Adversity introducesa man to himself

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 26 Aug 2018 11:14:23


 

By T G L IYER,

 

A ldous Huxley writes in Vulgarity In Literature “A childlike man is not a man whose development has been arrested; on the contrary he is a man who has given himself a chance continuing to develop long after most adults have muffled themselves in the cocoon of middle age habit and convention.”

Good is a value judgement. What is good for one person may not be good for another. According to Jean Paul Sartre, every act of creation is simultaneously an act of d e s t r u c t i o n . Something must not be in order for something else to be. Creative people come from all walks of life some of the world’s greatest geniuses were not only neglectful of their families and friends but also enjoyed isolation.

In their inter personal relationships, many were sadistic, arrogant and exploitative. We must not only teach and nurture creativity, but we must guide it towards ends that will improve human conditions. Recent research has found both positive psychological adjustment and maturity in personal and social growth in the gifted children they studied. Other studies with adults have confirmed that, as a group, creative individuals are not neurotic and unhealthy. Some studies reinforce the belief that individuals who achieve fame and fortune have a magical insight into all aspects of life.

Creativity is a complex continuous activity. It is not made of neat and ordered parts. As we orate, reality is being formed, simplified, shaped and invented. In your most intense moments, you as creator become fully absorbed in your work. You lose your sense of ME and IT. You may enter into a dreamlike World where you lose objectivity. Many creative individuals became fascinated early in life with a specific activity that leads them down the path of learning and discovery.

If you are one of these people, you become an adventurer, a dreamer, following your curiosity and learning as much as you can, along the way about your object of fascination. For example, a singer is in love with singing, the athlete is passionate about his sport and an entrepreneur is enchanted with launching and building a business. Whatever is your passion, you dream of improving in your field and hunger for knowledge about your domain.

For whatever reason, you have answered a deep inner call to follow a particular path. James Allen writes: “A man sooner or later discovers that he is the master gardener of his soul, the Director of his life. He also reveals within himself the laws of thoughts and understanding with ever increasing accuracy, show the thought forces the mind elements operate in the shape of things that would happen in future. Every man is where he is by the law of his being, the thoughts he has built with his character which has brought him where he is.

Man really is buffeted by circumstances so long as he believes himself to be a creature of outside conditions when he realises that he is a creative power and becomes the rightful master of himself ”. Great achievements are born out of hardship and struggle and barriers which seemed insurmountable, obstacles which yield to nothing but an indomitable will backed by an abiding faith. It opens the door of the mind where the secret power is hidden. To be effective, there should be a willingness to risk through active faith.

The secret power offers the one and only highway to personal freedom and liberty. It heals wounds of sorrow and disappointment. Its only fixed price is unyielding faith! If you don’t have that faith, things will happen beyond your expectations which will make it difficult to steer your life.

Man is only an instrument through which higher powers than his own are projecting themselves. Our teacher used to say: “Man can control his destiny to an astounding degree simply by shaping his thoughts. The spirit of the individual is determined by his dominating thought habit. Most individuals are at war, one way or the other throughout their lives. They are at war with their own conflicting thoughts and emotions. If you live by the golden rule, you can certainly avoid a showdown.

Everyone has to order their subconscious mind to produce what they want”. Teresa of Avila always looked for novices who knew how to laugh, eat and sleep. She was sure that if they ate heartily, they were healthy; if they slept well, they were more than likely free of serious sin and if they laughed they had the necessary disposition to survive a difficult life. Happiness is the only sign that you are living well. Laughter as I have come to see it, is the innocent youthful sign of contentment and satisfaction which are rare at all times. Laughter closes the distance between people! If a person cannot laugh, he is doomed to spend a life with no fun and frolic.