You come with nothing. And you will go with nothing. Then, as Osho, the Master, asks, “Why all this drama in between?”
Social media is afire with the Ilayaraaja-SPB issue. Ilayaraaja’s attorney has served a legal notice on SPB restraining the renowned singer and his troupe from performing the music maestro’s compositions. SPB is currently touring the US as part of “SPB50 – a concert tour celebrating 50 years of SPB’s musical journey”. SPB, via his Facebook Page, has been dignified in not taking on Ilayaraaja; he has politely said that he will go by the law and respect the notice that he has been served. But social media has not been very considerate to Ilayaraaja. Most opinions are critical of Ilayaraaja’s action. They believe music is universal and by trying to regulate and control the use of his compositions, Ilayaraaja is likely to lose the halo around him and the aura around his body of work.
I believe there’s a deeper spiritual message for all of us here. If we examine ourselves and our attitude to our work, our Life, our possessions, each of us, in some way or the other, is behaving like Ilayaraaja is. There’s surely an Ilayaraaja in each of us. I come from the Osho school of thought. And hence this perspective.
Think about it. This whole lifetime of ours is spent in acquiring – from a name at birth to qualifications to wealth to patents to relationships to assets – only to leave behind everything, that is, “stuff”, that we cannot take with us, when leaving this planet. So, this way, living in a forever-acquiring-controlling-mode, we are completely missing the essence of Life! Our possessing, controlling, nature makes us feel miserable, insecure and causes all our suffering.
To be sure, you must never be serious about what you can never hold on to, what you have to lose any which way and what you can never save for use in another lifetime (as far as each of us experientially knows, there isn’t another lifetime; this is it!). So, there really is no point in being so serious about what you own, what you claim to be yours and what you want to fight for. Even this lifetime is a gift – you didn’t ask to be born, did you? Your birth, as a (well-ordained, well-endowed, in most cases) human, is your biggest, priceless, gift. (And yet, imagine, so many sweat or sulk over material birthday gifts that money can buy!!!) By fighting silly battles with people, and over issues that are inconsequential in the longer term of your definite-to-expire lifetime, you are squandering precious time.
Clearly, nobody takes anything with them when they depart. This is as much a certainty about our lives as death itself is.
I believe Ilayaraaja (and his effort to regulate the use of his much-loved compositions) is but a metaphor. We too are often clinging on to people, relationships, ideas, opinions, IPRs, property, money and what not. And through each act of clinging on, and with each avoidable battle we fight, we are suffering.
The only way to escape all that suffering is this: let go! Whatever you do, offer it to the Universe. Life expresses itself through you. Your art, whatever it is – just as music is to Ilayaraaja – is flowing through you. You are merely an instrument delivering it in this Universe. If you can internalize this perspective, and have it stay there, well, you will be eternally peaceful, blessed and happy!