Only a limitless now

PicsArt_09-10-01.06.37It has been more than two years since I finished reading “Shogun“, the first book of ‘The Asian Saga’ series of James Clavell. It introduced me to a feudal systems of Medieval Japan. The book revolves around the first British sailor – pilot who crashes on Japanese coast and a very powerful daimyo Lord Yashi Toronaga who is a main contender in a race to the Shogunate. Japanese philosophy is scattered throughout the book in a form of various quotes and dialogues between various characters. However one particular thought stayed with me the most.

“How beautiful life is and how sad! How fleeting, with no past and no future, only a limitless now.”

Lord Toranaga, thinks when he is pondering about his situation in whole feudal system and a race to the Shogunate, the arrival of  the Englishman in his province, possibility of clash between the Englishman and the Portuguese Christians at the same time. 

“Live in the moment” is what we have always been told when one starts to dwell in the past or is daydreaming about the future. Brooding over what we missed in the past is not going to help us unless and until we learn from it and move on. At the same time, thinking about the future just enough to plan for our today’s action is perfectly alright, in fact, is necessary to be successful. However, dwelling either in the past or in future always make us lose the joy of the present.

I remember a very heart touching scene from an animation movie Kung Fu Panda where Master Oogway gives his last and best teachings for Po, the Dragon Warrior. “There’s a saying, “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the ‘present'”. Teachings of Master Oogway and the pondering thought of Lord Toronaga share the same belief. 

We have always been taught to keep working on your job in hand, neither think about what fruits our efforts will bear nor worry about if we have missed something in the past. Unnecessary worry of future and regretting the past will only make us lose the moment in hand. In a way just like Clavell said, life is a very sad thing which lasts only for a moment. We can’t control the future nor can we change the past. But at the same point, it is very beautiful if we enjoy that moment. The only thing in our hand, is to live in “a limitless now”.

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  1. Wonderfully written and the point conveyed so beautifully 🙂
    Every moment in the “present”, in the “now” is full of opportunities and once we start living in the “present moment” is when we won’t really have to struggle to control or balance in life. The idea is so well captured and presented through the reference to the japanese story and the movie.

  2. This post is the first thing I read this morning and it left me with this pleasant contentment. Your blog is so appealing and the font has such a soothing appeal. And, thanks for introducing me to James Clavell (I googled and felt I was living on some other planet to not know about the Asian Saga). So happy to have visited!!

  3. I liked the point that when we can’t change the past and can’t predict the future then why not enjoy the present moment? Life is full of happy and sad moments. When happiness doesn’t stay for long then why will sadness?

  4. Trapti

    Inspirational post!! A limitless now. We understand this fact but feel difficult to apply.

    But reading positive information, again and again, one can surely apply.

    Thank you for this positive post😊

  5. Lovely lines …”Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the ‘present’” These days we r asked to live in the present. Is the past irrelevant? Should we not plan for the future? #wordsmithkaurreads #MyFriendAlexa #BlogChatter

  6. First of all, I like you blog and articles a lot. Hopped a few before commenting here.
    Next, while now people are talking about mindfulness this article touches the power of now without overflow of information and giving food for thought. Living in past never helps neither do dreaming about future. Nice post.

  7. Dr. Surbhi Prapanna

    Your post teach us a biggest life lesson that we all often forget. indeed, it is very important to live in the moment, and enjoy present time. being mindful is key of a happy and peaceful life and your post has reminded this thought so beautifully. #Surbhireads #MyfriendAlexa

  8. I am so glad to find a fellow blogger who loves to take back life lessons from animation movies as well.

    Limitless Now- Just two words but they encase the whole life of any individual.. As I read it , I felt goosebumps realising that whtever day hour minute second I am living, breathing…that is my NOW and as the time passes by, I go along with it..My NOW is always with me. It will be limitless till my last breath.
    It felt so refreshing. Thank you for this post.


  9. A post like this can only be written by someone who reads, imbibes, internalises and adds his own perspective to it. You have been gifted with a brilliant narrative style. Thank you so much for writing this post – it made me stop and think about life. Keep writing such informative posts. #MyFriendAlexa #DiaryOfAnInsaneWriter

  10. I had the opportunity to read Shogun. You have beautifully narrated the philosophy of living in the moment that is enshrined in Zen Buddhism. Samurai though apparently very violent and may appear they don’t care for life, to me it appeared they thought life to be a fleeting journey. This present shape and form is transitory like that for. cherry blossom flower. I enjoyed reading the book.

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