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Photo Copyright Suresh Gundappa 2006

Take life joyfully, take life easily, take life relaxedly, don’t create unnecessary problems. Ninety-nine percent of your problems are created by you because you take life seriously. Seriousness is the root cause of problems. Be playful, and you will not miss anything — because life is God.

Forget about God; just be alive, be abundantly alive. Live each moment as if this is the last moment. Live it intensely; let your torch burn from both sides together. Even if it is only for one moment, that is enough. One moment of intense totality is enough to give you the taste of God. You can live in a lukewarm way, the bourgeois way, the middle-class way. You can go on living, dragging yourself for millions of years — you will only collect dust from the roads and nothing else. One moment of clarity, totality, spontaneity, and you burn like a flame. Just one moment is enough! One moment will make you eternal; you will enter from that moment into eternity. That’s my whole message for my Sannyasins: live it in such way that you need not repent, ever.

A friend has sent me a clipping from a paper.

An old woman, eighty-five years old, was asked by a journalist that if she had to live again, how would she live?

The old woman said — there is a great insight in it, remember it — “If I had my life to live over, I would dare to make more mistakes next time. I would relax, I would limber up. I would be sillier than I have been this trip. I would take fewer things seriously. I would take more chances. I would take more trips. I would climb more mountains and swim more rivers. I would eat more ice cream and less beans. I would perhaps have more actual troubles, but I would have fewer imaginary ones.

“You see, I am one of those people who lived sensibly and sanely hour after hour, day after day. Oh, I have had my moments, and if I had it to do over again I would have more of them. In fact, I would try to have nothing else — just moments, one after another, instead of living so many years ahead of each day. I have been one of those persons who never go anywhere without a thermometer, a hot water bottle, a raincoat and a parachute. If I had to do it again I would travel lighter than I have.

“If I had my life to live over, I would start barefoot earlier in the spring, and stay that way later into the fall. I would go to more dances. I would ride more merry-go-rounds. I would pick more daisies.”

Dear friends I know all of us want to do things diffrently (atleast somethings).

Let’s play a game, please do write . What would you change if you get one more chance to rewrite your life?

What would I do?

I would like to dance one whole night performing in Moulin Rouge instead of just being in audience or photographing them…
I would like to photograph Buddha, Jesus, Mohammad together instead of all thse lousy photos I take..
I would like to fly my small plane for one whole day instead of once in a while

I want to play more musical instruments than the just one saxphone I play…

I regret studying so much .. wish I grew up as gypsy …

Love and lots of it dear ones

Suresh

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