"If you have the fuel inside you, then I want to be the burning match that touches that fuel. And I want to see you burn. That is my life purpose.That is the founding step of Unleash Your Power."
- Ashish Anand
Imagine 70 years from now. 2086.Most of us, will be dead or our bodies will be disintegrating in front of our eyes.This world is a graveyard. The sooner we can embrace this realization, the faster we can discover our life purpose.
My speech today is about celebrating life. It is about embracing our mortality and living the gift we have been born with. It is about celebrating life like the hunger of the rose, when it is touched by the first drop of rain.
Let me tell you a story.
Since last one year I go for a run almost every second day. On this jogging track where I run, sometimes I see other regular joggers. One of them is a woman, quiet pretty, looked determined as she moves on the jogging track.
For quite some months I did not see her on the track and then recently I saw her on the jogging track and I was stunned. I had trouble recognizing her at first but it was her. Her hair had gone. She looked very unwell. And she was walking slowly. And for a moment I was stuck. I thought what the fuck was that. Is she unwell? Is she going through a life crisis? Does she have cancer? Is she going through chemotherapy?
I felt "Oh My God" I can’t go on for this run. If this is life, it is too brutal and I don’t know if anything makes sense. Isn’t this world an illusion? What are we going after if in the end nothing may matter?
And then another thought came to me.
The thought was, "Yes I don’t know what was that. It was just my guess. But if it was so, then I can sense a tremendous recognition for this woman’s strength, courage and ferocity to return fire with fire no matter what life sends our way as humanity."
It was a sobering moment. I kept running.
I felt I have to run. I have to take the next steps. Accept life in all it’s challenges and brutality.And take that next step for the sake of my heart and for the heart of the mankind.
It is not just this woman who may be going through this mortality challenge.It is each one of us. We are all dying every day.That fate was sealed when we were born.There is finite time we have.And we have a choice how we want to live this time we have been given.
When we embrace this realization, we can begin to ask ourselves, what do we want to do in the time we have?
Too many people are either unconscious of their own mortality or are embroiled in their fears of basic survival. There is nothing wrong with this as such. Survival is an important skill to practice. It is genetic.
But for many of us, especially if you are hearing me or reading me, survival is not a question.You will survive.Your basic needs will always find a way to be met.You have enough intelligence and good fortune to take care of yourself. We are exaggerating our survival worries as humanity and choosing to ignore the bigger question about life purpose.
My invitation to you is that you begin to inquire about what is your life purpose?
This world is a graveyard.
Every human you see is lined up on the exit gate of life.
Try to wake up from your unconscious trivialities and look at life in its deeper face and the opportunities it offers while we are present and we have a chance to do something meaningful and amazing. Something which can touch your heart, something which can touch the heart of the humanity.
And don’t forget to have fun. Understanding of philosophy including mortality does not mean it precludes us from the elements of fun, lightness and humor. It actually enhances the fun, lightness and humor in this life.
It is good to meet people. It is good visit beautiful places. It is good to enjoy amazing moments. It is good to handle challenges. It is good to live your gifts. But keep in view that you have finite time and that you recognize it as a supreme gift life has given you.
Do something today,this week,this month,this year,this decade,for the rest of your life, to celebrate this incredible gift of life you have. Celebrate life till the last breath before you leave the body and become a pure soul. Celebrate life like the rose that is touched by the first drop of rain. Let that shadow and light inside you, burn like a volcano to touch the heartbeat of the world.
Speech Video : Hunger of the Rose
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Ashish Anand (Founder, Unleash Your Power)
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