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Recently I watched a TED talk “A Scientific approach to Paranormal“. It reminded me of one incident which is associated with me.
I was in studying in 8th standard. I started getting headaches. It was very painful and unbearable headache. Even medicines for headache work sometime but next time they are found ineffective. After trying lots of doctors, mostly in and around of my village and block . My parents decided to explore the idea of going to Temples and even Mosques.
I was taken to Panditji and to Maulaviji. Bu they were ineffective. Eventually my parents found me one Sadhuji. He did something and I felt lighter and my headache went away. Since then whenever i used to feel headache I used to call my parents or elder brother who then used to go to Sadhuji and my headache used to go away. I don’t know whether it was really a case or not. Whether there is any connection or not.
But then i got an opportunity to meet this Sadhuji. I asked him, “Why I only have this headache in my family?”. He said everyone is not same and there are some weakness in my planets. Somehow I got convinced. Days passed, weeks passed, years passed, and eventually I landed up in Delhi to prepare for UPSC.
Only fear when I came to prepare for UPSC was, what will I do when I get headache in or during the exam. Or even during preparation if I get regular headache how will I crack such a touch exam. But luckily something happened. My paranormal meets science.
My roommate in Delhi, who was also aspirant, had this same issues of headache. He belonged to family doctors. Once I was going home from Delhi, I was having very bad headache. I told him about it. He gave me one tablet of pain killer. I took that tablet and boarded the train. I felt relaxed and my headache went away.
I came back from home and asked him what tablet he gave me. He told that it was “Diclowin Plus” and anti-inflmatory pain killer. I thought the medicine which can be cured my twelve or thirteen years of issues of headache must be costly. But it was very cheap. Cheaper than even a glass of fruit juice. Then I told him about my issues and he told me that it could be due to Sinus issues. He also had this issue. Since then whenever I feel discomfort I take half-tablet of this tablet.
Now, I am not required to call at home whenever I get a headache. What I realised is: diagnosis is very important of any disease. After realising that I have issue of Sinus, now I don’t think about weaker or stronger planets anymore. Somewhere, now, I even think that my dad also have this same issue. Even if its true my grandmother and paternal aunt, both are no more, also had this same issue. But they all were diagnosed wrong. May be one day I can make things right.
[PS: Do not take any medicines before consulting a doctor]
Recent events have made me to contemplate about the Idea of Indian Nationalism. I was troubled to see how nationalism of a country which is known for its “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” have become exclusionary. Instead of saying proudly we are Nationalists, people felt proud to point out who are anti-Nationalists.
Violence was another face of the this chauvinist Nationalism. It is deplorable to imagine a country which won its freedom on principles of Truth and Non-violence has started associating itself with violence. In such a difficult time let me paint a picture of Indian Nationalism from my point of few.
“Hai Preet Jahan Ki Reet Sada” song from movie “Purab Aur Paschim” sums it up the idea of Indian Nationalism for me. For me Indian Nationalism has been about spreading LOVE, irrespective of who we are facing or what condition we are in. Love has depth to win the heart of any enemy.
Indian Nationalism is as much as about NON-VIOLENCE as about Love. If we can defeat the mighty Britishers using non-violence, why we are so afraid of few miscreants that too when we are born and brought up in the Land of Gandhi, Ambedkar, Nehru and Patel.
Further, Indian Nationalism is about its rich DIVERSITY. It is a country which is known for its Unity in Diversity philosophy. We should cherish our diversity and feel proud of its rich cultural and geographical richness. Indian Nationalism is about feelings of BROTHERHOOD towards the fellow human beings.
We should never forget, that India is a land where if Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru were born it also raised children like Tagore, Kabir and Buddha. India is rainbow country, people who are trying to remove the prism should know that India will loose its all colours which we are proud of.
So, lets start associating Indian Nationalism with Love, Non-Violence, Diversity and Brotherhood. Lets start building the India of Gandhiji’s dream, lets start taking India towards the path of Vishvaguru.
The story goes like this: Child Hanuman was very powerful and naughty. So he used to tease saints and irritate them just for fun. Thus some saint got angry and curse Hanuman that he won’t be able remember his any supernatural power. So, Jamvanta used to remind him of his powers and suddenly Hanuman used to feel and realize that yes, he has that power indeed. So he used to accomplish any task using newly reminded power.
This curse of forgetting his own power by Hanuman ended when he left for search of Sita ji and Jamvanta reminded him of his all supernatural powers. Hanuman ji was already having all these powers but still not able to do any supernatural act because he was not having knowledge about his powers.
This story of Hanuman ji is very significant for human race. We all are having all the powers to be Sachin Tendulakar, Vishwanathan Anand, Saina Nehwal and Marry Kom but we are not having Jamvanta to remind us that we can achieve miracles. Fortunately all these people and many more got Jamvanta to remind them about their powers. This Jamvanta can be anyone – teachers, parents, coaches, friends or any stranger. All one has to do is look consciously for this Jamvanta.
All I want to say is: if you ever doubt your capabilities then think about this story of Hanuman and his curse about forgetting his supernatural powers. You are also having power but you are not aware of it. You just need to explore yourself and you will find your powers. Just feel and believe that you have strength and powers to achieve your goal however tough it is. This thinking will give you immense confidence and inspire you to work towards your goal. It will help you to find your Hanuman inside you.
P.S.:”Education is the manifestation of perfection already existing in man.” — Swami Vivekananda
Steve Jobs in his famous “how to live before you die” talk has told three stories from his life. These stories are:
1. Connecting the dots
2. Love and loss
Here I will talk about the first story, Connecting the Dots. Connect the dots meaning doing whatever you do with full faith and believe that in future it will add up to something bigger. This will lead to something meaningful.
So, Jobs talked about staying in the moment and doing whatever you do with full passion. He wants all of us to believe that whatever you are doing currently are actually meant to do it. So why waste time and do it halfheartedly. We should make this opportunity count and give out best shot.
He further added that dots become visible only when you look back in the past. Its not possible to see the dots in the future. So just trust yourself, your intuition or whatever you are comfortable with.
So, ended his talk with “stay hungry, stay foolish”. We need to remain hungry for knowledge, growth, progress, and prosperity then only we can work with full passion to achieve them.
Have you ever got frustrated over your bad luck? Have you ever wonder why you are not able to do as good as your other friends? Have you ever considered that you are mentally weak that’s why you cannot beat others? Have you ever felt helpless and hopeless? Have you ever imagine to do wonders? Then this is right place.
I am going to talk about the keys to success here. Have you seen movie The Shawshank Redemption? Did you notice that irrespective of anything and everything the protagonist doesn’t stop doing digging the tunnel, his ultimate goal? If you have noticed that then you are on right path. Have you wonder why Sachin Tendulakar has never suffered from a lean batting form for longer duration? Answer is same, he worked hard irrespective whether he was in form or not. I can give you thousands examples of such people. For example Marry Kom, Saina Nehawal, Mahatma Gandhi, etc.
Here I am going to tell you few things which you should keep in mind while working for excellence.
Firstly, Growth Mindset. You should know how our brain works. You should know how we learn things. If you know this then you would also know that it can be done, its very much possible for you to achieve what others have achieved. For this, I suggest you to watch inspirational videos and read quotes of great leaders. Read autobiographies of successful people and leaders. Just keep yourself motivated, you can use anything to do the same.
Secondly, Conscious Effort. Here what I mean by conscious effort is: you should never forget your goal, irrespective of what may come. You should keep yourself reminding about your goal. So my ultimate message here is your subconscious mind should be aware of your goal. This can be achieved by a Conscious Effort, by reminding yourself every opportunity you get.
Thirdly, Grit. Grit is ability to work with passion and persistence for a long term goal. You should work daily towards your goal without failure. Make a habit to work towards your goal. Fix a time to work towards it. Set small small goals to achieve the ultimate goal. Never stop working and never stop believing in yourself.
Fourthly, Introspection. Yes, it is very necessary to achieve ones goal. This should be done daily just before going to bed. You should ask following questions to yourself. Where you wasted time today? What unproductive work did you do today? How much effort did you make towards your goal? What tomorrow you will do? That’s it, simple!
I can go on and on about keys to success. Like keeping yourself healthy, making good friends, reading good books, meditating etc. But I personally believe that above four keys can change you and your life. And key number three is to make sure you follow other keys too.
This article is inspired by Dr. Anglela Lee Duckworth’s TED presentation.