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Recently the government of India has used the quarantine period to re telecast the old series of Ramayana, and the Indians enjoyed the taste of nostalgia. Ramayana has a scene when Jamvaban reminds the great Hanuman about his great power, as Hanuman was cursed to forget about his strength until someone reminds him of it.
That scene raised a question in my mind. Aren’t we all cursed like Hanuman in real life ? Our mind is the storehouse of infinite possibilities l, yet we’re not completely aware of our truest potential. This question forced me to dive deep into the mind of human beings and ask myself the question, ” What’s keeping a person from knowing himself?” Today’s blog is just an outcome of that research.
We’re all confined
Surely, you feel bored while being stuck in your room for days in the quarantine. You know what? You’re actually confined inside a room for years, since your childhood, not physically, but mentally.
Especially in a country like India, we draw an imaginary boundary around us, inside which a child is raised by the society. Quite naturally our conscious mind doesn’t allow us to think beyond that. Once we try to step out of the boundary, the society attacks us with a sense of fear. No matter how hard we try to think beyond the predefined wall; we can’t run away from the question “How will they react ?”
I’m not blaming the society for that. Society does it to protect you from harsh realities of life. But there’s a time when you should and you must step out of it and face the brutal realities, so that you can learn about yourself.
Spending less time with our own self
I’ve spoken about it in my past blogs. The more you spend some time with yourself the more your mind will unfold in front of you.
We’re so busy in our daily lifestyle, that we forget to relax a little bit. By “relaxing” I meant giving a much needed rest not only to your body, but also to your mind.
Spend a few minutes on the balcony. Stop thinking about all your problems. Just close your eyes and let your mind know a little bit more about yourself. I often find meditation quite helpful in this case. A few minutes of meditation can bring wonders in your life.
How do you define infinity
What is infinity? Is it just a number? Mathematicians say, infinity is a concept, something beyond your imagination. Our idea about infinity often decided our approach towards achieving it. Do you consider approaching infinity is a waste of time as it can’t be reached ? Do you dream about jumping into the infinity from nowhere? Or do you add a number each time while counting and escalate towards it?
Realities restrict us from visualizing our future self in our mind, we forget that there’s something more. The potential of your mind is the perfect example of infinity. The question is how do you look at it. If you consider your 9-5 job with a package healthy enough to run a family as your ultimate potential, probably you’re wrong.
Prioritizing the destiny over the journey
One point must be highlighted in this case. If you fix your destiny without picturing the road to reach there, it’s a waste of time.
Again, your destiny is much bigger than you think. Thus, it’s always good to focus on the road more than the destinations. The reason for introducing the second point was not to stop after walking a few miles. So, have an idea of the infinity, get the direction towards going there, but never make the destination your priority. Have the satisfaction in taking an extra step, get the joy in learning more and more about yourself. Do not aim blindly for your ultimate goal. There goes a famous saying by the Bhagavat Geeta ,
“कर्मण्येवाधिकारस्ते मा फलेषु कदाचन । मा कर्मफलहेतुर्भुर्मा ते संगोऽस्त्वकर्मणि ॥”Sri Krishna
Which means, you don’t need to care too much about the result. Just work hard, the result will follow naturally.
Not taking the first step
The earth is full of dreamers out there. Almost each and every youngster dream of having a fit body, but only a few achieve it. Do you know what differentiates a successful person from an ordinary one? The answer is very simple, taking the first step. Once you know a little more about yourself, start working towards it.
You can’t see beyond the horizon until you start your journey towards it. Try to take ten steps on the road, you’ll find a way for your eleventh step.
So, don’t hesitate to explore your inner self, don’t hesitate to step up for your own benefits. Understand your mind’s truest potential and focus on the journey.
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