TEXTS AND IMAGES from S H U C H I M E H T A
(b.1987) Self-taught artist living and working in Mumbai, India. (I thank Nancy Uyemura who recently put me in touch with this artist, R.A.)
Need of the Hour (11th February, 2013)
In the midst of the crowd, / Quite a chaos around, / Getting harder to seek, / Real means for some peace
Many things to distract us, / Shift our focus away, / Leaving us with just nothing but, / Misery and pain
In this ocean too vast, / Where we sail around, / Most of us lack direction, / To our “self ”-destination
It’s the need of the hour, / To look for yourself, / For the journey ahead, / Is what you select
There are many things which I believe we tend to take for granted and don’t pay much attention to. We tend to talk about memories but don’t ever ponder as to how the memories are created and how the human brain functions. Out of so many things we encounter in our life, why is it that we tend to remember certain things very distinctly despite the longest passage of time? In everything that one does, one tends to give too much importance to everything else but the self – the one who is the know-er and the see-er. Memories are just the consequence but the source is more of an interest to me.
I believe memories are too limited a storage in comparison to the soul’s power and capacity to know. The property of the soul is to simply know and in such a case it doesn’t have to remember but everything effortlessly reflects. This state is that of a spiritually advanced, self-realised soul. Currently the state of most of us is the one without self-realisation. We are all caught in a dark room trying to find a ray of light. ( Dark room used as a metaphor for the life full of sorrow and the ray of light as a metaphor to finding that one solution to happiness ). In the process, some become desperate to find their way to brightness while some accept the darkness. The ones with an intensity to find their way to brightness are the ones who will sooner or later realise their selves. While the one who accept darkness tend to become immune to darkness and forget their need to encounter brightness.
Once one realises ones true self it is not about the efforts to remember but it is all about effortless reflection of pure knowledge. One then becomes like a mirror. A mirror doesn’t make efforts to reflect the image. When the water is churning, it is tough to see one’s own reflection but once the water becomes still, it is possible to see the reflection. So is the case with us. We tend to churn ourselves with insane number of thoughts that does not allow us to connect with our true self. Till we do not realise the true self, the whole life is spent being the false self- one’s ego.
Memory is too trivial a thing to focus on in comparison to the soul’s power to know the unlimited. I too am stuck in various thoughts of my own that are an obstacle to realise myself ( my soul ) and hence every opportunity I get, I try to analyse its relevance to overcoming the hurdle.