Nobutada: [after Algren is defeated in fencing pratice] Please forgive; too many mind.
Algren: [puzzeled] "Too many mind?"
Nobutada: Hai, mind the sword, mind the people watch, mind enemy - -too many mind.
Nobutada: No mind.
Algren: [pretending getting it] No mind.
It's a quote from a movie "The Last Samurai" and I am a huge fan of this movie starring Tom Cruise. Though the entire movie is a treat to watch, this quote has specifically left a lasting impression on my thoughts, ever since I watched it for the first time. A short description of the scene-
Algren(Tom Cruise) is being taught how to fight with a Samurai sword and he's struggling to learn the technique. He's thinking about lot many things- the sword, the people who are watching, how to protect and eventually failing to learn. Nobutada tells Algren to stop thinking of other things. All these things are dividing his attention and so he needs to free his mind and let his insticts guide him.
That's possibly the best advice one could have given at that time - Too Many Minds---> No Mind. I'll take it a little further: Too Many Minds-->No Mind--> One Mind.
And the advice still stands good for many of us. Sometimes, we need to stop thinking. Stop thinking about others expectations, assumptions about the career,about luck, destiny, love, hurt, hatred and everything that keeps our mind occupied unnecesarily.We just don't think, but over-think on these issues so much that we miss the reality. It's our habit. But what we don't realise is that it divides our focus and drains us mentally eventually letting tensions and worries to take a toll on our health and the side-effects follows ( And our dear ones become the victims too)... Uhh.. Heavy price we pay, isn't it?
Is it too hard to stop our mind from wandering or do we just don't try hard enough to do it? Are we so used to this commotion that silence in our lives haunts us? Definitely no. We do long for the inner peace. We do wish to put an end to all the troubles. But the only problem is, that we merely wish and nothing beyond. We merely THINK and DO NOT ACT. We loose to our inner evil that plays game with our mind. We keep ignoring the reality which seems so simple. Simplicity no longer appeals to us. Its the complexity we choose to go after, becoz the more intricate it is, the better chances of showing our prowness. We might have mastered the art of MultiTasking in computer field but in human life, we still yield better result by focusing on things one at a time.
A lot of books have been written on this, there are people who have much more to say, guide and offer us a solution and fundaes to overcome it, to make our life blissful and meaningful. But do their magic works?? If at all, world would have been altogether a different, better and a peaceful place to live in. Alas, it is not. Why? Why it is not? For now, I leave this question unanswered, for each one of us to figure out on own, as I do it for myself.
[ To be continued.. ]
P.S.: Every day, life surprises me , it has so much to offer. Continuing on my journey to self-discovery, will keep this blog posted about my random questions, vague thoughts and inspirations.