We all watch movies and end up commenting on how terrible or good it was, giving due credits to actors/ directors/ producers etc. In some cases, perhaps like some of us movie-buffs or critics, we would probably even talk about style of film-making, cinematography, editing, acting skills and what not!
But have you wondered how our own life is also a movie! (If you have seen the Truman Show, you know what we are getting at.)
“All the world is a stage, we are mere actors. We strut & fume, do our part and depart.”
- William, Shakespeare’s As You Like It.
The stage, our World.
The grand movie, our Life; a wonderful script that we get to direct, produce, act in and watch.
Lights, camera & action!
From the time of our birth to our final stages in life, we play so many roles; starring as the lead in our own life’s movie and so many parts in other’s life's movie as well. Acting in varied roles ranging from a stranger or friend, lover or enemy, mother or child, boss or subordinate or any other long-drawn list of relations and portraying unique differently characters such as of a struggling musician, life-saving doctor, mass-murderer even!
A new role for every new relation or character we take on.
Since we are the sole director-producer of our life’s movie, the chances of success are quite high, simply because we get to choose how it should to play out. We determine through our free-will the mood, feel, supporting cast, message/ purpose etc. of our life’s “untitled” film.
And since we are also the lead actor of our life’s movie, like any good actor, our job is to enact our part to perfection, as best as we can. We determine the kind of character we choose to play.
And since we are also the audience for our life’s movie, we are its ultimate judge. No one else!
And here, the reverberating words of wisdom that our dear blue-faced Krishna said to mighty Arjun in the Bhagavad Gita (a book that captures the epic dialogues from Indian mythology’s action-drama,-thriller, Mahabharat) makes perfect sense:
“कर्मण्येवाधिकारस्ते मा फलेषु कदाचन। मा कर्मफलहेतुर्भूर्मा ते सङ्गोऽस्त्वकर्मणि॥“
Karmanye Vadhikaraste, Ma phaleshou kada chana, Ma Karma Phala Hetur Bhurmatey Sangostva Akarmani”!
You have the right to work only but never to its fruits. Let not the fruits of action be your motive, nor let your attachment be to inaction.
Through the intense journey of discovering all of Life as a grand movie (while watching the drama of everyone else’s life around you unfold, scene after scene), you’ll realise you get so involved in life’s drama, that the fact that we are mere actors is simply forgotten. Taking everything too personally, drifting away by flowing too deeply with the emotions; you take yourself so seriously, that you forget to enjoy the movie for its worth. But when this realization dawns on you (& it most definitely will!), you’ll notice the beauty of Life.
With the freewill to do whatever you choose, your only job is to play your part(s) as an actor and director in your Life’s movie perfectly. And since the conclusive audience of this movie is you (your Self), you obviously know the kind of choices you want to make to make it a fantastic story!
Choose to be the best actor you can be of your Life’s movie, all the while enjoying the grand movie playing in front of you. In the end, we all do our part and depart!