Jul 19, 2010

Never give up!!!

“Be not afraid of anything. You will do marvellous work. The moment you fear, you are nobody. It is fear that is the great cause of misery in the world. It is fear that is the greatest of all superstitions. It is fear that is the cause of our woes, and it is fearlessness that brings heaven even in a moment. Therefore, 'Arise, awake, and stop not till the goal is reached'” says Swami Vivekananda. 
There is a story. One day a farmer's donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally he decided the animal was old, hat the well needed to be covered anyway and that it just wasn't worth retrieving the donkey. So he invited all his neighbors to come over and help him.
They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone's amazement, he became quiet.  A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well and was astonished at what he saw. With every shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up. As the farmer's neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and trotted off!
            This life is full of problems and challenges.  If we think that we are week and helpless we, we remain so.  When we search for an opportunity to come out of the situation, new doors open up for us and we will have a chance to come out of the situation.  That instills confidence in us and makes us stronger.  That is why we should not give up.  The end of the road that we see could be a bend to give a new turn to our life.

1 comment:

germansubbarao said...

Dear Swamiji,
The messages on:
1. Never give up! &
2. Swamiji's message on service are inspiring.
Subba Rao