My dad Kishore V Sonpal, was just short of 82, when he breathed his last on June 12, 2020, 01:24am. He built the habit of maintaining a diary right from his late twenties, when he took up his first job with Indian Railways, way back in 1964. His writings have stood the test of time. They are as relevant today, as they were, when he penned them down. I am sharing third of these diary entries. Just like me, hope you will also find subtle meaning in his writings.

Here is the Tenth share. 

Sunday musings with dad 2

Transcript of the Image:


Only when thought is from from the sensory values made by the hand or mind, can there be the realisation of truth.

There is no defined path to truth. You must sail on the unchartered sea to find it. 

Reality cannot be conveyed to another being; for that which is conveyed is already known. And what is known is not the real.

Happiness lies in that freedom that virtue brings. Virtue is not an end in itself, but it is essential for that freedom only so that reality can come into being.


When you are out to seek truth, there is no short-cut, there is no readymade formula for success. You need to find it your own way, charter your own course and just go for it.

“Only when thought is free from the sensory values made by the hand or mind, can there be the realization of truth.” – points to the reality of our experience through our senses is not the actual reality of our existence, and that enquiry leads to realization.

“Virtue is not an end in itself, but it is essential for that freedom only” – Core virtues, are essential for making progress on this path. (so path like Ashtanga Yoga, or other paths have pre-requisites).

With inputs from @ravi Trivedi

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