Posts Tagged ‘Motivation’

Something Random

Posted: April 24, 2014 by Ankur in Contest, Writes...
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ContestWe have always been told about the two great epics of Hinduism; Ramayana and Mahabharata. Most of us have grown up listening to their stories, have been many times told not to have a temper like Ravana’s, to be as virtuous as Ram or to be as honest as Yudhishtir and to be beware of characters like Shakuni. So it got me thinking one day how in the times we are living, Mahabharata is more relevant than the Ramayana. In Ramayana everyone was way too nice for their own good. There was Rama who gave up on his “Rajya” just so that his father’s promise won’t go in vain. There was Lakshman who left his wife behind so that he could be with his brother in his hard times. And to top it all there was Bharat who refused to rule the kingdom which according to him rightfully belonged to his brother ( yes the same kingdom for which his mother sent Rama on a Vanavasa for 14 years). Inspite of everything that was wrong with Ravana, who was once a great scholar, he did lose his kingdom over his sister’s honor and never once did he dare to touch Sita without her permission. In the times we are living there is no way anyone would do any of these things for their family.

But cut to Mahabharata, where a son decides to become a celibate just so that his father can marry a young girl( Bhishma),  women are won by one in Syamvars and married to another(Ambalika, Ambika), a women is refused by her lover just because she was touched by another( Amba ), brothers are trying to kill each other ( Kaurav and Pandav), a student is refused education because of his caste( Karna, Eklavaya), daughter-in-law was shamed in front of the elders of the family( Draupadi). Maybe nothing so dramatic happens in our lives these days but some part of it is really true. Women were not treated with respect then and not even now. Brothers trying to kill each other over petty matters such as property, jewelry etc is not unheard of. And don’t even get me started on the topic of casteism. Along with the reality check it gives us, it does teach us all the important things in life too, the great friendship of Duryodhana and Karna( Duryodhana befriended Karna when he was at his weakest and Karna helped him back in his time of need), the art of plotting and planning from Shakuni( even though now-a-days the contestants of Roadies and Bigg boss can give Shakuni a run for his money), how to be strong like Kunti, Gandhari and Draupadi, how not to be just a viewer like Bhishma, Drona etc and speak up when necessary.  It teaches us to be unafraid of speaking out but to be brave enough for silence. It teaches us not to give into our weaknesses. It tells us never to blindly follow our elders but use our own minds. It asks us to remember how futile rage is and always believe in the power of forgiveness. And in the times when parents have become oblivious to their kid’s mistakes Vyasa makes us wonders if parents are naturally blind to shortcomings of their children like Dhritarashtra, or if they choose to be blind like Gandhari. And as Winston Churchill puts it so many years later “Nothing costs more and yields less benefit than revenge.” Nothing can be a better example of this statement than The Mahabharata. And last but not the least Krishna teaches us how it is important to keep doing hard work and not long for the fruits or as he puts it कर्म करते रहो फल की चिंता मत करो।

Cheers 🙂

Swati Garg

My Motivation…

Posted: February 25, 2012 by Ankur in Writes...
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People vary, their interests vary, they tend to do different things, they to behave differently to situations, live life according to their desires, make most/least out of it but mine was to look after others with self imitation. My life has been ambiguous all through the years before I met a person who changed my life and deprecated my past & made me kind of normal .

It should begin with my childhood days. A kid brought up in joint family, I was never a pampered one. From the starting itself I had a streak of working independently, stand alone in crowds, and work against all odds. My dad has always been living away from home owing to his job, which in turn inspired me to work independently so that my mom could at least be carefree from my front. I had personality problems with people, not because I found myself superior or inferior to them but because I could not gel up well with owing to their mode of working or behaving. I used to retain a sense of morality and respect with whatever I did or participated in. This was due to immense peak pressure from my family side. They were bit too prone to values and ethics, which in turn turned me into a believer. As with everyone, my school days had a flavour of both ups & downs. I did not make many friends in school though, which is quite not obvious.

As I grew up, my spirituality factor too heightened. However, spirituality I believed has been violating forms of society. For me sitting in churches, gurudwaras,temples etc., wont serve any purpose until and unless you are adhering to the teachings of God. For greatest worship is worshipping mankind. Lately, when my sense of realizing and thinking diversified I found a similar kind of story in each house. I saw people dragging out their parents from their house just because their spectacle cost has risen. I ask people, Is this believe you possess or are these the teachings which our temple gave? I found a kind of relation, the more frequent the person is to temples ;more are his agonies towards others (specially parents). I also found that I cannot generalise the things so easily as there are some people who are working for the cause of mankind and are spiritual enough.

Even the largest contributors towards mankind are the people who firmly believed on God. Believe is another factor on which I ponder. A belief is a sense of understanding which should be backed up by personal practical experiences and actions. My mind went in dilemma; I could not concentrate on anything and screwed my exams. However, after clearing my +2 , I secured admission in a good Tech-School. My bitterness for understanding peace and spirituality did not end here. I behaved in college as I did school, ignorant to people around me. A factor which significantly changed my life is my love life. I met a girl who had clear cut intentions and crystal clear ideas towards life. For here for question doesn’t expect an answer. Every misery in this world is not because of what is happening around us. Every pain we see around can be eliminated by a bit change which we should initiate. Group incidences changed me. I started being normal, pondering less, and working towards my focus.

There has been another aspect of my life. I have never been extraordinary in anything. I was termed all along my school and college life as “Jack of all trades, but master of none”. Even though people who knew me , valued me. I always got deserving praise. People use to get inspired by the facts I used to barge on them during free times. I have been making time tables for my college and school friends, I was considered best at it (However I myself never followed it . This has been my life all through, much in and much out, there is much left to be done, to be explained and to be lived…

Bhaskar H. Narula