Inspired by The Afterlife of Billy Fingers by Annie Kagan, this post is dedicated to all those people who repeatedly die during the course of their lifetime.
“As a person puts on new garments, giving up old ones, the soul similarly accepts new material bodies, giving up the old and useless ones.” So says the Bhagavad Gita in 2.22.
What if those lines were interpreted as…. “As a person adopts new thinking, giving up old tired patterns, the new energy thus born infuses life.”
Try it. It will change your perspective and your life because you will manage it differently. It’s not mumbo jumbo. Quantum Physics will tell you the same. Annie Kagan (or her brother Billy Fingers) has phrased it beautifully, “Quantum usually applies to subatomic particles, not to people. But people are actually vast universes of subatomic particles, and sometimes a shift in perspective makes the particles do a different dance, leap into a new reality. That’s why I am saying viewpoint is everything.”
To change a viewpoint, it might help to think about the fact that we tend to live in our own narrow worlds in an ever expanding universe.
Many of us waste too much time wallowing in problems. We blame our circumstances. We blame people in our lives. When all the time, all that was required was to shed self-absorption. Yes, you have to remove the ‘self’ from the equation to understand the big picture and define a problem correctly.
Your ‘self’ has to die to discover that in death there is life.
It’s something I learned the hard way. It’s something that has worked for me. Shedding the ‘self’ is not easy. But when you do, it’s one of the most liberating of experiences. A couple of my earlier blogs address the experience. You can read all about it here:
But first, think about the words below. I had penned the first few lines some months ago when I was distressed by some images of innocent people suffering in India, Pakistan and elsewhere in this troubled world. I completed the poem after reading The Afterlife of Billy Fingers. Here it is…
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