Monday, April 21, 2008

Attitude and Mindset

I came across this short inspirational post on a forum. A simple example but carries a lot of wisdom:

Author: Aman Singh
Posted: 26-07-2007

As I was passing the elephants, I suddenly stopped, confused by the fact that these 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.

I saw a trainer near by and asked why these beautiful, magnificent animals just stood there and made no attempt to get away."Well," he said, "when they are very young and much smaller we use the same size 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."

I was amazed. These animals could at any time break free from their bonds but because they believed they couldn't, they were stuck right where they were.Like the elephants, how many of us go through life hanging onto a belief that we cannot do something, simply because we failed at it once before? So make an attempt to grow further....

"Our attempt may fail, but never fail to make an attempt."

Sometimes people say "I won't be able to stop cutting my hair", "I won't be able to take Amrit and follow Rehat" or "I can't give up eating meat". If you ask, "What's keeping you back from following Guru Sahib's Hukam?" People start to think and say "work", "friends", "family" or "I don't know."

In the House of Guru Nanak anything is possible. Satguru makes the impossible possible. If you do Ardaas and truly believe in something with full faith and devotion, the True Guru will fulfil the wish. Picture yourself free from the bonds holding you back and you can fulfil this dream. The things which we think are holding us back are like the rope holding the elephant. It can be broken any time if we wake up and realise that nothing is equal to the power of Ardaas and the Kirpaa (blessings) of Guru Sahib.


Anonymous said...

Waheguru. Recently I heard Bhai Amritpal Singhs katha in which he explained how fears are instilled in us from early age. Mothers say to their children, " don't go outside otherwise the billi/chor/etc etc will take you". Thus we are conditioned into fearing the unknown.

Kamalpreet said...

Truly it contains alot of wisdom. This is so chardi kala.

Just like as maharaj ji says

ਲੇਲੇ ਕਉ ਚੂਘੈ ਨਿਤ ਭੇਡ ॥੩॥
Lėlė ka­o cẖūgẖai niṯ bẖėd. ||3||
the sheep is sucking the milk of her lamb. ||3||

Meaning the our "Matt" is following our mind, whereas it should be that our mind should follow the "Matt".

Anonymous said...

i will break my inner fear of a failed experience.. as i lived shortly in berlin and so.. ahem.. however was not so good experience.

soon i will go to coventry for six looong month. i'm so nervous, guru ji will help me i know that. but like parents are.. they can be really annoying :D however.. wish you all a beautiful week. vaheguru ji ka khalsa vaheguru ji ki fateh.

Anonymous said...


Manvir Singh Khalsa said...

To the Bhai Sahib who is going to move to Coventry for 6 months - There are many GurSikhs in Coventry. They are friendly and welcoming.

There are weekly and monthly programmes and events which take place. Participate and get involved. The Sangat is everyone's family so nothing to fear.

Crimson Singh said...

Amazing post Veerji

Pallavi Kattimani said...

Hey..That was a very inspiring anecdote..seems relevant to me considering the fact that I am struggling so much with my studies..So many times I feel I can't cope up with this fast world..and definitely.. I won't live Dependant on others..
I enjoyed the pics too on ur blog..overall..I feel its an elegant blog ( :

Anonymous said...

"Our attempt may fail, but never fail to make an attempt."

How true this statement is.