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Deccan Herald » Panorama » Detailed Story
Living wisely
By Swami Sukhabodhananda
The wise way to live is to plan purposefully, prepare prayerfully, proceed positively and persistently pursue. Life’s heaviest burden is one’s fight with life. There are two ways to live. One is fight with life and the other is to flow with life like a wise man. To fight with life is like fighting with one’s source. Life is likened to a mother… it is the source and so fighting with it is foolish.

There may be conflicts in life. Learn to create harmony in conflict, not chaos in conflict. In aiki jujutsu, a form of marshal art, if someone attacks you, your first response is acceptance. Then flow with it. It may appear as if you are co-operating with your enemy. Unless you learn the art it is impossible for you to understand. In judo you throw off your enemy with gentleness.

One has to learn to ‘cooperate’ in the face of problems and flow with it. Instead of fighting with your problem you end up in solving it.

How does one become powerful in life? The question is a symptom of a disease called addiction to power. Society is in a mad quest for power. Power of money, power of position etc. This power seems to validate one’s identity. This is an illusory fulfilment. We want to be powerful because we feel impotent, insecure and weak. Each obstacle we face makes us feel helpless. The very desire to attain power is one of the greatest obstacles in the path to wisdom. Drop this craze to become powerful. Just be wise. You will flow with life.

One has to define one’s identity the right way. If your identity is based on name or fame, or property or position, then all this will be taken away. Your outer life may assume pleasant forms but your inner life is based on a wrong foundation. What are you based on?

Draw a distinction between mechanical effort and conscious effort. So often our effort is mechanical or based on conditioning, culture or religion.

Just because you have been born into a particular religion the effort you make is based on what is mechanical.

Your effort does has not vision or sharpness.

There is another level of effort that is called conscious effort.

Remember always to allow conscious pauses in your life, followed by conscious direction and a ‘conscious shock’. Pause for a moment.

Are you caught up in this rat race? Be conscious, let there be direction in your life … and then motivate yourself. In the process constantly give yourself a shock in order to push yourself on to the right path, the wise path.
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