I am positive that many know the title to be from the movie The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Just can’t get over this line ..The moment was perfect when the line quoted was spoken by the famed photographer Sean O’Connell in the movie.
Indeed any thing beautiful inside out never seek attention. We seek their attention, don’t we? We want to be around them, hear them and be in their company. They are not easily available, just like the Snow Leopard the photographer was waiting to capture on film.
Even Nature’s inseparable companions, creation and destruction too never ask for our attention. It happens and we wonder how? The journey from the womb to the tomb is all a mystery. But not everyone seeks truth and likewise the truth also does not seek everybody’s attention.
we may ask..
Why are they so elusive?
Are they so happy in their own being that they need not seek outside?
Is it the positive aura they exude that attracts people?
Are they content that they stopped seeking? or Do they practice humility while they work towards their dream?
Is their definition of success different from others in society?
How ever much we try to decipher this elite few, the truth remains that we will stand in awe as they who, unlike the others never beg for attention.
The stupendous image of this article was captured on film during the eruptive event at Iceland by Johannes Gunnar. Many of us look at it with admiration but not all of us want to know the idea behind this creation. And fewer still would be intrigued to know the creator behind this image
Apuryamanam acala-pratistham samudram apah pravisanti yadvat Tadvat kama yam pravisanti sarve sa santim apnoti na kama-kami //
Bhagavad Gita[BG 2.70]
A person who is is not disturbed by the incessant flow of desires – that enters like rivers flow into the ocean, which is ever being filled but is always still – can alone achieve peace, and not the man who strives to satisfy such desires.
The above verse is so remarkable. Reflect upon it and you will know what i am talking about. In fact, chapter 2 of Bhagavad Gita ,verse 54 to 72 describes the qualities of Sthita-pragnya.
Gita declares, a man who reached that state craves no more because he feels complete. He is now the ocean himself. Can you distinguish the river waters from the massive ocean once it enters?
Just like every drop in the river becomes the ocean itself, every part of him becomes GOD himself. There is no coming back from that state. Bliss and Peace are his as much as it is the Divines. There is no ‘HIM’ anymore. It is One.
That does not mean in any sense, you turn stone-hearted. The chattering inside you stops and you feel calmer. The mind of such a person takes the form of an Infinite Empty Space- where everything resides yet unaltered.
Gita states that in an enlightened being, the emotions flow but wouldn’t affect his state of mind. Unlike us, it comes naturally to him. There is no effort required and there is no return.
He accepts both good and bad with equanimity. In such a person how can there be sorrow? How can he be shaken up by any adversity or prosperity? A man of such steady wisdom would ever be free from fear, anger or attachment.
I sat ruminating on the nature of such existence. I have heard about it, read about it but haven’t experienced it yet. So, I cannot explain but only state what Gita quotes. All this blogging is for that ultimate experience – to keep me focused and mindful of the path. Believe me, its not a relentless pursuit but neither can I nor any one create that experience. When the time is right, it will happen! All that can be created is a right state of mind through meditation.
Every effort we put forth here is to stay happy. However, experience teaches us that happiness is far-fetched. Or, at least it feels that way. I keep asking myself if it is really ‘Desire’ that brings melancholy? or Our attitude towards them breeds unrest? The answer always then points out to have a positive attitude and outlook towards life no matter what.
Mana eva manuṣyāṇāṁ kāraṇaṁ bandha-mokṣayoḥ Bandhāya viṣayāsaṅgo muktyai nirviṣayaṁ manaḥ //
“For man, mind is the cause of bondage and mind is the cause of liberation. Mind absorbed in sense objects is the cause of bondage, and mind detached from the sense objects is the cause of liberation.”
Mind is the cause for Liberation or Bondage…It is our Mind.
How thought-provoking is this?
Who can we blame now for our problems? We had been blaming everyone and everything around for causing us problems. But the Seers ask us to observe our MIND for the bondage or liberation are in our own mind.
One must elevate himself with the help of his own mind, not degrade himself. The mind alone is the friend of the self; and it alone is the foe of the self.
It is we who have to decide whether to cling on to our past thoughts and let ourselves degenerate or to raise ourselves.
Who can change your thoughts? Only YOU. You only have the capacity to withdraw or engage your mind. It is an instrument which takes your ideas and turns them into realities. Don’t engage it in dangerous decadent thoughts. Choose your thoughts wisely and it will pay you well in the future.
Aham atma gudakesa sarva-bhutasaya-sthitah Aham adis ca madhyam ca bhutanam anta eva ca // Bhagavad Gita 10.20
I am the Self, O Guḍākeśa, seated in the hearts of all creatures. I am the beginning, the middle and the end of all beings.
According to Bhagavad Gita, the one who asserts itself as ‘I’ in every Body is a part of One Cosmic Being, Atman.
It is our choice to think of SELF as either a conditioned Finite Being or an Infinite One. Whatever we choose will pave way for our experience here, bitter or better.
What surprises me the most is the fact that we identify our self to everything we have or to everything we do, that can be our body, profession, societal status, family name etc etc but our identity with SELF.
Could I be the Atman that the Scriptures and Seers speak of?
If you really ask yourself this question, which already for some may sound bizarre yet if you continue to entertain this thought, you will realize that we are all connected. What makes us think we are different from others are our Individual behaviours. And they spring from different beliefs and thoughts. If not for our choice of thoughts we could easily identify our self to be ONE in many bodies.
Regardless of gender, religion or status, for a human being, it is the intangible assets that shape reality. The friends we keep and the thoughts we harbor will together define our personality. Otherwise deep down we all are the same.
Although thoughts define us, we are independent of thoughts because we create them. Examine your thoughts closely, you can entertain or curtail a thought that arise in your mind. Think of it, you have the capacity to build a thought, to make it as complex as you wish and your body will respond to it.
We entertain all kinds of thoughts, can we not build this one? Growth should happen in all spheres, physical, emotional and spiritual. If building this thought can bring growth emotionally and spiritually then why not?
So, it is never too late to observe our thoughts and make a conscious effort to build new ones until we believe in them.
When I was a kid, my dad introduced me to reading. He said “the books should be your best friend. They will help you grow within and would come to your aid when making some hard decisions in life” I will always remain grateful to my dad who introduced me to the joy of reading. The first books that I got my hands on other than my textbooks were the volumes of Amar Chitra Katha.
A story that stayed with me is the one below which kept playing in my head whenever the egoic mind flared up.
The Story of Lord Indra
Lord of Devas, Indra had to defeat an asura called Vritra in a deceptive way. The way he owned the success did not stop the Devas from applauding and worshiping Indra and all this attention made him proud and arrogant.
He thought to himself that he alone could have killed the asura and his selfish desires grew by each passing day. He demanded more comfort and looked down upon everything and everyone in the court.
He also felt his huge palace was too small for his stature. So he called the celestial architect Vishwakarma to build him a big grand palace. Indra suggested few specific design to be incorporated in his new palace.
Vishwakarma nodded and set about designing a big palace. He showed the plans to Indra. Indra after looking at them nodded appreciatively. Vishwakarma started building. However Indra was now ruled by greed. Each time Indra was asked to look into the construction, he found the palace small and was still not satisfied. Vishwakarma ended up building three huge palaces and Indra found fault in all.
Vishwakarma realized that he could never satisfy Indra. No matter how grand the palace was, Indra would want it bigger. Dejected he approached the Trimurtis(Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara) for help. They heard him and felt Indra’s pride needs to be humbled.
The next day, outside Indra’s palace was a beautiful dark boy admiring Indra’s palace. Indra who was passing by called the boy. He looked at the boy and told him proudly that he owned the palace.
The dark boy listened to Indra and told him that the palace is by far the biggest and grandest palace built by any Indra so far.
Indra in utter disbelief asked the boy if there existed other Indras. The boy surprised at the look of Indra asked him if he was unaware of other Indras who ruled parallel in the other universes. The boy also tells him that he has seen all the Indras and their palaces.
Indra realizes that his arrogance made him think that he was the king of the universe. He then salutes the dark boy.
Indra pride was thus suitably humbled and he left his throne to meditate on the Lord, the master of all the cosmoses to repent for his pride.
This is the story of the most dominant leader. Leadership roles in any Industry have lot in common with that of Indras. As long as the leaders are modest and realize that they were many before them who have adorned this position and there will be many hereafter too, shall keep them grounded.
These stories were written to teach us the art and the importance of humility even when riding high on success. Today’s Indras basking in admiration and attributing all success to themselves alone are culpable. Behind every Organization success or failure is a team. Denying credit is equivalent to denying the necessity of other employees in the corporation.
Let’s face the truth, power tends to corrupt the mind. It makes man greedy and selfish. The other side of the truth is also that greed breeds ignorance and ignorance fosters fear. The Wise Leader see the whole truth before they commit to either.
Indra’s behaviour towards Vishwakarma lead him to a state of dejection and blowing the whistle. Unlike Indra, leaders who use their power to empower their team are capable of building the best organizations. Don’t we have a saying, ‘Human capital is the most valuable asset of an organization’? So, wise leaders should make the investment right on this valuable asset and lead them to their fullest potential by being their role model.
Selfish desire is found in the Senses, Mind, and Intellect, misleading them and burying wisdom in delusion. Fight with all your strength, Arjuna! Controlling your senses, conquer your enemy, the destroyer of knowledge and realization.
Let me tell you a story that my Guruji once shared, a story of a fisherman and a businessman. While narrating the story, he said it was a classic story to remember.
To remember that happiness is not a possession but is a habit to be cultivated.
& We can stay happy if we are content with life.
So, Enjoy the story🙂
A businessman was walking down a beach trying to clear his head. He saw a fisherman lying on the beach doing nothing. The fisherman looked happy and was enjoying the warmth of the afternoon sun. He noticed the fisherman’s boat had few large fishes in it and was curious at what made him happy.
He decided to find out why this fisherman was resting instead of working harder to make a living for himself and his family.
“You should be working rather than lying on the beach!” said the businessman
“I have enough to support my family and give a few to friends,” the fisherman said as he unloaded fishes into a basket.
“But… What do you do with the rest of your time?” asked the businessman
The fisherman looked up and smiled. “I spend all the rest of my time sitting on this beach, looking at the sunset”
“You aren’t going to catch many fish that way.” “you can get bigger nets and catch more fish!”said the businessman.
“What would I do then”asked the fisherman, still smiling.
The businessman replied, “You will make money and you’ll be able to buy a boat, which will then result in larger catches of fish!”
“What would I do then”asked the fisherman again.
The businessman was beginning to get a little irritated with the fisherman’s questions. “You can buy a bigger boat, and hire some people to work for you!” he said.
“What would I do then” repeated the fisherman
“You could become a rich businessman like me” said the businessman
Once again the fisherman asked, “And then What would I do”
The businessman was getting angry. “Don’t you understand? You could then enjoy your life peacefully.” “You can spend all the rest of your time sitting on this beach, looking at the sunset”
The fisherman, still smiling, looked up and said, “And what do you think I’m doing right now?”
— Story:unknown source
Everybody takes away something from this story. My take away from the fable was thatHappiness is not in Doing Everything Fun but in Noticing Happiness in Everything We Do.
Anything that we consider fun to do is never the same,isn’t it? It changes as we grow. so, what we thought was fun as a kid is not fun anymore. Have you noticed that being a part of something fun does not guarantee happiness? For example, if you love ice creams, just the thought of having your favorite flavor can make you happy but tell me, do you still feel the same intensity of happiness after the first two scoops of your favorite ice cream?
Our mind does not stay put on the ice cream for long. It wanders from the ice cream to something else and with that it take the happiness too. We all understand from our experiences that happiness cannot be derived from external conditions but is a state that depends on inner conditions. If we can make peace with our inner self then we can stay happy in whatever we’re doing.
The characters of the above story had different perspectives on happiness. The businessman was postponing happiness until his retirement and was miserable. The fisherman, on the other hand, believed in finding happiness in every moment.
In short, there are no excuses for staying unhappy rather we can cultivate the habit of noticing happiness in things we do. Trust me, if we look for it, we will find it in every damn thing that we do. We just aren’t looking, that is our only roadblock to happiness. Because we cannot always expect life to throw only fun and exciting things at us😉