Beyond Shmasaanavairagyam Yadaa sattwam pravrddhe tu pralayam yaati dehabhoot Tadottamavidam lokaanamalaanpratipadyate (Gita 14.14) When a man dies during the preponderance of Sattwa, he obtains the stainless ethereal worlds (heaven etc.,) attained by men of noble deeds. Shmasanavairagyam is the temporary attitude of mind one expresses while leaving the cremation/burial ground after performing the last rites of a beloved one. It is said, one gets over it fast and gets involve in ‘business as usual’. Thought about this while surfing mails, reading newspapers and watching TV since the night of July 27, 2015, when Kalam’s passing away was reported. I am keying in this note on the morning of July 30, 2015. The short piece recorded by Srijan Pal Singh (on July 27/28) who was with Kalam on July 27 gives deep insight into the human being that Kalam is. Mr Singh says: “The topic of lecture, Kalam selected for his course at IIM Shillong was ‘Creating a Livable Planet Earth’. He related the incident to the topic and said, “it seems the man-made forces are as big a threat to the livability of earth as pollution”. We discussed on how, if this trend of violence, pollution and reckless human action continues we will forced to leave earth. “Thirty years, at this rate, maybe”, he said. “You guys must do something about it… it is going to be your future world” Let us commit that we will take these thoughts forward, beyond Shmasaanavairagyam. M G Warrier


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