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Difficult is Good

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A casual statement overheard recently stated that ‘Life is so difficult when you begin to walk on the Path. It is so much easier to have lived in ignorance and thereby made use of as a ready excuse for all one’s shortcomings’.

Although it is difficult to remain constantly vigilant instead of lax, to carefully consider our actions and speech and thoughts instead of unconsciously blundering and drunkenly stumbling every step of the way, to keep alive a precariously flickering flame that tries to send an urgent message to God instead of living with no inkling that there is indeed something called Light… yes, it does sound more complicated to answer the Call rather than play deaf, and yet, it doesn’t really ever feel as if one was swimming against the current. A certain meaning enters the meaningless. Direction counteracts confusion. Motivation replaces complacency. So much of sunshine floods the dark and damp undergrowth of years of accumulated inertia. If these are not ‘incentives’ to face up to a task no matter how insurmountable, then perhaps the consciousness is indeed not ready as yet to dive into the ‘difficult’. But if at all the challenge seems even a little alluring or exciting, or at the other extreme a burning desire to jump into the raging sea consumes the being, then all that remains is making the first move and one will find, that the sea no longer looks threatening but in fact lends herself willingly for the ride.

Another year of our lives has come to an end. For some the urgency to move forward is paramount while for others small steps as and when the opportunity arises suffices. To each his own has always been our dictum but for all we leave behind the same message…
You are what your deep, driving desire is.
As your desire is, so is your will.
As your will is, so is your deed.
As your deed is, so is your destiny. (Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, 4.4.5)

Wishing everyone the finest of destinies.