Training OR Punishment?
A person who has a goal in life enjoys health. He does not waste time realizing its value. He is always on time. He does his work himself. He lives always in the present. He is helpful to others. The people around him understand him and love him. He will be able to solve problems easily no matter how hard they are. He does not complain. He is never regretful. The goal-oriented person has these many advantages. But the question remains: how does one espouse a goal?
Mind is naturally fickle. It is as fickle as the wind. One’s priorities change depending on one’s age and the circumstances. One’s goal also changes accordingly. This is because the human mind has in it multiple egos . Every ego wants to take control of mind and master it. Consequently multiple egos rule human life. Because of this, human life gets many masters. Every ego has a goal. Goal changes with the change of ego. As a result, man fails to adhere to his goal. A household ruled by many masters inevitably comes to grief. We fail to watch the T V which has too many remote controls. In the same way, we cannot achieve anything in life if we keep multiple egos in mind.
Let us take the case of ordinary men. For instance, a servant maid had been working for years in a household. She appealed repeatedly in vain to the master of the house to increase her remuneration. One day, she stole the money from the master’s purse. She was punished by the court of law. There are two aspects here to note. The maid’s stealing money is a crime according to law. The master’s refusal to increase her wages is, in fact, the reason for her crime. But the master is not punished for his crime. His is an ethical crime. There are countless people who are guilty of such ethical crimes. Who will punish them? In fact this world itself is a prison for them. They suffer here or they get trained.
Science has enabled man to rule this planet and beyond. This is admirable. Money in millions is spent
for this. Thousands of men spend their time working for this. There is of course superb technological achievement. But how
much of time and money is spent towards promoting human values to match the technological achievement? Why don’t the scientists work in this direction? The people may argue that the Government is spending money on educating people and that there is no need for efforts specially for promoting human values. If the system of education takes care of this, there is no need for the special efforts to promote human values and personality development. But the fact is that a large number of University degree holders are running after the personality development classes. Why?
Therefore we need to direct our attention in the first place towards changing the present system of education. If this takes lots of time, we have to provide the opportunity for men and women to seek training from the teachers who are endowed with excellent personality.
We want to be happy in life. But happiness is never unalloyed. It is inevitably associated with misery. We cannot help desiring happiness. Is it wrong then to desire happiness? How can we solve this problem? The only way is to change our understanding or awareness of happiness. We need training to inculcate this awareness. For instance we like eating sweets. The sweets are made of sugar which is full of chemicals. Because of sweets made of sugar, we become victims of osteoporosis which renders bones weak and brittle. If we remember this fact while eating sweets, we develop a kind of loving detachment. In the Bhagavadgita, this is suggested as Duhkhadoshaanudarshanam which means that we should see misery- causing evil in the enjoyment of pleasure repeatedly.
It is said that we get 70 thousand thoughts daily. Every thought consumes our energy. 90% of the thoughts we get are said to be negative. These drain our energy even if we do not exert ourselves in any way. We cannot stop getting thoughts. But we can put the thoughts we get in a right way. We need training for this. We convert a piece of iron into a magnet by rubbing it with a magnet. The atoms are in an irregular manner in a piece of iron. When rubbed with a magnet, they form a regular order. This is a sort of training. We can also regularize our 70 thousand thoughts by training. Let us get
ready for this.