Is human ambition outstretching every logic?
Congestion on Hilary Step, Mt. Everest. Photo Source: National Geographic
It’s sure frustrating to be in the queue – stuck & waiting and not being able to move at your desired pace. Incidentally, queues are becoming the order of the day everywhere. No place seems to be without a queue. Where once went none or one went rarely, now we find long queues!
Possibly education, exposure and sense of enterprise have changed the ambition vectors on the globe. As a result no one stands an exception in wanting to do something significant in life.
When I was younger I too wished to do something truly big; something that could be held comparable to climbing Mt. Everest in my diverse areas of interest. For 28 years I kept trying. My problem was that nothing big shall ever happen. I would find myself always in the queue, waiting for my turn.
And when the turn shall come, I found people telling, ‘what’s the big deal!’ Now this was tremendously frustrating.
Then I met a teacher, a revered monk. This teacher asked me to do 3 simple things every day.
- Stay with good people
- Lead a Disciplined Life
The teacher called it SDM mechanism.
‘Do this every day and one day your life shall change.’ The teacher assured.
What may such little things do to change life? One part of the brain would question so; yet the other would say: keep doing what the teacher says.
Thus somehow in-between these contrasting perceptions, I kept peddling this cycle of 3 simple steps of SDM. I observed in this quest I walked through 3 distinct types of experiences.
Nevertheless, in this pursuit 15 years passed.
Simultaneously, in this period I saw 3 different phases of life. At first I was directionless. Next, I found success, though it fell short on fulfillment. Thereafter I spent time with people who were extremely successful.
Then I wondered, in all these years, what truly has changed? That was because at the outset it seemed nothing big had happened still. Yet, when I looked a little further and a bit deeper within my own self, I saw, several things had quietly changed.
Among them, 3 things for sure:
- The countless anxieties that once travelled with me, were all gone.
- The endless cravings that I would make always, were all gone.
- The innumerable fears that would pop-up anytime, were all gone.
Most amazingly, the anger which brought me so much ill-fame throughout my life, I saw, got diluted.
Also I discovered that I could now handle difficult situations of life with far greater ease. Plus, and most amazingly, I saw myself waiting for none & nothing and yet be in my own peace and with a smile.
Yes, sometimes though currents of life will run through me and give me a blunt shot of pain, yet I saw over the years that my capability to recover from those disasters improved several folds.
When I saw all this, I realized, life had truly changed and this change happened in silence; in quietude, as the teacher had said at the very beginning.
‘This is true yoga,’ now, when I asked, the teacher explained.
Like this I got to learn 2 important truths about the science of yoga:
- Yoga is a science that lets us experience tranquility in life amidst all its turmoil.
- Yoga is about doing a few small things every day, day after day, for big things to happen, in silence, one day.
Those who can believe this can adopt the science of yoga to change their life. While for the others, there will always be the big risk of spending life standing in some endless queues of the world.
Headlamps Trace Summit Path to Mt. Everest. Photo Source: National Geographic