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A reflection based on an observation of seeing and how a particular common sight is seen in different perspective, depending upon who is SEEING

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  1. 1. A PRESENTATION ON REFLECTION by ASGAR FAKHRUDIN www.hikmaah.com
  2. 2. Verily! In the creation of the heavens and the earth, and in the alternation of night and day, there are indeed signs for men of understanding. - 190 : SURAH AL IMRAn Scientific Fact: The retina is a transparent , paper thin layer of nerve tissue at the back of the eyeball, on which the eye's lens projects an image of the world. It is connected by the optic nerve, a million fibre cell, to regions deep in the brain. A human retina is less than a centimetre square and half millimetre thick. It takes robot vision programme about 100 computer instructions to derive single edge or motion detection from a comparable video image. 100 million instructions are needed to do a million detection's, and 1000 MIPS to repeat them ten times per second to match the retina. ( Article on the net - ' When will computer hardware match the human brain - Hans Moravec)
  3. 3. Just go to think of it. Thousands of birth per minute around the world - chubby cheeks, rosy lips, dimple chin, glowing eyes with retina in place, needing no computer programme, no human ingenuity, no advertisement promotion - a complete packaging, a miracle indeed. All Hamd is for Allah for his Glorious creation. With the help of retina, we are able to see, and that itself is marvel of Allah's creation. But as I was reflecting on this, a thought provoking aspect of 'seeing' held me spell bound and I cried aloud ALHAMDOLILLAH! 'To see' is relative to one who is seeing. To illustrate my point, I will narrate a very common sight that we happen to see a number of times. A kite (bird of hawk family) who has ensnared a mouse firmly between its legs, was being pursued frantically by other kites and crows, and there was a much commotion up in the sky. A common scene that we witness in our cities.
  4. 4.  Coming to my point, the above scene being enacted high in the sky was seen by different types of people at the same time.  For the street children fighting over coins thrown out to them from the passing car, the chase in the skies, provided a merry diversion, and they cheered and ran around and looked up expectantly, as to what will be the final outcome.  For a Merrill Lynch & Co.Inc: executive enjoying his lunch break on the 20th floor plush office and looking out of the glass windows, the spectacle in the sky is viewed with interest, as the art of survival in the highly competitive market place, by deft and timely marketing techniques. He is thinking of incorporating one or two features from the fight in the sky and the lessons learnt, in the report on 'overriding the market sentiments', that he is busy preparing for the upcoming seminar.  For a betting syndicate boss out for lunch with his cronies, the fight above in the sky, gives them an opportunity to horn their 'betting skills' and each puts his bet, on who will ultimately get the prized booty - in this case the mouse.
  5. 5.  A politician who is facing censor and investigations resulting from 'tahelka type' exposures, sees himself as the 'poor kite' who is being pursued, one who has by dint of hard work got hold of the well deserved 'meat' and now his own tribe is after him, to rob him of the booty.  A radical trade unionist addressing a meeting, looks up and on seeing the spectacle in the sky, exhorts his comrades to unitedly fight for their rights, and kite with the prey is seen as the bourgeois capitalist who alone wants to enjoy the fruits of their collective labour.  Thus a common spectacle is seen in countless other ways by different set of people. Now let me bring you back to what finally happens high up in the sky.  The kite tries many ways to escape with its prey. At last exhausted and disgusted, it drops the mouse, which is instantly caught by another kite, which is now hotly pursued. Once free of its burden, it alights to rest on a tree branch, beneath which a wise sage is sitting and he has also been observing closely the spectacle in the sky.
  6. 6.  The kite,once free of its burden, alights to rest on a tree branch, beneath which a wise sage is sitting and he has also been observing closely the spectacle in the sky.  This is what he says: 'Oh what peace and happiness attend upon him who shakes off all worldly attractions and burdens and becomes free! What danger otherwise.' Thus saying he falls into deep contemplation. How very true.  To 'let go' does not mean to forsake the world and go deep into the woods.  It is more to do with our attitude towards materialism. If we make it a means to attend a noble end, it is beneficial but if we make it an 'end in itself' it will surely bring sorrow and misery. A sterling example of what I want to convey is reflected in the life of Moulana Ali (S.A.) and in the nasihat of Syedi Sadikali Saheb.  'hazar viga zameen kherta pote apni kuvaat thi  khazuri te ma boi ne daulat peda karta mehnat thi'
  7. 7.  But at the same time Moulana Ali (S.A.) admonishes worldly materialism with the words ' khank che tara khazana upar....'  Detachment in human relationship does not mean an absence of caring. It means caring so much, that you suspend your own value judgements about others and relate to them from a position of love rather than attempting to control or judge them. The person who is detached in this sense is one who will avoid all the unnecessary sufferings that most people experience in their relationship.  Try squeezing a handful of water and see how quickly it disappears. But relax and let your hand flow in the same water as long as you like. This is the principle of detachment and flowing. Allowing the things to flow naturally is the way of the universe. (Book: "You'll see it when you believe it" by Dr. Wayne W.Dyer)  I highly recommend this book.
  8. 8.  All Hamd is for Allah for His azeem ehsanats for having blessed us with a Hadi and Rehbar.  When it comes to Hamd and Shukr for the azeem ehsans of our beloved Aqa Moula (TUS)and his Mansoos A’li Qdr Muffadhal Moula Saifuddin (TUS).  Words fail me, and tears, deep down feeling of gratefulness, spiritual bliss, resolve to serve my Moula and community better, are some of the few things that I offer in humility, fully aware of my limitation of knowledge and capacity.  I end in the words of Syedi Sadikali Saheb :       "Dai che pan ginaye che goya Imam ma Che muktada azal thi salaat o siyaam ma Mazmoon hiqmato na che jena kalam ma Arwah ni haj yakeen che jena salaam ma Burhanuddin na chera ma hi Rab nu che vuzud Karze jukhi ne ehne tu Sadik Ali sujuud"  Here I would take the liberty to add:  'Sadik Ali jo jota aa Burhanuddin ni shaan  Shukr na asu fakat niklta, ruki jata kalaam '

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