Your life, is it turning into a legend ? Let it.

“Do you know this word.”, the moon-faced and smiling old man goes to the board, takes a piece of chalk, and writes on the board, beside the phasor diagram of a transformer, in his tiny, neat, round and cursive but not slanted writing, the english word, “Enthusiasm.”.

We keep silent and bend our heads. I am tempted to stand up and say, ” Yes I do.”, but then keep very quiet, I comprehend the english word full well, but not much about the diagram neatly drawn beside it. As the cliche goes, discretion is the better part of valour.
“No, you would’nt. Not only you don’t but you lack it, even..”, he says with his characteristic wry but sonorous chuckle.
He returns to the table, “And do you know this smaller word.?”, he pronounces it clearly and nicely in his soft, sweet voice and then spells it out too, for our benefit, ” Apathty, a-p-a-t-h-y.”,
Seeing us silent still, he chuckles again and moves back to the board and begins to write something again. We lift our heads a little to see what is taking shape on the board. It doesn’t read like English.
“Sthitapragjna. This is a Sanskrit word. Do you know what it means? “, Without waiting for our response he continues, ” It means someone who has attained the exalted state where he transcends pleasure or pain, enthusiasm or apathy., a very difficult stage to attain, needs lot of practice to cultivate such spirit of renunciation. ”
We are at a loss as to why the Professor is intent on teaching us this complex philosophy, seems more difficult than the difference between a vector and a phasor, between potential and Electro motive force.
The professor smiles, an amalgam of a smirk and a sneer, “You are fortunate to have attained this exalted state without any effort. I need to emulate you. Now, going back to my duty, .I need to perform my ordained karma,…..”
That was our professor, a student of the great, M.G.Say ( Electrical Machines.). And I understand he was also a class fellow of E.H.Levitt, (Thermodynamics, Mechanical Technology, Fluid Mechanics.),, and Clayton, (D.C.Machines), too,
I now know the meaning of the term ‘Sthitapragna’ , though I have yet to come across one, who fully conforms to the ideal.

Here is a sweet song of the early sixties, rendered by Lata Mangeshkar from the Hindi movie,”Towerhouse”, which exemplifies some elements of the term, defined for our benefit, by our professor.
Here is my attempt at translation of the lyric into English.It is followed by the lyric in original, in Roman script.

Fan your heart, it is aflame.

Oh, my tender, simple heart, don’t you worry over your woes, This world will sure, come to understand your story, one day or other.

Do make some room for hurts and wounds too, in this, your heart , now full of hopes and aspirations. Your heart is aflame, I know, fan it a bit, it’ll glow.
Is your life turning into an ethereal legend ? Don’t worry, let it, Oh, my tender, simple heart, don’t you worry over your woes, This world will sure, come to understand your story, one day or other.

Why complain of your lot, what use shedding tears over yourself ? It’s useless, believe me, nothing comes of it.
What you gloat of, now, as yours, could be lost for you in a jiffy.

So, my tender, simple heart, don’t you worry over your woes, This world will sure, come to understand your story, some day or other.

Tu gham se na ghabraana.

Aye mere dil-e-nadaan tu gham se na ghabarana …2
ik din to samajh legi duniya tera afsaana
aye mere dil-e-nadaan tu gham se na ghabarana …2

armaan bhare dil mein zakhmon ko jagah dede ….2
bhadke hue sholon ko kuch aur hawa dede
banti hai to ban jaaye yeh zindagi afsaana

aye mere dil-e-nadaan tu gham se na ghabarana
ik din to samajh legi duniya tera afsaana
aye mere dil-e-nadaan tu gham se na ghabarana

faryad se kya haasil rone se natija kya…..2
bekaar hai yeh baatein in baaton se hoga kya
apna bhi ghadi bhar mein, ban jaata hai begaana

aye mere dil-e-nadaan tu gham se na ghabarana
ik din to samajh legi duniya tera afsaana
aye mere dil-e-nadaan tu gham se na ghabarana
…………………

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