India’s leading motivational speaker and success coach Mr Naseer Khan was at 12th World Confluence of Humanity, Power and Spirituality organized by SREI and Kanoria Foundation at Westin, Kolkata.
Mr. Khan started his discourse with a spiritual poem compiled by him:
The Moth in Fire
The moth dances around the candle light and goes right into the flame
While we look the other way
A moth chases its destiny
While we go round and round in circles
As the moth knows
The fire it seeks is enlightenment
All else is illusion
We seek it in everything else
The moth goes into its heart
Don’t fear the fire because that is where light is
Come to love come to light come to fire
Let it burn you to Golden dust
Let the fire of love transform you to light
And let the ashes be left behind as guides
to those who seek the light
Because it is through fire
The transformation takes place
A moth dances around candle and then goes into the flame and burns and dies. The moth does not make a great deal of it. Moths have been burning this way for ages- millions and millions one after the other burns and dies. They have a very brief life.
We are also dancing around our burning star called the Sun. The Earth moves on its axis at 1600 kilometres per hour, and it is moving around the Sun at 1 lakh kilometres per hour. The whole solar family with the sun is moving. The whole of galaxy is moving. And the whole of the universe is moving. We are dancing around in the infinite universe.
Astronauts say our earth looks like a pale blue dot from space. Very tiny!
The closest star from us is 4.3 light years away.
And a light year is not a unit of time, it is the unit of distance, it is the distance that light covers after travelling for one year. And the speed of light is 3 lakh kilometres per second. So if you could move at the speed of light you could go around the earth 7.5 times in one second.
Our galaxy has more than one billion stars. And there are more than one trillion galaxies in the visible universe itself. Billions and billions of atoms in our human body have come from exploding stars in our galaxy and outside our galaxy too.
We truly are made of stardust!
And the photons in the iron in our blood that gives its colour red have come from a dying star in the distant universe.
A star burns and shines for ten billion years and sometimes for a hundred billion years before it explodes and dies.
You see, humans and the moth are made of the same thing and when we look at the universe and stars, our lives are as brief as that of a moth.
And the difference between humans and the moth is consciousness or is it? We think “We think therefore we are.” But is thinking the only proof of consciousness?
We think about 70000 thoughts every day. Animals don’t have any thoughts I don’t think a cow thinks much. Does that mean they are not conscious?
Humans are special because they see the world in a different way. How do we see? How do you see me?
I am an object which has been named Naseer Khan and when it hits me photons of me and they hit your eyes your retina. Photons change form into electrical signals. Optic nerves carry those signals to our brain. Chemical reactions between our brain cells create the sensation of ‘seeing’.
There is no image there in the brain. I am not in your eyes.
So we don’t see with the eyes. We don’t taste without tongue. We don’t touch with our hands. Everything is a biochemical reaction in the neurons–our brain cells. All the feelings are felt in the brain. All the experience is in the brain.
So who are we? Who are you? Are you your body? Or are you your socks? when our nervous system sends signals to the brain and brain converts them into feelings who feels those feelings?
What shall I say, “I am a brain or I have a brain.”?
Are we all connected or we all are separated? Are you separate from the water on the table? Are you separate from this table?
We share the same origin. We are from the same source. You and I are made of the same stuff; stardust! At our core is our spirit.
As Rumi says, “You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the ocean itself in the drop.
Our paths may differ, our destination is the same. We are all connected.
And gratitude is the best way to feel that connection!
Naseer Khan At 12th World Confluence Of Humanity, Power And Spirituality in the Westin, Kolkata.
The World Confluence of Humanity, Power and Spirituality is being held every year with great success since 2010. So far 11 confluences were held, 6th-10th January, 2010, 2nd-4th January, 2011, 22nd-23rd December, 2012, 2nd-4th January, 2012, 28th- 29th December, 2013, 27th-28th December, 2014, in Kolkata, 22nd-23rd December, 2015, in New Delhi, 7th May, 2016, in Mumbai, 16th-17th December, 2016, in New Delhi ,22nd-23rd December, 2017 and 21st-22nd December, 2018 in Kolkata.
This programme is the first of its kind in the world with a conglomeration of important issues on humanity, power (inner & outer) and spirituality.
The twelfth edition of the World Confluence of Humanity, Power and Spirituality (“Confluence”) organised by Kanoria Foundation promulgated a culture of tolerance through spirituality and inspired a diverse gathering of eminent industrialists, political leaders and celebrities from across the globe.
The Confluence engaged scholars and intellectuals from different walks of life in dialogues on how spirituality encourages tolerance which is essential for sustainable development of the society and welfare of the citizens.
The discussions brought forward a plethora of ideas that can act as guiding principles for creating an environment of acceptability which is quintessential for peace and harmony; and critical for growth and development of the nation.
The Confluence also saw convergence of concepts for creating an enhanced ecosystem for the benefit of all the stakeholders.
The two-day Confluence at The Westin Rajarhat, Kolkata was inaugurated by Hon’ble Governor of West Bengal, Shri. Jagdeep Dhankar,in the presence of Dr. H.P. Kanoria, Trustee Chairman, Kanoria Foundation.