What is that one most important thing which makes whole the difference in one’s life… With this I will be penning my thoughts in an open and impromptu manner.
India and Greece has been the land of greatest philosophers. You name them and they were most probably from either of the two countries. If Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle etc. were from Greece then India had Adi Shankar, Sir Aurbindo, Swami Paramhansa Yoga nanda, Swami Vivekanada, Swami Shivananda etc.
Though Greece have also been known for its kings like Alexander, George II , Anaxandridas II etc India too have many great kings like Ashoka , Akbar , Shivaji etc, however the main difference between the two was ,Indian have not much history as conquers or they never fought violent wars for food, water, shelter, wealth or as sheer madness to rule. Whereas Greece kings were known for their wars and violent history. Another country which comes close is Japan. which too has many philosophers but their growth clogged once violence came into the picture.
Indians had the world best philosophers who spent their entire time and life in Introspection, Meditation and to know the unknown or to know the meaning of life. Gautama Buddha the greatest of them all and then there were others like, Adi Shankara, Sir Aurbindo, Swami Paramhansa Yogananda, Swami Vivekanada, Swami Shivananda etc. all had spent their life for self-realization.
India has also been the land of one of the greatest writers. If you read some of the Epics written by some of these authors, you will be amazed to see the volumes they have written, the details they have captured, depth up to which they have gone and, Prospective they have tried to express and all this is not comparable to anything anywhere in the world .These epics are still widely read and there are thousands and thousands pages of commentary on these books. Even if you read them thousand times you would be astonished to see a different prospective every time you read them. Some examples are Mahabharata, Ramayana, Panchatantra, Artashastra etc. Same examples if you see Artists in India as well as in Greece. Khajuraho, Hampi,Ajanta caves or Archeological site of Delphi or Archaeological Site of Aigai (modern name Vergina). If you happen to visit any of these sites, you will be astonished to see the scale and depth of all these sites. And they are like Picasso paintings which you can look for hours and still feel that something is unknown in this known.
For many centuries, all over the world the whole emphasis has been laid on the material satisfaction, with a strong belief in enriching self-lives. As they say there are two sides of coin the opposite of this belief translates if you have not become successful measured in wealth or materialistic barometer your life is wasted. Western world is following this philosophy for many centuries. They have been running behind material satisfaction and wealth for so many centuries and that is why the big wars including Waorld war 1 & 2, the great conquerors, the biggest business man have been from the western world. The core philosophy is to earn wealth and rule. They are some of the most innovative and wealthy countries also accord themselves with creativity too. And why because the core belief is more is less. If you see their history, they have earned more and more conquer more and more, then losses come, they lose some wars and cycle keeps on repeating and repeating.
Basically they are living in this boom and bust cycles and running behind this now for centuries.
Fun Fact: 11% of Americans over the age of 12 take an antidepressant. Overall, 4 percent of adults said they’d taken a prescription sleeping pill or sedative in the previous month.
And here comes the main difference between East and west. Western do it knowingly and time again do the same thing, and in east it’s been called as cycles, “Moh Maya ” and their teachings just are focused to come out of this cycle.
This psychology tricks along with chemical imbalances are being used all over the world to trick people in gratification. If you see the advertisements, Art in which western world excels, they create fake images, fake feelings and everyone is behind them. Westerners have always been warriors, conquerors and manipulative. Britishers ruled the entire world for thousands of years by manipulating.
If you see western literature , most of them are related to some conquerors like La Araucana (also known in English as The Araucaniad) is a 16th-century epic poem in Spanish about the Spanish Conquest of Chile or Beowulf– a hero of the Geats, comes to the aid of Hrothgar, the king of the Danes, whose mead hall in Heorot has been.under attack by a monster known as Grendel or The Nibelungenlied is based on pre-Christian Germanic heroic motifs.
The result is fast forward 20th century all American and Asian countries are in such a fast paced race and every one has just one belief, that money is the answer to all the problems. More they believe this more they are being white washed. The wealthiest one percent of American households own 40 percent of the country’s wealth. And for the rest 90 % wealth is decreasing. So becoming rich in one life is statistically difficult then winning a lottery, but all western world is based on running behind your dreams, gratification nothing else.
This phenomenon has become like Elephant rope problem. huge creatures were being held by only a small rope tied to their front leg. No chains, no cages. It was obvious that the elephants could, at any time, break away from the ropes they were tied to but for some reason, they did not. when they are very young and much smaller we use the same size of rope to tie them and, at that age, it’s enough to hold them. As they grow up, they are conditioned to believe they cannot break away. They believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free.
Further if you see the advertisements in print media or Digital or radio or to, all of these mediums are just fueling the westerners with one belief money so the answer. Examples they don’t sell Lipsticks; they sell you beauty. They don’t sell heels they sell you lovely feet’s. The automobiles they sell are not for only travel are for prestige (Think Ferrari, Lamborghini), Louis Vuitton don’t sell hand bags it sells you status. Pedigree don’t sell dog or cat food to sells you your dog happiness…… and it continues. All through 1960 to 2000 these were fed like repetitive torture till all people start believing the same.
Now studies say that money gives same high as cocaine. Money lights the same area of your brain as cocaine does. That’s why people love to gamble in stocks, casinos, horses, lotteries where pay off are high and this trick is used by Casinos the most. They give you, free stay, free drinks, free starting money just to get you hooked to the cocaine or money and then you are finished.
Lately this trick is being used now by the new digital media. The sound you listen when you receive a message or any notification, that peculiar sound has been specially designed to give you that feeling. The like you receive and with that the sound, is dopamine for brain. The retweets and mentions on twitter, the deadly messages you receive on Snap chat allure physiologically designed to give you that feeling of instant dopamine. It’s like nicotine of cigarette, which is required in every seven minutes.
All this cluttered life with mind less chasing of mind for fulfilling the mind externally and with this is now influencing East too. China has become part of it. The price they are paying for this is that there is no sun in the cities, no clean water. Alibaba, com is spending money on new natives, because they are fed up of cancer coming to Alibaba family.
With all these why the post is named Conquer your own Everest.
With all this back ground, what we are supposed to do, are we Robots? Or may be living in artificial Stimulation? BTW Eon musk thinks so that we in Algorithm, Which also is same as Hindu philosophy of “Sab Moh Maya hai”
So with this post, I wanted to state, how important is to identify the goal and Why of our lives.
“If you don’t have your goal in life, you will be spending rest of your life fulfilling others”
So we have to understand the question Why? Why? & Why
“If your Why doesn’t make you cry…,Its Not your why ” -Coach Hite.
“There is no greater gift you can give or receive than to honor your calling.Its why you were born. And how you become most truly alive” -Oprah Winfrey.
No matter if the world laugh at you, take your own self seriously,The mob laughs at what it does not understand ,ridicules what it cannot comprehend.Too many men who have the fire of genius within never let it kindle into flame because they fear the laughs of the crowd.Forget what others think,The thing that matters is what you think of yourself, and that you believe in yourself.
Find one thing, Just one thing that you want to achieve, Do one thing about it ,Just one.Find one simple thing you can do to transform what is in your head and heart into the mind and consciousness of the world around you.
Will you find that one thing? will you resolve to get it done? the world wait your next result.Forge your own path, Conquer your own Everest.History awaits your greatness.
Varun is a Project management professional, who is also an avid reader and is passionate about share markets, in his free time he likes to play chess,and loves to analyse the stocks and writes blogs on them. You can Click here to access his blog posts.