Saturday, July 16, 2011

The 24 frames

24 Frames, is a show in a Desi television channel Indiavision, where in (according to the channel website) they give light into world classic films.. This week by a mere accident I stumbled upon this programme and on that day, it was about the film Bab'Aziz: The Prince Who Contemplated His Soul).

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 It was about a blind dervish's journey to a Sufi gathering accompanied by his granddaughter the small child Ishtar.. The kid is bored and so he entertains and thereby enlightens her and the audience about a prince who contemplated his soul.. The film was complex yet narrated in a simple way and still manages to impart wisdom.. I was totally impressed, by just viewing the one hour program about it.. (2 days show)

Towards the end the dervish, would want a young lad Hassan to be witness of the matrimony with eternity or in simple words, death from the mortal world.. and the lad says that he was scared of death.. Baba says, 

“If the baby in the darkness of its mother’s womb were told: ‘Outside there’s a world of light, with high mountains, great seas, undulating plains, beautiful gardens in blossom, brooks, a sky full of stars, and a blazing sun, and you, facing all these marvels, stay enclosed in this darkness,’ the unborn child, knowing nothing about these marvels, wouldn’t believe any of it. Like us, when we’re facing death. That’s why we’re afraid.”

That made me contemplate the fact that on one remembers where we were before birth.. no memories existed of our life in the womb.. was that also death and birth? the cycle? were we scared at the moment of being born in this world..? just the way we are scared of moving away from his world?? Wow! life indeed is interesting. This was the gist of the Baba's words too.. what I meant by contemplating was that I chewed on to every bit of it.. and let it sink in on me.. 
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Another statement that inspired me.. 

"The people of this world are like the three butterflies
in front of a candle's flame.

The first one went closer and said:
I know about love.

The second one touched the flame
lightly with his wings and said:
I know how Love's fire can burn.

The third one threw himself into the heart of the flame
and was consumed. He alone knows what true love is."

what more can be said??


  1. Thanks for sharing it's a program which interests me too... The quotes from it are so inspiring and poetic..."The third one threw himself into the heart of the flame
    and was consumed. He alone knows what true love is."...masha allah!!!! Keep writing...I love your blog!

  2. Thanks you!! Nasnin.. Happy to hear that you enjoyed reading it.. hmmm.. another common interest I guess..! lol

  3. Wow. The thoughts need a lot of thought.
    The last few lines were sheer beauty. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Some puzzling, inspiring thoughts there... We should, if I may say so, refrain from calling ourselves erudite since we cannot express, leave alone others, to ourselves how we felt to be born...!