We have often reiterated that our aim in life should be to become the perfect instruments of His will. Far-fetched, it seems! Instead of obscuring this aim from our thoughts, we must remind ourselves that humankind’s yearning to achieve more than the present is the edifice of all inventions, discoveries and evolution.
If we are determined to fulfill the purpose of our life which seems unachievable, we can set it into tangible, easier to discern shorter goals. Two comprehensible goals are; a robust education to intensify the prospects of a respectable profession, and to earn enough money for satiating all desires to be happy. Let us ponder over these two goals and analyze all that can be achieved.
Your approach to exams and not alone passing the exams determines the status of your profession. When you engross yourself wholeheartedly in your text book and excogitate upon the subject, the information mutates into knowledge. Inward pondering, over the acquired knowledge develops the power to ask meaningful questions and propels the quest to find answers. If this impatience to learn through your own reflections becomes your habit, you will soak the knowledge that abounds the world to expand in wisdom. This entire process happens, only when your commitment to the task at hand is unwavering and consistent. The onus is on you to find your imperfections, step up your effort, work with sincerity and dedication to reach the first goal. In a journey whose course is set with this attitude, transformation to a more perfect you is an established rule notwithstanding the goal. It goes without saying that all organizations grab committed, self-driven individuals who learn at each step and transform themselves to achieve their targets.
Pause for a moment and think; a simple phenomenon of an apple falling on Newton’s head gave birth to the laws of gravity because Newton indulged to think rather than accepting it as a fact. If day and night and changes of seasons were accepted as a regular phenomenon by Kepler, the movements of earth and planets would have remained a mystery. From a young curious boy in a small village to being the coordinator in India’s first nuclear tests in 1974 to being the leader of Pokharan II, 24 years later and finally being the President of India is the journey of pious devotion of the missile man, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. His character and achievements can be your inspiration to aspire for your desired goal and prepare for a profession of your choice.
In all the speeches Dr. Kalam delivered, I felt joy befriending him. His thoughts exhibited passion for the task at hand and actions revealed his obligation towards the society. We emphasize on value inculcation at school because it is a tool for you to go beyond the oft repeated second goal of being happy. Silent musings, compassion and humility can usher in the perception that your achievements are miniscule, in comparison with the vast horizon within you and the wide spectrum outside you that has to be fathomed. Gratitude for His grace and for all the links in your onward march towards your aim, lead you to joy which is a state higher than mere happiness; the second goal.
My dear children, aren’t these two goals of joy and success within your reach? If you realize these two goals, you will have a brush with the aim of life as enumerated in the Gita. Missing steps and stumbling are inevitable but achievement is also inevitable if you resolve to move on undeterred.
When I read the Bhagwad Gita and reflect upon how God created the universe everything else seems so superfluous’. These insightful words were said by the great scientist Albert Einstein.
How fortunate we are to be born in the land of the Bhagwad Gita. This country is not just an area of land, a conglomerate of states, roads, mountains, forests or water bodies but a principle and abiding by the principle is patriotism.
I am sure you are aware of the sacrifices made by our soldiers every moment. Not even for a moment should you allow these sacrifices to go into oblivion if you are an Indian in heart and soul.
We have advanced in infrastructure, industries, healthcare, education, science, technology and agriculture and we owe these developments to committed Indians whose eyes survey the world but feet are deeply embedded in the culture of this land. The precedent set by such progressive countrymen, is enough to incite you to work with zeal to make India the best in the world.
You are a reservoir of energy, creativity and progressive ideas and you constitute a large population of this country yet India has not reached the zenith of development.
Why is it so?
Well, it is because there is a difference between what you do and what you are capable of achieving. Recover the Vedanta, the Gita, the Yoga and the philosophy of your country not only in intellect but in your life to connect with the deeper fearless and invincible you.
Broaden your vision not only for yourself but also for your country and work upon perfecting your actions to achieve the aim of a mighty India which leaves an indelible imprint on the world.
Let that momentary surge of patriotic feeling on seeing the national flag in a foreign land become a continuous wave that brings you to the realization that you collectively are the country which is bound to emerge as a superpower with your concerted effort not as `I’ but as an Indian because India is your identity.