I had a crazy idea – to look for the most peaceful place on the earth!
In 1983, when I visited North Pole, Narvik was the northern most place, I could access. My first experience there in the midst of midnight sun left me with a great feeling. In 2006, when I went to Antarctica in the South Pole region, the large icebergs floating in the ocean itself had an amazing and surprising soothing effect on the nerves. On my expedition to Mt Everest, Base camp in 2008, trekking the mountain snow peaks by myself, probably calmed down my temperament by leaps.
In 2009 I planned my second trip to North Pole, this time to reach exact 90° N. I did reach. The place is aligned with the northern most tip of the earth’s axis of rotation. This place is just a large sheet of ice and has no inhabitants. I realised it was the most peaceful place I had been to till then. I closed my eyes to experience the vibrations. Soon enough my thoughts took me to a star shining absolutely bright, right above me. This was of course, the Dhruv Tara, the North Pole Star, also called Polaris.
Wow! While the thought process started, I realised there were many lessons the Pole Star has, to make life meaningful, if only we could follow.
- Pole Star is committed to stay firm for sure. Why can’t I be in my commitments?
- A person, trillions of miles away on earth, confidently depends on the Pole Star to assess directions. Can I make myself dependable in such a way at least to those who are known and close by?
- Pole Star acts as a guide to those who lose their path. If one gets lost on the earth’s northern hemisphere, one can make out the directions by looking at Polaris. This guidance is unselfish, unconditional and unbiased. Can I be such a guide?
I wish we have the ability to follow what the Pole Star has been practicing flawlessly for ages – Dependable, Unbiased, Firm and Guide to those who need! All these, without any self-interest.