Time and time again success has its roots in failure, because failure knocks you down from top of the hill so you can then climb a mountain. Yes it's unsettling, yes it's scary. But this can be your greatest opportunity in life, - if you choose it. The failure clears the space of clutter, - think what have you always wanted to do but brushed aside from the top of your hill?
Words you know are very fascinating. They have meanings, but when used in sentences, they may have any number of meaning. A sentence isn’t just combination of words. It’s something special. Its has a literal meaning, but the deeper you go in your thoughts, the more meaningful you find it. Even with a particular sentence, people absorb different meanings!
Think of the 1st paragraph of this post. Try to get its meaning and keep it in your mind and let me try to show you my side of the understanding. You all must have heard about the “Pole Star”, right? In Hindi it’s called “Dhruva Tara”. Until recently I did not know what ‘Dhruva’ means. Dhruva actually means “Atal”, “Avichal” i.e., Unmovable, Unchangeable. The pole star doesn’t change its place right? There is a small story about this “Dhruva Tara” in ‘Vishnu Puraana’. Whether or not its a story or fact I won’t comment. Its upto you to decide. However I am trying to highlight the moral and lessons we can absorb from this story/fact.
The Story(you can skip the story if you know): Dhruva’s father was ruler of the Earth. He had two wives. Dhruva was the son of king’s first wife. However, the King was attracted by the beauty of his second wife. He started neglecting the first wife and took away all the rights of a Queen and gave it to the second wife.
One day, when the King returned from a battle, Dhruva went to meet his him. Dhruva was sitting on his lap when the second wife pushed him aside and said – “You don’t have the right to sit here”. Dhruva asked her why to which she replied – “Go and ask this question to Lord Vishnu, why it isn’t in your fate!”. Dhruva was a very small boy. I don’t know the exact age, but I would say he was just 7 years of age. He went to his mother and asked about ‘Lord Vishnu’. His mother replied some of his queries. He left the palace alone that night unnoticed in search of Lord Vishnu.
He wandered in forests asking everyone the address of Lord Vishnu. Everywhere he went people asked him to return home, but he would not listen. Finally ‘Lord Vishnu’ send ‘Devarshi Narad’ to help Dhruva. Narada asked him to return, again Dhruva did not listen. Then Narad told him that if he really wanted to get to Lord Vishnu he has to do ’Tap’ in a very wild forest. He would have to recite the dwadashakshar mantra ‘AUM NAMO BHAGWATE VASUDEVAYAH’. Dhruva started chanting the matra... lots of things happened, he still carried on , then he left having food, stopped drinking water, at last he stopped breathing!! (This is really possible with Yogasanaas.) This led to obstruction of life cycle of the earth. Lord Vishnu had no choice but to appear to grant him wish. Dhruva became the only human to sit on the lap of the Divine Father.
- By Determination and proper action nothing is impossible for a man.
- You should dedicate yourself fully to the work you do. GOD himself manifests in your work.
- If you are going to do a good job; you will get divine help, so don’t worry. Whatever you consider good-luck and coincidences are nothing but god’s interference and help!
- Often, Misfortunes are blessing in disguise. Dhruva was pushed away from his father’s lap, because he was destined for the “Divine Seat on the Divine Lap”.
- There is one more incident in this story which is very important. Goddess Parvati, when saw Dhruva’s devotion at that early age said to Lord Shiva – “How fortunate are the parents to whom ‘Bhakta Shiromani’ (Greatest of Bhaktas) Dhruva is born. Lord Shiva replied – “Goddess, fate & luck are misleading & confusing terms. You consider the parents to be fortunate, however, at this point Dhruva’s parents are crying for their bad luck. They don’t know where Dhruva is headed. They are unaware and they are cursing their fate!”
So my friends you never know, which of your falls will be the turning point of your life. You never know how a seemingly Bad Luck will get you everything you want.Even in the darkest of times, Light is always there albeit hidden!
AUM NAMO BHAGWATE VASUDEVAYAH!