Sunday, 8 April 2012

10 Commandments.... the last part...

7. Better the world around you

Life runs on commitment. If you observe every small thing or big thing in life, they go with certain commitment. Greater the commitment you take, greater the power you gain to fulfill that commitment. Greater the commitment, easier things are. Smaller the commitment, suffocating it is for you. Smaller commitments suffocates you because you have more capacity, but you are stuck in a small hole! Usually we think we should have resource and then we will commit. Greater the commitment you take, greater the resources will come to you automatically. Whatever you are committed to, brings you strength. If you are committed to your family then your family supports you, if you are committed to society, you enjoy the support of society. Commitment will always bring comfort in the long run. Make a commitment to make this world a better place to live. 

8. Dream the impossible.

Unless you have a dream, you cannot realize it. Every invention has come out of a dream. Dream the impossible. Know that you are born in this world to do something wonderful and unique; don’t let this opportunity pass by. Give yourself the freedom to dream and think big. Have the courage and determination to achieve those dreams that are dear to you.

At any given point of time, our mind is either angry or sad about the past or anxious about the future. Whatever actions you do in this state of mind, you regret after some time. This is how you get caught up in the same old cycle. Does it mean that you should not plan your future? No! you should plan your short and long term goals. Then and only then, life gets a channel, a direction to flow. When the mind is totally in the present, the right planning happens. Not only should you plan your goals, but plan the means and methods to work towards them. Do not make a list of all the things you want to achieve. Select few things that really matters.

9. Don’t kill others’ enthusiasm

Enthusiasm is the nature of life. We often have a tendency to put cold water on other’s enthusiasm. Reverse this tendency. Take every opportunity to praise others and support their enthusiasm. If you put down other’s enthusiasm, the same may happen to you. As you sow, so shall you reap. Someone without enthusiasm is like a corpse. How would you like to see yourself? Happy and bubbling with enthusiasm or dull and difficult to please? But as you mature the enthusiasm curve declines. Become one whose enthusiasm never dies.

10. Be a student, always

Know that you are a student forever. Do not under estimate anybody. Knowledge may come to you from any corner. Remember the ancient saying  “let knowledge flow to me from all sides”. Each occasion teaches you and each person teaches you. The world is your teacher.  

Friday, 6 April 2012

10 Commandments... Contd...

4. Nurture your emotions

A person without emotions is like wood without any juice. You need to make your life interesting to draw people to you. This will happen when you nurture yourself with music, prayer and service. The way to expand from individual to universal consciousness n to overcome personal misery is to share universal misery! The way to expand personal joy is to share universal joy. Ask yourself what can you do for the world? When you show kindness, your true nature comes into play. Do some random acts of kindness without expecting anything out of it. You don’t have to plan your acts of kindness. Just do something spontaneously. When you do random acts of kindness, you come in touch with your true nature.

5. Drop your prejudices

Learn to communicate effectively with everyone. Communicating without prejudice is vital for success. If you are faced with someone who knows more than you, be like a child and keep your ears and eyes open for learning. If you are faced with someone who knows less than you, be humble and strive to make them as good as or better than you. This new year make up with someone with whom you are not in good terms. Drop all your prejudices against gender, religion, caste and class as they do not allow you to mingle with everyone around you. Break that barrier. There are good people and bad people in every community, religion and every section of society. Don’t be prejudiced against them. When you overcome prejudice, you will be very natural, and your quality of life will improve.

6. Allow rooms for mistakes

Don’t be feverish for perfection. If you are too much of a perfectionist, you are bound to be an angry person. The world appears imperfect on the surface but, underneath, all is perfect. Perfection hides; imperfection shows off. The wise will not stay on the surface but will probe into the depth.
To correct mistakes you need authority and love. Authority without love is stifling. Love without authority is shallow. When you allow room for mistakes, you can be both authoritative and sweet. Also don’t make a mistake by pointing out mistakes!