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Have you ever felt that listless feeling, a sense of emptiness?

While this feeling of listlessness, this train of thought "too shall pass", the silver lining to it comes from the realisation that this is it for us! Our moment of truth!

Written by Ritu S | New Delhi |
January 18, 2016 1:59:15 pm
Karma Sutra, listlessness, purpose of life The German philosopher, Arthur Schopenhauer, had said that “mankind was apparently doomed to vacillate eternally between the two extremes of distress and boredom”. (Source: Thinkstock Images)

In spite of a purpose, a reason to live for, one does reach a stage or phase in life where an inward dread, a sense of emptiness, an indifference to everything gets the better of us. We carry on with our life in a mechanised way, as a matter of habit but the nothingness echoes loud and clear in our heads.

The undue gravity with which we approached life seems to mock at us because nothing and no one seems to matter any more. All our dreams, our passions, our convictions seem to have run their course. All that remains is an ashy silence enveloped by a sense of doom.

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The worst of it is that we welcome this impending doom just as long as it takes us to the point of final exit. The thought of having to labour through this meaningless rotation, a life that is like a repetition of repetitions is unbearable. The German philosopher, Arthur Schopenhauer, had said that “mankind was apparently doomed to vacillate eternally between the two extremes of distress and boredom”.

While this feeling of listlessness, this train of thought “too shall pass”, the silver lining to it comes from the realisation that this is it for us! Our moment of truth!

Out of this metaphysical emptiness rises a moment of celebration; an antithesis to this sense of emptiness is a sense of fulfilment. It indicates our recognition of the fact that perhaps we are like the fruit that has ripened and is ready to fall off on its own, effortlessly. There is no need to pluck it out.

Having seen through this great drama and recognised it for what it is, we bid goodbye to it in peace. There are no mysteries to be unravelled, no desires to be quenched, no illusions to be shattered. It’s a clear indication that we’ve outgrown the novelty of this material world. Our dispassion is a doorway to self-realisation. Everything remains the same except us.

We transform in to an unhinged, detached self, a mere witness. And from this vantage point, there is no duality, no joy, no sorrow, all is Satyam, Shivam, Sundaram (truth, goodness and beauty) — the Divine play(lila) through eternity to infinity.

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