Firm principles, a clear goal, focus, dedication, and consistency

उत्सीदेयुरिमे लोका न कुर्यां कर्म चेदहम् |
सङ्करस्य च कर्ता स्यामुपहन्यामिमाः प्रजाः || ३ २४ ||
utsiide yurime lokaana kuryaam karma che dhaham
sankarasya cha kartaa syaamupahanyaa mimaaha prajaaha (SBG 3:24)
Bhagavan Krishna said: If I ever stopped being engaged in My action, these worlds will perish. I would also cause unwanted population that would ruin all beings.

A person always needs to be aware of and responsible for his or her thoughts, words and deeds. Maintaining consistency requires effort and therefore one needs to always consciously work on remaining consistent. Making a statement or a verbal commitment merely for the sake of saying something attracts Karma, which will need to be balanced someday or the other. We come across a lot of people who make tall promises but later on retract from what they said with the justification that their situation forced them to do so. It is quite possible that the person’s situation really prevented them from keeping their word but that is precisely the reason why, as I said earlier, one needs to be aware of and responsible for his or her thoughts, words and deeds.

The Shloka SBG 3:24 quoted by me above points out that if Bhagavan Krishna, Brahman or that intangible, incomprehensible and indescribable force were to ever stop working, ‘unwanted population’ would be caused and that would ruin all beings. Let us look at it metaphorically. When, for example, a person makes a commitment to someone but does not continue to work on keeping the commitment, just like the unwanted population that Krishna spoke about, unnecessary thoughts, distractions and temptations, could take over their mind and make them deviate from the path they had earlier committed to taking. This would then force them to perform actions that would only attract negative Karma and damage their life as well as their Karmic journey like the way an unwanted population would ruin all beings.

It is quite a normal human quality to be unsteady or fickle-minded although the intensity of being so may vary from person to person based on the progress they have made in the process of their respective Karmic evolution. Learning to control one’s mind, not by suppressing it but by developing noble virtues, discipline, and social responsibility; ensures that one’s most important priorities, namely, those of collecting positive Karma and precluding the heaping of negative Karma can be achieved.

An important point to be borne in mind is the basic principle of Karmayoga, which is to do work without being attached to its results. Let me tell you that this is not as tricky or at times paradoxical as it may sound to some.

The following Shloka should explain how and why it is not so:
सक्ताः कर्मण्यविद्वांसो यथा कुर्वन्ति भारत |
कुर्याद्विद्वांस्तथाऽसक्तश्चिकीर्षुर्लोकसंग्रहम् || ३ २५ ||
saktaaha karmanya vidhvaamso yathaa kurvanti bhaaratha
kuryaad vidvaam stathaa sakthash- chikiirshur loka sangraham (SBG 3:25)
Just as ignorant people perform actions with attachment to the results, learned people perform work, but with no attachments. Their desire, if at all, is only the welfare of the world.

This Shloka indicates that performing action wishing good for the society that one lives in, should suffice and enable a person to stay on the path of Karmayoga. The welfare of others need not always mean the society at large but it could also mean the person or persons to whom one gives a word or makes a commitment. Simple actions that stem from wishing well for others include actions as simple as sharing positive energy with others. I have been running this website since 2014 and I do it expecting nothing from others except hoping that my posts help people learn certain basic truths and secrets that I have learned, which have been helping me welcome, face, fight and overcome major challenges in life including life-threatening ones and the knowledge that I gained through them that have been helping me evolve physically, mentally, intellectually and spiritually.

Thousands of people have been coming to this site, have contacted me and have also been communicating with me. In all those communications, I have been giving people the most valuable but rapidly and constantly diminishing asset that anyone can ever have, which is the TIME I have in my current Janma. The services I have been offering people include personally teaching them how to introspect, analyse a given situation, identify their own pluses and minuses, chart a plan for their future and I have also been counselling individuals, couples, morbidly depressed people and others who urgently require moral support. That is what I promise to unconditionally do for anyone that contacts me for help. However, the question is how many of the people who have personally communicated with me have honestly considered one of the most important pieces of advice I always give, which is to share positive energy and vibrations with others without any expectations in mind? Many people come here, get a temporary solution to their problems, return to what they were doing, but rush back to me after a while saying that their life has not improved. Of course, there will be no change or improvement! How can one expect life to change when they do not change from within or do not remain consistent in what they, in their pursuit of self-improvement, started becoming after receiving some help from me or from anyone else? If one continues to do what they did earlier, they will continue to get only what they got earlier. It is plain common sense. Can you go to the gym for a couple of months and expect to have that dream figure? No, you cannot. It takes years of discipline, rigorous training and sacrifice.

At this point, I must emphasise that what others do with their lives makes no difference to me because I, anyway, do not expect anything from others. Nevertheless, I know deep in my heart that whatever I do through my sites or in my life, in general, is not with selfish motives but purely for the welfare and happiness of others at least for the reason that I take Krishna’s teachings a bit too seriously.

It is my sincere suggestion to everyone that if you wish to change your life, it would be you that needs to change. You can be sure that the world will not change. Waiting for a particular astrological phase to change your life is a total absurdity because if you do not change, your life will not change. Following Dharma, having social responsibility as a guiding principle, being consistent and doing whatever you do as a sacrifice unto Krishna can help you lead an enriching and fulfilling life, which is anyway the only thing that comes to one’s mind during their last moments of life.

Thanks to the initiative by our friend Anupam, we started discussing the SBG on the forum at www.tavamithram.com which Dhruva, Kishor, Sundarji and Janardhana also joined and shared their respective thoughts. However, I find it rather disheartening that except for these five people, no others joined it or even showed signs of being interested in doing so. Let me reiterate once more that I have nothing to lose because I am aware that just as all others, I too do not possess anything and therefore, logically speaking, cannot lose anything. I am only sharing with others the knowledge that saved my life multiple times, changed it, enriched it, filled it with the most fascinating and exhilarating experiences, and is helping me every moment to stay blissful no matter what the challenging situation my destiny may force me to enter or be in. I shall continue to do my small bit for others even if some people still prefer to live in a world of delusion obsessed with dualities and a faulty God concept.

To take what I teach or not is left to you. Remember, even Bhagavan Krishna said so to Arjuna in Shloka SBG 18:63

Please do invest some time to study the Srimad Bhagavad Gita, discuss it, master the art of mastering your mind, and learn to design your future in the way you would want it to be and not like something that astrological predictions tell you they would be. The current situation with the quarantine and stay-home laws could be very well used to take life-changing steps that could pave the way to your wonderful earthly as well as Karmic future.

Always stay spiritually aware, focused, committed and socially responsible.

Therefore, “Reflect fully on what I have declared to you and do what you wish to do.” (SBG 18:63)

Jai Shri Krishna

2 thoughts on “Firm principles, a clear goal, focus, dedication, and consistency

  1. Dear Krishna, this is yet again another deep and thought-provoking piece of writing from you. I told you last time that whenever I read something you have written I feel as if it is directed toward me. I suppose this is what others would also feel because you write with so much of personal experience.

    I’m not sure if I would be able to partake in discussions about the Gita but I can assure you that I read everything on your site. The first thing I do when I wake up like what I did just now is to read one of your wonderful posts.
    Have a great day.

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  2. Jai Shri Krishna dear Sir,

    Thank you very much for this moving article. I totally agree that we should be consistent in whatever we do. I have always wondered how you always help everybody so selflessly. The topic of being focused and consistent is very well explained. I would like to say something about this but I will say it in the discussion. If I am able to manage I will definitely write in the discussion topic today evening.

    Sincere thanks and regards,

    Chandrika

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