Thursday, 2 October 2014

If I could Change the World...



“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” ― Dalai Lama 


As droplets of rain are pouring down my windows, It seems am at a little distance from my childhood memories. I can imagine myself lying on my mother’s lap and listening to fairy tales. I can imagine myself sitting on my father’s shoulder during Durga Pujas so that I can get a better view of the pandels. Oh Lord! What a beautiful memories you have given me…the more I spend the more it grows! My parents always used to say ‘If you learn to respect the world, one day the world will respect you’. I can now understand those were the words of eternity. My childhood was a mixed chapter of compassion and respect. I always believed ‘Compassion is the ultimate key to happiness’. 
                                                               There are several incidents in my life which helped me to gain lots of experience and make me complete within myself. From where I should start and where I should end I don’t know, only this much I know without my parents I would be nowhere today. I still remember the day of 27 th july, 1997 when I was only seven years old. It was raining heavily outside and I was returning from my math’s tuition. There was not a single transport available. The roads were waterlogged and I was walking down through the narrow lanes of north Kolkata. Everything was normal until I heard some weird noises coming from a house. I paused a bit, tried to found out what it was. I pepped in through the window and saw an old man was being beaten by his son and his wife. He was lying down on the floor and was saying nothing. I saw his wife was standing alone in one corner of the room and crying heavily. I was numb.

                                                             
                                                                       Is this why our parents brought us up so that one day they get beaten by their own children? I was clueless. I waited for another fifteen minutes outside the house and thought that let the matter stop and I would go. But as time passes, the torture increases. The boy was drunk and accompanied by his wife he was constantly abusing and beating his father. Now, I could not resist myself. I entered their premises and rang the bell. Initially no one responded to it but at the seventh time the boy’s wife opened the door and shouted at me that what I was doing there at such wee hours of night. I was totally speechless. Really don’t know what to say. After pausing for a minute I said ‘I wanted to take your father and mother-in-law to my house’. The lady seemed to be very angry at this. ‘Do you want me to file a complaint against you to police?’ I said. The lady called her husband at these and explained him the situation. The guy looked at me with a wonder for some minutes and told in a low tone ‘Take them. They are dead for us.’ I entered the house and managed to agree his parents to go with me. There were sheds of blood on the floor. I took them out from that place and went to the nearby government hospital for his treatment. The old man was holding my hands tightly as the doctor was giving him an injection to sleep.
                                                              For the first time in life, I felt so helpless. Later, I asked his wife that what had happened. She explained every fortnight her son used to came drunk with his wife and demands for money from them. Her husband was retired and they are left with no money. He told him to transfer his properties in his name. As he had not agreed to sign the bond, he started shouting at him and later started hitting him with a stick. I was totally shocked when I heard about this. Mean time, the rain stopped. It was eleven O’clock in the night. I saw 24 missed calls in my mobile. Initially I was confused what to do but later I decided to take them to my house. They didn’t agree to my proposal first but as they had no other place to go they were finally convinced. We reached our home at 11.45 pm in the night. I explained my parents everything and asked them to serve dinner to her wife.


                                                                This incident in my life gave me a strong lesson. I didn’t know at that moment what I did was right or wrong but now as time has passed I strongly realize I was never wrong. We are a happy family now. Though they didn’t stay with us but we visit them in the weekends in the old-age home. There at least no one beats them, they can live their live freely with proper freedom. Sometimes I invite them to my house and sometimes they invite me to their place. We often go and watch movies and hang out in restaurants and chat for hours. It seems they are an integral part of my family now.
                                                                I feel so blessed that I have two parents now with whom I can share my life and take guidance from. The more I see them the respect for them increases. Now, I can touch my heart and proudly say ‘I am the happiest person in this world’.


                                                                It’s true its our small efforts which can change the world and make it a better place. There’s no point in blaming others. Blame yourself, look for the fault within you, rectify it and trust me ‘We all together can make this world a beautiful place.’ 
To conclude with the song of Eric Clapton :-

If I could reach the stars
Pull one down for you,
Shine it on my heart
So you could see the truth:

That this love inside
Is everything it seems.
But for now I find
It's only in my dreams.

And I can change the world,
I will be the sunlight in your universe.
You would think my love was really something good,
Baby if I could change the world.

If I could be king,
Even for a day,
I'd take you as my queen;
I'd have it no other way.

And our love would rule
This kingdom we had made.
'til then I'd be a fool,
Wishing for the day...

That I can change the world,
I would be the sunlight in your universe.
You would think my love was really something good,
Baby if I could change the world.
Baby if I could change the world.

I could change the world,
I would be the sunlight in your universe.
You would think my love was really something good,
Baby if I could change the world.
Baby if I could change the world.
Baby if I could change the world. 


I would love to share an interesting video which inspires me a lot in my life from 'Ring the Bell' Campaign by 'Breakthrough' :



Yes we can change the world. Only We can!

3 comments:

  1. Lovely write-up... Loved reading it... God Bless you :)

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  2. lovely writing..:) keep it up bro.! express your word power.

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