Episode # 9 – Right attitude & approach – Vital elements for Professional / Spiritual Growth!!!

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In the previous episode, we had commenced witnessing the important circumstance that led to the birth of Shrimad Bhaagawatha Puraana. We witnessed a brief detailing of King Parikshit’s curse from a saint, that fixed his date of death seven days from that moment. Subsequently, rather than taking it in the negative sense and brooding over it, King Parikshit saw this as an opportunity to utilize these seven days in the best possible manner, to enlighten himself for attaining Moksha. It is with this passion that he invites Sage Sukhaachaarya to his place and requests Sage Sukhaachaarya to do the needful.

In due course of the conversation, King Parikshit enquires with Sage Sukhaachaarya if seven days would be sufficient for him to get to that level. Sage Sukhaachaarya replies to him that he has “plenty of time” and that, he can enlighten King Parikshit in just 7 minutes, if required. However of course, King Parikshit goes for the “seven-day” option and this is also one of the main reasons why even today we have the practice of reading the Bhaagawatha Puraana for seven continuous days (“Sapthaaham”).

In due course of this above conversation, we had also witnessed one of modern-day’s primary important aspects – Time Management. In today’s world of “urgency”, we run around in all four directions in search of “time”, without realizing the hard fact that we’re in the process, wasting enormous amounts of time! As we get to the bottom of this message, we should remember that if we’re able to cut down on our unnecessary talks, gossips (about ourselves and about others) and all unwarranted activities and tasks that do not add any value to our professional / spiritual development, we would have enormous time in our hands, which in turn can be put to constructive usage. It is just like how we store water when it rains and utilize this rain water properly for the coming months where there is no rainfall activity. Rather, if we’ve to let all the rain water drain into the sea, without proper storage facilities, it is imperative that we’ve to suffer for the want of water for the next one year or so! Thus, it is upto us to manage our time effectively and make it a point that we invest our time properly for both our professional and spiritual development.

Emphasizing the importance of time thus, Sage Sukhaachaarya replies to King Parikshit by saying that he can narrate all the important aspects that are essential for spiritual growth within the given time-frame of seven days, and it shouldn’t be a problem with respect to time. But there is one clause here – Sage Sukhaachaarya stresses here to King Parikshit that he has to be extremely alert while the narration is going on, and he should make sure that his grasping ability is constantly maintained at 100% and nothing less than that! Moreover, the way in which he has to interpret these narratives and the way in which he is going to approach the underlying messages in each of the narrative is also extremely important here.

If we’ve to explain this point with a simpler example, all of us get the same quality of rice grains, vegetables, oil, salt, etc. from the shop. However, the taste of the food that is prepared out of these raw materials depends on the person who cooks it, isn’t it? Some people can make excellent food items from these materials, whereas some cannot! Similarly, although the message is the same from the words of Sage Sukhaachaarya, King Parikshit has to understand and interpret these messages in the right direction, with the requisite “Shraddha” (perfect involvement), desire and passion. It is only then, King Parikshit would be able to attain the Moksha.

Even for us here, as I keep writing episode after episode and as more and more people from various nationalities, cultures, ethnicity, etc. start reading, the way in which each reader is going to understand and interpret these episodes are going to be different! For few readers, this is just going to be like a story that continues episode after episode. For few other readers, these are going to be some important points to ponder upon as they move on with their daily lives. For few other people, each and every episode can serve as life-changing ones and their entire life in future can be impacted with it. Hence, it depends on the nature and mindset of readers as to how they grasp and react to whatever I write. Of course, we should remember that the information is the same for everyone, and each and every reader reads the same content in the blog. There is absolutely no difference in this. Similarly, for King Parikshit’s case, Sage Sukhaachaarya makes it clear right at the beginning that he has to be alert and completely focused on whatever he says. Moreover, he should also have the right attitude, approach and the mindset to receive all the knowledge and information that is to be given to him.

Thus, we can clearly understand from this extended conversation that, it is not only “Time Management” that is important, but also the right attitude and approach methodology that we take towards achieving a goal in life. So for today, let us realize this important aspect of life and let us try and keep our best foot forward in understanding the messages from our Indian Dharma. We shall wait till the next episode to commence the narratives of Sage Sukhaachaarya in detail, one by one! Stay tuned! 😊

Published by Dr. Jeayaram

Holds a PhD in Management Psychology from Universite Paris Saclay, Paris, France. Also an Asst. Professor of Human Resources management at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham in Kerala, India. A professional South Indian classical musician (singer) performing concerts. Through this blog, I'm trying to bring out the richness of Indian culture & values and I request your support and feedbacks in making this humble effort a success!!

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