Monday, June 19, 2006

Attachment...

Since I have joined work, I have changed about 8 workstations/locations. But, it was only the last two shifts that I was a little sad about. Why is it that u get attached to a machine. Isnt a machine , well, just a machine? Everyone of them is identical , at least in office.. It has a dabba monitor, a CPU tower and a Internet Keyboard(Only in name .. there isnt any special button on it tho) and the configuration is the same...I dont know if it is the machine or the place and the people around u that makes the shift painful? . Even if the same people move with u to a different location, u still complain that ur old machine was better.

Machines, although a big bundle of wires, plastic and metal, are different . Some are slow, some are fast, some are dark(Black) while some others are fair(White). U r used to them, their little idiosyncracies. Like my keyboard had a problem with the control key.. and u know how it is if the control key does not work and that too for a s/w engineer..:D

I have often heard friends say, " hey my old machine was not like this. It was so sweet." Why a friend, my own old machine was damn slow. when I say damn slow I really mean slow. To open a word document it would take 2 minutes.. ( Well I got bored one day and timed it) But I still like that machine... why because it was slow.. I would just start an application and go for tea or go to my neighbour's desk for a chat and come back :)... But the new one was faster so that luxury is no longer there.. But yes this has its own advantages.. Its atleast faster...
Okay, I Know, You are wondering what I am trying to get at. Well, what I am trying to say is that we get attached to even inaminate things .. which seems very natural. This attachment to material things happens almost automatically. It isnt good but thats how the mind is .. it loves to get attached to "material things".

The Gita will tell u "Do not get attached to material things.. they will give u momentary happiness but u will never be able to get the complete eternal bliss that every person is looking for". But do u think that is possible?

11 comments:

gils said...

enna konja posta oray gyan pongi vazhiyuthu??? gita..god..hmm..onum sarila

Prasanna said...

its the songs in my harddrive which i won't be able to part with, when i change my machine. Thanks to all those jumpdrives, i ve never parted with my songs.

Your Vakil said...

i guess i'll never be able to part with my books, the only sothu i have :)

Hermit Chords said...

my take: through attachment you are unlearning a distinction between the animate and the inanimate. that's a nice learning, it connects us more with what is around us. so take the learning, then unlearn the attachment- so that lord krishna is happy :)

Vidya said...

I know exactly what you are talking about. I gripe a lot about everything in Dallas. But when I get a job outside of Dallas and move away, I can only imagine how much affected I would be because of that.

I literally build my life from nothing here !!
Good post !
Vidya

Sujit said...

the main thing is that.. we get used to it and have adjusted to the way old machnie works!..so when are new machine comes.. its takes time to adjust!.. and since our gains are already tuned to old one.. we compare that!.. and myself ourselves little more miserable!.. its true that we get attached out!.. also that we can come out within few days!

Vidya said...

@gils - :) .. konjam nut kalinduduthu...

@prasanna - hmm.. ya ... we do get attached to things like this dont we?

@mukund - I was possessive of my books too..

@Hermit - hmm... thats a nice way of looking at it..

@Vidya - ya I guess cribbing is a way of getting used to things...

@Sujit - ya tats the beauty of the human mind

Vijay Ramamurthi said...

Floods floods!!
thathuvaa mazhai...:D

gils said...

enna konja naalaay postsay kaanum...attachementla vantha pcyoda keyboard kudukaliya? ;)

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As I like it said...

Let me join myself to the "I-love-my-machine" club. Its more like you get used to things & don't like to change.
But then, see the upside: evlo variety :-)

Enjoyed reading your blog!