Some Life lessons
Dilemma of Multiple choices
The biggest dilemma in life is to decide which path to choose from many options. The best thing would be if one had only one choice or no choice at all. The life would be very simple. Multiple choices are the most difficult puzzle to solve. At times when you narrow down your choices, there comes the struggle of heart versus the head. Also you confront with the problem of ethics, propriety, impact on others and your own conscience. A person who knows what path to choose is a Braham Gyani ( Super Knowledgeable). This syndrome has been best summed up in an old hindi song.
” Mein Idhar Jaon Ya Udhar Jaon,
Badi mushkil Mein hoon ki Kidhar Jaon.”
‘Should I go this way or that way,
I am in a great dilemma to choose which way.’
Guru Nanak Dev Ji was a great saint and reformist who taught
us conduct of life by following Hard work, Honesty, Dedication , Humility and above all faith in Divine. He preferred to eat food in the house of an honest carpenter Bhai Lalo rather than a corrupt rich man Malik Bhago.
His teachings are even more pertinent in today’s materialistic world where emphasis is on making more and more wealth, by means fair or foul.
Humility is a great virtue of life. Guru Nanak while describing its value has given a very good example of a tree which is tall, mighty, straight but serves no purpose comparing it to a person having false pride and arrogance in a verse in Asa di var (Sri Guru Granth Sahib, Page 470) which reads as under.
“ਸਿਮਲ ਰੁਖ ਸਰਾਇਰਾ, ਅਤ ਦੀਰਘ ਅਤ ਮੁਚ || ਓਏ ਜਿ ਆਵਿਹ ਆਸ ਕਰ ਜਾਹਿ ਨਿਰਾਸੇ ਕਿਤ ||
ਫਲ ਫਿਕੇ ਫੁਲ ਬਕਬਕੇ , ਕਾਮ ਨਾ ਆਵੇ ਪਤ || ਮਿਠਤ ਨੀਵੀ ਨਾਨਕਾ ਗੁਣ ਚੰਗਿਆ ਈਆਂ ਤਤ ||”
English translation runs like this.
” The Simal tree is huge and straight,
The birds who visit it in the hope of food are highly disappointed, as its fruit is without taste,
Its flowers have no fragrance and its leaves are of no use,
O, Nanak, humility and sweetness are the virtue and goodness.”
Hard work never goes waste, even if initial results may not be encouraging,
It puts you in a habit of performance, It is an infectious blessing which motivates your near and dear ones to follow suit.
And once you start achieving results, it gives you extreme satisfaction
and motivation to work even more harder.
Once you get used to it, it becomes a stimulus and intoxication for your body and soul!
Perform all thy actions with mind concentrated on the Divine, renouncing attachment and looking upon success and failure with an equal eye”
(“Sri Bhagwad Gita “)
Human being’s sojourn on Earth is one of action and experience. One has to justify his existence through faithful performance of his duties assigned and carry on his spiritual journey. Conquering our mind and by becoming steadfast, only then we can conquer the World ( Man Jeetai Jagjeet, ਮਨ ਜੀਤੈ ਜਗਜੀਤ ) ” ( Excerpts from Japuji Sahib, SGGS, Page 6).
Leisure & Activity.
Two things are very important in life. One knowledge of ‘ When to rise to the occasion’ and second is ‘ When to relax’ as continuous toil will wear you down. So there have to be moments of relaxation even if it amounts to change of activity, but when the opportunity comes give all you have to achieve the goal