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Life's course of action

What do we consider important to us? Is it just survival? Or, is it money and material acquisitions? Or, is it fame and reputation? Or, are we enamoured by job satisfaction? Or, are we prepared to make big sacrifices for progress in life? Ajit Kumar Bishnoi writes.

india Updated: Sep 19, 2011 00:34 IST
Ajit Kumar Bishnoi

What do we consider important to us? Is it just survival? Or, is it money and material acquisitions? Or, is it fame and reputation? Or, are we enamoured by job satisfaction? Or, are we prepared to make big sacrifices for progress in life?

Are we prepared to stake all for sense enjoyment? Or, is it for the self? Or, is it for morality and sound values? Or, is spiritual progress important to us, leading to liberation? How important do we consider peace and happiness?

What we consider important to us determines our likely actions. Of course, one may consider many of these as important. How we rate something important or unimportant or slightly important or vitally important depends upon our upbringing and the values inherited or acquired by us. Still, it is wise to double-check what we consider important as being really useful, otherwise valuable human life may go waste.

Having established what is important to us and in what order, one needs to work hard towards that end. Of course, time, place and circumstances are crucial as are opportunities. One may seek the path of least resistance, but that may not always bring the desired results. We need to take a lot of pain.

Sustained efforts, patience, initiative and proper guidance are necessary. As is sacrifice in proportion to the importance we place on something. Nothing valuable comes easily. Not putting the requisite effort would indicate casual attitude. One who does not care for human values and does not exert to obtain those would have a very ordinary existence.

So, what is the best course of action? We must always choose what serves the cause of our purpose, security and happiness.

We must always be good listeners and accept that we are small and very limited. We need to match our nature with the choices we make.

Considering or even accepting ideas that are contrary to our long-held opinion is wise if it advances our cause. And the same holds true in the matter of one's religion.

Edited extracts from the writer's latest book, Spiritual Sense - The Principles