“अपने ‘कर्तव्य’ और ‘धर्म’ को निभा कर ही मनुष्‍य अपने ‘भविष्‍य’ को बेहतर बना सकता है …”

Swamiji said …

“भविष्य को किसने देखा है। ” – Who among us has seen the future? None of us. Yet, we, who are mere puppets in the hands of our Creator ; alive, only till the moment He wishes us to be, continue to derive great pleasure in making end number of plans for the future…our ‘bhavishya’, although unknown and unseen by us in the present moment, holds a mysterious fascination for us. A minute or less is all that it takes us to imagine ourselves in certain roles, places, and positions , in the future, with such ferocious certainty and conviction, that even a fortuneteller would think twice before cutting short our flight of futuristic plans. We constantly talk and dream about the manner in which we intend to go about planning and securing a better future for ourselves.There is nothing wrong in doing so – but we must remember that our ‘future’ is moulded by our habits of today, of the present time ; how conscious and diligent we are towards fulfilling our duties and responsibilities, today, and as we grow, and fulfil our ‘dharma’ towards our family, friends, society or the nation. After all, it is the strong foundation of faith, trust, belief and good values on which we stand today and hold close to our heart that will govern our future actions, thoughts and way of functioning.”

“Planning for the future, verbally, is always easy. It is acting upon one’s plans doggedly that takes effort and true dedication. A few of us; health conscious and troubled by our weight gain, could ‘plan’ to lose five kgs within a month; yet, in a matter of moments after making such a ‘plan’, we find it difficult to resist mouthwatering temptations. We end up pushing our slimming down ‘plans’ ahead by a few days. It is always easy to promise ourselves that we could restart our action plan from the next day. But, isn’t it our ‘duty’ to keep the body, that God has endowed us with, fit and healthy with a nutritious diet ? At such a time, it becomes our duty; an obligation that we owe to ourselves to follow a simple and healthy diet. If we approach our eating habits with the intent of being responsible for our health, the need of the ‘plan’ to lose weight would not have arisen in the first place !”

“ Be it academic recognition, financial reward or societal achievements – all such future ‘goals’ actually need us to live in the ‘present’ moment in a sensible and organised manner. We need to reinforce the thought and make it a part and parcel of our lives that
it is our ‘habits’ and ‘actions’ of ‘today’ that define ‘who’ and ‘where’ we will be tomorrow. Instead of constantly worrying about the future, we must learn to stay focussed on the present. A student who studies dutifully, regularly and completes his homework conscientiously, does not need to worry about getting into a good college later. A small time businessman who understands his ‘ dharma’ towards his customers, on making the needs and requirements of his customers his topmost priority, will most certainly see his business expand and grow in the near future. A farmer who genuinely cares for his crops will water them daily, keep them pest free and do everything that he needs to do as a responsible farmer. Needless to say, not only will he be rewarded with a rich harvest, but also, be successful in securing a better future for himself and his family.”

“While it is important to have goals and plans, one’s effort must also commensurate with them.We must strive to end our day with the satisfaction of knowing that we have done everything that was needed to be done by us – whether it be attending to professonal issues with sincerity ; meeting the emotional requirements of our family sensitively, and above all, by devoting time to spiritual growth earnestly. Success begets success. Life will give us better opportunities, tomorrow, and , in the future, only, if we are able to complete and achieve all that we were supposed to do today, in the present moment.”

” ‘Agar hum yeh aadat bana lete hain ki hum apne ‘aaj’ ke saare ‘kartavya’ karenge, apna ‘dharma’ nibhayenge, achche ‘karma’ karenge, toh avashya hi humara ‘bhavishya’ achcha hoga !”

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  1. So true.
    It reminds me of an old popular hindi song ” tadbir se bigri hui takdir bana le”
    It means that your present actions must commensurate with your future plans. Make your attitude and habits in accordance with what you want to be in future. Then you don’t have to worry about the future.

    Jai Gurudev 🙏

  2. If you believe that everything happens for a purpose, then God too had a purpose in creating this universe. The true meaning and purpose of life holds in God’s purpose. Life would be absurd if there is no meaning and purpose of life. For many people life is all about religious practices. For some life is all about love. For others life is exploring and learning new things. For philosophers life is happiness. It gives meaning and purpose to life, the objective of human existence. Happiness is usually the result of having a meaningful life. There are people whose lives are meaningful even though they may not be very happy, for example when struggling with a challenging job while raising a special needs child.

    We have come to existence in this life because others who love us want us to live along with them. We live because we have hope and keep wondering what happens next in life. Hope is the biggest attribute of life, which makes life a great reason for living. This is our reason to live our individual lives, in whatever roles we play.

    As per Hinduism, the oldest and complex religion of all, the purpose of life encourage four universal goals. Let us have a brief description of these goals to understand the purpose of life:

    Dharma

    The first, Dharma means fulfilling one’s purpose. It is related to acting righteously. Dharma is different for very Human as it is dependent on various virtues like family, class, age, gender and position in the society. Dharma represents the complex nature of Hinduism. Hindus believe that they are born in debt to the gods and various humans, and they must repay those karmic debts during their lifetime. The debts are, Debt to the gods for their blessings; paid by rituals and offerings. Debt to parents and teachers; paid by supporting them, having children of one’s own and passing along knowledge. Debt to guests; repaid by treating them as if they were gods visiting one’s home. Debt to other human beings; repaid by treating them with respect. Debt to all other living beings; repaid by offering good will, food or any other help that is appropriate.

    Artha

    Artha means success. Along with meeting the social and career goals, a Hindu should strive for success in any given activity. Artha encourages the gaining of wealth through lawful means.

    Kama

    Kama means desire or pleasure. Kama refers to a range of pleasures, from aesthetic enjoying the arts, music, writing and dance to sexual pleasure. One of the better known meaning of Kama lies in the famous publication called “Kama Sutra,” which is a guide to love, family life, sexual activity and pleasure.

    Moksha

    One of the most important and last goal within Hinduism is moksha, the final goal that a Hindu should strive for in his lifetime. As reincarnation is a fundamental aspect of the religion, the cycle of rebirth ends with moksha. A Hindu who overcomes desires and therefore gains enlightenment can achieve
    Jai Gurudevo Namaha.

  3. Our education is oriented towards making us job-worthy. Though higher academics and pursuit of knowledge should, ideally, be an end in themselves, in practice, our colleges prepare us for the workplace. When you leave your campuses you will carry with you a one-dimensional approach to life. Progress, growth, development, skills, knowledge, attitude, aptitude, potential, success, goals, tasks, performance, result — you will relate all these words only to career and work. The thought of setting goals for our personal growth does not appear in our horizons at
    But just think: Why would you stack up degrees and learn skills if you didn’t have to earn? And why would you earn if not to be comfortable and happy in your personal life? If the career is only the means to a larger personal end, then should you not think and prepare for this end?

    You will after all lead a personal life, have relationships, and maybe raise a family. You already have siblings, parents, neighbours and friends, and a host of relatives — your circle will widen as you forge new bonds in life. With people come responsibilities, commitments, experiences, emotional tangles, obligations, and challenges.

    As a citizen you will vote your government, pay taxes and get familiar with and obey the laws of the land. As a family member you will worry about your family, your finances and investments, and plan your holidays. As a parent, you will be involved in the growth and development of your children.

    These are substantial and meaningful aspects of your life and will have profound influence and impact over the lives of others in your life, on the shaping of another generation, on your country’s future and in a sense, on humanity itself. Naturally these dimensions of your life deserve to be treated with even more respect than your career.

    Social growth

    The first small step towards acknowledging this exponential growth potential in your life would be for you to set personal and social goals for yourself. Ask yourself, “What goals hold meaning for you?”

    You could start by introspecting. Try to visualise what you would want to be five years, ten years, and fifteen years from now. As an individual, as a responsible member of society, as a citizen, a potential parent and a role model for an unborn generation. What would you like to be known for, seen as, and appreciated for? What kind of a parent would you like to be for your child? What kind of citizenry will you help build for your country and humankind? What will give you the utmost satisfaction?

    Write down your goals for every dimension of life that you can visualise. Knowing your own strengths, weaknesses, limitations, desires, aspirations, values, convictions and attitudes will help you arrive at your goals. Remember, goal setting is the final step in the entire process of getting to know oneself.

    Your goals do not have to be grand, ambitious or fantastic. They just need to be clear, practical and realistic, and reflective of your character, personality and situation. Even a very simple goal can give you great clarity whenever you need to make a decision, small or big. For example, one of your personal goals could be to lead a healthy, disease-free life. Once you articulate it, it will (hopefully ) pop up in your mind every time you reach out for that bag of chips or burger, and influence your decision enough to keep you on target course.

    However, as we lead our lives in the midst of uncertainties, imponderables and unrealistic assumptions, we can never be sure if our goals are attainable. Many of the factors that shape our lives are beyond our control. Many of the twists our lives take are unfathomable, and our experiences, unpredictable.

    While you set your goals and chalk your course, remember to be flexible and open-minded. Emerging circumstances might derail you from your track and even make your destination seem remote or inaccessible. Develop the pragmatism and resilience you need to change tracks, get back on course or set yourself another target.

    Goal setting for personal and social growth will help you think of yourself very differently. It will help you see yourself as a cog in the mighty wheel called society, and vital to the wheel’s welfare. In the well being of society is your well being and in your well being lies the stability of society.
    Swamiji’s kripa

  4. भाग्य का सृजन कर्म से होता है।जैसा कर्म होगा वैसा ही हमारा भविष्य रहेगा।
    स्वामी जी के चरणों में नमन करता हूँ।

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