Ctrl-Alt-Delete

Updated on May 14, 2004 12:41 PM IST

Wouldn't it be nice if whenever we messed up in our lives we could simply press Ctrl-Alt-Delete and start all over again?

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PTI | ByVeena Minocha, New Delhi

A quote that came to me via e-mail really set me thinking. It said: "Wouldn't it be nice if whenever we messed up our life we could simply press Ctrl-Alt-Delete and start all over?"

Eureka! I thought to myself, after a few minutes of picking my brains, but that is exactly the most simple and highly spiritual answer we have to get on fruitfully with our lives!

We are all in the habit of living in our disgruntled past. There is never a thought that does not have some connection with what happened yesterday. For example, if we meet a friend on the street, the first thing that comes to our mind are the pleasant, or unpleasant memories connected with every experience with that friend. If that friend gave us a happy time, we brighten up immediately on sighting him, but if that same friend passed an uncharitable remark about us, the pain of that memory is revived immediately.

Which brings us back to those three magic words. Let us take them one by one, simply because it would make this exercise even more 'enlightening' for us. The true import of these little words, which we regularly tap on robotically, every time we get going on our computers, when transplanted into our lives, can be the most significant discovery of spiritual growth.

Control, or the abbreviated Ctrl, as we popularly know it points to US being the Masters of our lives. We are, to get a little poetical, supposed to be Masters of our fate, and the Captains of our Souls! When we press that little button which has Control written on it, it tells us that whatever we wish to do with the computer is acceptable to the computer's mind.

The simple analogy of comparing the computer's memory to the human mind would lead us to think that we are also in control of our own minds. Wherever our attention goes, so go we, or so go our actions. And so We have the Power to see what we wish to retain in our memory bank, and what we wish to Delete!
If we desire to retain only what was painful, then so be it! And if we wish for a joyful life, then why not retain only that which provides the impetus for Joy, and Delete the rest, for our own sake, for the sake of our own happiness?

We now come to Alt, or Alter! Can we not also extend the above analogy to alter all that goes into our human computer brain to suit us? If we define for ourselves a goal, and that goal encompasses only that which is pure and beautiful and true, and which only serves us on our spiritual growth path, voila, we have found the magic word, the Open Sesame to the World of Bliss!

So we go on to Delete all that is superfluous, all that does not serve our goals, we have created a life of our own choosing! What happened yesterday is of no significance today, Delete it! Do not spoil your todays with the rotting hangovers of yesterday's emotions. Do not let yesterday define your future.

Today is a new day, said Scarlett O'Hara in the film Gone with the Wind, and to me, this is the most powerful and significant remark that could ever have been said! If all philosophies and religious texts were to be forgotten, or erased from the memories of humankind, this would be the only quote worth remembering!

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