Kanan Dhru

Nationality: Indian Living in: India Programmes: ILP 2011

Nationality: Indian
Living in: India
Programmes: ILP 2011

Kanan Dhru was featured as one of 37 "Indians of Tomorrow" by the prestigious India Today group in 2012. She was featured along with the household names from the film industry, sports and politics. She recently received an award as a "Woman with a Drive" by the Times of India on the International Women's Day.

Andy Warhol is known for his experiments with celebrity culture and art. Perhaps what is not so well-known about Warhol is one of the very interesting statements that he has made. "As soon as you stop wanting something, you get it", Warhol was once quoted saying. When I first heard this statement, I instantly agreed and felt it was ideal to be added to the list of Murphy's Laws that everyone can so relate to! Although, while Murphy tells us how anything that can go wrong, will go wrong, Warhol's statement left me intrigued. Thinking about it and trying to relate it to personal situations, I felt there was more to this statement than what I had inferred from it in the first instant.

If I had to 'not want' something in order to 'get it', what was then the point of 'wanting'? And, even if I get it, it would then make no difference to me. How then, can one motivate one's self to do better? Isn't feeling dissatisfied and wanting more from life essential for progress?

But my personal experiences seemed to confirm Warhol time and again. In cases where I had done something without expecting anything in return or left the outcome to the unknown powers or had let go of any ego or self interest, the outcome had been most favourable – in fact, sometimes even beyond imagination!

It was while I was going through this churning, I had the opportunity of interacting with Deepak Chopra at a literature festival. I asked him the solution to my dilemma. He laughed and then said: 'Motivation is required for those who don't want to act. For those who act for the sake of acting, things flow in a beautiful rhythm naturally!'
How simply put! I was reminded of a Sanskrit Shloka which essentially meant: 'You have the right to perform your actions, but you are not entitled to the fruits of the actions.'
Perhaps, it is when we can detach the 'act' from the 'result' and 'actor' from the 'act', that the real journey – both internal and external takes place and consciousness manifests in real harmony!

John Cummings