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Simple Life Lesson

“Row row row, your boat,

Gently down the stream,

Merrily merrily merrily merrily,

Life is but a dream.”

The moment I read out this rhyme to my 2 years old daughter, I realised the deep meaning of it. 60-70 years of human’s life span is covered in these four beautiful lines.  It’s a life lesson which teaches us to live a happy life. It explains how simple life is. Am sure this must be a best ever meaningful song till date.

“Keep it simple” is the real secret of beautiful life.

A simple nursery rhyme enlightens a real life secret. It teaches to live a life at fullest. Many such life lessons we get in childhood but eventually to gain the illusionary/artificial life we fail to remember all these important learning’s and get into a dirty rat race. They say if one want to be happy learn from a child. Children are always happy with whatever they have. Childhood is the first step of our life journey. God gift childhood to each and every human being that means we all were gifted with happiness at birth itself but unfortunately, we get attracted to the unreal life and choose unhappiness over happiness.

While growing in life, moving towards success, the path that we follow is crucial.

After all, that path is a life journey and not the destination. The success goals that we set are short term and are illusionary which we realise once we are either out of rat race or at the end of our life. The final destination is death for all. The arrival and departure are set by almighty. We have to row our boat and how to row is the life lesson. Achieving the set goals happily is the real success.

‘Row, row, row your boat indicates the consistency’. Life must go on. The boat is our life and that we have to take control of our life and our body, our beliefs, our learnings, our feelings, our confidence, our faith, all go as one. We have to go along and alone. One has to row himself/herself consistently with the flow in this river of time. One has to work consistently in the given life span. Working consistently sounds fussy. But the next line makes it easy.

‘Gently down the stream’. We have to take life gently in all situations. The path that we select to achieve our life goals is important. One has to go gently and not harshly. Not pulling each other. If we go against the force, the rowing will defiantly become difficult, hence row gently with the flow. We have misunderstood our peak of a career as happiness. And at dawn of life, we again start searching for happiness. Alas, the real unconditional happiness we already achieved in our Childhood. Childhood was actual peak phase in the journey of life and now we are rowing towards the end of this journey. Gp gently down the stream indicates go gently down the river of a life time. We all are moving towards the end of life, we have to row our life gently down the river of the life time and not go forcefully or against the flow of the time.

And as we work constantly with the flow, we have to go ‘merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily’ that is happily. One has to stay away from hatred, jealousy, bad/evil thoughts, grudge, betray, negativity etc and simply live life happily all the time. Pain, worries come along the way but the passion will always find the silver line to it.

Finally getting happiness is sole motive of this birth. As stated in Vedas that human birth is very rare and is achieved after many births of different species present on this earth. Below are the related quotes from Vedas:

This human birth is very rarely obtained.” (SB 8.22.25)

“After many, many births and deaths, one achieves the rare human form of life, which, although temporary, affords one the opportunity to attain the highest perfection. Thus a sober human being should quickly endeavour for the ultimate perfection of life as long as his body, which is always subject to death, has not fallen down and died. After all, sense gratification is available even in the most abominable species of life, whereas Krsna consciousness is possible only for a human being.” (SB 11.9.29)

Human birth is very rare and hence should be lived only happily. Take life easy but not lightly because life is simple and valuable. Enjoy each and every moment of life happily. Life is not about struggle. Only one life we get off almost 60-70 years of life span. Getting human birth is luck among all the species, hence all the human beings around us are lucky, so love and value each other.

‘Life is but a dream’ is the most powerful line. Life is a beautiful dream and not a nightmare. Humans have the ability to choose good over bad. Although humans don’t have the power to see future but can decide who he become, how he react, what he choose.

Life is a short moment, a sweet dream compared to our eternal soul’s existence. The dream is an illusion of reality. Darkness, pain, evil is the hallucination. This life is only as you perceive it. So think happy thoughts. Many of us think we are our name, job, ethnicity, gender, income bracket, and the kind of music that we listen to. But we are so much more than that. We are everything. And everything is us.

Life is what we can dream of or make happen by believing in ourselves.

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Sajjala Patil

Sajjala Patil

Lawyer by profession. Love to think and pen it. Good listener and observer. Economics, Law, Culture, Science are favourite topics. Passionate about expressing own beautiful thoughts in poems and paintings.

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