As I got my first dose of vaccination today, a strange feeling crossed my mind, contrary to the elation suggested by the blog’s title. A cure is not permanent as it just relieves the symptom and the ailment can come back, but a vaccination is more permanent for it leads to formation of anti bodies that ensure that the ailment vaccinated against doesn’t recur. While firstly I got cured from Corona and now I am vaccinated and hopefully, may not suffer the infection again in this lifetime, what about other infections that have built their abode in my heart and mind – jealousy, envy, avarice, cut throat ruthlessness, selfishness, pride, possessiveness – it’s a long list! While exposition by saints, scriptures, philosophers, guides, mentors, friends and elders frequently provides cure from some or all of the above, these ailments comeback each time and with renewed vigour. Caught up in the aforesaid thought, I tried composing a few lines, which read as under:
Vaccine has been discovered
Now I will be Covid proof
I can live my life as usual
And need not stay aloof.
But my heart is still not clear
And mind not without fear
I wish for a vaccine against all my vices
That will make me a better human for my remaining years.
A vaccine that gives me immunity from –
Greed and avarice, yearning for more beyond dal, bread and rice
Desire to win the next race, at any cost and with any face
To be on the top of corporate ladder, by crushing the dreams of my junior cadre
Envy jealousy at others success, for the things to which I don’t get access
The bigotry for other religions and caste, by glorifying only me and my past
Cowardice to look the other way, for things that don’t matter to me and are not in my way
Insecurity to amass the wealth, at the cost of happiness and health
I can go on and on for I have no dearth of vices
But I need a solid vaccination and not mere advices!
Having said so, I plead to all my countrymen to support the Corona vaccination drive and defeat Corona and not wait for the vaccination of writer’s dream!