The neighbour staying at the back of our building got a dog some months back. From that time on, its barking. Day or night, no bar. It is always on a leash. Very rarely it is let free. For some minutes someone would come pet him and go. For some moments the dog would be bappy and jump around. And after some time the yelling would restart.
Today it got a new collar. A bright red collar and that made me think.
We all are just like the dog. We all are yelling and jumping for something or the other. We form some ambitions, run after them, run for material comforts, have children and start jumping to make their life better. Somewhere in the midst, we get some collars, a partner, a smartphone, a laptop and so on. And we run and yell some more.
Just for a collar.
In the Bhagvad Gita Chapter8 Shloka 15, Krishna quotes this world as Dukhalayam Ashashvatam. A temporary place full of miseries. And we search for collars in this miserable place.
I am seeing old age from close quarters. It is an age where mobility is reduced and memory erases. And I wonder what was the use of running around for luxuries or working so hard.
Some have the view that enjoy as much as you can, when you can. But again the Gita tells us that there is a higher purpose of life then just eating or enjoying.
We are all part and parcels of Krishna and as such our duty is to serve Him. That is the ultimate truth.
Very often we hear bhakti is all for the time when I retire from work or when I am old. But can you really practise bhakti when old and senile?
I look at my kith and kin, some cannot walk , some have lost their memory and tighten my resolve…the time is NOW. There is no tomorrow.
And yes I do need a collar. A collar of mercy from my Guru Maharaj and rest I know will be taken care of.