Thursday 20 November 2014

Behaviour in difficult and critical moments is the test

|| योग: कर्मसु कौशलम्  ||

Each one should experience the potency of Swami Vivekananda's article of faith : Each Soul is Potentially Divine and the goal is to Manifest this Divinity. ....

Ekanthji in Sadhana of Service brings out this point very beautifully. He says :

Behaviour in difficult and critical moments is the test. One must develop the capacity. It can be natural or acquired, but one must have it. From where it comes is not the question. Swamiji has clearly stated that every soul is potentially divine. That power is there within everyone. We are the sons of immortality. Calamities and difficulties will always be there; they demand that we must prove equal to the task. The jeeps have a special gear to ascend a steep ascent. We are gifted with such potentiality. Adversities and difficulties are sent by the Divine power to manifest our faculties and capabilities which have been granted to us. We must channelize them for the proper cause only and never for a wrong cause.

In the great battle of Panipat of 1761, between Ahmedshah Abdali and the Hindus, the Hindus lost the battle as army lost its nerve and took to its heels. The army was large and strong and had it not lost courage and had it used its hidden strength for the right cause, it would have won. The lesson is that, one must not lose courage and must face adversity and fight it to a finish, even at the cost of one's life. The potency of a brave man is multiplied at the nick of the moment. In inward quality of bravery is not to be developed only for the battle of armies; for the struggle in life too, it is equally essential and indispensable. Progress is nothing but the manifestation of the potency within. This potency, when transformed into bravery, wins half the battle. We must develop the faculty to channelize this potency for the right cause.

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Freed from attachment, non-egoistic, endowed with courage and enthusiasm and unperturbed by success or failure, the worker is known as a pure (Sattvika) one. Four outstanding and essential qualities of a worker. - Bhagwad Gita : XVIII-26

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