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Success is a sought-after state. For many, movie celebrities, popular netas, highly ranked Forbes personalities, and winning sports persons symbolise success. Yet these very icons have confessed that they feel something is missing from their lives. Having everything and yet experiencing a void is scary. This is because we are perhaps not aware that success does not mean only a hefty bank account or millions of followers on social media, but something more.
Success needs to be experienced in all aspects of our lives -- personal, mental, emotional, financial, social, and spiritual. Even if one aspect is left out, the void would continue and would be hard to fill up.
Success can be called true success when it brings lasting happiness and understanding to us, to our near and dear ones, and to our associates. A better understanding of life and a clear, calm head is the prerequisite for being successful. Spirituality is that aspect of life, which helps us to define our goals and things we value most.
Paramahansa Yogananda, the author of ‘Autobiography of a Yogi’, explains that success is primarily dependent on inner victories. We have to discipline our mind and train our consciousness to attain spiritual and material heights, to be aware of our inner potential, capabilities and clear guidance on which path to follow. If someone gives us step-by-step instructions to do this, all our problems will be solved. No dilemma, no multiple choices; just a direct roadway to happiness. But life’s script is not written that way. We have to use all ingredients in calculated measures for a happy and successful life.
Meditation and the practice of silence help us connect to the higher Self – the Source of all power and wisdom, from which we receive inner guidance to naturally attain that which is legitimately ours. We can then strike a balance between spiritual, mental, moral and material attainment.
Yogananda further elucidates that most people are walking aimlessly in this world, always looking for something new to please their five senses – seeking happiness outside. External entertainment may be all right sometimes but the real treasure of peace and joy are within us.
It is good to make time daily to meditate on the peace and joy within. This, however, doesn’t mean that you should live a life of isolation. When you mingle with people, do so with your heart and soul so that they always remember that they met a peaceful, loving and affectionate person.
Focus your attention inward; there will be a new surge of power and strength which will rejuvenate your body, mind and soul. The trouble with most people is, they don’t persevere long enough to get results; so they have problems in focusing the mind one-pointedly on a particular aspect. If muddy water is allowed to stand still for a long period, the mud settles at the bottom, and the water becomes crystal clear. Similarly, in meditation, as the mud of your restless thoughts starts settling gradually, the power of your Divinity gradually begins to reflect in the clear water of your consciousness. Clarity of thought, intuition, and discrimination are the fruits that even a new aspirant begins to reap as a result of his meditation practice.