Stress dis­ap­pears when we ren­der un­con­di­tional ser­vice to hu­man­ity

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - Comment - M N Kundu In­ner Voice com­prises con­tri­bu­tions from our read­ers. The views ex­pressed are per­sonal In­ner­voice@hin­dus­tan­times.com

We are liv­ing in an era of stress. There is a gross mis­con­cep­tion that stress, to some ex­tent, is es­sen­tial as it mo­ti­vates and ac­cel­er­ates per­for­mance. Op­ti­mum stress is re­quired for shap­ing us. But how much stress is op­ti­mum and harm­less? Med­i­cally, any stress is ca­pa­ble of caus­ing tremen­dous harm to our psy­chophys­i­cal sys­tem. Most of our stresses hap­pen to be about the fu­ture.

The Gita sug­gests, “The ori­gin of crea­tures is shrouded in mys­tery, so is the fag end, only the lit­tle mid­dle is known. Why should we then be ag­grieved for the un­known fu­ture?”

The best course is to do our best and sur­ren­der the out­come to the Almighty. Pray for best per­for­mance, in­spi­ra­tion and mo­ti­va­tion from Him.

Ex­ces­sive ob­ses­sion with de­sires in­vites suf­fer­ing and stress. Un­selfish­ness and un­con­di­tional love for every­body with­out any ex­pec­ta­tion in re­turn up­roots all stress and opens the gate­way to hap­pi­ness and peace, ir­re­spec­tive of ex­ter­nal hap­pen­ings. Stress en­tirely dis­ap­pears when we ren­der un­con­di­tional ser­vice to hu­man­ity ex­pect­ing noth­ing in re­turn and sur­ren­der ev­ery­thing to God.

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