There was a guy amongst us whose favourite dish was the most inappropriate of the combinations. He would always order aloo (dry and without curry) along with chaawal when all of us sat down to eat. Everyone would gawk at the odd combination he would gulp down. What he ate seemed ridiculous to all of us!
Every other thing about him was weird. He used to wear a green shirt with blue pants, red socks and brown shoes. He would have been an object of ridicule but for his brilliance and most of us relied on him when we got stuck with our jobs. He was a mine of information and always seemed to be ready with solutions whenever we got stuck!
So everyone tolerated his weird combinations. If he would have been anyone else, he would have been an outcast in our circle.
Then for sometime, he began to stay aloof. He would disappear for long periods of time in the evenings and seemed to have quit from our social circle.
Then the transformation happened.
He was back to normal. It seemed incredible! He would eat what everyone would eat and stopped eating Aloo Chawal. He also stopped wearing weird color combinations when it came to clothes and looked very smart and handsome.
For sometime we did not ask him the reason of the sudden change. But when it became a routine for a fairly long time, one of us couldnt help but ask.
His reply was amazing!
“I was brilliant but foolish when it came to applying my brilliance. I had the desire to be a healthy human being but was messing with my health with smoking and drinking. I wanted to get the best out of my environment but was driving the most polluting SUV. I wanted other people to respect me while I had no respect for them. I was at odds with myself in almost everything. i did observe my odd behaviour but could do little to rectify it. So I decided to live with unsuitable combinations when it came to eating and dressing because my life was a horrible mix and match of unsuitable combinations. I vowed that I would punish myself till the time I achieved at least 80% harmony in the goals of my life. My weird combination of aloo chawal and my colorful dressing sense would serve me as a reminder. That my life was too messed up and needed attention and this was a good way to remind me of my priorities.”
“So what changed you? How did you get that 80% harmony?”
I started meditating. It gave me inner connection and the strength to change what I previously couldn’t. From observing my flaws helplessly, I could transform myself and get rid of my conflicting behaviour. I changed for good and now I don’t see any reason to eat Aloo Chawal. I am living in harmony with my priorities!”
So that explained his long periods of absence. He was connecting with himself, achieving the harmony and removing the discord. And he had worked it from inside out.
His words made us introspect. There was too much of Aloo Chawal in our life too. Only we were blind to it!