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Tuesday 23 June 2020

Success, Stress and Suicide

Success, Stress and Suicide

Gone are the days when people used to read Indian epics, Ramayan, Mahabharat and Gita and would chant proudly, “Karmanye Vadhikaraste Ma phaleshu Kadachana” which means “Perform your duties sincerely and never seek their rewards”.  Now a days, the first thing that the people do is to set the targets and returns and then set out for any venture.

Gone are the days when India used to be regarded as the centre of peace and harmony, abode of learning and spiritual advancement and destination of culture and heritage. Ironically, now India is becoming the capital of suicide, rape and corruption. In the 21 century, suicide is the third highest reason of deaths after diseases and accidents especially among the age group of 15 – 39 years and 14% of global suicides occur in India. It pains me to analyse that the greatest reason behind this degradation is stress, insecurity, disappointment and dissatisfaction. Now, contentment is not considered to be the greatest wealth. Recently the suicide of actor Sushant Singh Rajput has shaken the entire nation and we all are forced to ponder over the real meaning of success.

In this materialistic world the worth of certain product or creation is measured in terms of money, success and fame or if I would say in the language of digital generation (Gen Z), it is measured in the terms of likes, shares, followers and TRPs. Sadly, the worth of work has lost its meaning. Now, everyone is in the mad race of proving himself or herself and that too in terms of data and figures. This craziness leads to disappointment, dissatisfaction, pressure, anxiety and hypertension.

Kahlil Gibran has expounded the meaning of life so beautifully, “Your children are not your children, they are the life’s longing for itself”. Life is to be lived, and not to be wasted and abused by committing suicide. Live life for the sake of life itself, and not for achievements, perform your duty for the sake of duty, not for rewards and most importantly learn for the sake of learning, not for earning. Life is a beautiful gift of Almighty, receive it with gratitude and spend it to fulfil the purpose with which you are created by God. In the words of Mark Twain, “Two days are most important in your life, the day when you are born and the day when you get to know why.”  Once, you are able to find the purpose of your life, no other reward can lure you. The purpose of your life itself will become the greatest reward and the highest achievement. It would become the substitute for happiness and contentment.

We should lead a meaningful and purposeful life which should be governed by ‘dharma’ and ‘karma’ -  two important elements for a successful and blessed life. These two elements are explicitly delineated in Indian epics and scriptures. If we read them, our heart won’t be tossed in the winds of dilemma and disappointment and clear stream of reason would sanctify our mind. Then, the meaning of success will change. The idea of success is completely different from what we have perceived. The sutra of success lies in being happy, and not the vice versa. ( Mantra of happiness doesn’t lie in being successful. )

Follow your DHARMA and perform your KARMA and leave the rest to the Almighty. Your life will never disappoint you and you would be able to see that human is the noblest creation of God. You are born to perform for higher purposes, not for petty achievements and monetary rewards.

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  1. Very thoughtful...relevant and timely words of wisdom..who else but a teacher could offer such priceless advice and learning.



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