It’s amazing to see people in India who have access to the age old knowledge of “self” through Vedas, Upanishads and various mythological stories – that they don’t operate from that knowledge. More and more I come across people whose thoughts, words and actions are buried in worry. They act out of fear. They speak out of fear and constantly worry. The focus on what they don’t want is so immense and thick that they fail to realize that they are actualizing it. Some of the top worries I come across when I meet people.
- If you are single guy under 25 – worried about getting a job/right job
- If you are single guy over 25 – worried about going abroad and earning dollars
- If you are single girl under 25 – worried about finding a rich boyfriend who can take her out to Bottles & Chimneys
- If you are single girl over 25 – worried about finding a guy for marriage (Possibly a guy in #2)
- If you are a parent of a guy and poor – worried about son’s education
- If you are a parent of a guy and rich – worried about son’s worth in dowry
- If you are parent of a girl and poor – you are screwed
- If you are parent of a girl and rich – you are royally screwed
- If you are a parent and your kids are married off – you are worried of your son not taking care of you
- If you don’t have kids – you are worried about not having kids even though you know all the above are true!
So, one thing I do when I meet people like these are to say something good about the present situation. Being thankful about what they have and also try to talk about what they want rather than talk about what they don’t want. Sometimes people think that I am a weirdo because I didn’t add more worries to their collection.