Dialogue – 196 (Intents…)

“How can we know the intents?”

“We can guess them….through indirect means, like clues and indications..”

“Are intents easy to decipher..?”

“Intents are as complex as we are… They change, transform and vary in size, shape, colour and content…. It is difficult to say something final… However, our intents have something to do with our nature… Hence, knowing the nature can help predict intents to quite an extent…”

“How do our intents show up…?”

“They show up through the actions we take…”

“How do our intents travel… Like, in time and space….?”

“They travel through the difference we make….”

“So, in the end, it is all about making a difference…”

“It always was…. From the beginning, till the end… It will always be… It always should be…. And contrary to common understanding, it is the intents those actually make the difference… It is not the results….”

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Dialogue – 195 ( کیمرہ )

آ جائیے جناب۔ بیٹھیں۔

شُکریہ۔

بتائیں۔ کِس سلسلے میں آئے ہیں۔

وہ آپ سے ذکر ہوا تھا۔ اُسی کام کے سلسلے میں آیا ہوں۔

وہ تو آپ سے فون پر بھی بات ہوئی تھی۔ کام ایسے نہیں ہو گا۔

پر ، میرا تو سب پیپر ورک مکمّل ہے۔

سر جی ، اصل کاغذی کاروائی کُچھ اور ہے، اُسکا کاغذ مُختلف ہے، آپ پُرانے کاروباری ہیں، سمجھتے تو ہوں گے۔

جی ۔ نوٹ والا کاغذ۔

لیجئے ، بجلی بھی بند ہو گئی۔ اب کیمرہ بھی بند۔ ۔ اب جلدی جلدی یہیں ‘کاغذ’ میرے حوالے کریں۔ میں آپ کا کام آدھے گھنٹے میں کروا دیتا ہوں۔

یہ کیمرے کب لگے؟

یہ گزشتہ ماہ لگے۔ نئے ڈائریکٹر صاحب نے لگوائے ، پر بھلا ہو ٹھیکیدار کا ، ابھی تک یو پی ایس نہیں لگایا۔ اور بجلی تو اس مُلک میں بند ہوتی ہی رہتی ہے۔ ہاہاہا۔ اور پِھر ، کیمرہ بند۔

میں چلتا ہوں۔ کام کے لئے کوئی اور طریقہ سوچ لوں گا۔ 

کیوں جناب۔ میں نے آپ کو انتہائی مُناسب ڈیل بتائی ہے۔ کُچھ بھی تو زیادہ نہیں۔

ہاں، پر ایک کیمرہ ایسا بھی ہے جو کبھی بند نہیں ہوتا۔

Dialogue – 194 (Originality…)

“Mr Y called me last week…..asked me for my cell No…”

“Ahan…”

“Isn’t it strange…!”

“No.. May be he wanted to contact you on cell, due to some reason…”

“…which is exactly I don’t understand…”

“Hmm… Well, did you give him the cell No..?”

“Yes…”

“And why then, keeping your viewpoint?… 🙂 “

“He said he wanted to transform me into a better person…..and to give me tips for improvement…”

“Wow… 😀 …. So, what all transformations were made….! How much did you improve?..”

“Nothing much… On cell phone contact, he asked for my street address….”

“Wowowow…… 😀 😀 … Now why did he ask for that…?”

“That I don’t know…”

“Did you give him the address….?”

“No…”

“Do you intend to…?”

“That’s something I want to ask you…. Should I…?”

“Well… Well…. He wants to reach you for sure…. But ‘why’, is still a question…”

“Why does he want to contact me like that…?”

“There are underlying reasons to everything… We are complex creatures… We don’t always come out original….. We disguise…. We like to pose…”

“Ahan…”

“And, as a matter of fact, we also like to see portrayals and poses… It is thus both ways… At one hand we don’t come out open, and at the other we want to see a perfect ‘performance’ by people…”

“Do we…! Do we really want to see fake people around…?”

“Yes… Quite sometime.. Like, in entertainment, fashion industry, showbiz, theater, etc we even utter things like ‘what a good acting’… Same things are observed during marriage-making and even in relationships….. Even in religious practices and rituals, we like to show off, and admire show offs… We like to have formalities, which are in fact counter to originality…. On the top of it, the advent of social media has main-streamed it in an unprecedented way….”

“But why do we do that all..! Why can’t we stay original…!?”

“Because we like an imperfect world, faked to be perfect… We do that due to fears, insecurities, apprehensions which are self-generated, partly by intents and partly by expected consequences of acts…”

“Hmmmm…. That sounds weird… Means we as a whole, are fake at heart….”

“No…. In the heart of our hearts, we love originality, and are in fact dying to find it, love it and crave it…. We want to be original, to sing and dance ‘like no one is watching’, to open ourselves to the world, to unleash our potentials, to be merry, to cry too…. We want to see originality in people…. We really adore original people…. And that’s exactly why all human beings, irrespective of their caste, race, culture, ethnicity, religion or nationhood, love those original creatures….”

“Which original creatures…?”

“Kids… The children…. The honey-bunches…..the sugar-palms…..the umpy umpy ump kins…..the sweeties pies…… They are the symbols of originality in this fake world….”

Dialogue – 193 ( دُعا اور سلام )

ہیلو۔

السلام علیکم جناب۔ کیا آپ گھر پر ہی ہیں۔

جی ہاں۔ آپ کون؟

میری آپ سے کل بات ہوئی تھی۔

ہاں ہاں۔ یاد آیا۔ تو آپ کِس سلسلے میں ملنا چاہ رہے ہیں۔

بس یونہی ۔ سلام کرنے۔ دُعا دینے۔

آپ شہر کے دوسرے حصے سے صرف سلام ، دُعا کے لئے آئیں گے!؟

جی۔

عجیب سی بات ہے۔

کیسے؟

یہاں لوگ بغیر وجہ کے نظر بھی نہیں ڈالتے ، توجہ بھی نہیں دیتے۔ اور آپ خود آنا چاہتے ہیں۔

دو انسانوں میں سلام اور دعا سے بڑی وجہ کیا ہو سکتی ہے۔

بے شمار وجوہات ہو سکتی ہیں۔

مثلاً۔

مثلاً کوئی کام ، کوئی سفارش ، کوئی فیور ، کوئی آسانی کی بات ، کوئی لِنک ، کوئی نیٹ ورکِنگ ، کوئی اپروچ۔

 میں بھی اسی لئے حاضر ہو رہا ہوں۔ اُمید ہے اب آپ سمجھ گئے ہوں گے۔

سمجھ گیا۔

بہت اچھے جناب۔

معافی چاہتا ہوں۔ میں نے آج تک دعا اور سلام کو ان معنوں میں سمجھا ہی نہیں۔

الفاظ کو معانی ہماری نیت اور عمل پہناتے ہیں ۔ اور ملاقات کو ، ہماری دُعا اور سلام۔

Dialogue – 192 (Prime attributes of goodness and virtue)

“I am attending a self-development workshop….”

“Wow… That’s exciting!..”

“Yes, it seems quite rewarding… I am feeling elevated, confident and assured… I am working on my skills, knowledge, attitude and abilities…”

“What is the biggest motivator with you…? Or the ‘prime mover’…?”

“I, myself am the biggest factor in this whole equation… The innate energy, commitment and dynamism moves me, helps to change the world around me by transforming myself…”

“That’s fine… However, if you reverse the sequence / priority, you’d get richest dividends..”

“Like, what…?”

“You see, the best practices revolve around abundance mentality…. They don’t revolve around ‘me’… They revolve around ‘us’…. I mean to say that the center point doesn’t have to be you… It has to be the cause, the virtue and the goodness…”

“Yes, they taught us that term too…..”

“The abundance mentality is derived from two prime attributes…”

“And what are those….?”

“We call them as: Giving and Forgiving….”

“Can you elaborate….!”

“Yes… ‘Giving is the prime Quality of God…. In our understanding, it is derived from the attributes of “Karam”….. God Gives without measure, limitation and count….. And there are no bounds to it…”

“And forgiving…?”

“…. ‘Forgiving’ is also a prime Quality of God…. In our understanding, it is derived from the attribute of “Rehmat”…. God is extremely, entirely and especially merciful…… And there are no bounds to it….”

“How do we relate it to Allah, in literal terms..?”

“….Among the total 99-plus names, ‘Al-Rehmaan’ and ‘Al-raheem’ are the first two names of Allah….”

“Ahan….”

“The two qualities of giving and forgiving have been aptly demonstrated by Rasulullah (PBUH). In that, he (PBUH) is a symbol of ‘Rehmat’ for the worlds. Through his words and acts, he (PBUH) taught us the what/why and how/when/where part of these qualities respectively… And it is no coincidence that all the acts of compassion and virtue stem from these two prime attributes….”

“True…. But, we common people are too shallow, sinful and imperfect….”

“Yes, we humans have bounds, measures, limitations and counts….. But we have two things those can help….. As, in the end, it is about the choices we make…… And we do have a choice here….”

“And what are those two things….?”

“First is intent… And second is prayer…. We can make an intent in our hearts and minds….. And then we can ask Allah to Help us follow that intent….”

“I have a question…. When you say, give and forgive….. And yet we have limitations in time, space, quantity and quality….. So, how much to give / forgive, how well and how long and to who all….!?….”

“Give and forgive as much as much as possible / practicable, and as least as necessary / mandatory…… To as many creatures of God, in as many times, on as many occasions, in as many situations, for as long as you can, and in as many ways those you can think of, and as far as you are blessed, and as especially as you can intend to……..”

“Seems a gigantic task…… 🙂 “

“Tasks are not gigantic, nor are intents and prayers… Only consequences are…. 🙂 …”

Dialogue – 191 ( دو الگ چیزیں )

بڑے دِن بعد نظر آنا ہوا۔ کیسے ہو۔ کہاں ہو؟

یہیں ہوں۔

ظاہراً تو ایسا ہی ہے۔

اب شروع ہو جاؤ تُم۔

او کے۔ اوکے۔ سوری۔ پر بتاؤ تو ، کیا چل رہا ہے۔ وہی پُرانہ قِصہ تو نہیں؟

قِصہ تو وہی ہے۔

کیا بنا؟

بڑی مُشکل ہے۔ میں اس کو بہت چاہتا ہوں۔ پر ، گھر والے ، وہ خود ۔۔۔۔۔۔۔۔ بڑی مُشکل میں ہوں یار۔

کیا مُشکل ہے؟

مُجھے اس سے مُحبت ہے۔

اگر واقعی ایسا ہی ہے ، تو یہ تو آسانی ہے۔ مُشکل نہیں۔

بات اتنی آسان نہیں ۔ تُم جانتے ہو۔

بات اِتنی ہی آسان ہے، اگر تُم خود اس بات پر یقین کرو ، تب۔

مُجھے تو سب کُچھ کلئیر ہے۔ میں اٰسے چاہتا ہوں۔ پانا چاہتا ہوں اُسے۔ میری مُحبت ہے وہ۔

چلو میں تُم سے ایک سوال پوچھتا ہوں، سچ سچ بتانا۔

پوچھو۔

کیا تمہیں اُس سے مُحبت ہے ، یا تُم اٰسے پانا چاہتے ہو؟

دونوں۔

زیادہ کیا؟

پانا۔ کسی بھی قیمت پر۔

یہی مسئلہ ہے۔

کیا؟

تمہاری مُشکل اُس دِن حل ہو جائے گی ، جب تمہیں ایک اہم نکتہ سمجھ میں آ جائے گا۔

اور وہ کیا ہے؟

کِسی سے مُحبت کرنا اور اُسے کسی بھی قیمت پر پانے کی خواہش رکھنا ، دو الگ چیزیں ہیں۔

Dialogue – 190 (Decency)

“Did you meet the guy I told you about…. Regarding your job….?”

“I got in touch with him on the phone…. Like two minutes…”

“… And?”

“I later dropped the idea of meeting him…”

“Why?..”

“He is not a decent person…”

“Hmm… Well, that’s not totally wrong…”

“See…”

“But the point is: it is about job… He can help you with that… Why being so obsessive about the decency….!”

“The point also is: it is about conduct, integrity and character… Something which can’t be left loose…. Why being so obsessive about job..!”

“You are not changing your opinion, I know… And you are right…. The guy is an indecent man… But tell me one thing… How did you know about him, in just two minutes…”

“You know, a person’s decency can be seen by talking to him………he express through his words…………which are the manifestation of his thoughts……..which somehow stem from his views / angles……….which are in-turn formed from his intents………which are the deep, innate feelings towards people………..which are the characteristics of his heart………which is the only organ that defines, drives and moves us…..”

“Other than words, how do you comment on someone’s decency…!”

“I have a simple test…. A test question, in fact…..”

“And what is that…?”

“I ask myself…. Can I invite this guy over a cup of tea at my home……where my family resides….”

“I’m sure it’s not about the cup of tea…!”

“You’re right… It’s not about the cup of tea… It’s about respect, honour and ethics….. It’s about who do we allow in our homes…….where our family is…. It’s about our priorities….. And, mine is decency…”