“Ekjana Koreali bidyarthi ek patak angreji bishayako grihakarya nikai kathin sath gariraheko maile dekey. Maile unlai sodey, “Timi agreji sikna yeti dherai mehenat kina gariraheka chau?”
Usle jawaf diyo, “Biswavidyalama prawesh garna ko lagi.” Yo bhanda badi adurdristi kehi hunasakcha? Biswabidyalama prawesh paunu nai udyesya hoina. Biswabidyalaya yauta testo thau ho jaha khas bisayama kehi byapak udeshya liera gaincha. Yo afaima udeshya huna sakdaina. Sathai, kati paisa kamauna sakiyela bhanne adharma matra afno jiwanko lakshya lai paribhasit nagara. Maile kahilai talab liyeko chaina, tara ma khana ra bachna sakeko chu. Paisa kehi karya garne sadan ho, lakshya hoina. Paisa kamaunu agi eslai kharcha garne yojana chaincha. Sahi udhesya begar arjit rakam tyetikai khera jancha.”
- Shanti Premi Biswa Nagarik, Reverend Sun Myung Moon
This is a Nepali translation of the famous book written by Korean religious leader Reverend Sun Myung Moon. This book talks about many instances and experiences of this righteous man whose pursuit was to bring peace to the world thus making his work a subject of interest internationally for many decades.
The book talks about a profound subject that the most important thing in life is to find your aim and to change the course of your life accordingly. These particular lines from the chapter “Timro udesya patta lau, jiwan pariwartan gara” (Find out your aim and change your life) talks about his encounter with a student who responded to his question by saying that he’s putting all his effort in learning English just to get enrolled in the university.
Photo: Bhaswor Ojha
The student’s limited ambition had made him unable to think beyond that. Money is often considered by people as the only means to achieve success but an individual’s aim in life should not be solely to earn money. He should have a focus and a proper vision of how he wants his life to move ahead. Money is just a means of getting your work done and you should plan how you will use the money even before you earn it.
I find this statement mentioned by Moon satisfactory because most of the time we see people running after acquiring materialistic things to be
happy. But it is important that you are aware about whether the money you earn will be used properly or not.
The book is a remembrance of Moon’s experiences while he traveled to places like United States and Africa. He has tried to incorporate his experiences, suffering and knowledge in this book and also touches on issues of love and compassion. Love cannot be defined in just one way as there’s no particular definition of love. If you help a needy and hungry person with a kind heart then that’s also an expression of love. Moon explains that there are cases in Africa when a mother has to see her child suffer from hunger while at the same time in the States many people have all the luxury but don’t know how to use them. I really admire Moon’s philosophy and thus support his ideas.
Dahal’s passion for books makes him read whenever he can manage time from his hectic schedule. A police inspector by profession, he mostly likes reading books which are related to his field.
He recently completed his PhD in Political Science. He’s now the only police inspector with a PhD degree in Nepal Police fraternity. He used to teach English to school kids back in his hometown in Sinduli until he joined the police force and now has fifteen years of experience in this field.
“Reading not only helps you understand about certain subject or discipline but it makes you more aware and responsible. It is about strengthening your knowledge so that you can express yourself in the right way,” says Dahal who is an avid reader of both English and Nepali novels. Dahal also talks about how reading helps him to express better when he’s representing the country at an international level as well.
He is almost done with his book titled, “Commitment of Nepal Police in UN peacekeeping,” which is due to be published in a month’s time.
Dahal’s five picks
Bishwa ka Pramukh Sarkar by Krishna Pokhrel
This book is about how the government runs in four different powerful countries that includes UK, United States of America, France and China. It also talks about how the constitution runs in those countries and how governance based on those countries’s constitution is carried out. For anyone who wants to know how these countries rose to power or how their system works, this book proves to be worthy.
Shanti ra Samriddhi Nepal by Dr Dilli Raman Regmi
This literary book is related to Regmi’s life who was a prominent politician, historian, and philanthropist of Nepal. A freedom fighter, Regmi’s life is very inspiring and this compilation of work of Regmi has been done by other writers in memory of him.
Reinventing the United Nations by Ajit M Banerjee and Murari R. Sharma
I read this book as this was the subject that I chose when I was doing my PhD in Political science. This has been written together by an Indian and a Nepali writer who had worked at UN peace keeping. It talks about what all should UN work on to improve its condition in terms of security, development and peace keeping and why certain program of UN wasn’t successful.
Who is Osho
Being the most talked about philosopher, I finally got some time and I’m currently reading Osho’s philosophy. The thing I learned through the book is that the core message that Osho has tried to impart is that you shouldn’t harm anyone but do whatever your heart tells you to do and define your life that way.
Generations compiled by Shreedhar P. Lohani & Padma P. Devkota
This is a thematic anthology of poems. I still remember reading this book as it was in my curriculum. I’ve read many books in life but this simple collection of poetry takes me back to my college days. It’s a collection of poems by various writers compiled by TU professors and includes poems of Shakespeare and other famous writers. I still go through this collection sometimes. As told to Nistha Rayamajhi