Superstar Rajinikanth has always been known for following the doctrine of simple living and high thinking. But most people don’t know the extent of Rajini’s simplicity. Indeed, such is Rajinikanth’s ways that on the actor’s last spiritual trip to Himalayas, he was mistaken to be a beggar.
As it so happens, the actor was inside the temple in his usual simple attire and had sat down near a pillar for some time, when a 40-something lady came by and knowing nothing about the actor mistook him for a beggar. She then proceeded to offer him ten rupees. Rajinikanth simply took the money with a smile and did not raise any fuss. When Rajini was leaving the temple and was headed towards his car, the same lady saw him and came to him to apologise, but he simply said that it was God’s way of showing him his true place.
The basic needs for survival of a human being are very less. But their need for the significance of what their perception of themselves is infinite and endless. The focus is always on “What I have” and not “What I am”. You send your kids to school and assume it will teach them values. The school will teach school values and not home values. When he comes home, where are the values? The father is busy for the entire day earning money and mother is watching soap operas. Values do not come from what you hear rather they come from what you see. And the kids see that father is valuing money more than him because he comes late at night. He has to earn money and most of the family members support it.
The whole idea is to feel good about yourself and not having a poor self-image. You do not need a Honda, IPhone or Versace to boost your self-esteem. People fight over properties and wealth in their families. Clearly they are incapable of generating it and hence they are fighting for it. From childhood, a person is taught to worship Lakshmi (Goddess of money) and not Sarasvati (Goddess of knowledge). What they forget is that if you follow Saraswati, Lakshmi will follow. But if have you follow Lakhmi, Saraswati may not follow. Decide what you want.
A guy born in the late ’70s or early ’80s starts earning. He first goes and buys a nice motorbike – and for that he is happily paying an EMI. Age 24 to age 27 years…and the boy is happy. Now the pressure starts…’You are earning so well, why do you not get married’…and at age 28 that pressure translates to marriage – arranged by elders, or arranged by youngsters themselves. Now the EMI pressure starts…’Will you take your wife with all that silk saree…and jewellery…in your bike?’ you ought to be mad. To this the father in law offers ‘Yes yes…when we were young such good EMI for cars were not available..I had to wait for the company car. It came at my age of 42’ or some such shit. This pressure then turns to blackmail when the girl gets pregnant. That is the last straw…he HAS to buy a car. So another EMI starts. Then the collective ego of the whole society takes over. There is pressure to buy a house. Why should he buy a house? Because his father, father-in-law, ….and every uncle, aunt, ….will feel good. So suddenly the wife will also (brainwashed by ‘society’) will say ‘When our kid is born, the kid should come to our own house’. So now one more EMI has got added on…the housing EMI. If he protests, the father will say ‘I will put Rs. 200,000 in the down payments…or some such shit’. So pile on a Rs. 75,00,000 house has been committed to. Down payment Rs. 7,50,000 – dad pays partly, Husband and Wife clean out all their accounts and the ‘house’ has been bought. EMI? Rs. 67,000. The guys income of Rs. 134,000 is now eaten up 50% by the housing emi, Rs. 12,700 car EMI, society charges….etc etc. the monthly surplus is about Rs. 1348…and the wife’s take home is about Rs. 65,000 – which can be used for ….. The wife having connived with her parents (for the kid), and her in-laws (for the house) is ecstatic that they now have a baby on the way, a new car (it is so hot how people travel by bus and train, OMG), a new house… She goes to the gynaec – and he says…it is better that you take rest…..complications…. She comes back and asks her husband very sweetly ‘Can I leave my job?’. LOL. The guy has been had. He cannot even think of taking sick leave. If he takes one day off, he cannot pay all his EMIs. LOL…