Let It Be.

“Faith is a place of mystery, where we find the courage to believe in what we cannot see and the strength to let go of our fear of uncertainty.” Brene Brown in The Gifts Of Imperfection.

All the religions of the world have a closing word or phrase or invocation after a prayer or a hymn or a discourse.  Amen, Ameen, Aymeen in the Abrahamic religions and Thathaasthu and Sadhu Sadhu Sadhu, or Shanti, Shanti, Shanti in the case of Buddhists and Hindus respectively.

Those endings are what I had in mind when I suggested this topic for this week’s Loose Bloggers Consortium where five of us currently write a post with the same topic every Friday.

The four other bloggers who write regularly are, in alphabetical order;  Ashok,  gaelikaa,  Maxi,  and Shackman.  Do drop in on their blogs and see what their take is on this week’s topic. Since some of them may post late, do give some allowance for that too! Ashok too is having prohlems with his blog being down and may or not participate this week.

I use Thathaasthu often.  Thathaasthu directly means “Let it be.”  This is to agree with someone, usually after a blessing or a statement of import. Just this morning I sent a mail to some friends, some of who are among the readers here, reading as follows.

The Taliban in Karachi

There has already been a lot of turf wars between the Mohajirs and the Pashtuns in Karachi and this news item gives me more cause for alarm due to the sheer numbers involved. 

And a much earlier piece.

Sind is already a volatile place and the Mohajirs who do not speak Sindhi are not exactly popular.  Westward, the Balochis do not like either the Mohajirs or the Pashtuns.  And all of them dislike the army which is predominantly Punjabi.

Things are getting from bad to worse in Pakistan with the government / army constantly under attack from the Taliban and local nitwits like the LeT and its offshoots besides the very large presence of Al Quida there.  The drug cartels are all jockeying for position and that too will be a problem on this side of the border with Punjab already a major drug problem state. The Mohajirs have roots on this side of the border.  I have been predicting that we will have a massive refugee problem sooner or later and the climate in India will simply be devastating to the refugees and their relatives on this side of the border. American withdrawal will speed up the process.   What a world we live in!

I got a cryptic response from a friend within five minutes of sending that mail. “Thathaasthu”.

In this case, he agrees that the nightmarish scenario presented by me is inevitable and so says, don’t fret, let it be.  It will all work out!  He has faith and wants me to keep faith too!

What do you think about that cryptic message?  Do you agree?  Will you let it be?

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25 Responses to Let It Be.

  1. Alan G says:

    Interesting topic this Friday. And it seems the term ‘Let it be’ can be established under two primary conditions. As in the closing of a prayer you referenced let’s assume you have prayed for good health for your family and peace for the world. Uttering ‘Let it be’ in the closing of a prayer is founded in faith and a solicitation that the good and the well-being within the prayer will come to attrition.

    On the other side you have the ‘Let it be’ that your friend uttered after reading of all the ills and turmoil of an adjacent country and the consequences that could befall his own country because of those things. In this case there is no meaning within the term for change or hope but rather a resignation that whatever will be, will be. In other words we have to accept the consequences, be they good or bad.

    In the first example there is optimism and hope, even a measure of faith while in the latter example there is simply resignation to the events for which you have no control.
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  2. Ursula says:

    By temperament “let it be” does not come easy to me. And when indeed I do ‘let it be’ then I know I am dealing with a hopeless case. Which makes the letting it be not exactly easier but digestible. A sort of shrug of the shoulder.

    U

    PS Neither do I like Que sera, sera (What will be will be). NO!
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  3. Grannymar says:

    Life let me be a long time ago. So be it!
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  4. tammyj says:

    i’m much like ursula in that … it’s hard to let it be. even when it’s wise.
    for my health.
    my father told my mother i was a born social worker.
    and i’m thinking he didn’t mean it as a compliment! LOLOL.
    i move turtles to the side of the rode and head them in a different direction from the traffic.
    i always took in strays. sometimes even stray people. if not in my own home… then finding them help.
    it’s hard not to be a ‘controller.’
    i’m so sick to death of politicians… greed… and religious violence.
    it’s become easier for me to just ‘let it go.’ and that alone is helping to preserve my sanity.
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    • Ursula says:

      Tammy, I wouldn’t call what you do “controlling”. Yes, some of us do have the urge to make the world the best we can within our limited abilities and resources.

      As to your father. Oh my god. That made me smile in recognition. Except mine put his foot down. No daughter of his was going to look after … (do insert choice words). He went down in my esteem (a little, not much but enough) after that.

      Happy weekend, Tammy. Lock up your sanity so it won’t slink out of the door in a moment of you being absentminded.

      Affectionately,

      U
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    • Same response as for Ursula.

  5. Andy’s version is, “They didn’t ask us.” There are a lot of situations we have no control over, so we might as well focus on the areas where we can do some good.
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    • Ursula says:

      Interesting, Jean. I may be misinterpreting Andy’s “They didn’t ask us”. However, first thing that came to my mind: We shouldn’t NEED to be asked. We should keep our eyes and ears open and “do some good” as you call it as and when necessary. Even if sometimes only giving momentary relief or indeed even when futile.

      U
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      • He says it when our some branch of government does something inane again. He’s essentially saying they’re not interested in what we think, they’re going to jolly do what they want.
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    • Yes, I use that a lot too but will conclude with Thathaasthu, if I cannot do anything about it.

  6. Tilak Doshi says:

    n my view, such terms (like Inshallah) too often can mean that we adopt a fatalist attitude that lets us off the hook as thinking citizens with the powers of agency and personal conviction. While there are many global or regional political and social forces that we can do little about, and fretting is not going to get us anywhere, to then adopt an Olympian attitude of detachment is, i believe, a cop out.

    Intelligent assessment of those very forces, critical and objective debate about their causes, and calm reasoning about what we can do about it (this may be very little, perhaps voting for the right candidate or correcting a friend’s wrong interpretation, etc) are better options than to just wash our hands off it with a “let it be” or “thathaasthu”.

  7. Some people see things as they are and say why. Others dream Things that never were & say ‘Why Not?.
    Regardless of your analysis, without those envelope pushers in the world progress would be a fleeting thing.

  8. Yes, Tilak, putting everything in the hands of the gods is a lot lazier than the serenity prayer:

    God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
    The courage to change the things I can,
    And wisdom to know the difference.

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  9. Here is a book and familiar concept that has affected me greatly. Byron Katie lists four questions one should ask oneself when worry or concern takes over. Her premise is that there are (if I remember correctly) three kinds of business: 1) My business, 2) Your business, and 3) God’s business (God’s business being those things which are totally out of our control.)
    I try to pay attention to where I can make a difference and how. If I can make a difference and am capable, I try to do it. From that point if it isn’t my business, it becomes God’s business. http://www.amazon.com/Loving-What-Is-Questions-Change/dp/1400045371
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    • This book came out when I was in the middle of very trying times and was looking for help from any source and came across it, shall we say, by divine intervention. I agree that it helps you navigate but like all self help books, over a period of time, its effect wears away and one learns to adapt and adjust to changing realities. It was about a couple of years later that I came to the turning point and let everything be and since then have not looked back. That is when I realised that even all the great achievements of my life were due to factors over which I had little or no influence.

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