Stars are so much a part of our lives and make the night sky so beautiful but so often we take them for granted. They are there and we believe they will always be there. When I think of stars the story of young prince Dhruva always comes to mind. Due to his steadfastness and single minded devotion Lord Vishnu makes him the Pole Star. Dhruva Nakshtra (star) is there always, to guide people. That makes me think of those special people who inspire us and make it possible for us to achieve our dreams. They are the guiding stars in our lives. Then we thank our lucky stars when something good happens to us against all odds.
Stars have been on my mind a lot these days. Why ?
All because of the story, ‘Nightfall’ by Isaac Asimov. I had read it long back. When I read about it in Asimov’s autobiography, ‘In Memory yet green’, I wanted to read it again. Asimov tells how he came to write it. His editor, Campbell tells him about a quotation by Emerson, “If the stars would appear one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore, and preserve for generations the remembrance of the city of God…” Campbell asks Asimov to write a story about such an occurrence. According to him people would go mad at the sight of so many twinkling stars in a black sky. It would be just too much for the mind to accept. This story is set in a planet which has six suns. There is always sunlight. But once in 2500 years an eclipse takes place, there is complete darkness and millions of stars are seen for the first time. At other times these far away suns are not seen due to the light of the six suns. Most people go mad as darkness and the stars are a new experience, which comes upon them suddenly.Through the ages, across the world people find it very difficult to accept the new and unknown, so they fear it.
After reading that story, almost every night I look up and feel glad to see the stars. I think I should take a small break from books. :))) Maybe for some time I will keep looking at the stars and then again take them for granted or maybe not. I don’t know.
“If you cry because the sun has gone out of your life, your tears will prevent you from seeing the stars.”
― Rabindranath Tagore
“Silently, one by one, in the infinite meadows of heaven,
Blossomed the lovely stars, the forget-me-nots of the angels.”
― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Evangeline: A Tale of Acadie