We are in Karwar beach. Karwar is a small, sleepy town - still untouched by the smoke and din of fast paced modern city-life. We are staying in a squalid lodge for just Rs. 150 per day. The fish curry I had for lunch was fresh, tasty and just Rs 18 per plate!
The sea is vast and petrifying in its enormity. There are liners guarding the horizon not very far from the beach. It looks like the sky and the sea would meet and rejoice at the horizon but for these ships. There are hills flanking the beach on either side. The hills on my left are covered with dense forest and those on my right are too far for my eyes to notice the details. Trees lining the beach are constantly dropping dry twigs on the sand.
The vastness of the sea and the sky belittles the physical self of man but not his spirit. It challenges him, provokes him - to explore, to seek, to conquer. It drives him in his quest to comprehend the profundity of existence. Human mind, vain that it is, seeks the meaning in the humdrum affairs of life, in the tranquility of life, in life's pleasures and in life's miseries. Desire after desire, quest after quest! Thousands of years! Oh, the insatiable spirit!
Is the human mind as vast as the sea? Or, is the sea vast because the mind is not?
"Its difficult to believe that this astounding beauty is meaningless!" says my friend Ashok.
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