We often wonder whether the rules of success have really changed in the world we live in today. Just a few years ago, it was believed that truth alone prevails. But do we have that faith in this statement anymore? Or is it just a saying reserved for the purpose of saying and hearing but not to be practised. When we look around, we see that, those making progress in life do not really seem to follow this policy any more. And those who follow the principle of being honest, truthful and being good to others get defeated in many a field of life.
We all know the difference between right and wrong but as we move along the journey of life, the dividing line begins to blur. The desire to succeed makes us lose touch with reality and we succumb to various pressures. Soon, we begin to follow what we call the law of competition, i.e., knowingly or unknowingly pulling others down, taking credit for others’ work, doing things that show us in a better light than others, become greedy and stop sharing God’s gifts with His less fortunate children.
Soon, we lose ourselves and our innocence in the race of acquiring material possessions. We feel pressured and pulled from all sides. As we struggle to maintain our sanity, it is time to stop and contemplate the meaning of true success. Why does life seem such a burden, devoid of peace and happiness? When it is essential to face the competition in order to succeed, and we are doing what everyone is doing, then why are things not going right? Even after acquiring everything we ever wished for, why don’t we feel contented in the true sense? Why does money not give us the happiness that we want? It is because every action has an equal and opposite reaction. What we sow, so shall we reap. When we sow a seed of hatred, be it on a very subtle level, it grows into a tree of hatred and gives us the same fruit.
A seed of hatred and jealousy can never reap the fruit of love and happiness. This is the eternal law of karma. Even when we don’t realise, the law of karma is at work every second. We keep building our balance sheet of karma with every thought and every action.
What is success in the real sense? Is it measured in terms of the material possessions we have or what people think about our social status? Can success be equated to holding a position of power? Is success really an outward thing or is it the inner state of being? Let’s take a moment and look back at our lives. What are the moments that are closest to our heart? Is it when we acquired a new material possession or is it when we shared true happiness with someone or when we helped some needy person? Which moments will matter the most to us? If we think again, how would we define true success?