Sunday 8 March 2015

Develop Bravery and Courage

|| योग: कर्मसु कौशलम् ||
In the life good - bad experiences are bound to be there. One learns more when he has to face the adversities. The experiences of Swami Vivekananda in America & India too, the experiences of Mananeeya Eknathji during construction of Vivekananda Rock Memorial always tells us they faced adversities boldly and that resulted into the shaping of the Great work. Eknathji therefore says : Adversities are to be used to manifest our divinity, our capacity
He further 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.
Swami Vivekananda illustrates bravery : I once read a story about some ships that were caught in a cyclone in the South Sea Islands, and there was a picture of it in the Illustrated London News. All of them were wrecked except one English vessel, which weathered the storm. The picture showed the men who were going to be drowned,  standing on the decks and cheering the people who were sailing through the storm. Be brave and  generous like that. Do not drag others down to where you are.
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.
Eknathji further illustrates us with the example from History of Marathas. He says :
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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