Lord Krishna tells Arjuna in Bhagavad Gita “svalpam apy asya dharmasya trayate mahato bhayat “
Meaning: A little advancement on the righteous path can protect one from the most dangerous type of fear.
Yes, Sadhana is not so easy but it is never impossible. We all know that it is natural for the water to flow from higher altitude to lower altitude. There is no extra effort required but to make the same water flow from lower altitude to higher altitude we require some kind of efforts like a pulley bucket arrangement or a pump. The efforts involved here is Sadhana. For all the accomplishments in the daily life there has to be some efforts and sometimes it is time bound but for a person on spiritual path there is no time limitation and a little step in advancement can help him excel.
Some years back our family decided to climb Tirumala hills and have Darshana of Lord. We started from Alipiri footpath; in total there are 3550 steps. At the first phase of the trek to Gali Gopuram there are about 2000 steps of which around 1700 steps are a bit steep and of them the last 500 steps near the Gali Gopuram is where the knees give way and hence it is called “Mokalamitta”. When we were finding it difficult to climb that section an old woman who was also climbing along with us was exhausted. She asked the person who was climbing down as to how far the shrine is. The man said, “kastanta durame” (just a little far). Now this man knew that the old lady has just come halfway but yet did not wish to de-motivate or discourage her by saying that there is another half to trek.
When I post my thoughts about Sadhana in the blogs I have noticed some readers write comments such as “Not Possible” or “easily said than done”. Though anything that has to be achieved is very difficult one should not be de-motivated or discouraged. This de-motivation and discourage is the sign of failure. Sri Sri Sankara has told us that Sadhana has to be like the flow of clarified butter continuous and unbroken. There is no mention of hurry since any effort done in haste is waste. Agreed there might be time limitations for accomplishing certain things but there is no point in going at a wrong direction with greater velocity. A person who is in the right direction and yet slow will reach the destination.
My grandfather use to mention about a Telugu Proverb “Dunne Voniki Nakkalu Choopoddu” (do not distract a farmer working in a field by reminding him of a jackal). There are many who find pleasure in distracting those who are working. The latest addition to this group is Mr. Rajdeep Sardesai, senior journalist who tried to discourage the crowd who had gathered at Madison Square Garden, New York to listen to the inspirational views of Mr. Narendra Modi, beloved Prime Minster of India.
May the Lord put some sense into those who try to de-motivate and discourage others…It is better to keep the mouth shut than to de-motivate or discourage others….What say????