There was a wall in his room, which he calls the wall of life. Today he was trying to look for the meaning of his life just like his name Aashay. “I have always lost everything and everyone dear to me,” Aashay was thinking looking at the wall. Wall was full of his academic achievements and photographs he clicked on every incident of his life. There was a picture of his parents celebrating their 25th wedding Anniversary, right before their deaths in the Mumbai terrorist attack 10 years back. Then there was a picture of him in a graduation cap when he graduated from IIT. He lost his job during the recession. He can see another picture of him getting his degree from IIM. He lost the love of his life in a car accident when she was driving down from Mumbai to Ahmedabad for his convocation. Looking at the next picture Aashay still fills with pride, giving a TEDx talk in front of CEOs of Multinational. He had a brain stroke while giving a speech on the stage. When he thought that his journey has come to an end at an early age of 45. Aashay found a new life with the children of the cancer ward. He lost his 6-year-old friend Danny, the day, fully recovered Aashay got discharged from the hospital. Today when he was about to put another picture of him, he got scared of losing someone or something again in his life. He turned around and saw his book on Lotus sutra was open and lying on the table along with his Juzu beads. Aashay started reading it, it says,
“Buddhism teaches that the four sufferings of birth, ageing, sickness and death are an inescapable part of life. The crucial thing is not to be defeated by them” – Daisaku Ikeda
He looked at the picture of him holding his baby girl, “Pali”. He put it on the wall and smiled to Pali who was all giggling in her cradle. Aashay found his meaning of life in his adopted daughter’s giggle.
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