Waiting

Recently I read about ‘waiting’ in two posts by my blogger friends. I have been thinking a lot about ‘waiting’. We wait for something good to happen and many wait for something bad. They are sure that life can only be unpleasant. It is a pity. But I believe people hope for the best. They wait for better days.

The general elections (elections to send representative to the parliament of the country) are underway here. We will be voting this 18th. And we will all be waiting for the results. Politicians make a lot of false promises. But they know, and we too know, that those promises will not be kept. But we have to vote. Those candidates will be waiting for the results. Winning will make a lot of difference in their lives. I am not sure whether it will make any difference to the lives of the people. It is really sad that we are forced to be cynical about these ‘leaders’ that we have to choose. But that is life.

We were in the hospital from the fifth to ninth of this month. That world is one where a lot of waiting happens. People are waiting for their loved ones to recover and others are waiting for an end to happen. It is an emotionally charged world. It makes us realise how important good health is. We have to do our best to be healthy but sometimes things are not in our hands. A young husband was telling me how his wife had tuberculosis in the brain. The young woman was healthy and the disease assailed her suddenly, so that there was no time to counter its effect. She is undergoing treatment but no one is really sure in what condition she will come out. She is in coma. I keep seeing in my mind’s eye the husband’s look of utter hopelessness. I last saw him on the 10th. He must still be waiting.

A few years ago I used to go twice a week to the children’s ward in the cancer hospital. I remember that small girl who did not survive. She was so brave and I could see that she and her mother were waiting to leave the hospital. I gifted her a necklace made of small red stones for her birthday. After that I could not visit for two weeks. Later I came to know that she had passed on. She did not have to wait any more.

There is a lady in the Home for the Mentally challenged. I go there twice a week. She is waiting for her brother to come and see her or take her home. Each time she sees me she tells me her brother is coming tomorrow. But he never does. She is a life time member and he and his wife believe she has no claim on them. It is sad to see her wait and that seems to be her destiny.

I listen to lectures by Bannanje Govindacharya on YouTube. He is great Sanskrit scholar. I enjoy listening to all that he has to say about our epics and Purnanas and so much more. He was speaking about how people wait for happiness to come to them. They believe that if they achieve their goal or if they do something they will get happiness. According to our Vedas we will get happiness only if it is within us. Our achievements give us happiness only if we have the capacity or the inherent nature to be happy.

“Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.”
― Dalai Lama XIV

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2019 Indian general election – Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_general_election,_2019

Bannanje Govindacharya – Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bannanje_Govindacharya

More groups of people at the High School

“Learning to Wait”

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8 Replies to “Waiting”

  1. When I used to visit my mother, who had dementia, a lady there was waiting for a family member to turn up. It was really sad. The nurse told us that it was very rare, if ever, that dementia patients got any visitors.

  2. Beautifully written article Lakshmi. The wait in life teaches us many lessons. I am glad you do volunteer work at so many institutes 🙏. I have heard a lot about Banannjay Govindacharya but haven’t heard his discourse. Will surely check it out.

  3. Your post tugged my hearstrings a lot of times. Everyone waits at some (or most, for others) point in their lives. While there is usually an element of dread in waiting, there too is a spark of hope. Which is what keeps us going on waiting.

  4. Beautiful post. It feels like an emotional montage from a film. So much detail wrapped in just a few words, glimpses of people’s lives. Wonderfully done.

    I understand your feelings about the election. We in Canada have one coming up in October also and I’m very nervous about its outcome. Because I’m American I’ll also vote in the election in 2020. Two nights ago in Hindi class I learned the meaning of मजबूरी. With such important elections coming up I think knowing how to say “Helplessness” is a necessary thing. 😉

  5. First off I loved thinking of myself and you as blogger friends. That is how I think too. I appreciate your scholar’s idea at the end of what you have written. I believe he is absolutely correct.

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