Was this Ordained??


Covid has taught humanity one important lesson that there is nothing known as a ‘comfort zone.’ It is a searing reminder of the uncertainties of life whose very middle name is, ‘if’.

The world today is in the grip of, it appears, ‘demonic possession’, that is the only way to describe the Corona pandemic. Is there a God who plans everything or do things just happen? I am not too sure.

The Kingdom of God, the Rabbis held, is inconsistent with the state of social misery. We are a witness to death and destruction, all around us. The pandemic has engulfed the entire humanity: There is no proverbial light at the end of the tunnel, or at least the tunnel is appearing to be agonizingly long.

The poet Asadullah Khan Ghalib puts it beautifully, “Life travels at a galloping pace. Who knows where it will stop? We do not have the reins in our hands and we do not have our feet in the stirrups.”

Dr DVG has said the same thing, in a different way:

ಬದುಕು ಜಟಕಾಬಂಡಿ, ಬದುಕು ಜಟಕಾಬಂಡಿ, ವಿಧಿ ಅದರ ಸಾಹೇಬ,

ಕುದುರೆ ನೀನ್, ಅವನು ಪೇಳ್ದಂತೆ ಪಯಣಿಗರು.

ಮದುವೆಗೋ ಮಸಣಕೋ ಹೋಗೆಂದಕಡೆಗೋಡು

ಪದ ಕುಸಿಯೆ ನೆಲವಿಹುದು ಮಂಕುತಿಮ್ಮ

ಪದ ಕುಸಿಯೆ ನೆಲವಿಹುದು ಮಂಕುತಿಮ್ಮ

A rough translation would mean: “ Life is a horse carriage, fate (Divine) is its master. You are the horse and he the driver who decides where to go. It could be for a marriage or a funeral; you just need to abide by his instructions. If your legs tremble and fall, there is a ground to support.”

In life, there is more to be endured than enjoyed and as John Keats had said long time ago, “Life must be undergone.” The kind of upheavals and the uncertainties the life puts you through confirm his convictions. English couplet that says, ‘It’s fate that flings the dice and when it flings/ of kings makes peasants and of peasants makes kings.’ The stories of rags-to-riches are as common as the stories of riches-to-rags. No one is certain of the next moment: Anything can happen to anyone. Everything in life has a purpose is a belief without basis: Things can happen without a reason. After all, what was the reason for the Covid to strike so very devastatingly? Someone had compared humans to the pawns on a chessboard: It is the weakest piece, also called ‘infantry’, can move only one square at a time, unidirectional and can not move backwards. Doesn’t this appear similar??

Life is fragile; it would be perilous to take it for granted. In the blink of an eye, everything can change. Life is not just short, it is highly unpredictable, too!!

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