You Can Become An Extraordinary Achiever
Everyone is born with rare talent and immense capability. Yet, most people live and die without so much as a glimpse of what they are capable of. The Bhagwad Gita helps unlock your potential. You then gain the power to rock the world. All it takes is a slight shift in attitude, a change in thinking.
M K Gandhi was a timid, briefless barrister who transformed into a mahatma. Swami Vivekananda, who initially trembled at the thought of addressing the Parliament of Religions, became a world-famous orator. Abdul Kalam rose from humble origins to become one of the best Presidents India has had.
You metamorphose from an ordinary person to an extraordinary immortal, says the Gita that takes you, step-by-step, to the highest pedestal of human excellence. Not everyone is born into wealth or blessed with a high IQ. But every single person has the Spirit in equal measure. Just remove that which is obscuring the divine spark, to attain perfection.
As you think, so you become. You have been consistently thinking of body, mind and intellect so you have become matter. You are weak. Think of Spirit with the same fervour and constancy to shake off your wrong concepts.
Can the ordinary person achieve this when he has obligations in the world?
The Gita does not require you to change your wardrobe, home, vocation or environment. Do what you have to. Just think of Atman, Spirit. What you do matters little. It is where your mind is, that makes the difference. Think small and you will become small. To become an achiever you need to shed your petty, trivial, preoccupations and embrace a larger cause, a higher ideal. The highest ideal is Atman, Spirit.
Prayer is not a casual, once-a-week ritual. It is a full time focus on the transcendental. In Chapter 4, Krishna prescribes a brilliant method by which worldly activities go on smoothly while your focus shifts to the ‘higher’.
Krishna takes you through the three-part cycle of life – intake of stimuli from the world, reaction to the stimuli and response back into the world. He divides these three into 12 yajnas or sacrifices.
Yajna, the ancient Vedic fire ritual, consists of offering grain or ghee in the havan kund, a brick enclosure. Fuel is added, the fire is kindled and this process is applied by Krishna to all of life’s activities, reminding us of God in our everyday routine. Think of all worldly interactions as worship and you do not have to perform the ritual of havan separately, as it is taking place in you, 24X7!
You have no control over what the world throws at you, pleasant or unpleasant. But you do have the power to convert it to worship. Your neighbour may scream at you. Think of it as yajna – the offering is the sound, the kindling is hearing. Your attention is on that Power that enables you to hear, not on what you hear. Then you become independent of the world. You are no longer cowering in fear. You have the upper hand.
The world only bullies a weak person. Gain strength and the world will leave you alone. All problems will dissolve in your newfound confidence and you will be free to pursue the Higher.
Whether you are seeing, hearing, eating, breathing or acting, you are reminded of God every moment of your life. Gradually, your mind gets anchored in the higher. Lower desires drop. All yajnas end in wisdom, Self-realisation. The unintended benefit is worldly success and happiness.