Swamiji says …
” Aspirations, desires and dreams keep us motivated ; on the go ; beguile us with the sense of satisfaction that the scent of success could bring to us. Our desires challenge us to test our own limits ; to raise the bar constantly so that the gap between the twin parallels of – effort and achievement, could, one day, meet in the field of our choice. And, aplenty are the fields of interest, that each one of us has the inclination and initiative to dapple in ! ‘Jivan mein hamesha prayas karte raho, chahe tum kisi bhi field mein ho !’ But, it is only the right key, with the right teeth, even though, mixed up in a set of keys, which finally is able to unlock the door, destined to show us the path leading us to our final destination ! So our effort, approach and attitude while focusing on whatever our final aim is ; should be correct, clear and concerted … irrespective of its result.”
“Similar are situations in life, when despite our best efforts; the sweat and toil ; the blood and tears that go into the planning, preparation and presentation of our aim, we are, at times, unable to achieve what our heart is set on. Our desire could be artistic, ritualistic or spiritual in nature. Just like an artist’s keen eye can critically detect imperfections in the painting on which although new lines and fresh colours have been added by him again ; he continues to paint and improve on his work of art, until his creative spark sees no further flaws. Similarly, a pious worshipper of God could try to test his endurance level, by practising severe austerities, during certain auspicious days. A ‘sadhak’ will try to better his skills of meditation by further curbing all means of distraction, controlling his materialistic desires and look inwards constantly”.
“The sorrow, sadness and grief experienced on seeing our efforts come crashing down, and the bitter truth of not achieving the desired result, the required outcome, can break our spirit, and we allow setbacks and lost opportunities to get the better of us. Failures can get under our skin and leave us dejected and depressed. And, this is exactly what we must never allow to happen to us! We cannot just hold our head in our hands and cry in despair and frustration. No. Not at all. We are made of sterner stuff. All such negative emotions should be brushed under the carpet and, a new rejuvenated, recharged, energetic ‘me’ should emerge, with fresh, innovative ideas, to meet the challenges ahead with confidence…’ Ek aur prayaas karna hai ; iss dridha nishchay ke saath, poori himmat ke saath, phir koshish karenge apni manzil ko paane ke liye, yeh humey thaan lena hai ! “
” During such durations of stress and pressure we tend to completely forget that in our lifetime we don’t get what we hope for ; but we certainly get – what we deserve. No logic seems to make sense during such trying moments, when dilemma about the future and self – doubt have a stranglehold on us and,we, give up rather than putting up a valiant fight against such weakening thoughts. If we have dared to dream, then we should dare ourselves to put in that one more effort …’Agar humari ichcha nek hai ; humara iraada achcha hai, toh woh zaroor poori hogi ! Humey ek aur prayaas zaroor karna chahiye! Jab humara iraada nek hota hai , toh humare ‘karma’ bhi achche hote hain !’ Remember , a desire of ours which is not intended to harm or hurt anyone will always be fulfilled ; no matter how long it takes to be fulfilled.”