There I lay calm on the dental chair.
It was a neat 90 minute’s work on my teeth by my dentist friend Dr G R Ashok. No anesthesia was applied; so, I chose to immerse myself in the divine Bengali (my mother tongue) song of Tagore (our most revered Nobel Laureate poet and philosopher)being played in the background. I have heard this favorite song more than hundred times since childhood but for the first time I had goose-bumps. It appeared, someone woke me up into another world. A series of divine portals started opening and I was lost in delight. After the work was over G R asked, “Did you feel any pain?” “No” was my reply. The doctor told, “You have excellent power of endurance.” I was speechless.
Let me first reproduce the English version of the song I heard that day as translated by none other than Tagore himself. Here it goes:
“I know not how thou singest, my master!
I ever listen in silent amazement.
The light of thy music illumines the world.
The life breath of thy music runs from sky to sky.
The holy stream of thy music breaks through all stony obstacles and rushes on.
My heart longs to join in thy song, but vainly struggles for a voice.
I would speak, but speech breaks not into song, and I cry out baffled.
Ah, thou hast made my heart captive in the endless meshes of thy music, my master!”
By Rabindranath Tagore
Incidentally, I’m passionately working on my new book and e-learning module on “Wellness”. This topic, and allied illusions rendered by a few practitioners and entrepreneurs, have drawn my interest on this topic. I am working to give this, what I feel should be right perspective of this important subject. When you have a deep conviction about a divine principle and bear the right intention to serve the cause of humanity, you are then able to see every contemporary episode of your life as a testimony to re-validate that principle. What’s more interesting, some of those episodes even turn out to become resources and contents for your sacred project.
My experience in the dentist’s chamber is an evidence of what I said in the foregoing paragraph.
On this morning (a highly auspicious day in our spiritual calendar signifying farewell to winter and investiture of the spring), while walking on the shore of the holy Ganges the following quotes were born and I instantly drafted them in my mobile ‘note’:
1. “Every unpleasant situation is an opportunity to filter some love out of it to advance another step towards the kingdom of God.”
2. “God is ‘music and dance’ – ‘melody and rhythm’. Rest are ‘noise and chaos’.”
Wellness is as simple as Truth. Lord Jesus said, “I’m Truth – follow me”. Lord Krishna said the same in the last chapter of Bhagavat Geeta: “Abandon all varieties of dharmas and simply surrender unto me alone. I shall liberate you from all sinful reactions; do not fear.”
Therefore, the simplest concept of ‘wellness’, which means, the way of living a happy, wholesome and fulfilled life, is developing the habit and attitude of seeing beauty; being in love and joy; finding melody and rhythm in everything.