Being mindlessly surfing Instagram was my sleeping routine, sometimes this went on for more than an hour, especially when I found a new post of my favorite actor Shushant Singh Rajput. I am more an intellectually stimulated guy and did not find any reasonable amount of dopamine when I saw minutely crafted and photoshopped pictures. In one of the posts, I saw a quote mentioned with a cool pic written by Albert Camus, “I continue to believe that this world has no ultimate meaning. But I know that something in it has a meaning, and that is a man because he is the only creature to insist on having one.”
Suddenly, my gaze increased, and I started to delve deep into the thoughts of my what-if situation analysis. It’s a place where I try to create an entirely different imaginary reality where I challenge my old belief and start questioning things with a new idea. These activities can consume me hours without even realizing that time has passed way more than I thought it should have. My concentration gets distracted when I see a red circle showing that a message has arrived from my childhood friend, asking me to write an article where I have to inspire people.
I went into thoughts again, but this time out of pity for him and wondering why he would ever think of something like this and asking me to inspire people. I always have a belief that people want to be inspired by someone who has done something great in his life. After knowing his motive behind his actions, I thought to give it a try because experimentation is my topmost value.
Our human mind has a part-time job of creating meaning or finding meaning in every situation of life, a person experienced. On the other hand, Universe or Universal Laws have a full-time job to destroy that meaning in our life again and again and force a person to get back to square one, exactly at the place where he started to build an imaginary universe of him. Meaning is like a fluid that helps a person to go through the phase of life with a little certainty and happily. Research shows that our mind makes connections contextually, It knows that a sofa is a place where my master relaxes and reads novels, the bed is a place where my master sleeps like a child, a gym is a place where he burns out extra calories and so on. If we observe our thoughts, it changes with the change in the environment. Everywhere and in every situation, our mind has a desperate desire to make meaning.
A person studies with all his heart and mind so that he could become something and be able to live his life with free terms. See, another meaning has caught, and we didn’t even realize that. He makes friends with a primary aim to fulfill his desires to socialize and meet his journey of life with happy moments. But, this very meaning/desire makes his life screwed up, and he realized these things after they have happened. Another meaning of life burst up like a balloon, and we were left only with rubber and lots of unwanted gas.
Every person was once blaming humans for creating devastating machines that were adding value to the life of human beings but destroying nature at an increasing rate. This very man was again hit by a virus i.e., corona-virus that changed the nature of human beings and forced him to suit himself as per the requirement of nature. See the reader; you got it right. Another meaning was formed and burst, but this time, we were left with masks and sanitizers.
It is essential to notice here that what makes us scratch our ego the most is not the change of meaning but the loss of our attachment to the previous purpose on which we have built our life. If we have come so far, we can genuinely observe two things of the nature of the human mind that are:-
Our desperate move to pass the time to create meaning in everything, and the tendency of the human mind to stick.
Here comes the role of spirituality, which talks of an entirely different realm of reality and focuses on the very existence of human beings. As per the “Ashtavakra Gita,” there is no meaning in life formed out of 5 elements i.e., earth, water, fire, air, and ether. Simply put, there is no meaning in everything you will ever witness because everything is in the act of observing itself. The most significant purpose is having no sense at all or having significance in the act of meaning itself. You are the witnesser, the seer. The only meaning is in the act of seeing or witnessing because it’s the very nature of the witnesser, the seer i.e., you itself. If we stick to something like this that is entirely different from what our senses could experience, our problem will be solved. But, I know myself and you, reader. We are scared of these big words and so much deep thinking except me or time-pass philosophers. Here, comes another quote
“Treat every act as an end itself, not a means to another end.”
If we ignore everything I said about spirituality and start thinking about the nature of the things I described above about the witnesser and seer i.e., consciousness and i.e., you. We can deduce that the very act of mindfulness is to observe or the action of seeing. It’s not creating meaning, desiring things, or making any sense of any of the things I said above. This foolishness is only gifted to the man due to the everlasting desire of our small and cute cells to live and mutate and become better. This separation in our mind or this very understanding will help us to see things differently and set our priorities in the correct order. When we see something for the sake of seeing it, study to study and love just for loving, not for fulfilling the desires that again lead us to our old habit of creating meanings and sticking to it. We would be able to come above all this mess and live a life by being more relaxed and happy and various other adjectives you wished to fulfill when you sucked up big time.
Here is the punch line, we can’t get stuck to the very act of witnessing or seeing because it is the very nature of it. You don’t stick to your breathing, it comes naturally to you, ting-tong.
I didn’t write this to inspire people or make people move. I wrote this for the very intention of writing something, and words, aim, or inspiration just come along the way. Maybe no-one is going to read it; still, my purpose of writing my heart out is fulfilled with no meaning attached whatsoever.