Sunday, January 13, 2013

91. Nothing makes sense

New year resolutions are about doing 'something' which is different and better compared to the previous years. Isn't it? But my new year resolution has been to do 'nothing' because I have been made to believe that 'nothing' (alone) succeeds like 'success'. Since I have yet to hear anything on the contrary, I've no reason to doubt that 'nothing' will finally 'succeed'. 

Said Oscar Wilde, to do nothing at all is the most difficult thing in the world, the most difficult and the most intellectual.   


Ever since the industrial revolution, when the work ethic as we know it was formed, people desirous of doing 'nothing' have been ridiculed as freeloaders, good-for-nothings, loafers and loungers. To avoid being ridiculed, every somebody ends up doing 'something' as if doing 'nothing' is worth 'nothing'. There is little realization that there is no such thing as 'nothing'. In every 'nothing', there is a 'something'. In fact, there could be everything in what we consider 'nothing'. 


If you are getting somewhat convinced that 'doing nothing' could be a way of life then it must also be understood that 'doing nothing' is more than avoidance of a daily routine. It is an intellectual exercise in going beyond the usual and the obvious. No phone, no texting, no likes and no dislikes, just introspection and reflection. Mark my words, it will save you from the contagion of a rotten society. Read the crime reports and you will find that most evils in the society stem from the compulsion of doing 'something'.       


Watch Buddha, he is doing nothing and yet transmits knowledge that inspires millions. The world of labor ought to change, else it will bury humanity under its workload of 'doing'. Without doubt, to survive as a civilization we need those who stretch and yawn while the rest of society worries and sweats (to reach nowhere, literally)! To borrow idea from Benjamin Franklin, I have volunteered to take more 'air baths' this year, with an innate desire to prove that jo kutch nahi karte vo kamaal karte hein meaning 'those who do nothing, do wonders'!


Join me in my quest to prove that 'nothing' not only works but makes sense too! 

4 comments:

Srinivas Mudrakartha said...

Good article. It brings about a philosophical dimension that must be reflected upon by every one. As Swami Vivekananda said, 'a life is enriched only when it is spiritualised' implies that there is a need to continue with the spiritual thoughts along with materialistic actions. Material actions and spiritual thoughts or actions are two sides of the same coin. Our scriptures say that 'kriya' action includes both action and non-action. The life of one of the sages of modern India Sri Ramana Maharshi is a classic example of engaging in 'silence' that is non-action but achieving self-relisation. He inspired scores of persons in search of God but communicating with them without talking one word, being in silence. He cleared all their doubts to win over them as his 'followers' while never desiring for having any disciple; which is seen in the fact that he rejected to be guru to many who sought his teacherhood. A rare quality indeed. For those who want to know more, one may read publications such as 'The Search in Secret India' by Paul Brunton, 'Face to Face with Maharshi' of 202 devotees describing first hand account of their experiences. And there are many other publications available from Sri Ramanashramam, Tiruvannamali.

Srinivas Mudrakartha

Srinivas Mudrakartha said...

Good article. It brings about a philosophical dimension that must be reflected upon by every one. As Swami Vivekananda said, 'a life is enriched only when it is spiritualised' implies that there is a need to continue with the spiritual thoughts along with materialistic actions. Material actions and spiritual thoughts or actions are two sides of the same coin. Our scriptures say that 'kriya' action includes both action and non-action. The life of one of the sages of modern India Sri Ramana Maharshi is a classic example of engaging in 'silence' that is non-action but achieving self-relisation. He inspired scores of persons in search of God but communicating with them without talking one word, being in silence. He cleared all their doubts to win over them as his 'followers' while never desiring for having any disciple; which is seen in the fact that he rejected to be guru to many who sought his teacherhood. A rare quality indeed. For those who want to know more, one may read publications such as 'The Search in Secret India' by Paul Brunton, 'Face to Face with Maharshi' of 202 devotees describing first hand account of their experiences. And there are many other publications available from Sri Ramanashramam, Tiruvannamali.

Srinivas Mudrakartha

Green Beacon said...

Many thanks Srinivas for adding immense value to what I said in the passing.

Angelo Miguel Pinto said...

Hello friend! I'm Angelo from Portugal. We meet in Greece at the youth exchange week. I'm the vegetarian you shared the dining table with. Remember?

I'm planing to go to India.. may be stay half a year. And i really needed some serious advising.

I'm in Bali now so i have a short period of time to make a decision.
Please contact me at angelomiguel.pinto@gmail.com

Sorry to comment here but it was the only way i could get to you.

Grateful fro your time

See you soon

angelomiguel.pinto@gmail.com