Yadha Drishti Tadha Srishti!

There are times when our knowledge itself becomes our source of ignorance. Let me illustrate this with a recent experience of mine:

During the last week I went to Goa on an official tour. I made a prior hotel booking through internet after duly searching for a suitable place close to my place of work. My meeting was in the Verna Industrial estate and I selected a hotel which is about 4 Km away. It’s a resort called Woodbourne in the midst of what looked like a jungle to me. Being the off-season, I also got a good deal on the room tariff. I finished my meeting with my client and drove to the hotel in the evening. It was almost dark by the time I reached the Hotel.The place looked great in its natural surroundings with lots of opportunities for trekking on the nearby hills. I figured out that the rooms (or the villas as they called them) were located on small hillocks at different levels. There were 28 of them well separated from each other for the sake of privacy. The place had all the modern amenities like a swimming pool, Gym etc. I was well received at the reception and offered a welcome drink. I filled in the papers with my details and took the keys. The receptionist gave me details of the facilities and added: If you face any problems, give me a ring, sir. I nodded my head in appreciation of his concern. He called a boy and asked him to escort me to my room. As I was about to leave the reception area, the receptionist repeated: In case of any difficulty or problem, please call me, sir. I nodded my head and proceeded to the room. The boy led me to my villa. It was huge by any standards. There was a big varanda in front leading to a huge bed room with a balcony at the back. Adjacent to the bed room was a big dressing room with a huge mirror and an attached bath room. Everything looked fine. The boy was very courteous and once again took care to explain the minor details of the facilities & the restaurant. Before leaving, the boy said in Hindi: Aap ko koi bhi problem hoga tho turant call kigiye, saab. (Inform me if you face any problem). A little surprised at the mention of problems repeatedly, I asked him what problems should I anticipate. Should I expect any snakes or any intrusion. He replied: No, sir, aap ghabariye math(Do not worry, nothing of that kind, sir). I inquired more about the hotel and occupancy of rooms. I was told there were 28 villas and none of them were occupied on that day. He cautioned me again and left. I walked around the place. My Villa was at a good height and the view was gorgeous with hills all around. However, I was not feeling comfortable with the repeated warnings about a possible problem. These warnings brought me images of  Alfred Hitchcock movies where some innocent victim would check in to a hotel under similar circumstances. The victim would be received with warmth and a friendly conversation would follow leading up to a predictable gruesome act of murder. This horrible image came to my mind as I surveyed the deserted hotel with no other guests except me. Instantly, I decided to shift out of the place and moved to a more secure hotel in downtown, Goa, which was bustling with people and activity.

This episode is a perfect example of how Fear is experienced in Human beings. Fear has two parts – one real and the other imaginary. The real part is obviously genuine danger based on our evolutionary intelligence for survival such as an attack by an animal. The genuine fear often gets magnified several fold because of the imaginary part. The imaginary part arises from our past knowledge (or experiences) embedded over years, which projects itself to a present situation. If we can separate the two parts from this clutter in our Minds, our response will be rational and in the right proportion to the situation. If we fail to do that, our response will turn out to be an over-reaction resulting in panic. This is when our knowledge becomes our source of ignorance.

The title of the post is a famous Sanskrit quotation used in spiritual discourses –  YADHA DRISHTI, TADHA SRISHTI. It is perfectly applicable to the episode I just described. The translation of this is: ” As the Vision, so the World”. If you see disaster, you will create disaster. Seeing Reality as it is without adulterating it with your own thoughts accumulated over the years, is the key to intelligent living.

P.S: So, did I do the right thing in shifting out? Difficult to answer. In this particular instance, I guess the situation warranted this action even without my imagination running wild, considering the fact that the place was isolated with no other guest around and open to intrusion by anti-social elements.

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  1. Hi CSN…….. and here i was waiting with bated breath as to what happened next…. what a downer….. you ought to have stayed…….please give me details ASAP, i MUST go there… shall let u know…….if i return :))))

    • Sure, Padmaja, I will give you the details of the place. However, I would advise you to undertake such adventures after you complete all your responsibilities!! Jokes apart, that place did look genuinely scary thanks to the wild jungle around. My reaction was prompted by the fear of intrusion by wild insects, although I dramatized the scene by referring to Hitchcock! I used Hitchcock merely to drive home my point on imaginary fears!

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