(An extract from the book “Fire Within” authored by Mr. V. Venu Bhagavan)
There is an order in the world and we have three gods indicating that order. That is Brahma-Vishnu-Maheshwara. That is the future, the present and the past. We can say the God is Generator, Operator and Destroyer.
Brahma is the creator, Vishnu is the preserver and Maheshwara is the destroyer. That means, you need to create a future that inspires you in the present. Such a future, such a goal will transform your being into the present moment.
Imagine you are waiting at a railway station on a chilled & drizzling night to receive an old lady who is a distant relative coming to see your city. You have no interest either in receiving her nor accompanying her for the next two days and showing her the entire city on your bike. But you have to do it as your father has asked you to do so. Now, an announcement is made that the train is running an hour late. Then, what would be your state of mind in such a helpless moment? Frustrated, angry?
Now imagine yourself in the same situation once again with the only change being that the one who is arriving is your uncle’s beautiful daughter coming to see your city. You not only have to receive her on a chilly night, but you would also have to accompany her for the next two days and show her different places in the city on your bike. Now, what would your state of mind be? Excited?
The future is not yet but it is now and here. The situation is the same, the weather outside is the same, but the weather inside you has changed. This is called inside out. If a car has a problem in the engine, changing the paint or polishing will not help. If the engine is tuned first, then paint and polish have some significance.
The future is empty and meaningless. That means we can create any meaning you want. The future is an absolute potential. It is like an empty fertile land. You can sow any seeds of your choice. If you do not sow any seeds, by default weeds will grow. And if you are lucky, maybe a fruit tree also would grow, but life is too precious to be left to chance. By default the past enters your future. By design you can create a future and live the life you love.
The challenges of our time require a whole new mind set. Invest in yourself now and create your future.
Past is non-existential, so is future. Past is no more and future is not yet, only the present is. And that is why it is a present.
Life is like a game of cricket. You can have any goal to achieve, yet you must focus on the ball and play fully then the score board changes automatically. But imagine what would happen if you look at the score board every time you face the ball…Yes, you get bowled.
The most important thing before creating a future, a vision is to develop a sense of self. A sense of purpose, sense of our own unique talents. Before creating a future or a goal one must ask himself/herself What work tap into my core genius? My unique ability? My energy? What’s my calling which I have been longing for a long time deep within? Acquiring answers for such questions needs deep reflection.
The chapters on self-image can help you to get a glimpse of your real work of life.
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