If we observe life deeply, we find that, for some people, success seems to come easily and effortlessly. For others in a similar situation, it seems to be a toil and a struggle, with thorns on their road to success, which may continue to elude them. Have you ever pondered on why that is? Often, it is not like one is working any less than the other, but still success seems outside their grasp. Of course, we are not talking about lazy people who want to have a taste of success but are not willing to put in the work. They are ones who sometimes get lucky but are not able sustain the consequence of success, because skill- wise they have not equipped themselves for it.
Then the question that naturally arises is – is success destined or pre-ordained? Are some people just born to be successful and others not? Yet we hear all the gurus pontificating that the biggest obstacle on the path to success is our own self doubt and limited thinking. We are told “aim for the sky and you will at least reach the tree top”. Agreed that it is better to at least try than to give up without having tried at all. Then again we have also heard people saying “work hard and success will be yours” and other similar clichéd phrases. Yes, it works for some and does not for others. Still that does not answer the original question and leaves us with more questions than answers.
Is success guaranteed? No! Are there methods devised to prepare ourselves adequately and pave the proper path to success? Yes!!
Now let’s take stock of the tools we are born with. Each of us are born with body, mind, emotion and a certain amount of energy. We gather whatever stimulus and impressions that we are exposed to as we grow up. That is one part of it. We are also born with a natural drive to be a certain way. Call it as dictated by genes and other non tangibles that we cannot grasp. So the externally gathered impressions, the genetic component and the non tangible aspect of who we are make up our uniqueness. We use the vehicle of the body mind emotion and energy to express that uniqueness and make something out of ourselves in this world.
Yogic tradition approaches this in a completely different way. Accomplished Yogis see the system as a tool for transformation, growth and creating what they want in life. Using and directing the capabilities of one’s mind, body energy and emotion to its fullest extent is a yogi’s prerogative and they will spare no effort to move themselves in that direction. Yogic tradition says that – If you have mastery over your physical body, 15 to 20% of your life and destiny will be in your hands. If you have mastery over your mind, 50 to 60% of your life and destiny will be in your hands. If you have mastery over your very life energy, 100% of your life and destiny will be in your hands to such an extent that you can choose the moment of birth and death”. This is a much revered and ultimate dream of a disciplined yogi.
Yoga and meditation was developed with that goal in mind. To understand the mysteries involved in the makeup of this being – which is an intricate system of thoughts, energy, neurons, chakras etc- and how it is all orchestrated to function seamlessly. Mastering this mechanism of the human body and energy takes dedication, time, curiosity and willingness.
If all of us are born with the same equipment then how we use this for our betterment should be entirely our choice. If we willing to invest the time and effort to take charge of this system, can we not then be makers of our own destiny and successes? Yes, of course we can!.
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