Look inside yourself to search for the self
I am looking for Mr Yadav. Can you tell me where he lives?” I asked the man.
“Which Mr Yadav are you looking for — Laloo, Mulayam, Sharad, Akhilesh?,” the man counter questioned.
“I am looking for Mr Krishna Yadav,” I said. “Never heard of him. Is he from this place?” asked a passerby.
I then approached the next man. This man responded somewhat positively, “Can you briefly tell me about the man? What does he do?”
“Yes, of course, I can. He is of average height, medium weight, has two mothers, unassuming, ancient but present in the present as well as the future. Some think he will never grow. They see in him the perennial child. He is non-violent but supports just wars. For him, inner peace is more important than the violence of the outer world. He is a symbol of contradictions and is known for accepting opposites. He does teaching, besides doing many other things. He teaches us to accept life in totality. He tells us to face life head-on. Liberation from life is no solution to one’s problems. Mr. Yadav asks us to learn to live amidst chaos and storm. He doesn’t see any virtue in running away to Himalayas to attain peace. In order to get attached to something, it is not always necessary to get detached of many other things, thinks he. He thinks it is possible to cling to love and compassion even when one is in the battlefield. I must tell you that I haven’t met him or seen him. My brief description about Mr Yadav is based on hearsay and what little I have read about him,” I said.
“You are sure you want to meet him,” the man asked.
“Of course I want to. Otherwise why should I come all the way to meet him?” I asked.
“But there was no need to travel so much to meet him.” Then pointing towards me the man said, “Mr Krishna Yadav lives in you. You can find him within you.”
“In me! Then why do people go to special places in search of him?”
“It is because you think he resides in special places. You think he doesn’t reside in you. You should know he lives in you as well as in others. Believe me, he is not someone to be afraid of. My advice to you is not to extend his utility unnecessarily. Don’t expect him to do unexpected things. If you want to know him, try to know him through a known form. If you want to know him, know yourself. He is an idea of your mind.”
“If he lives in me, why haven’t I seen him then?”
“It is because you haven’t tried to see him inside you. You are afraid to take a closer look at yourself. You are afraid that you might open the Pandora’s Box. You are not your favoutrite person. When you come closer to yourself, you find many abnormalities, many imperfections, and many unpalatable truths in you. You know that you are a mix of what you think about you and what others think about you. You are often more worried about what others think about you. Often you are victim of wrong self-assessment. Remember one simple fact, and that is, beauty leads to a closer look. Think that you are beautiful. If you do that, it will be easier for you to take a closer look at yourself.”
“You know so much about me. Who are you?” He said, “Guess, who am I? Weren’t you looking for Mr Yadav?”
(The writer is a biotechnologist and ED, Birla Institute of Scientific Research, Jaipur)
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