Fearlessness doesn’t mean Recklessness

Some months back, in the beginning of lockdown, I wrote two posts: Fear to Faith I- what the stars tell and Fear to Faith II – What to do!

Chapter XVI of Holy Geeta, describes 26 Qualities of the Soul. And the very first is: Fearlessness: The foundation of spiritual life: having faith in God’s protection, justice, wisdom, mercy, love and omnipresence.

Bible – Job 3:25For the thing that I fear comes upon me, and what I dread, befalls me (English Standard Version)

Covid -19 is still active and many countries in Europe are reporting surge in numbers, and have announced further periods of lockdown. We do need to move from fear to faith, but unfortunately many confuse Fearlessness with Recklessness 😛

Pic is a forward.

I keep witnessing or hearing about two kinds of extremes: First kind have thrown all caution to the wind and have become reckless. Second kind refuses to leave even their rooms!

Middle path is always the best way. That is the Buddha way.

Let us move from fear to faith but still use God given common sense, and keep taking common sense measures.

Let us be Cautiously Courageous. Let us be Fearless without being Reckless. Not only during this time, but always!!

Stay safe. Stay courageous. Stay joyous 😊💖🌹

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Life is a Hurdle Race

And yet another way to interpret life is to look at it like a hurdle race.

Life simply is! It is neither easy nor hard. It simply is about learning and growing. Life keeps throwing challenges at us. It keeps creating hurdles in our lives by ways of health challenges, by way of obnoxious people, by unhealthy relationships, by ups and downs through cyclicity of life and so on. And till we learn the spiritual lesson of that situation or from that hurdle; it will keep repeating itself. Those situations and challenges would keep coming in our life again and again till we learn the lesson. We could say: Life is a school, and we are all students! Till we pass the exam we have to repeat that class again and again!

And after going through some challenging times when we finally learn the lesson we feel so good, so fulfilled, so uplifted! And the moment we relax life quietly keeps another hurdle in our way. And like any hurdle race it would be bigger and tougher! It has to be because the earlier hurdles have made us stronger and better!

Yes we don’t have to keep running all the time. We can rest for a while and enjoy the glory of overcoming the hurdle, of learning the lesson but we need to get up and get going again, if we want to pass the next exam and go for higher degrees! 

Is it a must that we go for higher degrees? Do all of us need to be PhDs? Do all of have to be Doctors, Engineers and Lawyers? No, not at all. My life, my choice! As we saw in Life is a Cocktail, it is our karmas which decide the story of our life. And our mass karma decides our collective story. If all of us were in the same class and doing the same subject would life be any fun? Would this reality show attract any audience? 

When I look at my grand daughter already burdened with so many subjects to learn and she is just in grade VI 😊 and then I look at some friends and relations so worried about their children’s high school; and some others worried about their professional courses and so on! And children themselves looking forward to finishing their studies and starting to earn and thinking life would be so cool after that! But they don’t know that it gets worse, in a way, with every passing day! Mortgages start and relationship problems start to surface and then the journey with their own children starts! Our studies, our hurdles, our challenges keep getting bigger and tougher with each passing year!

Thank God that I am through all that! And I pray that He gives me strength and wisdom to face the next hurdle, which life is bound to throw at me!

Life is not easy. It never was and never would be. We can make it drudgery, a chore. Or we can make it fun and a sport. 

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Earlier related posts :

Life is a train journey

Life is a Hand of Cards

https://ashokwahi.wordpress.com/2019/06/05/cyclicity-of-life-%f0%9f%98%87/

https://ashokwahi.wordpress.com/2019/07/02/life-is-a-cocktail-%f0%9f%8d%b7%f0%9f%8d%b7%f0%9f%8d%b7/

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Begin to weave …

Begin to weave and the divine will provide the thread … read this beautiful proverb today and was reminded of my favourite quote of Henry David Thoreau. How that quote changed my life decades back!!

For many many years now my life has been lived around these 3 quotes :

First : Mathew 6.33: “But seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness; and all these things will be added unto thee”

Second : Henry David Thoreau – “If you advance confidently in the direction of your dreams and endeavour to live the life you have imagined, you will meet with success unexpected in common hours”

Third : Don Juan to Carlos Castaneda– “It doesn’t matter what our specific fate is, as long as we face it with ultimate abandon”

It saddens me to see people struggling. It saddens me to see people sad. It is sad to see them waiting for some more money, better health, better job, a good and loving partner…. to start living the life of their dreams. But that rarely happens….

People who live fulfilling lives don’t wait for things to change. They grab and embrace life today. Such people may be called dreamers or visionaries or crazy. They don’t bother. They simply live.

I challenge you to start to WEAVE, to start to live the life of your dreams, and can assure you the thread will follow… there is no end to God’s bounty.

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