JOY IS NOT IN THINGS; JOY IS WITHIN US

The Hitavada - - PASTIME - TGL IYER

PER­SONAL suc­cess is not easy but once re­alised it is lib­er­at­ing, ful­fill­ing and joy­ful. To achieve, we must per­sist through the fail­ures, the chal­lenges of life and the set­backs we en­counter along the way. It is not enough for us to wish, want or to de­sire. The world is full of peo­ple who wish, want, to de­sire things. Un­til they take ac­tion noth­ing can hap­pen. Some ac­tions would lead to fail­ure. Your de­sire to suc­ceed must be driven by an in­tense pas­sion for the goal, you have set for your­self.

Those who lack tal­ent ex­pect things to hap­pen with­out ef­fort. They as­cribe fail­ure to a lack of in­spi­ra­tion or abil­ity or mis­for­tune rather than to in­suf­fi­cient ap­pli­ca­tion. At the core of ev­ery true tal­ent, there is an aware­ness of the dif­fi­cul­ties in­her­ent in any achieve­ment. There should be con­fi­dence that by per­sis­tence and pa­tience some­thing worth­while will be re­alised. It is im­por­tant to set a wor­thy goal for your­self, some­thing, which in­spires you which ful­fils your sense of well-be­ing, a goal which makes you feel good and will ben­e­fit your life and those around you! When you have such a goal, you will nat­u­rally have the com­mit­ment nec­es­sary to per­sist against ad­ver­sity to get-up ev­ery time you fall down.

Once Lord Kr­ishna and Ar­juna took the garb of Brah­mins. They went to a Palace. The Palace guards drove them away. Then they went to a poor Brah­min. He re­ceived them, washed their feet and gave them foam­ing good milk. Af­ter leav­ing, Lord Kr­ishna cursed that the cow may die and the King may pros­per fur­ther. When asked about this cu­ri­ous act Kr­ishna told Ar­juna that the King who is at­tached to wealth may dou­ble it and by that the King will be­come more cruel and fully im­mersed in wealth. In the case of the poor Brah­min, he is at­tached 95% to God and 5% to the cow. If the cow dies, he will be to­tally at­tached to God. The Brah­min was not pure but pu­rity it­self! There is an old say­ing in sports that you play to the level of your com­pe­ti­tion. Good teams with good play­ers can play poorly against teams with less abil­ity. They may win but they pushed them­selves to the best of their ef­fort that al­lowed them to de­feat the op­po­nents and not any fur­ther. Suc­cess is like a drug. It can be in­tox­i­cat­ing leav­ing you want­ing more. When you know that there is enough out there for you and you can get it any time you don’t break ranks, overdo things or grab things. You re­lax know­ing that it is avail­able any time. There­fore, you re­lax for the time be­ing know­ing that you get what you want when the time is ap­pro­pri­ate.

Suc­cess is like a spi­ral stair­case. It turns, bends, curves and you go on climb­ing. There are al­ways def­i­nite des­ti­na­tions to reach. You reach it when the time is ap­pro­pri­ate. Re­mem­ber, that there are al­ways new heights to reach, new vis­tas to ex­plore, new lessons to learn. The Supreme ac­com­plish­ment is to blur the line be­tween work and play be­cause work is only play. If this at­ti­tude is suf­fi­ciently main­tained, life will be a smooth blow.

The teacher asked the stu­dent “Who is a high achiever?” When there was no re­ply the teacher said “He is an in­di­vid­ual who has in­cor­po­rated bal­ance in his life, con­tin­u­ing to grow and achieve goals. Add value to work, fam­ily and com­mu­nity! De­velop a strong sense of pur­pose and lead life with a spe­cific plan. Un­der­stand the law of Har­vest. It is plant­ing the seed, wa­ter the plant, ir­ri­gate, re­move weeds. Har­vest only when it is ready.”

Buck Rogers said “There are count­less ways of at­tain­ing great­ness, but any road to reach­ing one’s max­i­mum po­ten­tial must be built on a bedrock of re­spect for the in­di­vid­ual, a com­mit­ment to ex­cel­lence and a re­jec­tion of medi­ocrity. Catch peo­ple in the Act of do­ing some­thing right. If you treat an in­di­vid­ual what he ought to be and could be, he be­comes ex­actly that. Also re­mem­ber, that ad­ver­sity is the trial of prin­ci­ple. With­out it, a man hardly knows whether he is hon­est or not.

We all are born whole and let us hope will die also whole. But some­where early on our way, we eat one of the won­der­ful fruits of the tree of knowl­edge. Things sep­a­rate into good and evil and we be­gin the shadow mak­ing process and di­vide our lives. You never grow by how much you win; you only grow by how much you put in. you re­mem­ber only what you have learnt and not what you are taught. This is a phi­los­o­phy handed down from gen­er­a­tion to gen­er­a­tion. Some prac­tice this phi­los­o­phy and au­to­mat­i­cally suc­ceed in life. ■

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