Try to play your role to per­fec­tion

Business Bhutan - - Editoria - SWAMI PRAKARSHANANDA

In life, we play many roles but there is one prin­ci­pal role that we share in com­mon – to be the best hu­man be­ing pos­si­ble. If prime im­por­tance is given to this role, then we will ex­cel in the play of our other roles. Ex­am­ine the life of Kr­ishna. We find that he played ev­ery role to per­fec­tion – the role of a cowherd with his lit­tle friends, the role of a mis­chievous son, the part of a war­rior, a king and even the role of char­i­o­teer. Can you imag­ine the con­troller of the whole uni­verse tend­ing horses, wash­ing them, putting all the dung into a dung pit?

He did this to demon­strate that we must each be ready to play the role ‘as­signed’ to us with­out any com­plaints. Ob­serve the qual­ity of the mind, when we have per­formed sin­cerely and given our best with no ul­te­rior mo­tives.

In ev­ery stage of life, each one has var­i­ous roles to play. How­ever, at any given point of time we have to fo­cus on the role that is pre­dom­i­nant un­der the given cir­cum­stances. For ex­am­ple, while at work in a cor­po­rate of­fice, the pre­dom­i­nant role is of an em­ployee; other roles are se­condary. If one lets the role of a hus­band, father or friend in­ter­fere with the role as an em­ployee, one will not be able to do full jus­tice to it. The at­ten­tion will be di­vided and the per­for­mance will at best be medi­ocre.

Main­tain con­stant vigil, give pri­or­ity to the role that the si­t­u­a­tion de­mands and also en­sure that there is no in­ter­mix­ing of roles. This will guar­an­tee that we give to­tal at­ten­tion to the task in hand, work to the best of our abil­ity and max­imise our po­ten­tial. All else should be of no con­se­quence at that time. The art of be­ing aware of our thoughts and giv­ing sin­gle-pointed at­ten­tion to the role at hand, leads to in­creased lev­els of con­cen­tra­tion.

Each role comes with its own set of du­ties. While play­ing the role of a stu­dent, we must ap­pre­ci­ate that the pri­mary duty of a stu­dent is to work hard and ex­cel in stud­ies, main­tain good health and en­sure a con­ducive, learn­ing at­mos­phere. In the role of a house­wife, it is the duty of the lady, to care for the wel­fare of ev­ery fam­ily mem­ber and do the best by each one. Si­mul­ta­ne­ously, the home­maker must main­tain her own phys­i­cal as well as emo­tional well­be­ing.

Thus, to avoid their in­ter­min­gling, each one needs to mas­ter the tech­nique of con­stant vigil, while play­ing the di­verse roles pre­sented at any given time. This will not hap­pen in one day. A prac­tice of con­tin­u­ous alert­ness to­wards the flow of thoughts while per­form­ing the ac­tion is re­quired. Other dis­tract­ing thoughts should be re­strained from en­ter­ing the mind. In the ab­sence of alert­ness, an un­sus­pect­ing mind will en­ter­tain un­nec­es­sary thoughts from all di­rec­tions. This will dras­ti­cally af­fect the per­for­mance and re­duce it to av­er­age or sub­stan­dard lev­els.

For sta­bil­ity, peace and har­mony to pre­vail, it is cru­cial to chan­nelise one’s en­ergy to­wards con­struc­tive ac­tions. It is es­sen­tial to dis­tin­guish be­tween con­struc­tive en­abling ac­tions and neg­a­tive ac­tions. Neg­a­tive thoughts and ac­tions which cre­ate in­sta­bil­ity, dis­tur­bance, dishar­mony need to be elim­i­nated. To el­e­vate the mind, it is vi­tal and ex­tremely im­por­tant to fol­low these guide­lines.

The writer is from Chin­maya Mis­sion, Delhi.[Cour­tesy: ToI]

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