“It is so Simple to be Happy, but so Difficult to be Simple!”
I’m sure, we have all come across this saying once in our lifetime, atleast the movie buffs would have. This dialogue is from my all time favorite Hrishida’s (Hrishikesh mukherjee) movie “ bawarchi”…
This was the feeling I had the moment I visited the Gandhi Ashram at Ahmedabad. I was touched by its simplicity. I guess the very word ‘simplicity’ symbolizes Gandhi, somebody I never understood for a long time and then when I understood him, he failed to go away from my mind…That’s the power of GANDHI.. He was one man who practiced first and then preached.. The world needs leaders like him today. Always being persistent and focused. I truly feel that I was lucky to have had the opportunity to pay a visit to the ashram.
It’s places and people like this which make you wonder, is it worth wasting all your precious time for some perishable materialistic goals. A small humble home with bare necessities and lots of garden space and a breathtaking view of the Sabarmati river…this is all that the place has.. Of course the beautiful display building designed by renowned Architect Charles Correa is worth a mention..
He has designed the whole building with so much care and Gandhiji’s ideas and thoughts are the highlights. The building only emphasizes gandhiji’s principles. It’s a beautiful work of art. One feature which impressed me the most and which will always be in my everlasting memory is a white wall with Gandhiji’s dictum on it.. It said: “My life is my Message”….I just sat in front of that wall and kept staring into it aimlessly.. that was the power of simplicity. One has to see it to experience it. This place also has lovely rare photographs of Gandhi, which instantly bring a smile onto your face.. Especially photos where, Gandhiji is looking thru a microscope etc.
The meaning of life lies not in the grand moments of happiness we are pursuing, but in those millions of tiny moments of pleasure which we often comfortably choose to ignore or postpone.
I just heard Joyce Meyer on TV the other day and was laughing and agreeing at the same time to what she said. She said” Life is so simple that sometimes smart people fail to get it.” Isn’t this true!!!