He who seeks one thing, and but one,
May hope to achieve it before life is done.
But he who seeks all things wherever he goes
Must reap around him in whatever he sows
A harvest of barren regret.
A poem by William H. Hinson
A group of people were preparing for an ascent to the top of Mont Blanc in the Alps in France. On the evening before the climb, a French guide outlined the main prerequisite for success.
He said, “To reach the top, you must carry only equipment necessary for climbing. You must leave behind all unnecessary accessories. It’s a difficult climb.”
A young Englishman disagreed and the next morning showed up with a rather heavy, brightly colored blanket; some large pieces of cheese; a bottle of wine; a couple of cameras with several lenses hanging around his neck; and some bars of chocolate.
The guide said, “You’ll never make it with that. You can only take the bare necessities to make the climb.”
But strong-willed as he was, the Englishman set off on his own in front of the group to prove to them he could do it.
The group then followed under the direction of the guide, each one carrying just the bare necessities. On the way up to the summit of Mont Blanc, they began to notice certain things someone had left along the way.
First, they encountered a brightly colored blanket, then some pieces of cheese, a bottle of wine, camera equipment, and some chocolate bars.
Finally when they reached the top, they discovered the Englishman. Wisely, along the way he had jettisoned everything unnecessary.
Why out of Money (Artha), Sex (Kama), Righteousness (Dharma) and Enlightenment (Moksha), only one can be your priority?
William H. Hinson tells us why animal trainers carry a stool when they go into a cage of lions. They have their whips, of course, and their pistols are at their sides.
But invariably they also carry a stool. Hinson says it is the most important tool of the trainer. He holds the stool by the back and thrusts the legs toward the face of the wild animal.
Those who know maintain that the animal tries to focus on all four legs at once. In the attempt to focus on all four, a kind of paralysis overwhelms the animal, and it becomes tame, weak, and disabled because its attention is fragmented.
TOO OFTEN WE LEARN TOO LATE WHAT IS REALLY IMPORTANT
“Nobody on his death bed ever said, ‘I wish I had spent more time on my business.’”
WHEN LITTLE PRIORITIES DEMAND TOO MUCH OF US, BIG PROBLEMS ARISE
Robert J. McKain said, “The reason most major goals are not achieved is that we spend our time doing second things first.”
Some years ago a headline told of three hundred whales that suddenly died. The whales were pursuing sardines and found themselves marooned in a bay. Frederick Broan Harris commented, “The small fish lured the sea giants to their death . . . They came to their violent demise by chasing small ends, by prostituting vast powers for insignificant goals.” Often the little things in life trip us up.
On the night of April 14, 1912, the great ocean liner, the Titanic, crashed into an iceberg in the Atlantic and sank, causing great loss of life. One of the most curious stories to come from the disaster was of a woman who had a place in one of the lifeboats.
She asked if she could return to her stateroom for something and was given just three minutes.
As she hurried through the corridors, she stepped over money and precious gems littering the floor, where they had been dropped in haste. In her own stateroom she ignored her own jewelry, and instead grabbed three oranges.
Then she quickly returned to her place in the boat. Just hours earlier it would have been ludicrous to think she would have accepted a crate of oranges in exchange for even one small diamond, but circumstances had suddenly transformed all the values aboard the ship. The emergency had clarified her priorities.
More often than not, we compromise worthy goals for easy paths.
How often do we choose easy, comfortable and pleasant paths only to land somewhere unpleasant!
Because of our DESIRES.
Desires of Lust – To become the sexiest person of this world
Desires of Pride – To be the best in everything
Desires of Greed – To possess everything
The more we try to fulfill one desire, more hungry it becomes.
Desires dissipate a lot of our energy and take us away from our purpose.
We spend so much of our time & energy in fulfilling these desires that we are left with no time & energy for our purpose. As a result, we start forgetting the real purpose of our life and finally get totally lost in the web of our own desires.
This is what Desires do to us. They make us forget the purpose of our life.
Desires make us act like goats – wherever we see the grass, we follow it.
It’s like this – One fine day we decide to walk on spiritual path. In between a desire comes & shows us the green grass and we start walking towards it, leaving the path we decided to walk on. In an attempt to fulfill that desire, we are taken so far from the real path that either we forget to come back or even if decide to come back, the return ticket costs us too much.
The funniest part throughout this event is that at no point of time, we realize that what we are running after is just an illusion, a Mirage.
Moreover, throughout the illusion, we keep on consoling ourselves by saying that
‘Let me achieve this first. Once I’ll get it, then I’ll sincerely follow the spiritual path. And a voice in our head keep saying – Where is God running away? He will still be here when I return. So, let me first enjoy the pleasure of fulfilling my desires, then I’ll work for my purpose.’
But what we do not realize is that God is not running away, but our life is!
Our life is slipping out of our hands as we speak. Each moment, one moment is shortening from our life.
Another problem with us is that we want the spiritual path to be ‘Bed of Roses’. We want to have all the comforts and luxuries of this world just because we are walking on this path. When we realize that its not happening that way, then we run away and try to find these comforts in common life or in a false or pop spiritual circle or guru.
This way Desires make us fall.
They don’t let us realize our purpose as to what is more important to me?
Where do I want to reach?
How do I reach there?
Now, if you have to go to London because your family lives there, and you decide to take a plane to reach there. But the airline tells you that you can have a Free Upgrade to FIRST CLASS, but that is available for Alaska.
Then what will you do?
Will you take the Free Upgrade and travel FIRST CLASS to Alaska just because it’s more comfortable and luxurious?
Will you still decide to travel Economy Class and suffer a little discomfort to take the plane to London to reach to your family?
Now, you will say, Of Course, I will take the Economy Class to London to my family. Because if I do not want to go to Alaska, however pleasant and comfortable the ride may be, why should I take it? Am I mad?
Yes dear, we know you’re not mad. But still, you keep choosing Money (Artha) and Sex (Kama) over Righteousness (Dharma) and Enlightenment (Moksha) even while knowing that Money and Sex may give you momentary pleasures but finally lead you to Hell. While choosing Enlightenment and Righteousness may be hard and difficult but lead you to Nirvana – eternal peace and happiness.
“First seek the kingdom of your father and everything else shall be added unto you.”
– Lord Jesus Christ
The degree to which you compromise on this verse is the degree to which you put your future happiness in jeopardy and open wide the door to great frustration and even regret.
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