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We hear more often the terms like the art of living, spiritual living, living for the present, purposeful living, and so many other terms attached to living. So the question arises as to what is living?
All of us live, with or without the above terms. Adding some adjectives to life does not mean that we are that which we are not actually. In other words, the adjectives are just like adorning a dress. Most of the times it is only for the show to others as to how many adjectives are attached to one’s life.
The definition of “Art” as per Dictionary is the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.
Without the actual inner beauty, the outward manifestation of beauty will only be cosmetic and does not add contents to the very life which we are supposed to add meaning. When we see the best forms of art, we see through the inner beauty and not the outer content. Whether it is classical dance, music, acting, sports or anything to do with human activity, the inner beauty is what it’s sought for.
Now can we say living is a science?
The definition of “Science” as per Dictionary is the intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behavior of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment.
All our scriptures tell us to enquire, question, ponder, and then come to the truth conclusively without any doubt. So they show us several paths. It is for the person concerned to pick and choose to depend upon his position and capacity at a given point of time. This also appeals to reason as the enquiry is the best form of experiment, and after experiment comes the application.
Thus, life has to be better understood in terms of the spirit of enquiry and certainly not from the point of view of presentation. Each enquiry is towards perfection, shunning away the presentation format, and reaching to the goal each one set for himself. Maybe that is the reason why persons like Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru named his book as “Discovery of India” and Mahatma Gandhi’s autobiography as “My Experiments with Truth”.
Therefore, if we have to add real meaning to life, our quest for enquiry should be increased rather than showering outward formats. While the first part is mostly through a silent and systematic method, the second part is available anywhere and everywhere with lots of pomp and show. It is for oneself to make a choice.