YOU WILL NEVER GET FAILURE, LOSS & REJECTION IN LIFE OR WORK –SHREE KRISHNA STORY

This is a story of a carpenter who has served for 40 years in a construction company and was moving on retirement. He shared his plan to leave the company and lead a peaceful retired life. The employer was sorry to see his good worker retiring and asked if he could build just one more house as a personal favor.

The carpenter initially didn’t agree, but, due to the pressure of the employer, he unwilling agreed and started working. But his heart was not in it. His workmanship was not as good. He used inferior material and he wanted to finish his work as quickly as possible as he wanted too proceed, on retirement. When he finished his work, the employer handed over the front door key to him and said, “This is your house”, and he said, “My gift to you for your consistent hard work.” The carpenter was shocked. If he would have known earlier that he was building house for himself; he would have done it differently.

The moral of the story is Hard Work cannot be done in bits and pieces. If the job is worth doing, its worth doing well. So, dear friends when we do some work half-heartedly, or do it with the intention of defrauding someone, or if we do the work which is proper in an unfair way, then it is our loss, the most. The carpenter became selfish. And, you know, selfishness severely limits the extent of success you can achieve. He bred ill thoughts in mind for his employer. As a result, it badly affected his Karma. Because of impurity in his thoughts, his karma also became impure. Thus, he built a weak and inferior house for himself.

In the Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 2, Verses 18 & 19, Lord Shree Krishna talked about “Karyam Karma”, obligatory action, which means -shift track from desire to obligation. Follow the intellect when preferences of the mind conflict with its clear judgement. Perform your obligations well, perfectly, with sincerity and dedication. Not half-heartedly or in a slipshod manner. When you are attached to the higher you get detached from the lower.

Keep your thoughts on the higher while the body goes through action. One who does what ought to be done without attachment grows spiritually. Desire reduce the mind becomes, blissful and you achieve success. The carpenter was attached to the lower state of mind while building the house, thus he was gifted the same lower state of house. As you sow, so you reap. This is the law of Karma. You are born with certain abilities -great or small. Act in that field dedicating your action to a higher cause. Do what you ought to do, free from desire. Success will come to you. You will enjoy life irrespective of the outcome of your action. And you will evolve spiritually.

HOW TO HANDLE PRIDE AND INSULTS? -INSPIRING STORY

A lady in a village, was a famous dancer. She is very popular among people. She went to saw Buddha to ask one question. She met Buddha at the same time when a beggar went there to met Buddha.

The lady asked Buddha “people are appreciating me, every moment I’m feeling very proud of myself, is it a good state of mind?” At the same time the beggar told to Buddha “I’m a beggar. People are not respecting me and they refuse to help me I’m feeling very shame on Myself”

Now Buddha told to both of them “You both are same to me, you both are struggling in your life. She is thinking about her fame and he is thinking about his shame, Both are just an opposite one. But both are not good for Humans. Both are like mud which hold you in a same place. Don’t mind, it will pass and do your work.”

Buddha is saying thinking about both fame and shame are not good for human’s growth.

FINDING REAL INNER PEACE

Once there a king who had a great fascination and love for paintings. One time he decided to offer a very valuable prize to the artist who would paint a beautiful picture depicting peace. On the final day of the judgement many artist brought their paintings with the hope of winning that valuable prize. The king looked at all paintings and selected two in particular and now he had to choose one out of the two paintings for the valuable prize. The first painting- a beautiful calm lake with clear transparent waters. The lake was a perfect mirror to the towering mountains surrounding it. Above it was the blue sky with while fluffy clouds like cotton balls floating in space. Anybody who saw this painting thought it was the perfect masterpiece representing peace. The second painting had mountains too- rugged, dry, bare; above these mountains an angry sky overcast with dark clouds, lightening streaks here and there, a massive downpour of rains, a rumbling ferocious waterfall cascading down on side of this bare mountains. “Peace?”, thought the people who saw this painting. As the king looked closer, he saw behind this rumbling waterfall a branch of a bush growing out of a crack in a rock. On the branch was a mother bird who had made a nest and within the nest was very peacefully, with great affection feeling its little ones.

Which one do you think did the king choose for his valuable prize? The second one! The king explained: Peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no trouble, where there is no noise, where there is no hard work, where there is no trials, where there is no tribulations, where there is no difficulties. Peace means to be in the middle of all mayhem and chaos and yet to stay calm, yet to stay focused, yet to make that inward journey and isn’t that story of real life as well?

Spirituality is the art of bringing us to that inner calm, to the inner peace in our real life with all kinds of difficulties, troubles and problems surrounding us. That is the meaning and definition of “REAL PEACE”.

4 SIMPLE AND EFFECTIVE WAYS TO DEVELOP PERSISTENCE

There are four simple steps which lead to the habit of persistence. They call for no great amount of intelligence, no particular amount of education, and but little time or effort. The necessary steps are:

  1. A definite purpose backed by burning desire for its fulfillment.
  2. A definite plan, expressed in continuous action.
  3. A mind closed tightly against all negative and discouraging influences, including negative suggestions of relatives, friends and acquaintances.
  4. A friendly alliance with one or more persons who will encourage one to follow through with both plan and purpose.

These four steps are essential for success in all walks of life. The entire purpose of the thirteen principles of this philosophy is to enable one to take these four steps as a matter of habit.

These are the steps by which one may control one's economy destiny.
They are the steps that lead to freedom and independence of thought.
They are the steps that lead to riches, in small or great quantities.
They lead the way of power, fame, and worldly recognition.
They are the four steps which guarantee favorable "breaks."
They are the steps that convert dreams into physical realities.
They lead, also, to the mastery of fear, discouragement, indifference.

There is a magnificent reward for all who learn to take these four steps. It is the privilege of writing one’s own ticket, and of making life yield whatever price is asked.

SIMPLE WAYS TO FIND YOUR PASSION

It can be so frustrating when people advise you, “Just follow your passion!” Yeah, sure, you’d love to—if only you knew what your passion was.

You’re probably the kind of person who works hard, with commitment and persistence. When you know what you’re doing, nothing will stop you. But before you can become unstoppable, you need to know what you’re starting.

If you’re feeling stuck, here are six fresh ways to discover what you really want to do in your life. Take time to work through the process and know that, no matter what, you’ll be getting closer to where you want to be.

1. Start With the Right Perspective

If you went into a restaurant with the strong opinion—“I’m not hungry. There’ll be nothing here I want to eat. I don’t want to be here”—the menu isn’t going to look appealing. You won’t explore it with due time or attention, and it’s unlikely you’ll find food you’ll enjoy eating.

The same principle applies to passion-seeking. If you’re convinced that finding your passion is hard, or that it’s not going to happen for you, you’ll remain closed to possibilities. You’ll block the little nudges, pulls, and signals that guide us all. After all, how can you expect to find fulfilling work if you don’t believe it exists?

Choose to adopt the perspective that you can do what you love with your life. One of the best ways to strengthen this point of view is to surround yourself with people who are living examples.

How many of your friends and family are following their passions? If it’s not many, it might be time to expand your circle; associate with—and be inspired by—men and women who are inspired by their work.

2. Get Out Your Metal Detector

Once you’ve decided that your passion is findable, it’s time to look for evidence of what you already love to do. If you scan the landscape of your life, you’ll notice certain experiences peak up. It’s so valuable to delve into these “peak moments” and extract the key ingredients.

Consider yourself a beach-trawler, discerning between the gold and the cheap metal. For example, one of my favorite summer jobs involved teaching English to teenagers. I might assume the key ingredient was the English language, or young people.

But when I paid attention to my metaphorical metal detector, it become clear that the bleep went off when I was being a leader within a community, and teaching that community something of great value to them. That’s exactly what I do now in my work—but without the teenagers, present perfect tense, or vocabulary tests!

Make a list of the ingredients that truly mattered in your peak moments; don’t be distracted by the counterfeits.

3. Look for the Umbrella

When you look at all the ingredients that matter to you, they might at first seem entirely disconnected. Let’s say you love French, drinking coffee, playing with words, analyzing and categorizing, and being a leader within a community. How could you construct a career from these? It’d be like peering into your cupboard and seeing cocoa powder, tofu, and carrots and wondering: How could I possibly make something delicious that includes all of these?

This is the time to look beyond the ingredients and seek an umbrella; something that all of these ingredients can fit beneath. For example, my colleague Abby—whose diverse passions are described above—helps business owners to find the right words to fit their brand. She analyzes and categorizes copy into what she calls “voice values” She draws wisdom from previously running a funky French lifestyle boutique, and French words pepper her own copy, giving her brand that special je ne sais quoi.

She’s become known as a leader for those who want to communicate effectively with their potential clients. Oh—and she’s built a recognizable Pinterest profile showcasing her favorite coffee houses. All of these passions fit under the overarching umbrella of her business; they’ve all found a home there, and the variety actually helps her to stand out and attract her perfect clients.

What might be your umbrella?

4. Discern Between a Hobby and a Profitable Passion

It might be that, through this exploration, you fall head over heels in love with an activity that engrosses you—something that lights you up and makes your heart sing. But now you have to ask yourself the next question: Who would benefit from (and pay for) this?

Well, if you want to contribute your passion to society and make an income from it, you need to get realistic about whether this could actually turn into a career—and what you would need to do to make that happen. Moreover, think about if you would even enjoy doing those things; for some people a passion is just fun, and turning it into work changes it from a “love to do” to a “have to do.”

For example, my client Lisa loves to draw. She makes art for the sheer joy of it. When she attempted to turn this profitable business, she realized that the market who were hungry for her talents were business owners who needed illustrations for their blogs, websites, and products. This felt like play to Lisa, but in order to make her services marketable, she also needed to add tech skills to her toolkit, so that her design work could be useable online by her ideal clients.

Be alert to who might need your newly emerging passion, and aim to have conversations with them to get you clearer on how, where, and when you can serve them.

5. Expect the Mutiny

When you seek your passion, there’ll be parts of you that go into rebellion. I’d guess that this article itself might be provoking some of those resistant parts! We all have a huge number of fears—around failure, success, visibility, and vulnerability—that speak in sensible voices, instructing us that we mustn’t do what we love.

If you let these voices win, your passion will remain out of your grasp. Instead, look for the fear beneath each supposedly reasonable voice. Uncover the years of conditioning—from parents, school, partners, and colleagues—and reassure the mutinying parts that your ship is sailing in the right direction.

6. Find the Limits of Your Bravery

On my own journey, I’ve mostly lived by the motto: “Leap and the net will appear.” I’ve noticed I couldn’t find the new until I’d said farewell to the old. With each step into the unknown—for example, handing in notice on my part-time salaried job to go fully self-employed—my announcement to the universe has been: I’m available. I’m serious about this.

I’ve been called brave, but I don’t see it that way; I’ve simply been more committed to my happiness and freedom than to staying cozy with the status quo. Find your own version of brave. Discover what risks work for you. The path of passion is where you do things that scare you enough, without leaving you in a constant state of fear. Expand your comfort zone, rather than leaving it.

BUDDHA’S ADVICE TO CALM A DISTRUBED MIND

Once Buddha was travelling with a few of his followers. While they were passing a lake, Buddha told one of his disciples, “I am thirsty. Do get me some water from the lake.” The disciple walked up to the lake. At that moment, a bullock cart started crossing through the lake. As a result, the water became very muddy and turbid.

The disciple thought, “How can I give this muddy water to Buddha to drink?” So he came back and told Buddha, The water in there is very muddy. I don’t think it is fit to drink. After about an hour, again Buddha asked the same disciple to go back to the lake. The disciple went back, and found that the water was still muddy. He returned and informed Buddha about the same.

After sometime, again Buddha asked the same disciple to go back. This time, the disciple found the mud had settled down, and the water was clean and clear. So he collected some water in a pot and brought it to Buddha. Buddha looked at the water, and then he looked up at the disciple and said, “see what you did to make the water clean. You let it be, and the mud settled down on its own, and you have clear water.”

Your mind is like that too! When it is disturbed, just let it be. Give it a little time. It will settle down on its own. You don’t have to put in any effort to calm it down. It will happen. It is effortless. Having “peace of mind” is not a strenuous job, it is an effortless process so keep your mind cool and have a great life ahead…

SYMPTOMS OF THE FEAR OF DEATH

The general symptoms of this fear are:

The habit of thinking about dying instead of making the most of life, due, generally, to lack of purpose, or lack of a suitable occupation. This fear is more prevalent among the aged, but sometimes the more youthful are victims of it. The greatest of all remedies for the fear of death is a burning desire for achievement, backed by useful service to others. A busy person seldom has time to think about dying. He finds life to thrilling to worry about death. Sometimes the fear of death is closely associated with the fear of poverty, where one’s death would leave loved ones poverty-stricken. In other cases, the fear of death is caused by illness and the consequent breaking down of physical body resistance. The commonest cause of the fear of death are: ill-health, poverty, lack of appropriate occupation, disappointment over love, insanity, religious fanaticism.

ALWAYS REMEMBER THIS ONE THING WHEN YOU’RE SAD, UPSET OR DEPRESSED -SHREE KRISHNA STORY

A joker was entertaining the audience in the circus by cracking some jokes. The people were simply enjoying and laughing. After a while the joker repeated the same joke. Now few people were laughing. After a little more time, joker started reciting the same joke and this time very few were laughing.

But before he ends his talk, in the middle one speaker said, “Hey! How many times will you crack the same joke, we are now getting board rather than entertained. The joker by being little serious said, “Thank you Sir, that’s what I want to say that when you cannot be happy all the time with just one reason the same is true for sadness, that is the reason for more sadness and less happiness in our lives because we leave happiness very soon but continue to stay with sorrow all the time.”

So my dear brother and sister, In the Bhagavad Gita, chapter 2. Verse 14, Lord Shree Krishna said to Arjuna, “O son of Kunti, the contact between the senses and the senses objects gives rise to fleeting perceptions of happiness and distress. These are non-permanent, and come and go like the winter and summer seasons. O descendent of Bharat, one must learn to tolerate them without being disturbed.

The human body houses five senses – the senses of sight, smell, taste, touch and hearing -and these, in contact with their objects of perception, give rise to sensations of happiness and distress. None of these sensations is permanent. They come and go like the changing seasons.

Although, cool water provides pleasure in the summer, the same water gives distress in winter. Thus, both the perceptions of happiness and distress experienced through the senses are transitory. If we permit ourselves to be affected by our senses then we too will be kicked by nature from here to there like football. A wise person should practice to tolerate both the feelings of happiness and distress without being disturbed by them.

HOW TO MAKE FREE YOUR MIND WHEN IT IS FILLED WITH GARBAGE?

Adi Shankaracharya was waking through the market place with his disciples. They saw a man dragging a cow by a rope. Shankaracharya told the man to wait and asked his disciples to surround them. “I am going to teach you something” and continued….

“Tell me who is bound to whom? Is the cow bound to this man or the man is bound to the cow?” The disciples said without hesitation “Of course the cow is bound to the man! The man is the master. He is holding the rope. The cow has to follow him wherever he goes. The man is the master and the cow is the slave.” “Now watch this,” said Shankaracharya and took a pair of scissors from his bag and cut the rope. The cow ran away from the master and the man ran after his cow. “Look, what is happening”, said Shankaracharya.

“Do you see who the Master is? The cow is not at all interested in this man. The cow in fact, is trying to escape from this man. This is the case with our mind. Like the cow, all the non-sense that we carry insides is not interested in us. We are interested in it, we are keeping it together somehow or the other. We are going crazy trying to keep it all together under our control. The moment we lose interest in all the garbage filled in our head, and the moment we understand the futility of it, it will start to disappear. Like the cow, it will escape and disappear.”

Feeling free and relaxed is a choice!!!

BUDDHA’S ADVICE TO CALM A DISTRUBED MIND

Once Buddha was travelling with a few of his followers. While they were passing a lake, Buddha told one of his disciples, “I am thirsty. Do get me some water from the lake.” The disciple walked up to the lake. At that moment, a bullock cart started crossing through the lake. As a result, the water became very muddy and turbid.

The disciple thought, “How can I give this muddy water to Buddha to drink?” So he came back and told Buddha, The water in there is very muddy. I don’t think it is fit to drink. After about an hour, again Buddha asked the same disciple to go back to the lake. The disciple went back, and found that the water was still muddy. He returned and informed Buddha about the same.

After sometime, again Buddha asked the same disciple to go back. This time, the disciple found the mud had settled down, and the water was clean and clear. So he collected some water in a pot and brought it to Buddha. Buddha looked at the water, and then he looked up at the disciple and said, “see what you did to make the water clean. You let it be, and the mud settled down on its own, and you have clear water.”

Your mind is like that too! When it is disturbed, just let it be. Give it a little time. It will settle down on its own. You don’t have to put in any effort to calm it down. It will happen. It is effortless. Having “peace of mind” is not a strenuous job, it is an effortless process so keep your mind cool and have a great life ahead…