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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Write your own destiny

Sadhguru, Hindustan Times

Destiny is something that you have been creating unconsciously. You can also  create it consciously. You can rewrite it; all that we do in the form of a spiritual process is just that. If you can touch the core within you, if  you  can  experience that the source of creation is within you and then shift your whole focus on yourself, you can rewrite your own destiny.

All the time your focus is scattered because what you consider as ‘myself’ is your house, your car, your wife, your education, your position and your other identities. If I strip you of all these things, including your body and mind which are just accumulations, you will feel like a nobody.

Once  you become a true individual, your destiny is yours. Individual comes from ‘indivisible’ – it cannot be divided anymore. It cannot be here and there. Why in the spiritual process people who are in a hurry for spiritual growth are not getting into  marriage, children  and relationships, is because the moment you have a wife or a husband, you fall into a trap. ‘Me’gets identified with the other. The significance of Sanyasi and Brahmacharya is just shifting your focus on you. When I say ‘you,’it’s just ‘you,’ not your body or mind.

If you are unable to be like that, you just choose one identity. When you say ‘you’ make  it  you and your Guru. You attach yourself to the Guru without any hesitation, because you can get as entangled as you want with him but he is not going to get entangled. The moment you are ‘ripe’, you can drop it. With other relationships, it is never so. Even if you want to get free, the other will not let you go.

So, just create a longing to grow, to dissolve, to know. What has to happen will happen. Once  you  become an individual, your destiny becomes yours. Once your destiny is happening in awareness, the next step will happen by  itself, because life within you has the intelligence to choose freedom.

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Is life that serious?

Anil Mathur, Hindustan Times

My mind would be a lot lighter if I could have a clear answer to the question: Is life to be taken seriously or let it flow as it comes? I do not know how my actions would differ if I were to be told firmly that human life is a very serious business, derived as it is after many other forms; and, therefore, must be lived accordingly. Perhaps, I would have worked a lot harder, but if I were convinced that destiny is supreme and what has to happen will happen, then I need not have sleepless nights.

Interestingly, the answer has been varied to me on a day-to- day basis, depending on my mental, material and physical condition or situation at that time. Of course, I am well aware that one of the main tasks of life, as shown by our scriptures and gurus, is to rise above joy and sorrow, happiness and unhappiness, and to take everything in one’s stride. But this is easier said than done, especially when even small things often elate you or depress you.

Two other things that crop up are the roles of ambition and destiny. If life is to be taken seriously, how do you face the failures or inability to reach targets and objectives set up by you or by others for you? Will it lead to frustration and depression, or is this even remotely related or linked to the present turmoil and unrest seen all over—externally and internally?

Take life as it comes. This is a popular saying but the ‘achievers’ may see a sadist, defeatist attitude in this approach, only justified by those who have failed in the materialistic world to get a larger size of the cake. If everything is destined, then clearly a light approach would be better, as it would mean peace and calm.

But the wise say that the right approach would be to see what is within our ability to change and what is beyond our control. This clearly does not answer my primary query: Is life to be taken seriously or lightly.
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