I had heard and noted that seeing yourself doing the things you wanted to do in life was a sure-fire way to actually be able to do them. I also formed my own perception of “Dream it and you can do it.”
Translating thought into action is more difficult than it sounds.
Several factors are at work, influencing what you do and when you do it.
In addition to the most obvious ones – the economic and social factors – there are also some other subtle ones, chiseling away at your personal efforts at shaping your dreams.
So, over the course of living, you realize that it cannot be all that hunky dory. The grime, grit, and gory details of forging your means to a dream existence were simply not accounted for in your dream concept.
Your own efforts are governed by factors far too powerful for you to even negotiate with.
Living with inconsistencies, despair, incompetence (both one’s own and others’), unforeseen challenges and circumstances, little niggling things, and – of course – the hindrances others might be throwing at you in pursuit of their own convenience – are all things you need to get in your stride.
Easier said than done, right?
But you know what, chipping away at these challenges and re-inventing your own approaches, methods, and concepts is a good way forward. It is, in fact, the very substance of meaningful living.
C. Rajgopalachari’s Ramayana describes how Rama, an avatar of the Supreme Creator Lord Narayan or Vishnu, is so distraught by the loss of his wife to the demon king Ravana, he actually contemplates suicide and talks like one who knows no sense whatsoever.
Even the supremely powerful among the gods can be so stricken and distraught as to lose his hold on ground reality. Lakshmana, his brother and an incarnation of Sesha Naaga, on whose coils Vishnu is seen reposing, offers entreaties to no avail.
“All Lakshmana’s efforts to console him were in vain. He was convinced that the Rakshasas had carried away Sita and torn her to pieces and eaten her up. He pictured to himself in detail the horror of her suffering and cried in his grief: “I must have committed terrible sins. How else could such suffering come to me?”
If such a state can befall even the supremely powerful, what can you and I hope to achieve in the face of adversity?
But that’s the beauty of the Indian Grand Epics – Ramayana and Mahabharata.
The idea is to understand that in the face of adversity, even the most powerful among us can falter. Yet, it is possible to pick oneself up, continue on one’s way, and excel at whatever one seeks to achieve.
In short, it’s okay to fail and be miserable temporarily. You can pull through the most trying circumstances.
The Indian epics have a powerful way of conveying a message.
Rama goes on to not only bring back Sita but also completely exterminate the fearsome Ravana, his fellow demons, and their great armies. In the book, the events in the virtuous Rama’s life as a mortal on earth are rendered soulfully by the author. Wanna read Ramayana by C. Rajgopalachari? Here’s the link to the online pdf: http://bit.ly/12Fw8MR
The idea is to understand that you can overcome the most daunting obstacles with just the right amount of fortitude and patience.
The idea, of course, is that you can.