Wednesday, January 1, 2014

The Dalai Lama on Fitness & Our Society on Life & Where YOU can find Happiness


The Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity, said:

“Man.
Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money.
Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health.
And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present;
the result being that he does not live in the present or the future;
he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”

I am only 27 years old & not a very wise guy , but I understand that the biggest joy in life is the joy of being Fit, Being healthy & other things discussed in this post, Being able to physically do whatever you want & having your body to support what you want to do.

This means not having nagging aches & pains that do not allow you to Jump, Bend , Squat, Bungee Jump, Sky Dive, Deep Sea Dive, Ride a roller coaster whenever you want to..This means being able to eat whatever you want when you feel like it without worrying about your Blood Sugar & Blood Pressure etc. This means not being physically dependent on ANYBODY but your own BODY for everything you need to do.

I also know that ageing is an unstoppable process & I too will age one day . But we have plenty of examples of our Grand Fathers, Grand Mothers , Great Grand Fathers & Great Grand Mothers having heroic strength of carrying their own luggage even when they were old, not requiring a stick to walk till their last breath, not having diabetes , blood pressure issues etc. well in their 70s & 80s.

If their bodies were so robust & healthy in their old age, one can only imagine the fury of their bodies in the peak of their health. I am sure they didn't have body aches & body pains & heart diseases and backaches at 30.

Today I see live examples of people in their 30s with heart disease, back issues, spondylitis , Diabetes and a whole lot of other issues.

The problem is not us, it's the society .. The society  (including You & I ) today judges people,  by the following:

  1. Your Job : The bigger & better company you work with , the smarter & "looked up to" you are
  2. Your Salary: Your chances of finding a girl (esp in an arranged marriage) today is directly proportional to your Monthly Large Credit Alert in your salary Account .. in most cases that is
  3. Your Designation the way up: Manager/ AVP/ VP/ Director /CEO/MD bah blah blah 
ALL OF THE ABOVE , IN 99% OF THE COMPANIES PEOPLE WORK IN, are directly proportional to the amount time for which you are physically seen /present in the company. (OPTICS as it is refered to in today's Corporate hogwash jargon

X works more than Y, X will be promoted & paid more , in-spite of Y being 10 times more productive than X.
Another Issue is the way we are fed with Advertising that brainwashes us into spending our money on frivolous things which are not at all required to be bought.

We have actually started believing that COKE really "Opens Happiness" , " I m really Lovin' it (Mc Donalds)"... Dominoes = Khushiyon ki Home Delivery  .. Do you see the  PATTERN here??

Mc Donalds spends a lot of money researching the right combination of SALT SUGAR & FAT to make their food the most addictive & make you crave it even more than you do right now. 

Also, in today's society the respect you get is dependent on the size of the CAR you drive rather than the size of you Heart that keeps you alive & makes others Happy...
This makes you buy the best possible car that you can not even afford and you're stuck with a huge outstanding EMI for the next 5- 7 years. 2 years down the line a good Business Opportunity comes your way .. but it involves a certain risk & a bit of Capital to start.. but You can't do much about it because you have to pay your EMIs on the 5th of every month & hence you don't even have a decent amount of cash accumulated to start that Business... too Bad...


So society & its beliefs , and Our Beliefs (as both You & I are a part of this society) leads us into thinking the following:

  1. The more I earn & the better my designation the Happier I'll be
  2. The bigger Car /Home or the latest Gadget & the latest most expensive Dress/Shirt/ branded clothes that I buy will make me happy
  3. Junk Food & Soft Drinks make me Happy 

All of the above are False. While the above may give you momentary Happiness , IT WILL DIE SOON but the EMIs & the ILL HEALTH  will last forever. 

And here's what you will lose in the bargain to fulfill the above 3 points:
  1. Your Health & Yes, Your Wealth
  2. Time you could have spent with your Parents, Wives ( your respective , I mean, not the plural), Children , Friends or even time you could have spent with yourself
  3. Time you could have spent doing what you love to do
Because the Fact is : Money can buy you COMFORT but not Happiness. 

Even I don't know one definite single place where You may find Happiness but Here's a list of places that you might find a good dose of it in your lives:

  1. Spending time with your loved ones
  2. Finding a Job you really truly like & enjoy 
  3. Music
  4. Traveling 
  5. Standing by certain personal standards & Values you have set for yourself 
  6. Writing a Blog post :) 
  7. Pursuing a Hobby you love 
  8. A Good workout
  9. Pampering yourself
  10. Working towards Personal Health & Wellness 
  11. Eating Healthy 
  12. Sleeping Well 
  13. Playing with small Kids
  14. A nice Drive on a good road

Now the catch is... that to enjoy all of the above You need Money ... So work towards earning a Shit Load of Money but not at the cost of your Health & things that really make you Happy.

And don't get so busy making a Living that your Forget LIVING.

I think earning a few LESS crores/lacs is alright if it gives you more time to focus on the things that really make you happy. May be that's the price you have to pay to be happy. 

For me, Acting is my calling & will get into Arts at 35.. till then I'll make for myself a shit load of money doing whatever comes my way

Trying to keep it real all the way.

I know I am nowhere close to my Death bed  (God Bless) but I am absolutely sure, that for somebody who right now IS, hes/her biggest regret is definitely NOT the fact that he/she didn't make XYZ amount of Money , but really,what he/she did not do with whatever money he/she had , at a time when he/she COULD HAVE.

Once again trying to keep it real.

Happy New Year!

Warm Regards,
Bhushan 

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