in the net of the merciless hunter, he gets fearfully enmeshed in the entrancing temptations of the worldly variety moving far away from the source of all his vitality- a dreadful reality!

And all this could be reversed only when he let go his clinched possessiveness and engrained prejudices and choose to embrace the unsullied state of nothingness. For in that nothingness is hidden the seeds of everything.



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  • 1. Balakrishnan  |  August 24, 2010 at 4:55 am

    This post of yours came after a long span of time. Probably you have spaced it right. But it was like a rain after a long drought.

    While I am reading this post, it is actually raining outside providing a perfect backdrop. Somehow I am reminded of some of the Ragas in Hindustani such as ‘Megha Mallar’, which when sung in the correct traditional way, they say, would invoke the rain gods to bring in showers!

    Before reading your mail, generally I keep my old dictionary handy. It has all loose pages. You won’t believe rain water is actually splashing from the window on to the soggy pages and some of the pages are, in fact, threatening to fly away thanks to the accompanying wind. (This dictionary incidentally was presented to my father, who is now 80, by his uncle when he was a child. It is nearly 100 year old). But I can’t help it. So I am relocating myself to continue.

    The central message of your post is that one has to keep ones cool, irrespective of whatever emotional upsurges take place within, in a temporary manner. This is actually vital to human health. Otherwise the BP is sure to shoot up.

    Great men are known to show anger in an appropriate measure when there is a need, but they keep their calm and composure within. It is like waves that manifest themselves on the surface of the ocean that otherwise is absolutely calm deep within.

    The message is very relevant, thanks.

  • 2. chapter18  |  August 24, 2010 at 10:31 am

    Great to know that its raining in Mumbai. This year, nature seems to be in a bountiful mood and it was copious here too. Your reverential attitude to the almost century old dictionary is salutory but that you have to use it everytime you read this blog seemed to me a pun.

    The intent of the write-up was to focus on the ” grab and grieve” approach of man towards life. And if he gets over it, life would be one long celebration. Thanks. Narayanan

  • 3. rekhabaala  |  August 24, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    good one. loved the play of words and especially the last line. ‘For in that nothingness is hidden the seeds of everything.’ Indeed!

  • 4. Keiki Hendrix  |  August 24, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    Great post. Many thanks for sharing it.

  • 5. umeshjairam  |  August 26, 2010 at 11:25 pm

    Great. The sustainer Narayana and this Narayana are doing the same. As conveyed by Rekha, I liked the last line very much.

    This year, as you said, the nature is bountiful.

  • 6. Faizan  |  August 27, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    “For in this metaphorical post are hidden the seeds of a potential writer.”

    Very well writtern indeed the post is like “rain after a long drought”.

  • 7. chapter18  |  August 29, 2010 at 10:05 am

    Thanks Rekha, Umesh & Faizan for the comments. Let’s enjoy the raining blessings and be thankful.


  • 8. trisha  |  August 30, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    very inspirational. the sages wanted to reach this zenith the zenith you expressed. of unattachment to anything/everything around us.

    • 9. Pallavi  |  August 30, 2010 at 2:53 pm

      Profound thoughts, would be more like it. Thank you for dropping by my blog, Narayanan, its given me a chance to read some deep thoughts… though like someone above said, I need to keep the Thesaurus open in another window while reading 😉 Just kidding. My vocabulary is very limited and I tend to speak and write, both, in a very colloquial way. So reading any word more than 3 syllables is a challenge for me 🙂

  • 10. shylalight  |  September 1, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    Maybe I am emotional today, having found myself once more embroiled in that ever changing sky without the blanket of nothingness to still my heart, or maybe it is reading the truth, ultimately bringing hope that triggers the emotions. This touched me, it very well desbribes not only life, but what happens when we attempt to cleanse ourselves of our past, what happens when we reach into our heart and begin a spiritual journey. The clouds gather speed and whether we know it or not, we are quickly in the swamps.

  • 11. Balakrishnan  |  September 5, 2010 at 7:15 am

    The clouds have passed. The sky is clear! Where is the new post?


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