You work that you may keep pace with the earth and the soul of the earth. When you work you are flute through whose heart the whispering of the hours turns to music. – Kahlil Gibran
Most people are living an average life. When any problem falls on them, they try their best to escape from it.
They hit their heads in each and every temple, praying before pundits and yogis. They keep sermons and hawans in their houses, calling all the poor people of the town, providing them milk and bread. After roaming all the shrines that exist in the world, they end up either in creating more problems or in letting the problems eat them.
We have learned to work but forgotten how to tackle the worries. And the person who does not know how to conquer worries dies young.
Sitting on the chair and hearing the silence of the room I ask myself that what it takes to live a life without worries, in fact, a tremendous life.
Here comes the answer from within me: ‘Wisdom’. I don’t want to define wisdom from dictionaries. For me, wisdom is the vast knowledge about life. When a man begins to get the knowledge he speaks a lot and never get interested in listening what others want to say.
But by and by, if he still craves for knowledge, he will reach the point of wisdom. It is like the water which gurgles if the glass is immersed into the bucket. And later, when the glass brims, the gurgling sound becomes silent. The people who stop developing their wisdom end up as an unhappy and arrogant human being. We have often seen that successful people are more humble and silent in their demeanor. But this is not true if we take a glimpse into their past.
At one stage of their life, they thought that they were superior to the rest of the people around them. They too tried to change the world with their thoughts and perceptions. And as the time passed by, after facing the powerful tides, the ocean of their so-called knowledge became silent.
Later, they made a point that it is better to change themselves rather than changing the world. They strove to become a better person and separated themselves from the world.
No one can change the world. However, changes do take place technologically, no real change takes place psychologically- people are still jealous, angry, heartbroken and greedy.
The wisdom in the brain is at null-point in most people. And that is the reason behind intolerance.
I recall the words from Gita (The Bhagavad Gita), chapter 6: ‘Those unsuccessful in realization in this life will be reborn. Their efforts will not go in waste. They will ensure they are born in a wise family, where they can strive again. They will be driven to wisdom on account of memories and impressions of previous lives. By striving through many lives, they untangle themselves to unite with divinity.’
The Source of Wisdom
The only source of wisdom is to do the work what you love. It is necessary for every human being that he chooses the profession he is passionate about.
I know a mathematician who is so much absorbed in mathematics that he can express the life in the form of numbers. Like I always say, each and every element of religion can be applied in your life successfully. It is same for that mathematician who can prove that you can achieve everything with mathematics. This is how passion develops the human mind.
When you allow yourself to connect with your passion, you begin uncovering the wisdom of life. Passion forces you to go in solitude, helps you to concentrate and expands consciousness.
All the forces of the universe exist in your heart. The work you do with your heart will reveal the truths of life before you.
I encourage you to look deep into your heart and explore what are the gifts you got. Spend a few hours every day on your passion because it is the only way to give peace to your soul.
When you find your passion, you develop psychologically. Then you understand life is all about doing better than yesterday.
Another thing I want to share with you is that most people wait for the perfect moment. They run on super-highways and get busy in making backup plans. And at the end, they fail to give anything good to the world. They never lived the life they wanted to live.
This makes me think of the poem that comes from the Rabindranath Tagore (Gitanjali):
‘Spring has passed. Summer has gone. Winter is here…
…and the song I meant to sing remains unsung. For I have spent my days stringing and unstringing my instrument.’
The life you are living is only one. Don’t waste it in just stringing and unstringing your instrument.