Saturday, 16 May 2015

Obstacles to Opportunities

|| योग: कर्मसु कौशलम् ||

Mananeeya Eknathji places the importance of Renunciation, Service and Atmabodha to all as we are to be the fit instruments of God. He says through Prarthana :

How our renunciation, Service and Atmabodha can transform the difficulties into opportunities? Generally speaking, there are difficulties of four types.
First - temptations of pleasures and comforts that divert our minds from goals.
The second type - of hurdles come from those who discourage us and undermine our self-confidence.
When we overcome this, our ego comes up as the third one and becomes the great obstacle in our path.
Fourthly and finally hurdles come in the form of opposition and dangers while performing our work.
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aga, Seva and Atmabodha can transform all these four types of difficulties into opportunities.

 

Tyaga or renunciation means giving up. But what is it that we have to give up? Mananeeya Eknathji says in Sadhana of Service, "When the destination of human life is once fixed and the mission of this life is decided, the scheme for the fulfilment of the mission comes into existence. If there is no destination, problems do not arise; but when the destination is determined, even when a person is confronted by hundreds of difficulties and thousands of problems he faces them with great courage even at the risk of his life. His mission gives him a definite direction and in following it one finds that there are good many things to be rejected rather than to be selected." Thus for us, the selection or Tyaga is not just between good and bad but also between good and good. We have to give up even many good things, whether pleasures, comforts, hobbies or even some times family duties.