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Soul call

india Updated: Apr 19, 2007 05:35 IST
Kiran Bedi

It was an evening of purity, simplicity, and fellowship. The person who introduced me to the students recalled what I said at the last meet. My co-host said: “Last time you told us about the 3Qs: IQ (intelligence quotient), EQ (emotional quotient) and SQ (spiritual quotient). We did not forget them and it helped us. So, we decided to invite you to hear something like that again.”

I decided to offer a framework. I told them about the 5Ps. For me, the 5Ps are: pace, preparation, planning, purpose and prevention. I explained to them the 5Ps in detail.

P1 stands for pace: It implies constant change. We must know that change is law, growth optional. The only choice we have is make intelligent or foolish choices. It also means making no choices at all.

P2 implies preparation: This means we will wither away one day and, therefore, we must move away from what we may think is ours but actually is not, and for this we must prepare ourselves, mentally as well as spiritually.

P3 is for planning: We need to think through our chosen paths, personal and professional. How much should we plan and pursue to achieve our goals? Or, should we just wait for events to happen to us?

P4 implies purpose: We must identify the purpose of our lives. What should we do with the surplus we have? Shouldn’t we share it among others?

P5 is for prevention: A research study says that out of the hundred unpleasant things which happen in our lives, only 10 are natural. The remaining 90 per cent is self-inflicted.

I added two more Ps after the Q&A that followed: ‘Pranams’ and ‘Prayers’. To me these two mean gratitude and surrender. Gratitude for all we possess and prayers to stay afloat despite the possessions.