“As far as possible, try to include others in your success. Share it with others,” he suggests, as it will help create harmony, and an atmosphere conducive for everyone’s growth.
3. The Yoga Vasishta lays great emphasis on effort: “Sage Vasishta talks about paurusha and prayatna. ‘Paurusha’ means ‘grit’, faith and trust in yourself when you have set a goal that you will achieve; and ‘prayatna’means ‘effort’. But as he starts proceeding towards the end,Vasishta says, don’t do anything, just keep quiet. Sit quietly and you will achieve your goal,” says Raghunandan. But if by keeping quiet we will be able to achieve our goal, why must we put in any effort? He explains, “The truth is that actually we are unable to become quiet.And all the effort is to learn how to be quiet. Sant Kabir Das says, ‘Sahaj miley Avinashi’, but to become sahaj, simple, is the most difficult thing. All this paurusha and prayatna is to reach that point – to teach you how to become quiet.” But how will it help us achieve our goals? “It is like pani mein meen pyasi – to be thirsty like a fish in water.We are surrounded by divinity but due to all the conflict and restlessness, we are unable to sense it. But the moment you are quiet, you experience divinity.And in the end, despite the fact that you are in that state without doing any activity, per se, you are active.To silence the activity means silencing the mind,” he says.
He gives the example of a child who wants something and at one point starts crying for it. His mind is actually moving extremely fast. When a person is angry, his eyes become red, he has so much to do and say, but is unable to get anything constructive done because there is so much activity in his head. Suppose we were to quieten the mind, our activity will become more efficient. “Consider Rama only as a human being and see how he was able to face whatever happened to him so graciously. On the day of the coronation, to be told that he has to go away and live in exile for 14 years, what kind of prince is ready for that? Yet, in spite of many ups and downs he was able to be quiet and come out victorious. Perhaps it is because of Yoga Vasishta. May be Sage Vasishta knew what lay ahead and prepared Rama to face future events. Scriptures teach you how to keep the harmony inside you to do your work. But work you must,” he says.
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