A person who knows the way to the Ganga can guide another person right up to the riverbank, but whether he will wash his clothes or bathe there, all that will depend upon him. That is not something that the Ganga or the person who brought him to the Ganga will decide, but the person himself. It will depend upon his temperament (and other circumstances). Similarly, what you will take from the spiritual life is not something that the Fullness and the Abundance will decide, it is you – and your willingness, ability and desire for increase of that ability – who will decide.
A word of caution: the human mind is very changeable, and it can also be very eccentric. It will always swing to extremes. Either it will despair, ‘I cannot achieve it, I am a washout, it is not within my powers, what is the use?’ or it may start attributing to itself much more than it really is capable of doing: ‘I am like Vivekananda, I am like Vasishta.’ To start thinking too highly of oneself is not good, and too much of negativity and a fatalistic spirit, is also not good.
They who make a level-headed assessment of themselves will know their abilities and powers, and they will know their weaknesses and problems also.
Seeing themselves clearly as they are, they study the situation. ‘As I am, I shall do the maximum best that I can and take the maximum benefit out of this situation that God has blessed me with.’ That is enough. So, have a proper assessment of your own powers and abilities, and in this light, always keep this level-headedness. Carry on in this way doggedly, persistently and perseveringly; that will bring you ultimately to the goal. This is the truth. Do not swing either too much to euphoria – of thinking yourself capable of doing things of which you are not yet capable – and do not sink into a very undesirable state of pessimism. That is against God’s wishes and contrary to His law. It is something negating His Presence, His great power and splendid presence within. It is best to steer clear of both these avenues of extreme thought and be always equipoised and balanced. Take a view of yourself that is realistic, practical and true, and then function from that level.That is the way to success. Do not compare yourself with Vivekananda, Vishwamitra, Gautama Buddha or Shankaracharya. Neither do you need to compare yourself with someone who has fallen. Do not try to be like someone else or think that you are someone else. Be yourself and try to make yourself an ideal person.
Perfect yourself; that is the greatest gift to God. Be yourself and let your life be your own. Draw strength and light from all directions, then you will not go wrong; otherwise, imagination can take you into flights of fancy. But if you are
yourself, you cannot dance away into fantasy, because you are the best judge of yourself, as
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