Sunday, October 27, 2013

Do Not Get Perturbed In Success Or Failure

Once there was a rich family who used to live in a big house with all the amenities of life. It was a beautiful family with lovely children. They were living a happy life when suddenly an earthquake came & due to bad luck they lost their home & business both. All the members of the family, especially the wife started weeping at the loss of home & business but the husband was not perplexed & was as calm as usual.

Seeing her husband so unconcerned about everything, wife said to him: "There is so big a problem that has come upon all of us but you are not worried at all; your heart seems to be that of a stone!! You don’t care that we have lost even our beautiful home also." At this the man said, "O.K. now I shall tell you why I am not worried? Last night, I dreamt that I had become an exalted king, I was having a palace of gold & was having everything of life & was enjoying life to the fullest, when you woke me up. Now I am really wondering whether I should weep for that Kingly status & a palace of gold or to the loss in life that has occurred to us.”

Husband was really an intelligent man & knew philosophical truth that the waking state is as unreal as the dream state. Loss & gain in wakeful state are as real & as unreal as it is in dream state. Both does not remain forever. Only real thing is the one eternal substance, and that is the Self or Atman which never changes. In fact what we call life is nothing but a prolonged state of dream only which dissolves at the end of life.

This dream body of ours is not true as it dissolves when we wake up & dream state is over. Similarly this gross physical body of ours is also not permanent & true as it dissolves at the time of death. But our Self, our Soul which is beyond any type of body, is real & true as it remains even when dream or gross physical body is dissolved. Below verses of Bhagwat Gita says about this truth only.

"na-asato vidyate bhavo
nabhavo vidyate satah
ubhayor api drsto ’ntas
tv anayos tattva-darshibhih" (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Two verse 16)

"Sri Krishna said: The unreal has no existence, and the real (Soul) never ceases to be; the reality of both has thus been perceived by the seers of the truth."

As per Bhagwat Gita we should not get disturbed in life due to success or failure in it. We should remain calm at mind in all circumstances. Below are few verse which explain that.

"yoga-sthah kuru karmani
sangam tyaktva dhananjaya
siddhy-asiddhyoh samo bhutva
samatvam yoga ucyate" (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Two verse 48)

"Sri Krishna said: Perform your duty equi-poised, O Arjuna, abandoning all attachment to success or failure. Such an equanimity is called yoga."

"samah satrau cha mitre cha
tatha manapamanayoh
samah sanga-vivarjitah"

"tulya-ninda-stutir mauni
santusto yena kenacit
aniketah sthira-matir
bhaktiman me priyo narah" (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Twelve verse 18-19)

"Sri Krishna said: O Arjuna, One who is equal to friends and enemies, who is equipoised in honor and dishonor, heat and cold, happiness and distress, fame and infamy, who is always free from contaminating association, always silent and satisfied with anything, who doesn’t care for any residence, who is fixed in knowledge and who is engaged in devotional service—such a person is very dear to Me."

So we should have such an attitude in life that we do not get perturbed in all the conditions, whether it is success or failure, loss or gain. We should be equipoised in life. As per Bhagwat Gita such an equipoise person in life can only know the real truth of life.

Jai Sri Krishna


  1. PRABHAT Yadav10:39 PM

    Good but difficult in practice

  2. Anonymous12:20 PM

    I value our Hinduism so much. Also respect and value other religions. Sanjay your article is excellent but too difficult to even think about it. We are suppose to practice it to reach parabrahman. Truly speaking, I am looking for the truth but I understand that there is that great thing is with us always being unknowing to us somewhat knowing although. We cannot really really feel it very closer to it that we dont hear from it. Or I don't know how to explain it. How could we reach it?

    No. 2 - In Hinduism or Buddhism there is no life. It seems that like Siddhartha Buddha or the great saints we must leave everything and sit do meditate to attain brahman. Family person too could practice. This And That is definitely not possible. My question to you is that why Christ never spoke anything about rebith? He is absolutely another avatar right. We all know how powerful yet very loving and simple he was. Does that mean he Christ wants us to attain moksha in this very genma we have taken ?

    No.3 : Lord Krishna tells us not and never to think of results of any action. What does that really means? Pl explain. For intance, let us say that
    I am running a business whuch means for my own benefits, family friends and for many many families benefited and I keep thinking new ways to improve it and implement those. Now how can I be not wait for fruits of the same. Or let us my son n daughter are studying how can I be not expecting them to be fair in their grades? this I don't really understand. We also do expect even a hi from our friends, don't we Sanjay? Also we want ti reach god that is a bigger expecting of all

    Or I do not have any "life" going just find a tree and meditate. Where is LIFE in it? Or you say it is karma. Fatalistic approach. If fate is going over rule it, then we cannot God even the Almighty. To some extent Christ isnt talking about fate and faith win over it. Many strong Christians like Norman Vincent pearl or Napoleon Hill spoke about mind's power and changed manys fatalistic approch to life. What are insights in these lines?

    1. when krishna says dont worry about the end result he means it in two ways
      1. us it as a technique, if you keep on worrying about final result you will loose focus on your path/journey. its like putting your mental energy in thinking/guessing " how many marks will i get in final exam" rather than putting your mental energy into studying itself. if you put your energy into studying than good grades will be rewarded to you, but if you dont study and spend your time in guessing your grades than you wont get good grades.
      2. hinduism has a strong concept of karma is that , your efforts may result into more positive result or more negative result than you expected. like some people only put half of the effort you put and get same result as yours and on the other hand some people may put twice as effort as you but get same result as you. thats why Krishna says your are not aware of the past karmas you did in your previous life so dont bother about their effects in your present life they will surely manifest in this life even if you dont want them to, so best thing is to be concious and focused on the karmas you are doing in this life time without worrying about their result.

  3. Rashmi3:31 AM

    Hi Sanjay.. I am waiting to hear from you. Sent few questions last morning. Guess you must be busy. Thanks in advance.