The world is suffering from a severe psychological crisis, due to negative elements, sorrow and sufferings around us. This is aggravated by the ongoing COVID pandemic.
Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University of Technology (MAKAUT), WB is organizing an online Lecture Series "Sorrow-Depression-Joy", based on what the sages of ancient India and other eminent personalities have told about overcoming this problem. They were truth realizers and this problem was foreseen by them. That is why they set the goal of life as complete removal of miseries, hence achieving bliss. The Honourable Vice-Chancellor of MAKAUT Prof. (Dr.) Saikat Maitra has been the key inspiration behind organizing online Lecture Series on topics of this kind, especially in this pandemic situation. The audience was mostly young students of MAKAUT, its affiliated colleges and other institutions. The teachers and other staff of MAKAUT were also present. The eminent speaker in the fourth lecture of the ongoing series on the 16th of May 2021 was Swami Suparnanandaji Maharaj, Secretary, Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Golpark.
The session started with the Hon'ble Vice-Chancellor of the University Prof. (Dr.) Saikat Maitra welcoming all the participants of the webinar and expressing his sincere regards to Swami Sarvalokanandaji Maharaj. He pointed out the importance of the webinar's topic of discussion in this pandemic situation. Due to this pandemic, everyday we come across plenty of negative news and facts. This leads to apprehension which in turn is harmful for our mental and physical well-being. Within us a fear psychosis gets triggered. But we must remember that the human civilization always gets challenged by various crisis, be it man-made or natural. The crisis may leave us in ruins. However, just as the phoenix rises from the ashes, we must also rise up from the ruins. We must not accept defeat. We have to gain back our self-confidence and that must be key to do so.
Swamiji expressed his sincere gratitude to the MAKAUT family. He beautifully explained the entire concept of Sorrow-Depression-Joy using one song of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore.
মেঘ বলেছে যাবো যাবো
রাত বলেছে যাই,
সাগর বলে কূল মিলেছে
আমি তো আর নাই,
দুঃখ বলে রইনু চুপে
তাঁহার পায়ের চিহ্নরূপে,
আমি বলে মিলাই আমি
আর কিছু না চাই,
ভুবন বলে তোমার তরে
গগন বলে তোমার তরে
লক্ষ প্রদীপ জ্বালা,
প্রেম বলে যে যুগে যুগে
তোমার লাগি আছি জেগে,
মরণ বলে আমি তোমার জীবনতরী বাই।
Leisurely floating chunks of cloud provides the assurance, 'Well, I'll go'.
'I am here to drive and navigate your life boat'.
In this song we can see a nine entities speaking: cloud, night, ocean, sorrow, me, world, sky, love and death. We experience sorrow. But over the years time heals our sorrow, but leaves a deep impression on us. However, joy does not leave such an impression or mark. Joy comes to us only when we rise up and above or earthly existence and beyond our mind and body.
In the song tagore talks about night, clouds and ocean who tries to subdue and vanquish us. These night, clouds and oceans are representatives of obstacles in our lives. Obstacles are bound to come in our lives. But we must remain undaunted. When we are undauted all these obstacles will retreat just like cloud, night and ocean say, "We will go". All the obstacles may unite and try to pull us down. However, if we remain undaunted then nobody can stop us from reaching the shore. Sorrow tries to repress us always. But we have to tread past and trample all sorrows, and the sorrows will merely exist as a mark on our feet. When we gather our strengths to overcome all sorrows the same world and sky will greet us with garland and lamps. To vanquish all sorrows we must take resort to love and tenderness. This love and tenderness teach us sacrifice. This love keeps us awake for eons. Death comes to take life. But strengthened by love, we can make death our servant. The one who was prepared to kill us will now take the onus of our life. The beacon of life will shine for those who have treaded the path of love to rise above death and sorrow.
If you experience depression do not infect others with it. Eradicate your depression by your ownself through the path of love, enthusiasm, sacrifice and charity. Help others as in the happiness of others lies our joy. Love will drive us along the path of life.
"যে প্রেম সম্মুখ পানে চলিতে চালাতে নাহি জানে,
যে প্রেম পথের মধ্যে পেতে ছিল
তার বিলাপের সম্ভাষণ
পথের ধুলার মতো জড়ায়ে
ধরেছে তব পায়ে………..।"
To watch the full webinar visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=292FuoA_iwk
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