Karma Sutra: In pursuit of happiness lies the unpredictable journey called life

As clichéd as it may sound, life is a journey. The Eastern philosophy conceives the world in terms of movement, flow and change.

Written by Ritu S | New Delhi | Updated: January 25, 2016 2:20 pm
So much fun from summer rain What makes the journey interesting is its unpredictability; we don’t know who would come aboard or who would disembark on the next stopover. (Source: Thinkstock Images)

Since the time we can remember, we wait for ‘life’ to happen to us, like a snapshot, here, this is our life. Full of abandonment, free of cares, worries and responsibilities, where there is no accountability of our actions; in short — that perfect frozen moment in time.

But this ‘happy’ life eludes us because when we seek a constant state, we seek a destination. And as clichéd as it may sound, life is a journey. The Eastern philosophy conceives the world in terms of movement, flow and change.

While there a few stopovers, it resumes its movement sooner or later. These stopovers, perhaps, represent our milestones in life or a particular phase. They could be pleasant or unpleasant in nature, but as humans we tend to take them as our permanent state. And when we do that we either give in to arrogance or cave in to despair. But as is its nature, the journey of our life resumes bringing in a new stopover with new experiences, new possibilities and even new learnings.

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What makes the journey interesting is its unpredictability; we don’t know who would come aboard or who would disembark on the next stopover. And this element of unpredictability keeps us engaged and interested throughout the journey.

If we were to stop at the most perfect destination for too long, we would not just get bored of it but as humans we have the capacity to find flaws even in the most perfect situation. Not only are we capable of ruining perfection, we realise that perfection when ‘stagnant’, has nothing new to offer to us, to explore, to relate to, to connect with and this ‘frozen perfection’ makes us restless. And so it is with ‘permanent destination’, just like a pool of water when stagnant, reeks, so does our life when devoid of movement (death).

So, enjoy the journey in all its seasons and settings, joys and sorrows, arrivals and departures!

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