The best way to know the self is feeling oneself at the moments of reckoning. The feeling of being alone, just with your senses, may lead you to think more consciously. More and more of such moments may sensitize ‘you towards you’, towards others. We become regular with introspection and retrospection. We get ‘the’ gradual connect to the higher self we may name Spirituality or God or just a Humane Conscious. We tend to get a rhythm again in life. We need to learn the art of being lonely in crowd while being part of the crowd. A multitude of loneliness in mosaic of relations! One needs to feel it severally, with conscience, before making it a way of life. One needs to live several such lonely moments. One needs to live severallyalone.

Wednesday 8 October 2014


All the true Greats who have walked so far, who influenced humanity in different ages to change the world positively by altering definitions and functional paradigms of societies never claimed to be perfect human beings or God-like souls.

Throughout lives they all lived, they remained human beings, like you and me, never out of our reach. And being the human beings like you and me, they were always fallible, till the very end.

Yes, they rose to become Great, but, intrinsically, they were the ordinary human beings who worked on their Good Self to dominate their Weaker Self so effectively that they became God-like for us. Yes, but they were not Gods, and they never acted so. The Weaker Self was very much alive within them and that let the Greats remain among us, something they always aspired for, something they needed emotionally.

All the Great Souls who have changed the world or have healed humanity sacrificed the aspirations of their material lives, first consciously and then spontaneously, to help others, to reach out to the humankind.  

Yes, there were and there would be reflections of their religious and ideological affiliations that reflected and that would reflect in their teachings. Yes, they did expect people to behave in the way they taught because they believed it could help them to win over the odds of life. But the true Greats, none of them ever forced their views.

But people criticise the Greats even if they are no more physically present among us, and most of the time the basis of the criticism are the ideological and spiritual references of their teachings and their distorted interpretations by some of their fanatic followers. The critics, they never venture into the realm of spirituality or are not capable of doing so, something that can give them the insight to comprehend the real essence of the teachings that speak of the universal values to heal humanity, to help the needy, the universal principles of civilizations. Religious, cultural, sectarian or personal bigotry blinds the critics to see what they should see and they slip into criticising those who have been the guiding lights.

Yes, the Greats, they can and they go wrong, they have gone wrong, for they are, for they were, humans like you and me.

But who are we, the men of the material world, consumed by our individual lives, sucked by our own petty problems, who never venture out to help even a single needy person, let alone helping the dying ones, to question the motives of the Greats?

Yes, for the Greats, such criticism never matters. The Greats never believed in defending something that was so utterly misplaced or something that would obstruct them in their duty and responsibility to reach out and heal humanity. The Greats don’t respond because their emotive responses are concentrated on reaching out and helping others.

Yes, the Greats, being humans like us, they all have their own limitations. Yes, they do win over them and manage them much more efficiently than us. But that doesn't mean they cannot err. They are as much entitled to err like all of us are. They cannot be expected to be all-knowing or versatile.

Give the Greats the liberty to remain humans. They crave for it in their private moments. Give them their freedom to remain fallible. Give them their moments to introspect. They deserve it after committing their lives for others, to us.

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -