All Things are Small

By Rakesh K Mittal IAS on 09-07-2011

Our
scriptures teach us to live in this world in a detached manner. If we are
fortunate enough to imbibe this in our lives, we make ourselves happy and
little things do not bother us.  The greater the degree of detachment,
the greater is our capacity to accept things as they are and the greater is our
peace of mind. Now the question is, what things should bother us and what not?
The answer to this is not easy and varies from person to person. A thing which
is insignificant for one may not be so for the other. However, a general
principle may apply to all.  I learnt this from a real-life episode
which was narrated during a training programme which I am sharing here.

There
was a famous cardiologist in US, who was a very busy person. Apart from being
occupied in his medical practice, he rushed to various cities to deliver
lectures on his subject. All his lectures drew huge crowds and this made him
all the more popular and busy.  His schedule, therefore, had become so
hectic that his health came under great strain.

Once
he flew to a place to deliver a lecture but just before reaching the venue, he
suffered a heart attack and was rushed to a hospital. Fortunately, he was
attended to quickly and his life was saved. He recovered and went to deliver
the lecture on the very next day. The news of his heart attack was kept a
secret by his managers and so the audience was waiting eagerly for his talk.

This
time his lecture was altogether different. He did not speak on the complex
systems of the heart and the human body and the complicated ways of keeping
them healthy.  Instead, he said that human life was very precious
and should not be wasted on trivial things. Defining what these small things
were, the exact words he used were:

Small
things are not worth dying for;

And
all things are small.

He
concluded his lecture with these few lines, pleading that this formula was
enough to keep the heart and body healthy.

I
consider that his advice advocated nothing but the principle of
detachment.  Life is too precious to be wasted on small things,
and all worldly things are small when compared to the real goal of life.

About The Author

Rakesh K Mittal IAS

Sri Rakesh Kumar Mittal IAS (Retd.) had been an administrative officer in Uttar Pradesh state cadre for about 35 years. He is a spiritual man with high moral values and a selfless heart. He has founded 'Kabir Peace Mission'. He has also written several books on positive thinking.