Happy New Year-2012

Post date: Dec 30, 2011 6:38:58 PM

Happy new year... again !

I started this 'mini blog' exactly one year ago with same message :)

One year !... almost 150 posts (148, including this*). Not bad ! ...but I thought I will update it daily... ... actually still not bad !

I don't know how many visits and readers but I know you are one of them. Yes, you.

The year was good... especially the time I spent in India, read some awesome books, visited some good places, met some really awesome people... overall time was well spent.

Now 'New year' or 'old we' ? Time/year got old or we did? I am not asking this... but Bhartrihari said this centuries back, sometime around 4th or 5th century AD... What a genius he was !

भोगा न भुक्ता वयमेव भुक्ताः, तपो न तप्तं वयमेव तप्ताः| कालो न यातो वयमेव याताः तृष्णा न जीर्णा वयमेव जीर्णाः||

(हमने सांसारिक भोगों को नहीं भोगा बल्कि भोगों ने ही हमें भोग डाला। हमने तपस्या नहीं की बल्कि तापों ने ही हमे तपा डाला । समय नहीं बीता, बल्कि हम ही बीत गए । तृष्णा बूढ़ी नहीं हुई, बल्कि हम ही बूढ़े हो गए) !

The worldly pleasures have not been enjoyed by us, but we ourselves have been devoured (eaten up or dissipated). No religious austerities have been gone through, but we ourselves have become scorched (by the austerities of grief or anxiety) ; time Is not gone (being ever-present and infinite), but it is we who are gone (because of approaching death). Desire is not reduced in force, though we ourselves are reduced to senility.

(translation source)

Update: During same time I also wrote 24 posts on my blog Ojha-Uwaach, 7 on Kuchh-Baatein, 18 articles for i-next and some twits which doesn't count :)