Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Wisdom Is All Around Us

'The Book I am Reading'

"In this way is justice done, because justice is a judgment that is both fair and forgiving. Justice is not done until everyone is satisfied, even those who offend us and must be punished by us. You can see, by what we have done with these two boys (actually they were fighting on religion in the slums of Bombay, those 'two boys'), that justice is not only the way we punish those who do wrong. It is also the way we try to save them."

These are one of among, a few words of wisdom from the book 'Shantaram', delivered by Quasim Ali, owner of one of many a slums in Bombay, with 25,000 different souls residing. This is just one, there are many more wisdom from many different people, shooting like a shooting star on a dark moonless night, in every chapter of the book I've read so far. Surprisingly none among wisdom deliverers, are respectable position holder in the society. Quasim Ali is a slumlord, few are drunkards, one is an illiterate guide, one is a mafia lord named Khaderbhai, a slut, junkies, Kalra (I don't know yet, what she does), and I guess many more will come.

Reading the book, I realized that everyone in this world has got some wisdom with them. But the nature of the societies, or so called respectable societies in India, is to discard all the wisdom, however precious they are, coming from non-precious people. The servant working in your household, he also have some wisdom with him, just try to explore with an open heart, and you'll find a few. Wisdom comes out of human experiences, and not through books or degrees. Kabeer, the greatest mystic and hell of a great poet, was illiterate, and was a weaver by profession. Wisdom can come from anywhere and everywhere, all we need is an open and a seekers heart.