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Reflections, views and descriptions during my stay at IIM Lucknow from July 2004 to March 2006

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Thursday, October 06, 2005

The End

Life can end suddenly, in a flash; irrespective of circumstances, place, time; irrespective of its effect on the people left behind. The knowledge that death is certain is no help. There is so much uncertainty about when and how the blow might fall. The best-laid plans of men, then, are rendered meaningless. Jim Morrison's words ring true (except that there may be plenty of surprise):

'This is the end, beautiful friend...
Of our elaborate plans, the end;
Of everything that stands, the end;
No safety or surprise, the end'

4 Comments:

Blogger ASHOK VAISHNAV said...

Very True. But, the wheel of LIFE - like a flowing river or like a TRUE SHOW- does not stop.We need to don - either new costumes or with the same costumes- the (new) role that LIFE assigns to us and continue to act - treating the end as new beginning.

1:50 AM  
Blogger Darth Midnightmare said...

Is there really an end? For every seeming end, there seems to be a beginning.....somehow everything seems to be just one continuum. We label things as the end, when we do not know what will follow. It is somehow the curtain we draw over our ignorance of the events that will occur after a certain point...

After all, what is death? Is it the mere event of a person stopping to breathe? What is the mind? What is life in truth? If one goes by ancient Indian thought, it is the Self. And if one accepts the concept of the Self, one must then realise that there is no end......there is no beginning. It's a continuum...

11:19 PM  
Blogger Tadatmya Vaishnav said...

While solace can be derived from realizing that there is an eternal Self (the Brahman) and that a death unites the departed soul with that eternal Self, only to be born again later from a spark of that Self, my post was on a material plane, and triggered by an extremely unfortunate event. Whatever interpretation we may make of life and death, you must agree that we take the life of an individual too much for granted, particularly if he/she is not at any obvious risk. Death may make whatever it will of the departed one, but what of the scars that remain on those left behind? It is really difficult for most people to attain such a degree of detachment so as not to be materially affected by the sudden death of a family member or friend. For them, it really is an end, the end of an era within a continuum, if you will...

12:43 AM  
Blogger Darth Midnightmare said...

Yes......true.....my condolences. As for detachment, well, we're human....and attachment, sorrow and pain are therefore not flaws in us, but basic nature....

2:40 AM  

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