Each 'Choose-day' we will investigate the process by which we can reassess our activity and interaction with the world of plurality and become more congruent within our personality.
The next text which will guide the Choose-day posts is "Tips for Happy Living - jIvnsUÇai[ /jiivanasuutraani", by Swami Tejomayananda (Guru-ji). Choose-days writings are here to prompt deeper thinking on the choices made on a daily basis and seek to provide prompts for raising the standard of one's thinking and living. This text composed in format of Sanskrit traditional teachings, speaks directly to this purpose. As ever, the full text may be obtained from CM Publications - or your local centre (see sidebar).
Getting back on track…
How to harness our potential?
Tasami_aVy®ywR< tu jIvne ïe:Q< lúymavZykm!.7.
Taasaam-abhivyaktyartham tu jiivane shreshtham lakshyam-aavashyakam ||7||
(but) to manifest them, a great goal in life is necessary.
Necessity is the Mother of Invention.
Many of our potentials have manifested out of necessity to survive or thrive. A police officer tried catching a weak-looking thief who escaped. When asked by his chief why the thief outran him, he said, 'I ran as part of my duty, he ran to save his life… his motivation was greater!" Great potential may at times manifest out of necessity, but usually if the goal is only to survive, you work enough only to survive. If you just want to pass, you study just enough to scrape through.
Role of Goal -Manifesting Potential
How much strength do we need in lifting a book? Not so much. To lift something heavier, a lot more strength is needed and utilised. We can also increase our ability to lift heavier and heavier objects by practice, little by little edging up the pounds or kilos. For most of us though, the heaviest object we need to carry is ourselves. The weight-lifter who decides to win in the Olympics, practices day and night in order to lift that gold medal! The higher the goal, the greater is the potential that we manifest. Goals enable and motivate us to perform to our optimal potential.
Role of Goal - Overcoming Obstacles
Edmund Hillary said, "I did not conquer Mt Everest; I conquered myself." When the great mountain stands before us beckoning, we can more easily overcome our moments of weakness. Therefore, higher the goal, greater is the ability we manifest in overcoming the obstacles from within and without. In mentioning mountains, it is important to understand that we do not have to first pick the tallest or the most rugged. Sometimes molehills can trip us up if we do not know how to approach them! Goals do not have to be to rule the world; they can be about managing to make each day a little happier - but if we don't set that as a goal, what will provide it for us, what will drive us to it?