Everyone is born with a unique talent and ability. But you must first identify your ‘Svadharma’ or core interest and invest your energies in that field.In your Svadharma fix a higher ideal or goal. You cannot achieve greatness with a small mind. Enlarge your vision, rise above the obsession with I, me and myself. Espouse a higher cause.The ordinary Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi transformed into Mahatma when he decided to work for the country. Swami Vivekananda, who initially trembled at thought of addressing Parliament of Religions, became a world-famous preacher when he dropped thought of self. You too can metamorphose into an extraordinary achiever, if you rise above ‘thought of self’.Thought of self comes in way of success. A musician sings off key when he thinks of his income and audience, rather than his performance. An engineer messes up the presentation when he is desperate for a contract. A chef goofs up when he is anxious to impress his customers.How not to think of yourself? Get inspired with a goal beyond your selfish and self-centred interests.Shed your petty, trivial, insignificant pre-occupations and you will wake up every morning inspired, enthusiastic and excited to live one more day for your goal.You will be happy as you will be free from burden of having to cater to yourself. Think of giving and you are instantly happy.The moment you plan and scheme to benefit from anything you are miserable. Watch a child sharing chocolate with a friend. He beams with happiness. Another child refuses to share her goodies and has a frown on her face. And thought of self keeps you stunted and handicapped. You never realise your infinite potential.All this happens because you fall for lure of instant pleasure. ‘Bhagwad Gita’ says that anything which gives pleasure here and now gives long-term pain and true happiness appears in garb of sorrow. This does not mean you have to lead a painful, boring existence. Help yourself to pleasures of world. But invest some- time and effort at assuring yourself a fulfilled and happy life in the long run.Jaya Row Mumbai
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