Avoid Excessive Fun -अति भोग से बचें (March 2017)

Excess of anything is bad, but when excesses are done in fun or enjoyment, the results are simply unfathomable for they cause huge decay at physical, mental and spiritual levels. The topic for this month’s assignment is Avoid Excessive Fun (अति भोग से बचें).

The time when we celebrate or have fun is the most delightful part of our life – it is the fruit of our labor and hard work. If we compare our life to a plant, the enjoyments and fun can be compared with the flowers of that plant for which it underwent rough actions of rain, snow, cold and hot weather.

So, if the fun part is so beautiful, how does excessive fun become wicked or unreasonable? There are at least two root causes: one, our attempt to spend (enjoy) before we have earned is against the nature, and, second, our craving to prolong the enjoyment can overpower our other duties and sap our energy. For instance, when a game starts to shift in favor of one team and that “winning” team starts to take it easy thinking it has already won, it is not a surprise then who wins that game – almost anyone can notice the folly of that “winning” team. Similarly, after securing good marks in one of the tests, if a student starts to party or play so much that his/her studies start to suffer, it is not difficult to guess that student’s performance in the next test.

Let’s learn from the nature’s laws. Just like a plant cannot bloom before its time or for more period than apportioned by nature, the enjoyment aspect in humans is also governed by the same universal rule – trying to break that law makes for human degeneration.

In this month’s article, kids will try to answer the following points:

  • What is too much fun?
  • When does the fun and enjoyment part, which is an essential part of human life, become harmful?
  • How does excessive enjoyment cause bodily damages?

(Hint: think how misuse of a particular body part or sense organ makes for the diminishing strengths, e.g., eye sight loss is a natural outcome of watching too much TV; hearing loss, of prolonged listening to high volume music; and, bodily diseases, of eating too much)

  • How does excessive enjoyment make for deterioration of mental abilities?

(Hint: a brief fun activity when not checked stops giving the same level of enjoyment, forcing the person to increase its duration. Done repeatedly, such excesses then lead to bad habits and deprive the person of time and energy that could be used otherwise for studies, music, sports and other activities essential for a wholesome personality; it leads to low self-esteem, reduced self-confidence and lack of willpower)

  • How does excessive enjoyment lead to immorality?

(Hint: it’s easy for a person with low self-esteem and lazy demeanor to start lying and, in worst cases, stealing to avoid embarrassments)

  • What do we learn from this month’s topic? Resolutions?

As always, I’m looking forward to hearing illuminating thoughts and insights.

Best Regards,

Harsh Mendiratta 🙏🏽