We all wish to excel in life. Everyone wants to be the best in what they do. But, I need an example to follow which will take me to excellence. In my journey to excellence, I have to be ethical, moral, work with values and conduct myself in a way that people around me appreciate me. But, where is my example? Each one of us has an upside and downside to us. It is important to accept the virtues and ignore the vices. However, better said than done, most often we do judge a person by the virtues and vices. We weight people – virtues vs vices and see which side will they lean towards. We need God as an example to excel in life.
Someone believes you are the best
Do you know that there are people out there who are taking you and me for an example? Everyone is an example for someone else. All animals copy from adults and their environment and that is how they learn. We humans are no different. We too learn from adults and from our environment. As infants, we don\’t bother about what is right and what\’s wrong. We just copy and we excel in that.
Do you realise that when someone believing in you and thinks that you are the best in what you do, there\’s a responsibility to act and behave so! Does this realisation feel heavy on your shoulders? It\’s quite a burden to assume such responsibility. Furthermore, if you are a leader of a clan, a sect, or of a nation, the responsibility is even more because people are constantly watching you and believe that you excel in what you do. Everyone\’s intention might not be to follow you. There are some who only want to find mistakes in what you do.
Guiding lights and Signposts
Every person who has ever excelled in life, whether he is an inventor or the president of a company, has attributed his success to guiding lights and signposts that have shown up from time to time. And each one of them had these guiding lights and signposts show up in different ways. Don\’t you need these guiding lights and signposts that can direct you to your success?
The ancient Sanatana Dharma, commonly known as Hinduism has its guidelines or code of conduct in the Vedas. The Vedas are ancient scriptures that is as old as time itself or probably more, of codified words which are narrated in in a rhythmic manner. It was passed on from a Guru to a disciple by way of chanting and listening. The Vedas were memorised. The syllables, the intonations, the octaves and the rendition itself effected changes in the brain and activated parts of the brain which helped in accessing higher dimensions of human existence. There is immense value in learning the Vedas.
The vedas propound that there is no such thing as supernatural. Your lack of understanding the Vedas has caused you to live an existence that is far below your own natural capacities.– Mahesh Krishnamurthy
Even before technologies were invented, sages in India were able to calculate the distance between the Earth and Moon, the Earth and Sun and also figured out that the Earth was round. They discovered medicines for all ailments and called it Ayurveda. All they did all this sitting in one place. This is called excellence.
Sages realised that nature is a valuable resource and everything we need was already provided by nature and was available around them. They only needed to look for it around them. They were abundant in knowledge and had all that they needed for their wellbeing and in good measure.
The Vedas serve as the guiding lights and signposts for us to accomplish our journey towards excellence.
How can you be the best in what you do?
When you learn the Vedas, you allow yourself to be guided. The value received from such guidance is immeasurable. Let me narrate something that happened to me.
I have been chanting Yajur Veda for over 15 years. Ganapati Atharvasheersha, Rudra Namakam, Chamakam and Purusha Sooktam are my favourites.
Hari is an engineer and has an IT job. He has been consulting me for his physical, mental and emotional health issues. A few years go, while I was in Bangalore, Hari, a resident of Hyderabad called me. He said that he had very high levels of jaundice. Hari sent me photographs of his condition. The skin on his chest had turned crimson. His white shirt had turned yellow in several places.
I suggested Hari to visit a hospital and get his bilirubin levels checked. In the meantime, I did what I knew best I could do sitting at a distance. I chanted the Vedas. Healing, I believe, happens when you surrender. In fact, everything happens the best way when you surrender.
Hari sent a snapshot of the report which said that his bilirubin was 13.8. This was dangerous. I continued the chant. I had a Shiva Linga in front of me. It is black in colour. As I was chanting, the letters H A R I appeared on the linga. You should\’ve have seen the smile on my face then. I finished chanting.
Hari called again. He said, in an instant, the colour on the skin vanished. Doctors checked his bilirubin again and what they saw confused them. The bilirubin had dropped to 0.8.
I have experienced many such miraculous healings. These experiences make my work so special for me and enhance the value of healing for so many of those who benefit.
Giving yourself in service to God
Which ever name and form of God you choose to pray to, pray without a desire to achieve anything. The all loving, all encompassing and all powerful which we call God, knows what is best for each one of us. So, surrender so that you can receive the guidance you need to make your journey the best. That way, you will be in service to God through your work. Know that when you do God\’s work, God takes care of your life and work. There is immense value in serving God through service to humanity. I will share more experiences on this in my future blog posts.
Where do I begin?
You can begin with a practice of dinacharya or daily regimentation of the mind. This is necessary when you want to establish a strong foundation of principles for life. Here is the first practice.
Invite Abundance, Knowledge and Perseverance
The first practice is to invite abundance, knowledge and perseverance into your daily life. The Hindu tradition believes what you project unto the Universe is what will reflect back to you. So, this is what you do.
When you wake up in the morning, don\’t open your eyes straight away. Here is a prayer you can chant while you hold your palms close to your face with your eyes till shut;
Karagre Vasate Lakshmi, Kara Madhye Saraswati, Kara Moole Sthite Gowri, Prabhate Kara Darshanam.
Here is the meaning of the mantra; To the left of my palm is abundance, in the middle is knowledge and towards right is preference and dedication. Looking at these three, I begin my day.
If you are rearing to go and already know some mantras then, you can proceed with a Veda teacher of a veda tutor audio guide. The Ramakrishna Math have produced the most perfect Veda books that you can read and learn from.
Wake up every morning at the same time. The subconscious then tunes in to the biological clock. Good things begin to happen to you when you direct the mind with a good intention.
When you aspire to be the best, it is important for you to know your value so that you to know where to connect in order to receive all the guidance you need to take your next steps towards excellence.
— Mahesh Krishnamurthy