How to act

Have been some time since I posted under Meditations.I am publishing below the 5th paragraph from chapter 3.

How to act :

Never under compulsion,out of selfishness,without forethought,with misgivings.

Don’t dress up your thoughts.

No surplus words or unnecessary actions.

Let the spirit in you represent a man,an adult,a citizen,a roman,a ruler.Taking up his post like a soldier and patiently awaiting his recall from life.Needing no oath or witness.

Cheerfulness.Without requiring other people’s help.Or serenity supplied by others.

To stand up straight – not straightened.

A million times ….

Says Majaz Lucknowi :

Humdum Yahi Hai, Rah-Guzaar-E-Yaar-Khush Khiraam
Guzre Hain Laakh Baar Isi Kahkashaan Se Hum

हमदम यही है ,राह- गुज़र – ए – यार खुश खिराम

गुज़रे हैं लाख बार इसी केह्कशां से हम

This slow pace,this path of bliss has been my companion

I have passed this galaxy a million times…

Says Marcus Aurelius  ;

Even if you are going to live three thousand more years,or ten times that,remember :you cannot loose another life than the one you’re living now,or live another one that you’re losing.

The longer amounts to the same as the shortest.

The present is the same for everyone;its loss is the same for everyone;and it should be clear that a brief instant is all that is lost.For you can’t lose either the past or the future,how could you lose what you don’t have ?

Remember two things :

1. that everything has always been the same,and keeps recurring,and it makes no difference whether you see the same things recur in a hundred years or two hundred,or in an infinite period;

2.that the longest lived and those who will die the soonest lose the same thing.The present is all that they can give up,since that is all they have and what you do not have you cannot loose.

From Maximus I have learnt…

Self control and resistance to distractions.maximus

Optimism in adversity – especially in illness.

A balance in personality – dignity and grace.

Doing what needs to be done, no complaints.

The belief of everyone that what he said was what he thought,and what he did was done without any bad intention.

Never taken by surprise or apprehensive.Neither rash nor hesitant – or bewildered,or at a loss.

Not obsequious – but not aggresive or paranoid either.

Generosity,charity,honesty.

The sense he gave of staying on the path,rather than being kept on it.

Not patronizing or allowing anyone to patronize him.

A sense of humor .

(From Meditations Book 1 – Debt and Lessons)

Of human life the time is a point, and the substance is in a flux

I found it apt to dedicate the first post in the category to the man who wrote a book by the same name.A classic that has inspired generations during the eighteen centuries of its existence ,it remains one of the finest literary works known to man.

Of human life the time is a point, and the substance is in a flux, and the marcusperception dull, and the composition of the whole body subject to putrefaction, and the soul a whirl, and fortune hard to divine, and fame a thing devoid of judgement. And, to say all in a word, everything which belongs to the body is a stream, and what belongs to the soul is a dream and vapour, and life is a warfare and a stranger’s sojourn, and after-fame is oblivion. What then is that which is able to conduct a man? One thing and only one, philosophy. But this consists in keeping the daemon within a man free from violence and unharmed, superior to pains and pleasures, doing nothing without purpose, nor yet falsely and with hypocrisy, not feeling the need of another man’s doing or not doing anything; and besides, accepting all that happens, and all that is allotted, as coming from thence, wherever it is, from whence he himself came; and, finally, waiting for death with a cheerful mind, as being nothing else than a dissolution of the elements of which every living being is compounded. But if there is no harm to the elements themselves in each continually changing into another, why should a man have any apprehension about the change and dissolution of all the elements? For it is according to nature, and nothing is evil which is according to nature.

~ Marcus Aurelius