Keep walking

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 18 Oct 2017 12:12:34


By Vijay Phanshikar,


 

 

 

Aaste Bhag Aasinasyordhwasthithati Tishthatah/
Shete Nipadyamanasya Charati Charato Bhagascharaiveti//
- Aitareya Brahman.
(He who keeps sitting has his fortune stalled.
He who stands up has his fortune, too, stand up.
He who keeps sleeping has his fortune asleep.
He who keeps walking has his fortune
walking.
So keep walking, keep walking.)

THIS is one of the most powerful advices
given by the Gods to Man, that is by Lord Indra (in the garb of a Brahmin) to Prince Rohit, son of Raja Harishchandra) --
Charaiveti, Charaiveti ... Keep walking, keep walking!

Several nuances can be extracted out of this message. One obvious message is: Keep
walking if you want your fortune also to keep walking. Here, walking is not just the act of walking; it denotes effort -- of moving
forward, of continuous action, of continuously seeking newer destination ...! He who keeps walking is in continuous action. Naturally, his fortune, too, will be moving
forward with him.
There is another nuance, too. It establishes existence of Fortune! Yes, fortune is a factor in human progress. Fortune, Fate, Destiny! It has its own role to play in human journey, human life -- the span between birth and death. This factor -- of fortune -- is inseparably linked to human action. If you act, your fortune will act. If you keep sitting, your fortune will get stalled. If you keep sleeping, your fortune, too, would be asleep. But if you keep walking, if you keep making constant effort, your
fortune, too, would be on the move, on a
forward march.
What a terrific message!
Because this approach acknowledges the existence of the factor of fortune, some may tend to call it ‘fatalism’, that is
acknowledgement of human helplessness in the wake of the fortune factor. But such an interpretation would be wrong, unfair. For, this verse does not talk of supremacy of
fortune as the factor. It talks of fortune, fate, destiny, as an accompanying factor -- in
tandem with human effort, proportionate to human industry: Charati Charato Bhagascharaiveti (He who walks has his
fortune walk with him)!
Look at the importance of action,
continuous action, purposeful action, planned effort, as the verse highlights -- Charaiveti, Charaiveti ...
There are many complex metaphors hidden in this verse, of course. There are many
concealed meanings in this verse. One can decipher those in very many ways.
Let us talk of the continuous walk -- which the verse expects to take place in human life. Walking means moving towards a destination, naturally. When one walks, one moves
forward. When one moves forward, one
reaches some point ahead, some
destination -- temporary or final. So, keep walking!
But then, the sages also asked of themselves and the Gods and the Brahma as to what the final destination should be for human
incarnation.
And the answer is -- Moksha, Nirvana -- Salvation! Oh!
That is what every sage says, every wise man suggests, every holy book talks of.
Moksha!
Towards that destination one has to keep walking.
Look at how expressions get formed --
destination, Destiny! Your destination is Moksha. In other words, your Destiny’s final
purpose is to lead you to Moksha!
But where is this place called Moksha?
That is a very tricky issue, of course. But no, there is also a definite answer. It is nowhere else outside you. It is right inside you, says the sage:

Na Moksho Nabhasah Prushthe Na Pataaley Na Bhutaley/
Moksho Hi Cheto Vimalam Samyag Dnyanawabodhitam//
- Yogavaasishtha
(5.73.35)
(Moksha is not to be found in the skies or on the surface of the Earth or in the Netherworld. It is to be found in a pious, pure, and alert inner being that is aglow with
complete knowledge).
So, Moksha is not something outside one’s being; it is right there, in the innermost
sanctum of being. So, one does not have to travel away from one’s being. Much to the contrary, one has to travel inward all the time, in search of that ultimate of destinations, in the wake of Destiny’s Will!
This definition of Moksha came in the advice of Sage Vasishtha to teenage Prince Ram who sought wisdom before he started his task as the king of Ayodhya. ‘Sire, oh the
wisest of wise sages, please give me a sane advice. Please educate me. Please lead me to my final destination’, Prince Ram implored. To this request, Sage Vasishtha gave a detailed exposition of the concept of human elevation. And finally, to that wise young Prince, Vasishtha said, “Find your destination within you”.
And until you reach that destination, Charaiveti, Charaiveti ...!