In Search of Joy

By Rakesh K Mittal IAS on 01-01-2018

Over the past few years, television has made tremendous progress in our country. There is such a bewildering variety and number of programmes that it is difficult to decide what to see. Two serials from which I drew important messages are Nukkad and Junoon. The serial Nukkad was on the life in a street corner of a small town. All the characters of the serial were persons who could barely make their living. Some were not even employed and depended on the help of their colleagues. Some had developed the habit of drinking due to frustration. They were, at times, also exploited by vested interests. On the other hand, Junoon was the story of very rich people who had accumulated lakhs of rupees by dubious means. Many of them were engaged in underworld activities and had intense rivalries with each other. Outwardly they displayed affluence and moved around in the upper class of society. But inwardly, they too were frustrated, and often resorted to drinking as a result thereof.

However, in Nukkad the group as a whole appears quite cheerful and contented. They enjoy every moment of life despite all the problems they face. They happily accept the shortcomings of others and try to help each other beyond their means. There is no tension visible on their faces. The opposite is the case in the serial Junoon.  In this group, the characters are so busy amassing wealth that they have no time to enjoy life. The unfair, illegal means of making a fortune further adds to their worries. Not only this, they are always fearful of the police or of a rival or of their own men. This makes their lives very tense, rendering it totally joyless. This made me think about the very definition of richness or poverty. I feel these are however not at all absolute terms but simply the states of mind. If one is richer outwardly, it is very poor inwardly and vice versa. The first group, despite being poor, is happy, while the second group is miserable despite all the riches. And if we go by the ultimate aim of living, which is happiness, it is the first group which achieves the objective and not the latter.

I do not intend to arrive at any absolute conclusion. The reality is somewhere in between. I am just raising a question for those who feel that happiness lies only in having more and more riches, irrespective of the means of acquiring them. For true happiness there has to be a balance between the outer and the inner growth. In the examples cited, the happiness of the first group as well as the misery of the second group are the
results of their ignorance. I feel that bliss is better than misery of any kind. From this point of view, the state of poverty has more richness in it.

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.