LEISURE

I looks like a myth that in the olden days (about 3 decades back) , people used to spend their Free time enjoying the beauty of nature and appreciating the gift of life. There were less things to worry about and even less things to be afraid of.

In those days, people were mostly afraid of their death or the death of loved ones, now we are afraid of loosing job, house or cars.

Everyone is trying to get rich and successful. Let me give an inference from Calvin and Hobbes:

 “I have no idea why human beings have developed all this technology to help them when all it does is make their lives busier. People are less patient now than they used to be 10 years ago. When computers were invented, if someone wanted to have their program executed, they had to use punched cards to have their program written. And very few people had computers, so they used to submit their decks of punched cards in offices that had computers. People had to wait for days to get solutions to their programs. Now that we have developed such high speed computers and super computers, even a few seconds of lag drives us insane. If human beings actually wanted to enjoy leisure, we never would’ve developed these machines. They delude us with the idea of making lives simpler when in reality, they are complicating it even more.”

Calvin-and-Hobbles

We have no time to appreciate this life. We spent a lifetime trying to amass wealth that will last a lifetime. What we fail to realize is that our time in this world is limited. Why not do things that make us happy. Money is a small part of life. Travel, relax, have fun and live life.

It’s funny how day by day, nothing changes. But when you look back everything is different.
— Calvin & Hobbes

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[Gazal] Dukh me ro lene ka maza bhi alag hota hai

Dukh me ro lene ka maza bhi alag hota hai,
Hari hui zindagi jine ka maza bhi alag hota hai.

Sahil pe kashtiyan chalane walo tum kya jano,
Tufan me kashtiya chalane ka maza alag hota hai.

Dono hatho se zindagi ka bojh uthane walo ye bhi jaan lo ki,
Aakhri saans me khali haathon ka maza bhi alag hota hai.

Ek hi raah par chalne wale manzil zarur paa lete hai,
Par raah me bhatakne ka maza bhi alag hoti hai.

Duniya jitnewale kai sikandar aaye aur chale gaye,
Par kisi ka dil jitkar chale jane ka maza bhi alag hoti hai.

The Bowl that never filled

A King was going to his palace after his routine rounds in the city when he met a beggar. He asked the beggar, “What do you want?”

The beggar laughed and said, “You are asking me as though you can fulfill my desire!”

The king was offended. He said, “Of course I can fulfill your desire. What is it? Just tell me.”

And the beggar said, “Think twice before you promise anything.”

“I will fulfill anything you ask. I am a very powerful emperor, what can you possibly desire that I can not give to you?”

The beggar said, “It is a very simple desire. You see this begging bowl? Can you fill it with something?”

The emperor said, “Of course!” He called one of his viziers and told him, “Fill this mans begging bowl with money.” The vizier went and got some money and poured it into the bowl, and it disappeared. And he poured more and more, and the moment he would pour it, it would disappear. And the begging bowl remained always empty.

The whole palace gathered. By and by the rumor went throughout the whole capital, and a huge crowd gathered. The prestige of the emperor was at stake. He said to his viziers, “If the whole kingdom is lost, I am ready to lose it, but I cannot be defeated by this beggar.”

Diamonds and pearls and emeralds, his treasuries were becoming empty.The begging bowl seemed to be bottomless. Everything that was put into it — everything! — immediately disappeared, went out of existence. Finally it was the evening, and the people were standing there in utter silence. The king dropped at the feet of the beggar and admitted his defeat. he said, “Just tell me one thing. You are victorious – but before you leave, just fulfill my curiosity. What is the beging bowl made of?”

The beggar laughed and said, “There is no secret. It is simple made up of human desire.”

Moral: Human desire for Money will never finish. If he has a million dollars he will wish for two. So the right way is to be content with whatever you have.