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Success, Failure and Glory
|by Dr. Shriniwas Kashalikar|
The examples of “success”, “failure” and “glory of failure” in Total Stress Management can be described as follows.
The glory is that this honesty sharpens our perceptions and keeps us free from commercial considerations and entanglement; and multiplies the accuracy, potentials and scope of our solutions. The glory is that this accuracy results from commercial failure; which averts; “being bloated with pride”! The glory is that this commercial failure precludes “being trapped in” deceptive, hollow and vain glamour, glitter and temptations! The glory is that freedom from the shackles of glamour, glitter and temptations; free us from prejudice in our perspective, thoughts, feelings and actions.
The fourth step to success is in happily accepting the result; as the solutions have their own scope and limitations; even though accepting “not so glamorous result” is difficult. But even if we succeed in this; it is usually associated with the failure to be overconfident and aggressive on the background of aggressive and imposing behavior of sectarian forces. This leaves us with guilt of being passive and defeatist and ineffective! However, the glory of this failure is that we are out of the rat race and thus; the subjective, inaccurate and dictatorial elements; within us; begin to decline.
The fifth step of success is; surrendering the endeavors, which we thought as “ours” to the “source” from where they spring. This kind of surrender is really painful; like death. But even if we succeed in this; we usually fail to project ourselves with so called style and flamboyance. We fail to carry the facades of greatness. We fail to impose our leadership through self aggrandizement. This is as painful as publicly stripping ourselves! The stripping of ego; makes us feel empty and low. But this failure has the glory of being free from every burden and bondage! Being free of ego; is a unique experience of being naturally connected with others by a sublime bond of love.
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