When I entered Mumbai office, the first thing I noticed was that poster. Nobody remembered from where it came from, but it was there.
I liked the poster.
A young man was jumping from a hilltop into the deep sea and the poster said, 'One Life is Enough.’
I liked the poster.
People around me thought that the poster gave a contradictory message to what the organization and everybody around stood for. They wanted to remove it and I stood for it.
My teammates believed in re-birth. My team argued with me about this ‘One Life’ concept. Well, I don’t mind dreaming that in next birth I would be this and that. But I know: then I won’t remember this birth. So logically, in each life there is only one life. We should live this life fully as if it is never going to come again and that is why I liked that ‘One Life’ approach.
Moreover, I do not know anything about ‘Life after Death’ or that ultimate ‘Truth’. Many scriptures and saints have said so much about that ultimate Truth – I do respect them. However it is their knowledge and experience they are talking about; until I have that experience, I cannot talk about Ultimate Truth and series of life etc. – though I know many theories. I am not ashamed of declaring that ‘I do not Know’.
We kept on arguing. Once when I returned from a week long tour, I found that the poster was removed and was replaced by something else.
Well, majority wins – almost always wins. In democratic set up, one can argue and one can try to convince others, but one can’t always win. Fair enough.
Days, months, years passed by.
Now-a-days I feel that life is moving too fast. There are many things which I need to do and need to learn, but there is no time.
I would like to study Mathematics again. If time permits, I would like to spend some time on excavation site. If I get some time, I would resume my association with flute and/or harmonium. If I have some spare time, I would like to read many books. There are places to visit and there are people to converse with.
I have an ever-growing ‘to do list’ and somewhere deep within I know that I won’t be able to all that in this one life.
Indeed; One Life is not Enough!