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.
We are reading "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).
So much had been said about success - but is it not the case that when the 'stars shine' upon us, that's to our fortune?
¢hdzapeúaya mnaedza smIúa[Iya.4.
Graha-dashaapekshayaa mano-dashaa samiikshaniiyaa ||4||
Take care of the state of your mind more than that of the planets.
What is laid out for us in our praarabdha (the karmic map) is beyond our ken. Surrendering to cosmic alignments and solar shifts is foolhardy in this life which is being lived. We have been given free will in order to make the changes needed to alter the map and write new directions for ourselves. It is so easy to look externally in order to lay blame; we point fingers at others, we blame the stars and planets, we say the circumstances were wrong… but is this not all futile? In the Srimad-Bhagavatam, Shri Krishna states, "Neither are people, deities, planets, fate nor bad times the casue for my joy or sorrow. It is the mind alone, due to which the whole world revolves, that causes our joys and sorrows."
No doubt, we have to deal with external circumstances, and the planets will be where the planets will be - but can the little 'me' do anything about them? Certainly not the cosmic stuff, and quite often not the circumstances… though we may find ourselves at the centre or cause of them, in which case we do have a part to play. Regardless of all this, the choice to be happy or sad is entirely up to ourselves. Handling things with optimism, whilst not necessarily easy, will always result in a positive conclusion. Yes, that may mean compromise, but as long as all can walk away from a circumstance feeling that there is forward movement and none are being damaged, then it is to be seen as a success… in the positive light. If one insists on remaining in the sorrowful state of mind, then nothing will seem successful - even it falls directly to our favour. The state of mind is key to so much.
It is a weak mind which blames, complains and reacts. We must strengthen our mental scenery; this is the focus of our personal development which is imperative - not the flow and orbit of stars and planets.
The strong mind does not 'cry over spilt milk', but accepts the situation it faces. Being alert, sensitive, understanding and poised, it exercises its choice. It chooses its attitude, chooses to get influenced or remain immune, and it chooses its response. Circumstances cannot overwhelm a strong mind.