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Pangs of attachment

columns Updated: May 27, 2013 00:27 IST
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Years ago, Mohd Rafi sang in Pyassa, 'Ye duniya agar mil bhi jaye to kya hai.' (Even if one gets this world, what is there in it?) Shahajahan built Taj Mahal in 22 years, and soon his own son Aurangzeb imprisoned him. Taj Mahal is still standing after 400 years but Shahajahan is not.

Alexander the Great was to begin his journey to conquer the world. A 'fakir' sent the message to him that he won't be successful. The king went to the 'fakir' who told the king that he had everything, why did he want to trouble so many innocent people. The king had a change of mind but his ministers who had made preparations to win made the king agree again. Alexander lost the battle in India and conveyed the message to the world, "I closed my fist with jewels and other costly stones to carry with me, but the fist would get opened again and again and I left the world empty handed."

The shipping magnate, Onassis, commented in his last days, "I was as rich at the time of birth as I am today, I do not know what I have been doing the whole life." The dejection in his words was also seen in the life of his daughter who finally committed suicide.

We see people loaded with money but with incurable physical, mental or social problems and they are more unhappy than the rest of us.

These tell us about the nothingness of material possessions. Someone rightly said, "Man is the only living being who is seen crying when he is born, he blames others when he is living and he repents when he is dying."