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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

slow and steady wins the race

उपकारकमायतेर्भृशं प्रसवः कर्मफलस्य भूरिणः।
अनपायि निबर्हणं द्विषां न तितिक्षासममस्ति साधनं॥
भारवेः किरतार्जुनीये २---४३
upakārakamāyaterbhṛśaṁ prasavaḥ karmaphalasya bhūriṇaḥ|
anapāyi nibarhaṇaṁ dviṣāṁ na titikṣāsamamasti sādhanaṁ||
bhāraveḥ kiratārjunīye 2---43

The great poet Bharavi is making another statement of eternal value  through Yudhistira, the epitome of wisdom.
"The most effective art and science to be put to use  by people who desire for permanent welfare, is patience.  
 Patience will be of immense help in achieving and retaining  for ever the advantages one acquires.
 It is  only through patience that one can realize fully the favourable results of one's incessant toil.  
Patience can never cause one any danger. 
 When countered with  patience, the enemies get annihilated by their own  faulty actions without much initiative on our part.  
There is not a  better weapon which could vie with patience."

In our day to day life, we are encountering the bad effects  of impulsive and impatient actions too often. 
 We sow a seed and in time it germinates, grows and through spontaneous and varied acts of nature it becomes a tree and gives us sweet fruits.  
But if one is just pulling out from earth  the seed or sapling every day and examining whether the roots are getting stronger, the plant can never grow.  
This is the result of impatience. 
 In every act of nature and the will of the Creator, there is a rhythm which is entirely dependent on timing.  
If we try to rush through  against the universal law, it is the worst manifestation of impatience on our part.  
When rushed out of the natural rhythm, the divine forces get disturbed with disastrous consequences.  
Kamadeva tried to disturb the eternal Lord Sankara from his penance to satisfy  the impatience of the Gods and the results were tragic beyond words.
  By enriching the radioactive contents of an element, we created atomic and subatomic explosions and what is the result?  
We speed up particles through cyclotrons and other accelerators to bombard hard and break the heart of a nucleus...uncontrollable energy comes out and the environment is infested with poisonous rays which in turn cause  mutation in our own genetic cells and endangers not only our own existence  but signals doom for all the future generations to come..
Impatience at an individual level will cause serious setbacks, but at macro level, it will annihilate everything.


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