Friday, March 4, 2011

Not Above the Desires

Buddha gets puzzled at the accusation made by an old
lady. She accuses- Your claim self above the desire is
hollow. Your hands are not clean. Your mind lacks clarity.

Buddha claims - ,Mata! I have no desire. I have left family,
I have left the palace. I don't even store my next meal. I always
think for humankind. How can you accuse this way? How can you
question my integrity, Mata?

The old lady retorts - Your desire of Nirvana is a great desire.
You can't remove sorrows in this country by preaching inaction.
You yourself have not taken up your responsibility, Lord Buddha!

Ruining the country by showcasing inaction for Nirvana is your sin -
Lord Buddha! She walks away with a curse on her lips. Buddha looks
with profound bewilderment in his eyes.

I work for my country, I think for commoners. I have not stashed away
fortune. My hands are clean. I have no desire. Where is my wrong?

Someone whispers from other side of the bed -
it's your desire for the History!


Anonymous said...

It is nice

G.Satya said...

Good one.
political leaders always desires to create a history when addressing in public. but their own desires creates history


Anonymous said...

I like this thoughts so much

A B Sagar said...

May be Budha's search for truth is genuine and heartfelt. Who knows whether he did it to become famous or in search of truth??!!
If all he wanted to become famous.. being a king would have given him more chances of becoming famous. How can Budha expect to become famous by renouncing his kingship.. and becoming utter poor?? ...
just some thoughts....

Prof. Kamal Misra said...

Prof. Mohanty, Congratulations! Desire for history is only applicable for common mortals, not for the enlightened ones.

Anonymous said...

i asked the same question to my teacher in school.kamanar binash re dukhara binash is itself a big kamana.i never got my answer.

Dark horse said...

nice one

Anonymous said...

"Khyepa (a crazy man) khuje khuje phire (searches on and on) porosh pathor (a magic stone that changes iron to gold on touch)" was a line in a poem of Kabiguru Rabindranath. I am like the crazy man "Khyepa" who could not recognize a 'mind with a magic stone' that was so close to me. The mind has the capability to change common worldly perceptions (e.g., computer networking/ Nirvana) into uncommon dazzling interpretations (e.g., social networking/ desire) that has the power to twinkle the minds of others. I admire this capability from a distance.

With best wishes,

Supriya Panda said...

I don't think that Buddha was preaching 'inaction' to achieve 'Nirvana'. Neither Buddha was concerned about making history.Anyway, the interpretation differs from person to person and that is the most interesting thing in sensible interaction.
But I congratulate Prof. Mohanty for raising this topic in such a nice way.

Anonymous said...

bipin speaking sir,
nirvana is not fit to this society but navanirmana is required. it should not be clean hand but clean the dirty hands.

Anonymous said...

Dear Prof. Mohanty, This is a nice piece of thought which has generated such powerful debate. I feel, Budha's teachings do not preach inaction but preach to stay away from the fruits of action.
Ajoy Ketan Mohanty