- Most Viewed
- How to gain self confidence
‘I am too smart’. Is this acceptable? As the little ones have limited sense they end up slipping their left foot in the right footwear and the right one in the left. They are then scolded and taught with the proper understanding, “Is this the way to wear your footwear? This is the correct way.” Thus the little one realizes his folly and his sense develops. Don’t we have that much sense too? But in how many other areas we lack sense! Tell me, in the various different fields of this world we might be lacking sense.
Let us see what Gnani say's....
Pujyashree: Whenever someone said to Dada “You are senseless!!!” He would very gracefully accept it and say, “I always knew that this ‘Patel’ (Ambalal Mujlibhai Patel, Dadashri’s name) is like that. Weren’t you aware about it? It’s really surprising!!” Just think if the same words, “You are senseless,” were directed towards us instead, how upset would we be? In our anger, we would immediately retort, “It’s you who is senseless, your father is senseless. What do you think of yourself; do you know who you are talking to?”
The argument would continue endlessly and add to our misery. All these arguments are just not worth it, they merely lead to enmity. Out of these feelings of hatred, that person would firmly decide, “this person has humiliated me; I shall strike back at an opportune time.” Then when we are all alone we would be attacked by his gang. Why did they do so? Then why did we build enmity in the first place? Instead, when someone were to say, “You are senseless”, we should accept it by saying, “What you say is true”. Anyways, isn’t that a fact? We do lack sense, isn’t it?
Questioner: Definitely not!
Pujyashree: No? Tell me would you be able to repair this microphone in case it developed some snag? Tell me the truth.
Questioner: No, I wouldn’t.
Pujyashree: Doesn’t this go to prove that you don’t have that sense? Similarly, if this camera were to develop a snag, would you be able to correct it? So, there too you lack sense, right? Can you give yourself a haircut on your own? Here again you lack?! Can you stitch your clothes? No, then once again it shows that you lack sense. Then which tasks are possible? If this ceiling develops a leak can you patch it? Well, once again it proves your inabilities. Then what all are you capable of? If this computer needs to be repaired, could you do that?
Pujyashree: Well…. Then in what all areas are we intelligent? Try to introspect! Doesn’t this go to prove that we lack sense in several different fields. There are millions of such tasks in the world out of which we might be able to accomplish about three odd tasks: Like we have the sense to wear the left footwear in the left foot and the right one in the right, we might be able to accomplish such meager tasks and yet we move around as if we are the most intelligent of all – thinking, ‘I am too smart’. Is this acceptable? As the little ones have limited sense they end up slipping their left foot in the right footwear and the right one in the left. They are then scolded and taught with the proper understanding, “Is this the way to wear your footwear? This is the correct way.” Thus the little one realizes his folly and his sense develops. Don’t we have that much sense too? But in how many other areas we lack sense! Tell me, in the various different fields of this world we might be lacking sense. If we were told, ‘you are senseless’, then shouldn’t we accept that what is being told is absolutely true. Besides, who is being told so? This neighbour, (here Dadashri is referring to the physical body, i.e. File # 1) is being told so! Who can communicate that to the Soul? The soul is full of infinite knowledge, infinite vision. But as of now, it is enveloped in a veil of ignorance. Isn’t the soul very much present beneath this, having infinite knowledge? Due to this veil of ignorance, the ‘ego’ comes into play and this ‘ego’ believes that ‘I am very intelligent’. Whenever you’re told that you have ‘limited sense’, accept it! Now, do you have any issues? If someone were to state ‘you don’t have any sense’ would it hurt now? Now, haven’t we understood that ‘Chandu’ (File # 1) is actually so? By doing so, we learn to remain positive, thinking ‘even when facing such circumstances we should remain positive’. If anyone says, “You are ‘Akarmi’ (worthless),” then how would we feel? We would feel hurt, right? Get angry, true? What does ‘akarmi’ mean?
Pujyashree: One without any ‘karma’ (deeds). Isn’t that the fact? Dada would say, “What you state is absolutely true! ‘I’ am ‘akarmi’, which means, ‘I’ do not bind any new ‘karmas’.” Isn’t that good? Shall soon be liberated and attain salvation. ‘Karmi’ (one who binds good or bad karmas) shall have to roam in different life forms, while an ‘akarmi’ shall soon be liberated.
But what would everyone think about an ‘akarmi’? The unlucky one. Leading towards grief and misery. But a ‘Gnani’ takes it positively. ‘Akarmi’ means one who does not bind ‘karmas’. Tell me, would we feel sad then? Whatever abuses we face we should be able to find positives out of that. Is that tough? But if you have understood the techniques, then it’s simple. Or else, if someone were to call you ‘akarmi’, then it shall lead to suffering and grief. If someone more powerful than us would call us ‘akarmi’ then we would be left with no choice but to bear him silently. If you were to react by hitting him, then he would give back two punches and add to your misery. If that person were to be weaker than us, then we would grab him and say, “Yes, what did you say? Tell me once again? I shall give you a tight slap.” But when we slap that weakling who might be weak physically, but his ego is extremely developed and powerful! That binds revenge. We need peace from this society and during this lifetime we finally want to free ourselves from the cycle of life and death. We cannot afford enmity, or enter into clashes, nor interfere nor messing up with anyone. This route (Akram Marg), this path, is a short cut. So find the positives in each and every incident. Then we would not feel pain in any situation, whatever be the circumstances.