JOY IS NOT IN THINGS; JOY IS WITHIN US
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. ■