What is up to us, What isn’t up to us

Most of us spend our time living worried about things not up to us. It causes us a great deal of frustration, disappointment, and sometimes heartache as well.Most of us spend our time living worried about things not up to us. It causes us a great deal of frustration, disappointment, and sometimes heartache as well.

Lord Ram goes to exile to fulfilling the order of his father. Amused by the order of his father, Bharat asks the sage Vashisth, “Why it happened?” To which Sage Vashisth replied: “Loss and gain, Life and death, fame and infamy are in the hands of the God.”

Look at the list below to know things which are not up to us:
We had no option to choose our birthplace, parents, and whether we wanted to be born or not.
We had no choice to choose the talent which is gifted to each one of us in spite of knowing well that we feel attracted to it and our success greatly depends on our talent.
Each one of us needs lots of luck, yet we cannot choose to be lucky.
Whether we like it or not but we are constantly forced to handle the change in the constantly changing worldly matters such as social structure, political circumstances, and economic affairs.
We have no control over our body and diseases it attracts in spite of living a reasonably good lifestyle.
How people perceive the world and how they make the judgment based on caste, creed, race, social strata, upbringing and the rituals they follow.
Whether we give and take genuine love and compassion to others or not.
Our time on this planet is limited by your birthdate and your death date. Death is certain yet when is fully unpredictable.
We continuously face these worldly matters and unaware of how to handle them, we struggle to handle it.

Here is what God Krishna has told us to deal with the situations that we cannot control.
“The one, whose mind remains unperturbed amid sorrows, whose thirst for pleasure has altogether disappeared, and who is free from passion, fear, and anger, is called stable self.”

God Krishna warns us to keep our mind away from the material frailties of lust, anger, greed, envy, unwanted possession, etc. If our mind is continuously surrounded in the miseries, we stop the contemplation of the positivity, meaningfulness and divine energies that transcend our life. So, stop to allow the mind to hanker for pleasure or lament for miseries. Using meditation we can divert our mind to become situated on the transcendental level.

Lord Ram goes to exile to fulfilling the order of his father. Amused by the order of his father, Bharat asks the sage Vashisth, “Why it happened?” To which Sage Vashisth replied: “Loss and gain, Life and death, fame and infamy are in the hands of the God.”

Look at the list below to know things which are not up to us:
We had no option to choose our birthplace, parents, and whether we wanted to be born or not.
We had no choice to choose the talent which is gifted to each one of us in spite of knowing well that we feel attracted to it and our success greatly depends on our talent.
Each one of us needs lots of luck, yet we cannot choose to be lucky.
Whether we like it or not but we are constantly forced to handle the change in the constantly changing worldly matters such as social structure, political circumstances, and economic affairs.
We have no control over our body and diseases it attracts in spite of living a reasonably good lifestyle.
How people perceive the world and how they make the judgment based on caste, creed, race, social strata, upbringing and the rituals they follow.
Whether we give and take genuine love and compassion to others or not.
Our time on this planet is limited by your birthdate and your death date. Death is certain yet when is fully unpredictable.
We continuously face these worldly matters and unaware of how to handle them, we struggle to handle it.

Here is what God Krishna has told us to deal with the situations that we cannot control.
“The one, whose mind remains unperturbed amid sorrows, whose thirst for pleasure has altogether disappeared, and who is free from passion, fear, and anger, is called stable self.”

God Krishna warns us to keep our mind away from the material frailties of lust, anger, greed, envy, unwanted possession, etc. If our mind is continuously surrounded in the miseries, we stop the contemplation of the positivity, meaningfulness and divine energies that transcend our life. So, stop to allow the mind to hanker for pleasure or lament for miseries. Using meditation we can divert our mind to become situated on the transcendental level.

This alone shall solve all your problems

A hungry, tired, and empty-handed disciple turns to a monk for help. After carefully listening to the pain of his disciple the monk hands him over a shining object. “This alone shall solve all of your problems provided you reach out to the right person.”

The disciple accepted the object and left the place. After a while, he spotted a farmer and offered the precious stone to him, “I am hungry, tired and empty-handed. It would be kind if you’d buy this shining object from me.”

The farmer looked at the shining object, “It is none of my use but since you are hungry, I can take the grains equal to the weight of the object.”

The disciple instantly remembered the words of the monk and left the place without accepting the offer.

After some travel, he met with a grocery merchant. He approached him, “I am hungry, tired and empty-handed. Would you be able to buy this shining object and in exchange give me money.” The merchant looked at the shining object and he thought that it can help him measure the goods faster. “I can give you sugar equivalent to the weight of the shining object.” The disciple didn’t find the offer exciting and decided to move ahead.

He continued his journey further. He saw a jewelry merchant selling many similar shining objects in his shop. He went near the shopkeeper, “I am hungry, tired and empty-handed. Would you be able to buy this shining object and in exchange give me cash?”

The shopkeeper examined the shining object. He thought that he can use it to make more jewelry and earn more money. He said, “I will give you Rs. 10,000/- in exchange for the precious stone.”
The disciple wasn’t satisfied with the offer. He continued his search for another buyer. After a while, he entered a large diamond shop. He approached the owner, “I am hungry, tired and empty-handed. Would you be able to buy this shining object and in exchange give me money.” The diamond merchant was amused holding in his hand the most expensive and rare diamond.

He made an offer, “Gentleman, you are so lucky to own this precious stone. I don’ have enough money to buy it, but I am happy to offer you a partnership. We will make high-quality diamond jewelry from it and sell it in the market. We will invest the earnings to expand our business to become rich and famous.” The disciple was happy to accept the partnership offer. They started working together and over a period of time, they both became rich and famous.

Whether you are in the job or business, you need to connect and network with the right kind of people who discovers your true value. Then only you can leverage your real potential and achieve your goals.

Don’t die mad, sad, stressed, confused

During our conversation yesterday, she was sounding tired, hassled and exhausted. I quipped, “Why do you sound like you are excessively tired?”
“Yes, I am. Off late it seems I am surrounded with so many things. My sleep time has reduced to a few hours. I feel like I am working in my sleep too.” Replied she.
Me: “Think that you die in a moment from now. Your dead body is lying on the floor and your soul is looking at your body from up above. What would it say?”
After a momentary pause, I continued “Would it feel proud the way you are treating it inside your body?”
She said, “It is a quite new way to think and take stock of life.”
The question that you should ask: When your efforts are not directed at a cause or a purpose, how do you decide what to do day in and day out?
How do you know what to say no to and what to say yes to?
How do you know when you’ve had enough?
Why you’ve gotten on or off the track which keeps you tired, awake, hassled and hungry?

The answer you should find out is that find your meaning, direct your efforts to it, keep that meaning in view. It’s not the activity that
disturbs you, but false conceptions of things that drive you mad. Don’t die mad, sad, stressed, confused.