The absoluteness of small things

by Sanjay Sehgal

The absoluteness of small things

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What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.
No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.
No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.
No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.
No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.
A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
(“Leisure” by William Henry Davies, 1911)

These evocative lines are from a little-known poem by W.H. Davies, a poet largely forgotten, but made immortal by several generations of Indian school children learning the words of this poem by rote. The lines came to mind today, as I sat on the balcony of my apartment in the Kanha Shanthi Vannam compound in Hyderabad, watching the sun retreat into the cooler evening hours. Time itself seemed to slow down as I watched the sunlight change to the fiery sky of sunsets in India, but the lines were evocative of my life these days and the importance we assign to our priorities.

I was chasing the Indian-American IT dream quickly.

I’ve been in the technology industry many years. I founded iVivity in 2000, in the early days of the dotcom era, to create network storage solutions and other services. After a few years of running iVivity, restless for a new challenge, I joined a venture capital firm. It wasn’t long before I started another company – Scentric – focusing on classifying data, followed by yet another initiative named Pramana, a human user validation solution. I was chasing the Indian-American IT dream quickly.

My interest in entrepreneurship came to me by way of my grandfather, a man I greatly admired. I arrived in the Bay Area in California from India, leaving my humble Indian lower-middle class roots behind, bearing just a small suitcase. It was the nineties, and I only expected to be away for three months, but it was two years before I found my way back into the bosom of my family in India. I wanted to build my legacy, while staying true to my roots and family values. And as I built my ventures up, time seemed to go by very quickly.

And I believe in living in that moment, in the best way possible

These days, I spend about a third of my time running my latest venture – MSys Technologies – a data storage company that’s travelled to the US from India. I spend the rest of my time outside the rat race, making a determined effort to enjoy the smaller things in life – sunsets at the Kanha Shanthi Vannam Ashram are just one of them. I also spend some of my time teaching Heartfulness Meditation at my home in Alpharetta, Georgia

The irony that meditation, a distinctly eastern practice, was one I learned and adopted in the USA is not one that’s lost on me. But, then again, life comes full circle when you return to your roots.

Pay more attention on how
to speak to other’s hearts

This blog is a place I intend to share my thoughts on technology and the way it uniquely blends into my life with spirituality, meditation, and the small things. Speaking from the heart is something I’ve learned to do, and it’s brought cohesion to my life, even when life seems to be moving in multiple directions at once. Chasing after the theoretical notion of happiness – be it the fat bank account, the fancy vacation or the latest car or phone – they all detract from the pursuit of the moment. That’s where life is, in the moment. And I believe in living in that moment, in the best way possible.

The mind must be tranquil to find true fulfillment.

At this stage of my life, I am beginning to pay more attention on how to speak to other’s hearts to inspire them in the same way my own meditation makes me look forward to living every moment of my life without the burden of the past, or of the unknown future, dragging me down. The mind must be tranquil to find true fulfillment.

In tranquility lies inspiration, and this blog serves to explore the intersections of tranquility, inspiration, and the rapid advances technology. I hope you’ll come along with me on this journey.

I hope you’ll come along with me on this journey.

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Vikas Gondane December 28, 2018 - 3:23 pm

All of life is peaks and valleys. Don’t let the peaks get too high and the valleys too low. Nice thoughts and will stay connected for great motivation

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Sanjay Sehgal April 8, 2019 - 2:25 pm

Yes. I have uploaded a new blog article. Please do read and provide your feedback.

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Damien December 28, 2018 - 3:27 pm

Uplifting quote to quickly boost your mood

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Sanjay Sehgal April 8, 2019 - 2:24 pm

Sure. Please do read the new one and provide your feedback.

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Maria December 28, 2018 - 3:29 pm

Nice lines “Pay more attention on how
to speak to other’s hearts”

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Sanjay Sehgal
Sanjay Sehgal April 8, 2019 - 2:24 pm

Absolutely. Thanks for your kind words.

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Balvinder Kaur December 28, 2018 - 3:45 pm

These are great thoughts! I am looking forward to reading more. Thanks.

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Sanjay Sehgal April 8, 2019 - 2:24 pm

Sure. Next one is updated now. Please do read and provide your comments.

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Arun Patil January 2, 2019 - 6:32 am

Beautifully explained journey

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Sanjay Sehgal April 8, 2019 - 2:23 pm

Tried. Thanks for your note.

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Abby January 3, 2019 - 12:58 pm

Nice interesting and motivating

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Sanjay Sehgal April 8, 2019 - 2:23 pm

Glad you liked it. Thanks for your kind words.

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Shubhi January 3, 2019 - 1:00 pm

Good read and success key

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Sanjay Sehgal April 8, 2019 - 2:23 pm

Sure. Thanks

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Damien January 3, 2019 - 1:02 pm

Want to stay connected forever… waiting for next thought

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Sanjay Sehgal April 8, 2019 - 2:22 pm

Sure. Next one is ready now. Thanks for your encouragement

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Mahendra Shrivastas January 7, 2019 - 8:34 am

If you work hard and you do your best, you can do anything.

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Sanjay Sehgal April 8, 2019 - 2:22 pm

There is more to life than work or hard work in my opinion. Thanks for your kind words

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K Sunil January 11, 2019 - 11:19 am

In this world the most beautiful thing is life in this article the journey of life has been shown very thoughtfully and driven us in the old day to current… I wish more articles from you to feel the breeze of life living moments… Thank you….

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Sanjay Sehgal April 8, 2019 - 2:21 pm

Next one is ready now, Sunil!! Thanks for your kind words.

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Kumar Gunalan January 17, 2019 - 6:29 am

Good one Boss ! Keep inspiring !

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Sanjay Sehgal April 8, 2019 - 2:21 pm

Thanks

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Lakshmi January 18, 2019 - 5:15 pm

Transformation of Journey from ‘Joyful’ to ‘Heartful’!! Following you..

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Sanjay Sehgal April 8, 2019 - 2:21 pm

Thanks

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January 21, 2019 - 6:54 am

Feeling positive

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Santosh Hegde April 24, 2019 - 3:22 pm

Loved the writing style and the post. Keep them coming

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Sanjay Sehgal May 23, 2019 - 11:29 am

Thanks for encouraging comment.

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Sailaja May 23, 2019 - 9:31 am

Are those pics with the sun…….at Kanha?

A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

Good read!

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Sanjay Sehgal
Sanjay Sehgal May 23, 2019 - 11:28 am

Yes

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Manoj September 18, 2019 - 9:24 am

Thanks for such a wonderful guidance. Sehgalnotes is now one of my buddies whose with full of inspiration and experiences of life.
This blog realize me i don’t have also burden of past feels too good that I am on right track.

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Sanjay Sehgal
Sanjay Sehgal September 18, 2019 - 12:36 pm

Thanks for your kind comment. Hope rest of the blogs are also helpful to you.

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Kishore December 7, 2019 - 4:42 pm

Right from the first line of the poet William Henry Davis , I too feel like I read few lines as a subject & don’t even recall it. When I traverse by the bottom of the page , it’s interesting to “Speaking from art” & respecting others. Well said sir.

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Sanjay Sehgal December 7, 2019 - 5:14 pm

Thanks Kishore

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