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Actually our position is that we are always rendering service to someone, either to our family, country, or society. If we have no one to serve, sometimes we keep a pet cat or dog and render service to it. All these factors prove that we are constitutionally meant to render service, yet in spite of serving to the best of our ability, we are not satisfied. Nor is the person to whom we are rendering that service satisfied. On the material platform, everyone is frustrated. The reason for this is that the service being rendered is not properly directed. For example, if we want to render service to a tree, we must water the root. If we pour water on the leaves, branches and twigs, there is little benefit. Similarly if the Supreme Personality of Godhead is served, all other parts and parcels will be automatically satisfied. Consequently all welfare activities as well as service to society, family, and nation are realized by serving the Supreme Personality of Godhead. It is the duty of every human being to understand his constitutional position with God and to act accordingly. If this is possible, then our lives become successful. Sometimes, however, we feel challenging and say, "There is no God," or "I am God," or even, "I don't care for God." But in actuality this challenging spirit will not save us. God is there, and we can see Him at every moment. If we refuse to see God in our life, then He will be present before us as cruel death. If we do not choose to see Him in one feature, we will see Him in another. There are different features of the Supreme Personality of Godhead because He is the original root of the entire cosmic manifestation. In one sense, it is not possible for us to escape Him.
Don’t keep people waiting
Time is precious to everyone. It’s a bad habit to keep other people waiting. Almost everyone feels that one of their most valued commodities is their time. This being the case, one of the ultimate slaps and most sure way to annoy someone is to keep them waiting. While most people are somewhat forgiving, keeping them waiting is a sign of disrespect. The subtle message is, “My time is more important than yours.” Deep down, we all know that no one likes to be kept waiting. Therefore, it’s highly stressful to keep other people waiting because you know you are disappointing someone. In the back of your mind, you know well the person is looking at his watch, wondering why you are late. You may be keeping him from personal or professional commitments and that could make him angry. There are obviously exceptions to the rule – times when factors beyond your control prevent you from being on time. Things happen to all of us, and no one has a perfect record. Truthfully, however, a vast majority of the time, being late is preventable by planning ahead, allowing a little extra time, or making allowances for unexpected problems. Many times we compound the problem by making excuse like “traffic was horrible,” when, in reality, traffic is virtually always horrible. The problem wasn’t traffic – but the fact that we didn’t factor enough time in our schedule for the traffic. It’s likely the case that, even if traffic was horrible, or you got off to a late start, or whatever the excuse, the other person isn’t going to be interested or impressed. I wouldn’t underestimate the negative impact of making someone wait. It drives some people crazy. And, even if they don’t express their frustration to you directly, it can show up in other ways – not taking you seriously, avoiding you when possible, being disrespectful, choosing to spend their time with others instead of you, showing up late to your future appointments, etc.
Unfortunately. let me see you. Lord will then guide what best you can do in a given situation or circumstance. Then you can calmly decide what action or decision is likely to get you over this hurdle in the most effective. over and over again. When you think of your problems as speed bumps on a road. "God. Lord Krishna says in Bhagavad-gita 18. But. think about how unfair and awful they are. “Ah. I found this to be a great reminder that God is always around us in the little and simple things that we take for granted." And a star shined brightly.58 If you become conscious of Me.” Then. But the man did not see. the man deleted it and continued crying. they begin to look very different. however. The man cried. "Touch me God. bumps are simply a part of the experience. But. As a problem shows up during your day. So. speak to me" and a cuckoo bird sang. making it seem less significant. You can fight and resist. here’s another one. and let me know you are here. not hearing Me. the man cried out in despair. you begin to relax into it. the easier it is to remember & depend on the Lord. The man looked around and said. or you can relax and accept. God is always around us A man whispered. the man did not hear. graceful manner. this is the way many people approach their problems. speak to me" and the thunder rolled across the sky. "God. like the bump on your bike ride. Don't miss out on a blessing because it isn't packaged the way that you expect. you can begin to say to yourself. you do not work in such consciousness but act through false ego. and walked on. Like riding a bike. But. complaining about them with others. .Facing problems in life You can be annoyed by problems in life. you will pass over all the obstacles of conditioned life by My grace. you will be lost. You’ll begin to expect a number of speed bumps to present themselves during a typical day. thereby absorbing the shock. God reached down and touched the man. But. the man did not listen. If. "God. however. You can remind yourself. the man brushed the butterfly away. "God. The calmer and more relaxed you remain. So the man yelled. how difficult life is and how this problem is yet another justification for why you “have a right” to be upset! You can tighten up." Whereupon. I need your help!" And an e-mail arrived reaching out with good news and encouragement.
He's always escaping from the home and telling people he's John D. wondering if anything could save his company from bankruptcy.000. Self-confidence The business executive was deep in debt and could see no way out. signed by John D. Suppliers were demanding payment. if you absolutely knew what to do to make your life better or more successful. We don’t want to do the same things over and over if they’re not working well. you’d be doing it already. How often do you really. This is true even when the advice is free and when it’s offered with love. the old man said. we need to see things differently. Or we might be fearful that the advice we get isn’t going to help. After listening to the executive's woes. We want to do things our own way – even if it’s not working! Other times. "I'm so glad I caught him!" she cried. honestly take someone else’s advice? How often do you say to yourself. Creditors were closing in on him. Think about yourself. even good advice. he thought. Sometimes we’ve received bad advice or too much advice. head in hands. and pushed it into his hand saying. Just knowing it was there might give him the strength to work out a way to save his business. But just as the executive was about to hand back the check and share his success story. Meet me here exactly one year from today. "I believe I can help you. At the agreed-upon time. Rockefeller. That’s a much better way of doing it than the way I have been doing. "Take this money. he was out of debt and making money once again. He sat on the park bench. and you can pay me back at that time." The business executive saw in his hand a check for $500. Life is so much simpler when you involve the strengths and expertise of others." He asked the man his name. we avoid advice out of fear. you need advice. He closed several big sales."And she led the old man away. he returned to the park with the un-cashed check. or out loud. But if you’re struggling in any aspect of your life (and we all do). But instead. So take the advice. the old man appeared. We might be frightened that we’re going to look bad in the eyes of someone else. or that we’re going to seem incompetent. stunned. The astonished executive just stood there. "I can see that something is troubling you. “That’s a great idea. wrote out a check. "I hope he hasn't been bothering you. Within a few months. All year long he'd been wheeling and . the reason we don’t take advice is pure stubbornness. the executive decided to put the un-cashed check in his safe. we want to open our eyes to new and improved ways of doing things. Instead. With renewed optimism. Rockefeller. But how can we see things differently if we refuse to take to heart the suggestions from others? Sometimes. Suddenly an old man appeared before him.Be willing to take advice Generally speaking people don’t take advice. and we vow to not repeat that same mistake. he negotiated better deals and extended terms of payment. then one of the richest men in the world! "I can erase my money worries in an instant!" he realized. One year later. a nurse came running up and grabbed the old man." he said. After all.” In order to grow.
He does not know that a living entity is an eternal being. What is Brahman. he forgets the naked truth of death. books and so many other sources but he has no right type of informations about his real life. It’s difficult to see your friend on television. family members. we get jealous. A foolish man. who has no birth and death.dealing. An intelligent man knows that death is born along with his own birth. colleagues. Thus the very beginning of the Vedanta-sutra advises that because we have this valuable form of human life. and disease are external impositions on a living entity and are due to his contact with material nature and to his forgetfulness of his eternal. only that they don’t become more successful than you? Sometimes it’s hard to wish others well. A man who is not intelligent enough does not enquire about this transcendental life but he enquires on many irrelevant matters which does not concern to his eternal existence of life. Human life provides the opportunity to know this eternal fact. however. The way to rise to the top is to wish everyone well. or at least habitual. old age. While it can be seductive. Here is the distinction between animalism and humanity. the Absolute Truth? Delight in the success of others Let’s be honest here. does not know that this human form of life is obtained after a series of births and deaths imposed in the past by the laws of nature. to . it’s absolutely not in your best interest. It’s hard to see a colleague get the promotion you worked so hard for. although he sees evidence of death before his eyes at every second. Birth. Although its brother goat is being slaughtered. particularly those you know well – friends. We’re human. the goat. buying and selling. to save his own life. now. It was his newfound self-confidence that gave him the power to achieve anything he went after. which he has to meet. or your neighbor able to purchase a new car. to secretly desire to keep others at your level. An animal like a goat has no sense of its impending death. father. This type of human civilization is a risky one because there is no education in the matter of relevant enquiries in the principles of life. That is the difference between a man and a goat. he either fights to save his brother or leaves. it is our duty-now-to inquire. Everyone thinks that he will never die. will stand peacefully waiting to be slaughtered next. From the very beginning of his life he enquires from his mother. On the other hand. what is Brahman or the Absolute Truth. if a human being sees his fellow man being killed by an enemy. or truth. being allured by the green grass offered to it. if possible. Have you ever found yourself secretly wishing someone else would fail? I don’t mean you wish them any serious bad luck. he realized that it wasn't the money that had turned his life around. Thus a foolish man makes no relevant inquiry about the real problems of life. Suddenly. convinced he had half a million dollars behind him. He knows that he is dying at every second and that the final touch will be given as soon as his term of life is finished. death. teacher. professors. He therefore prepares himself for the next life or for liberation from the disease of repeated birth and death. neighbors. `````````````````````````````` Human life is the opportunity to know the eternal fact or truth of life and as such the Vedanta Sutra advises in the very beginning of the book that because we have got this valuable form of human life it is our duty to enquire. godly nature and qualitative oneness with the Absolute Whole. Relevant enquiry As long as a man is in the full vigor of life.
” or “I’d make more money if I had taken a different career direction”. It’s not that our tendency to blame is without any merit. think to ourselves. We might. Truly. and when you genuinely care about others – your attitude comes across in all you do. And in doing so. in the long run. Start delighting in the success of others and watch your own level of greatness soar! -- Stay away from the blame game One of the most insidious tempting habits is the habit of blaming others or external conditions for our failures. a missed opportunity. it feels as good to see someone else succeed as it does to succeed yourself. Most of the time blaming isn’t blatant. But that’s part of the problem. As you wish others well. recession. mistakes.” The habit of blaming can and does happen in almost any situation – we blame our competitors. But all that does is keep the game going. or too little education. We can almost always justify to ourselves why our version of the blame game is valid. When you wish someone well. as well as not so subtle ways. notice how good it feels. It creates the atmosphere within you to help you succeed and create abundance. even our parents or current family responsibilities.hope with all your heart that everyone can expand to their greatest potential. you really do catch more flies with honey. and patient – when you are fair. we move away from the solution. and those whom you don’t know. We might attribute our lack of fulfillment to changing times. and lack of success. for example. Or. problems. But I believe that this type of aggressive attitude and behavior almost comes back to haunt you. or being manipulative. I feel like reminding them that. intimidate certain people some of the time. When you delight in the success of others. it pays to be nice! Sure. It’s really easy to blame our lack of exercise on our schedule – it’s little tougher to admit that we are not prioritizing. You might call it “the blame game. And that’s precisely why it’s hard to identify – and put an end to. they will serve as a reminder that giving and receiving are two sides of the same coin.” Blaming others is a very easy thing to do. pushing their weight around. no one ever taught me how to close a deal. “I’d be more successful if the products I were selling were of better quality. You catch more flies with honey When I see someone acting aggressively or intimidating someone. loving. there are times when being pushy or aggressive will assist you in getting your way – you can scare away. it creates a momentum within you. if you can have the humility to admit that you. Yet. It reminds your spirit of your loving and deserving nature. the government. people love . can all realize their dreams and achieve greatness. When your wishes are sincere. a good listener. it’s as if you are sprinkling the seeds for a garden of success. employer. Simply put. When you are kind. our age. It shows up in our thoughts and in our conversations. It creeps into our lives in subtle. an inner environment of success. There usually is a grain or truth in our complaints. to wish that the people you know. too. It’s far more subtle. we might complain “I can’t help it. fall into this habit from time to time – and you can identify those instances – you will have opened the door to success in life. our personal history. As a result.
to be around you and will be comfortable and trusting in your presence. and want to assist you in any way they can. or the effort. and so forth. It’s unfortunate. Carefully think through what it is that you want. Other times. I’ve met plenty of people who spent years focused on how much better their lives were going to be when certain things occurred – i. it often helps you reconnect with your gratitude and realize that perhaps things aren’t as bad as we sometimes make them out to be. when they were finally promoted to various positions – so much so that they took for granted the good parts of the position they already had. When they talk about you behind your back. more demands on your time. more travel. Remember. disregarded. When you are gentle. In addition. however. When you’re difficult or demanding. the things we spend our energy longing for actually do (or would) improve the quality our life. you actually push people away. When you’re pushy. Be careful what you ask for Many of us spend a great deal of time wishing things were different.” less of this. Very simply. In other words. and more of that. they were so focused on what was wrong with their careers that they failed to enjoy and appreciate the gifts they were enjoying all along. I suggest you be really careful what you ask for. But when you’re gentle and kind. Sometimes. or that you simply take for granted. When you think in these terms. people are drawn to you like “flies to honey. because you just might end up getting it.e. or forgotten. but the opposite is also true. We dream of a “better job. if anyone is on your side. . which is often – more frustration. you create a great deal of stress for yourself with an adversarial. more grief. They side with you. You will have a notable reputation. because you might just get it – and more. more conflict. they delight in your success.” They forgive you easily when you make a mistake and are willing to give you the benefit of the doubt. You’ll be looking over your shoulder wondering who. their comments will be positive and upbeat. For this reason. your positive qualities are often overlooked. Keep in mind that a better paying position might make you feel more financially secure and it might be worth it – but you may give up other things that you haven’t yet considered. be careful what you ask for. the very things we wish for are hardly worth the trade-offs. people are drawn to your energy and sincerity. aggressive attitude. share their secrets of success.
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