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Life’s many vicissitudes

india Updated: Jun 24, 2012 23:43 IST
Anil Mathur

Is there an ‘ideal’ age to live upto? Or is it what one puts into whatever time frame given to us by the Supreme that matters? As the wise have said, it does not matter how long one lives but how well one lives that counts in the final analysis.

Is there a satisfying explanation why some people live long while others die young? Linked to this is the question of healthy living versus a life, short or long, full of health problems. But all will agree that completing one’s assigned tasks in this world before departing for the next would be an ideal situation.

But how many actually achieve this? Everyday, newspapers are full of stories of untimely deaths as well as reports of longevity being achieved by many others. One comes across daily any number of wellness stories, giving tips on how to live long and healthy. But are these of any use if the life span is determined by some other forces, well beyond our control?

Linked to the question of when one should exit is the one of how one should go?

We have no answers to these queries as, it seems, the Supreme has kept these two things within His purview, leaving we mortals in the dark on the timing and method of quitting this world.

But this is of no or little consolation to someone who has lost a child in a road accident or through illness. Equally, this does not help a family who is watching a bedridden ailing relative gasping for breathe in deep discomfort but still clinging to life.

One simplistic explanation could be saying that life itself is a reward, and methods should be devised through yoga, exercises or medicines, to prolong it. But if it is a punishment, all should be left to the power beyond, who will decide when to cut life short. But one thing is still sure: Life is a struggle that one has to face bravely, whatever the outcome.