Happened to check out JAB WE MET over the weekend.
It was a well done movie - sort of a rehash, but well executed and kept me engrossed right uptill the predictable end. Shades of Dil Hai Kay Manta Nahin and Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge
Kareena and Shahid both have done a wonderful job as usual, shades of maturity is visible in the way they have enacted their character.
But watching it play out, just made me think about the choices we make in life.
Some choices we make are shortcuts and some we make with our heart.
Once we start making the choices with our heart, thats when life takes a turn towards our moksha path. I think all my introspection has helped me discover this truth, that if only I can make the right choices and decisions, that are not about me, but about the other, that is when lots of doors (moksha et al) are going to open up. Until we are thinking about our selfish self, taking short cuts, scheming, wheeling and dealing, it delivers us richness for the short window, but we don't realize how many doors have slammed shut.
We can see the absolute transformation of our hero in this movie, as he discovers this one truth, and how easy things become once he accepts this simple fact. Our heroine is obsessed with chasing something from her past with a vengenance, little knowing that what she really need is right in front of her. We are also caught up in this rat race and think we know it all, chasing after the most inane stuff, and once we get that, we move onto something else. But, once we step back and take a breather, think about the big scheme of things, once we start making decisions from the bottom of our heart, saying things that we really mean, life would be truly miraculous.
We are right now, as we are, God's miracle in play. We have forgotten it. But that is the true fact and by approaching life a bit differently, we will truly see the bigger miracle that is forever staring us in the face. Lately, my policy has been - be good. How much or what am I going to gain by doing otherwise? How much is someone going to gain by being bad? In the big scheme of things it doesn't matter. So let me be good and discard all thoughts of payback, revenge after all the path to Moksha is even bigger than anything else.
And I was following Mehdi Shahbazi's story for the last few years (see below)
He seems like another Gandhi in the making, but the world did not recognize it.
But I do think that he is a martyr and his life had a purpose/
His death will be something tangible for the world and for sure in how he is reborn again.
Fame eluded him in this life - not something he was after - but he will be reborn again in a role where he will really steer the world into a better course. This life of his is a precursor for a fantastic role ahead - just a preparation.
It is dejecting that he went down like this, but he followed his heart and good things Just NEED to happen.
The conflicts cost him his eight service stations - from Salinas to San Jose - his home, his health and his life.
Shahbazi, 65, died Wednesday at Stanford Hospital due to a fast of more than four months to protest the power of oil companies - and as gas prices approach record highs in California.
At his former Marina station - where two years ago he posted a sign that read "Consumers' pain is Big Oil's unearned profit!" - customers have erected a memorial of flowers, cards and signs proclaiming love and appreciation.
Until a court decision last month that gave Shell legal control over his final station, Shahbazi was positive he would prevail, said his nephew, Kaz Ajir of Marina.
But the news devastated him, and his health dramatically declined.
Shahbazi was born in Kermanshah, the Kurdish region of Iran. The youngest of five children, he immigrated to the United States in his 20s, working at his brother's gas station in Los Angeles.
"He came here with nothing," Ajir said. "He was a self-made individual."
By the early '70s, Shahbazi opened his own station in the Monterey Bay area. Patrons loved to hang out there with him because of his sense of humor, his nephew said. Sometimes, customers who could not pay got gas for free.
Shahbazi joined 44 other ....
He passed out business cards that read "Pumping Mad" above his phone number and Web site. He had hoped to spur a class-action lawsuit forcing oil companies to pay refunds to customers.
Shell ordered him to take down signs criticizing oil companies - then sued him. Shahbazi countersued claiming freedom of speech. Shell terminated his lease, and Shahbazi, acting as his own lawyer, took on five attorneys hired by the oil giant.
Although his gas pumps were fenced off, he sold snacks and car washes at his Del Monte Avenue station. Every day, 10 or 20 patrons stopped by to cheer him on, Ajir said. Yet friends and family urged him to give up his lawsuit and later his life-threatening fast. At one point, Shell offered him $650,000 to abandon his fight. He refused.
He lost his home to foreclosure, and his wife and one son moved to Southern California.
In June, Shahbazi began a liquid-only fast. He was hospitalized in late September and died Wednesday of liver failure.
He is survived by his wife, Valerie Shahbazi, and two sons, Saam, 22, and Kayvon, 14, all of Upland; his brother, Max Shahbazi of Thousand Oaks; and sister, Bobbie Ajir of Carmel Valley.
A private service is being held today in Fremont.
"He was kind, wise and generous beyond imagination," said Jeffrey Cohen, a Salinas physician who met Shahbazi as a patient and remained a friend for 32 years. "I want people to know that he wasn't crazy. He used what he felt was the last non-violent method of protest that he could muster. He was expressing what we all feel."