Tuesday 25 November 2014

With confidence formulate the higher plan of life

|| योग: कर्मसु कौशलम् ||

In my young days, when I was learning swimming, I did not learn  swimming in the normal way, because there was great opposition  in the house. Family members were told by some astrologers that  I should never go near water, because in my Kundali (horoscope)  it was said that it was dangerous for me. So all my friends used to  go to learn swimming in swimming tank, but I was denied. Then I found out my own way to learn. But then because I could not learn  the normal way as others do so I was not confident about jumping  into well. I could enter into the well and swim. But that jumping  business I was not conversant with. In Nagpur there are very deep wells, big wells but deep wells.

There is some charm in jumping in the deep wells. So I thought  that I must know this art and I must also be able to jump. But deep down below, some fifty feet below in well what will happen  if I hit? So, little fear was also there. But then when I was finding  that people are jumping, very nicely jumping and nothing happens  to them. Every day I thought I shall do it. I shall jump into the  well from the top. But every day I returned without doing it. One  day I said, ‘Today I shall do it’. My friends were there. I told them  you be the first, second, third and fourth and I shall be the fifth  one to jump. I will be at five. They agreed. The first boy went and  jumped; the second boy went and jumped; third boy went and  jumped, fourth boy went and jumped, then I also jumped. And I found nothing has happened to me and then of course I became  very fond of jumping.

The question is this experience, this idea that well if A can do it, B can do it, how is it that I cannot do it? I also belong to the  same species. So I should also be able to do it. So while deciding  about higher things in life, if  this confidence is there, this  basic confidence that well,  if ordinary people can do it,  well, I also can do it and then  one does it.  Well, if somebody has done  it then I also can do it. So  with this confidence one has  to formulate the higher plan  of life. The question of how  I can do it whether I shall  fail should not rise. Well you  may fail; but you again rise  up, what is there? You cannot  achieve a thing in first trial.

You may do it in a second  trial; you may do it in third  trial. You may have ten trials.  After all a child hundred  times it falls. But again and  again it rises and ultimately  learns to walk. Not just walk  but it runs. Nobody blocks  the child’s growth. So with  this confidence one has to  think of higher things and  fashion our life accordingly.

-  Anecdotes narrated by Eknathji -1 :  : Nivedita Raghunath Bhide

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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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