Hopes to Live

Hope keeps the flame of life burning in every living-being. So much is the faith of every living-being in hope that they forget the inevitable that is death. Such is the power of hope that a dying man hopes for a longer life, a sick man hopes for a healthy life, an unsuccessful man hopes for success. Whatever may happen, hope always remains alive.

Hope is a feeling of expectation and desire for a particular thing or incident to happen. Hope is a feeling of trust. Such is the potency of this feeling that we ignore the inevitable and keep on living in the hope that this will not happen to us. The biggest wonder on earth is that we observe others dying now and then, yet think that this will not happen to us. This feeling does not occur with just a few; it is the case with every living-being. Although we observe our body growing from being young to becoming old and we observe people dying, still we always hope against the inevitable.

Scriptures explain this ‘hope’ in Sanskrit with the word ‘sat’. ‘Sat’ means the desire to live eternally. All living-beings, if asked, will say that they do not wish to die. Apart from the desire for eternal life, we also have desire for knowledge (‘chit’ in Sanskrit) and desire for happiness (‘anand’ in Sanskrit). Our soul which is eternal is hence ‘satchitanand’ that is why no one wants to die, no one wants to be fool; no one wants sorrow. Everyone hopes to live forever.

Dr.Mahesh Chandra Panda

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Dr. Mahesh Chandra Panda, M.B.B.S.,M.D. Date of Birth:29.02.1948 Retd. (29.02.2008) Chief District Medical Officer Bargarh Orissa India
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20 Responses to Hopes to Live

  1. Dr Binod Bihari Naik says:

    Respected Sir,

    Hope to live is an imaginary desire related to mental faculty mainly and one can never be successful in life .Because where there is birth death is not uncertain, it is Dhruba Satya. But one knows his birth time from his parents but death time is dark to know. Men those who are on the mental sphere have to live and hope to enjoy life and to them death is devastation.They never accept death in life .They are Rajasic (passionate).They never quench the thirst of living.They cling to material enjoyment and body and mind consciousness.There is another category called Tamasic (dull) really doll like purely dominating body conscious and limit to eating enjoyment.But last but not the least Swatic one (pure truth) knows the self and hope to live in ecstasy.He never fears for death.To him birth and death is a phenomena vested him as àn energetic unit to accomplish God’s work at the stage of cosmic drama. Because usually God is invisible even not perceptible however feeling existence of God is esoteric enjoyment.As such every type of man is having hope to live with desire of different types and the results are also reciprocal.As you sow so you reap. Neem tree never yields mango even yearn so earnestly. Hence divine rule is never deviated. So one should stick to tract means never to be hauled but when one makes tricks always he falls in the pit.

    Your Divine Brother
    Dr Binod Bihari Naik
    Bargarh, Odisha

    • Thanks Dr Binod Bihari Naik for his valuable comment on the article ‘Hopes to Live’ that every type of man is having hope to live with desire of different types and the results are also reciprocal.As you sow so you reap.

  2. Dhandapani Muthuswamy says:

    True and practical lines. We console others but can’t console ourselves. Life is a mystery so hope is life jacket. Thanks Dr Panda ji for reminding then and there about the aspects of life.

  3. Rajesh Kumar Panda says:

    Respected kaka,
    Very wonderful article and heart touching.
    Ok, I remain. Pranam.

  4. Dear Sir,

    Thanks for publishing a crisp article. I HOPE, more good articles from time to time. However, I have not been able to post comments on each and every article. I hope that, I will try my best to read and comment for all of your article in future.

    // OM SAI RAM //

  5. Thanks for referral. Hope is essence of life. I don’t understand, why should I bother for death or even think of death. We think only for life as every action is related to life. We must live everyday as if it is our last day and enjoy life again in the best way next day. Death has nothing to do with our actions. We can plan for problems, disease, or anything, which needs planning. Why should I think that I am going to die some day. Our brain, body, heart and emotions are all meant for life. None of our organ is planned for death. Our profession is concerned to save lives and fight everything which shortens life. Every living organism and plant is ultimately going to die, and death stops our role on this earth. Hence there is no point thinking of death. Let us forget death and enjoy life. Death is going to end our innings on this earth. Hence let us play our innings well, especially this is period to enjoy fruits of our past life, our past investments and those of hard work we did put in our golden years. Future is not in our hands, but present moment do belong to us. Let us live every moment the way we want our offspring to enjoy life. Love to Snigdha.

  6. Prakash Padhan says:

    Respected Sir,

    It’s heart touching article. No one wants to die.In Bhagbad Gita- ” jatasya hi dhrubo mrutyu,dhrubam janma mrutasya cha”.Where there is birth,there is death.I know I will die one day,but I don’t know when I will die. King Pariskhit knew about his death after a week only,he then listened Bhagabata to attain moksha. King Khatang knew that he will die after a single moment. Goutama Buddha left palace after watching dead body in his city. Death awareness is the way of moksha. Death is death of body.Our soul is immortal as said by Lord Krishna in Gita. Hope is base of living. Hope, we will attain moksha.

  7. V Chandra Sekhar says:

    Namaste Dr.Pandaji,

    I read with great interest your article on HOPE. You have hit the nail on the head when you said that , though each one of us has been observing day-in and day-out the misery and suffering all round us but hoping against hope that this predicament will not befall us , despite knowing fully well that no one can escape destiny and has to face what is coming to him.This is inevitable with either a denizen or a netizen.


    • Thanks Sekharji for his valuable comment on the article ‘Hopes to Live’ that though each one of us has been observing day-in and day-out the misery and suffering all round us but hoping against hope that this predicament will not befall us , despite knowing fully well that no one can escape destiny and has to face what is coming to him.

  8. Purnima Panda says:

    Pranam kaka,

    Sorry for the delay reply. Hope is not the belief hat everything was is or will be fine. The hope is about broad perspectives with specific possibilities, one that invite or demand that we act. A very nice article.

  9. Kedarnath Sahu says:


    ‘Hopes to Live’ is really the true fact of a human-being.Hope is the key point to do anything in the society.Have you ever noticed that there are very few universal experiences in life? There are a few though; these rare events give us an experience that everyone can relate to. One experience that no one can avoid is the feeling of hardship. We all know the feeling of being down in the ditch, feeling like there is no hope. Our struggles come in every shape and size, but hopelessness is something that we’ve all shared.For some people the struggle is with themselves, with their emotions, self-confidence, or depression. Others are bombarded and attacked by situations of the world.No matter how difficult our struggles, there is always hope. No matter how long we’ve fought to overcome our hardship, there is always hope. The trick to finding hope is to look in the right place.Throughout life we are lured into countless situations that offer to return hope, only to find ourselves back in hard times. In our desperation, we have been convinced to seek hope through medicine, relationships, ethics, philosophy, hobbies, education, etc. While most of these are great courses to pursue, none of them will bring you true hope.Then, still in desperation, we attempt to find a cure to life’s problems by doing things that we know are wrong, things that we call sin. All of us at one point have tried to patch a hole in our life with a sin of some kind, like drugs, inappropriate relationships, lying, or materialism.The sad truth is that sin can never fix life’s problems. And, the worst part is that sin unfortunately only makes it worse. Sin is just a temporary fix for a problem that really has only one solution.True hope can only be found through the pursuit of something greater than yourself. That greater being is God.

    Kedarnath Sahu
    Science Teacher
    Sohela,Bargarh Odisha

  10. Madhusudan Mahunta says:

    Dear Sir,

    Your article ‘Hopes to Live’ written by you is hundred percent true. Some one has said in Odia “Gale pachhe jau jiba , Jaha heba dekha jiba, Giri shikhe laya rakhi Chalibi mukara”. Hope encourage us to live.Your thought has been reflected in the article very nicely.

    Madhusudan Mahunta
    Sohela Bargarh Odisha

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