MAKE A START FOR A CHANGE
If one wants to live a life replete with peace, harmony, more near to our Lord, it is important that you be near to yourself first. Introspect what you are. What are our weaknesses, try to overcome them through trial and error methods. It is not overnight that these would be wished away. Just ‘Change’ when change is crying need. There is no magic band for it. It is not that you will be rid of those weak areas cent percent. As we are humans, we are prone to commit mistake which is not in consonance with probity, even then, keep trying till baggage of deceit, corrupt practices, lies, and whatnot, under which you are burdened become lighter and ultimately through concerted efforts just CHANGE. These are the unnecessary bondages which pollute yourself; you lose some sheen and become weak in your will power, tolerance, perseverance.
Make a start by taking small steps daily in your daily life activities and find how much impact it makes on yourself, thus giving place to a feeling of goodwill bordering on tolerance, If you want to be near to your Lord, you have to CHANGE become imaginative, fore-sighted, forgiving, forgetting, non covetous et al. And these qualities do come to you merely by self-trying – honestly and with ample sincerity. From the past experiences in our life, it is seen that we always give much credence to others’ thinking about ourself. If you start from your own self, it will make much difference overnight. Your life would be totally different. Before picking holes in others’ pockets, see how many holes you yourself are having. Try stitching them bit by bit. No need to do these things in a huff. Quick actions in changing yourself are appreciable, but there are no quick-fixes in life.
The change could be affected by good intentions. Good intentions speak louder even in silence. There is a story of a very generous king named Satya Varat. He used to look after his subjects to the best of his capacity like his own children. His generosity and good deeds were known far and wide. One day, while he was sitting on the thrown contemplating, he saw glow-effusing Maan Lakshmi – deity responsible for material sufficiency going out. He asked Her as to why she was going out? She curtly replied the king that she had had enough. Now she wants to go out of his palace, come what may. After some time, he saw Lord Ganesha, Kauver and other deities out of the palace. King Satya Varata did not stop them. He thought if they did not want to stay in the palace, no use stopping them.
But as he saw Satya (Truth) going out of the palace, he abruptly rose from his thrown. He implored Satya not to go out of the palace- as without truthfulness, his very survival will be difficult as he loves spreading the message of SAPTYA (truth) to far and wide of his kingdom. Satya relented and decided to stay back in the palace itself. As the other deities saw the Satya staying back in the palace, they were also constrained to come back to the palace. It is because, whereinsoever Satya (TRUTH) is, all, irrespective of deities or commons are attracted towards TRUTH. Thus CHANGE of thought precepts of all the deities resulted because of SATYA (SACH / TRUTHFULNESS). Where there is SATYA that is the abode of GODHEAD.
Change when your conscious mind tells you that a particular activity is not good for you. Some of the things which, I found to be most important, to start with, for making myself a person better are given below:-
· Not Taking what is not Yours. Suppose you are possessing one material thing but due to some demonstrative affect, your satiety increases. You adopt different methods in acquiring that particular thing. Those ‘methods’ may be corrupt ones and thus tarnish your being. In the first place, make determined effort that what is not yours, do not have an iota of idea even to have that one. A thing hard earned, it may be material possession, will give you mental peace, positive feeling and you will become incorruptible – a trait loved by everyone. And in the process, you will love even to YOURSELF even! And that acquired love would be your property for ever and never will leave you. Try this, I have tried and found positive results. Anyone can.
· Do What You Think Pleases You. I am of the firm conviction that for changing yourself, even a bit daily, is better than overhauling others around you. Be selfish in this. You should act in such a manner that it makes you happy first and then by extension, I am sure, it will be good for your group with whom you are working. But in this, care has to be exercised that your action to please yourself should not be at the cost of others. Never ever make others around unhappy.
For the day, these are sufficient, let us wait and see how Lord guides us on the path of positivity, a step more near to Him and yourself for A CHANGE FOR BETTER.
I have penned down a POEM titled : MAKE A START FOR A CHANGE: Do go through and comment. I really love your comments. These are LIFE GIVING and prompt a CHANGE in me for better and still better for a CHANGE.
MAKE A START FOR A CHANGE
Whilst the lot around ye is ominous and dark,
Trust one day, brightness will dawn.
Every unexciting autumn changes into enchanting spring
And every dark cloud has thin snow-white coating.
Wishy-washy life will give place to hope,
And blooming life, hopefully, will come hopping
Infusing verve and vitality in every being.
Change that brings misery in its wake ,
Tests our will power and what it takes,
To live to tell the tale.
And wait for better days for a change.
Change in the river course due to nature’s furry,
Takes away the land with all its fertility,
Changing the geographical limit of a place,
And with it, the history attached with its virulent current,
To bottomless confines of an ocean.
Spiritual change brings one near to Almighty God,
Negative mindset negates everything possessed,
And may deprive a person of his sanity,
Resulting in loss of face and self-purity.
Ageing brings changes since egg in womb once gets fertile,
Passing the added stages of life,
Transiting through ups and downs of time,
And to the end by leaving the body inert,
And finally an important date with our Creator.