20 Jun 2018  |   06:27am IST

This moment is inevitable!

Tiburcio Gonsalves

This moment is inevitable, it never happened before and it will never happen again!

Albert Einsten was once asked the secret of his success and his answer was very simple. When he combed his hair, he was only combing hair. Similarly, when he ate, he was only eating food. The essence of his answer underlines our ability to remain focused in the present moment. In other words it emphasizes the importance of doing whatever we do with absolute involvement.

The moment we smell a rose or the first rain, hear the chirping birds, feel the freshness of wet green grass while enjoying a morning walk in a park, and countless other moments in our day to day life remind us that the present moment is the only reality where we can actually see and experience the whole play of existence. If we live in the now, we experience the richness of the present moment. We are rooted in reality and we extract from both the past and the imminent future the ever present now. In the present, there is an ever present flow of existence. We learn to live from moment to moment. We flow along with life.

If we remain in the now, we are open to enjoying all that is given to us as gift during the day. We experience to the fullest the joy and sadness, laughter and pain, dismay and hope, beauty and ugliness all wrapped up as gift in the present moment. That is why in the now we rise when we rise, we pray when we pray, we eat when we eat, we live as we live. In such an existence, the past is over, only memories remain and the future is still a way off because the future builds on present moments. Our mind is like a mad monkey more often than not, it is either brooding upon our past or busy in planning about future, we forget to live in the present, we forget the hard fact that all of us do have a limited life span on planet earth and sooner or later death is a reality. Have you ever realised how fast ‘this moment’ becomes ‘that moment’? So, why don’t we care to find joy in small pleasures that life offers to us? Why are we too busy acquiring wealth more than what is required for living a decent life? Why can’t we take the same delight in giving and sharing as we get in receiving?

Live the present moment to the fullest, so the future will be a worthy past. You only live once in this world, so live your life to the fullest, catch the early morning sunrise, enjoy the dew, eat a hearty breakfast, enjoy the work of the day, your leisure, spend enough time exercising, begin and end the day with prayer. The now will never let you down, because you are responding to it from your own inner being, which gives pattern and harmony to the now. Finally, don’t forget that past is history, future is mystery and present is a reality so live in the present because this moment is inevitable!

In 2015, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously declared June 21 as the ‘International Day of Yoga’, which was considered as India’s gift to the world. As the world celebrates the ‘International Yoga Day’ on 21st June 2018, it is imperative that people of all age groups, religions, nationalities and social backgrounds experience meditativeness, expanding their perception of life from individuality to universality.


Idhar Udhar