Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Learning to breathe (new series) - part 1

Inhale. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Exhale. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Inhale. An easy thing to do. To breathe. Or, so it seems. 

Delving into the mythic universe of life and discovering the minute details about the workings of the human body is like living magic for all the moments in a lifetime. How hard can it be to run a machine? Turn on the switch, oil it occasionally and it will continue to work for the average tenure of its life. But, how magical is it to understand and acknowledge the almost artistic functioning of a throbbing life born out of a moment of pure joy? I am starting to believe that it is infinitely so.

There are two different verbs in Spanish which mean 'to know' - conocer and saber. The thin line of difference in meaning lies in the degree of internalisation of that what you know. It is the difference between you knowing that autumn precedes winter; and, seeing the change of colours of leaves, of the grass, of the skies as the year progresses from the time of autumn to the time of winter. The difference is in knowing and living what you know. The difference is possibly between knowledge and wisdom.   It is one thing to 'know' that life is beautiful and magical. It is another thing altogether to have the 'wisdom-like-realisation' of the beauty and the magic of life. 

(To be continued)


Bishal Neogi said...

Soulful chants of the melody of life.Look forward to reading the forthcoming article!

Hail happiness buddy:)

Da Vinci said...

Vey nice thought! I don't know if wisdom comes with knowledge or not, but I am sure it comes with just observation and thinking.
Keep writing!

Susmita said...

hope you enjoy what comes after this too Bishal :) Thanks for reading !

@Da Vinci : a very apt observation :) but will resist writing here what i would like to write in the following part of the series :)Thanks for reading :)