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The joy of discovery

columns Updated: Oct 03, 2013 07:30 IST
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The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes to behold. At times, you find yourself in the middle of nowhere. Each one of us is special and each one of us adopt best strategies to survive.

However, your worries about yourself and your lack of abilities are not what should occupy your mind. Ask only one question. "Who am I?"

When you create an interest in yourself, then you will know how great and unique you are. Then you will know the value of your existence. And when you know that, you will be proud of yourself; will feel you are blessed.

You will find that you are living your life in order to impress, say, 10 people. Ten is an arbitrary number. The more popular may say they want to impress 50. In this competition and race, you may lose true perspective of life. When you lose perspective, your life is a waste. Here comes your daily 'satsang' handy.

Satsang is not about words spoken for your joy or pleasure. Satsang means words spoken with your welfare in mind; spoken for your well-being. Sharp words can bring about change. They can rid you of your inertia. A single word or idea may be the turning point in your life.

Forget the world for what you are doing to impress others. A mango tree flowers and then bears fruit. Someone grows these mangoes, somebody else is eating the fruit. But the mango tree does not know for whom it is making so many mangoes. This is nature. It only knows that it has to flower seasonally and yield fruit. Learn from nature - the giver.

So, why look to the fruit of your action? Once you act without expecting returns, you will find yourself identified for what you can contribute for others. And, surely, you will live a happy and purposeful life.