As I look back and muse, I realise that Swami Vivekanand’s teachings helped shape my life in a great way. He showed me the way ahead whenever I found myself stranded at the cross-road of life.
The Swami has been my icon since my early age and I sought his guidance whenever I found life difficult to face on my own.
He came to my rescue whenever I had difficult moments. The first such occasion was when circumstances were forcing me to give up schooling and work for my livelihood. At that point, I remembered Swamiji’s exhortation: “Man has infinite capacity and hidden strength”. So, braving adversity, I somehow managed to continue my studies and went on till I had completed my post-graduation and obtained a professional degree in addition.
Post-matric, I was eking out my living through a variety of jobs. But none of these entailing dull routine and office drudgery had any appeal to me. At this juncture, Swamiji’s words to have faith in oneself roused me from my slumber of indecision. I gave up a secured government service to opt for an exciting career, though it offered neither security of job nor monetary comfort.
Later, I was called upon to take up a challenging assignment. At that time it appeared to be a tall order. I spent days musing and meditating over the proposition. As usual, I took recourse to Swamiji and his inspiring words,“All power is within you and with it you can do everything and achieve anything,” dispelled my doubts. I set out to have my tryst with the new life and its calling.
But destiny’s course is perhaps inscrutable. I had not imagined that I would have to quit the place disillusioned. I had my own share of frustration, depression and destitution. Again I looked at my pole star and made a new beginning. The story is long. But, after all, what is life without its quota of trials and tribulation!
The Inner Voice column of March 22 — A chance missed may not visit again — was a repeat. The error is regretted.