Friday, September 18, 2009

उद्यमेन हि सिध्यन्ति कार्याणि न मनोरथैःl

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It is said that you cannot plough a field by turning it over in your mind.

This same sentiment is conveyed through the lines of the following Subhaashit.

उद्यमेन हि सिध्यन्ति कार्याणि न मनोरथैः l
न हि सुप्तस्य सिंहस्य प्रविशन्ति मुखे मृगाः ll


If any work (कार्याणि) is to be accomplished (सिध्यन्ति), strong efforts are required (उद्यमेन).
(We cannot achieve an aim) merely by desiring (मनोरथैः) its completion.

Animals (मृगाः) will not enter (न प्रविशन्ति) a sleeping lion's (सुप्तस्य सिंहस्य) mouth (मुखे) on their own.

A lion certainly has the ability to catch its prey, and it may also have the desire to do so. But it is also necessary that it makes the effort.

Merely wishing something to happen, will not work. Hard efforts are required. This is something that many people do not seem to understand.

I have observed that a baby- just a few months old- will extend his hand and wave it in the direction of a toy that he wants, as if willing the toy to come to him. But when he realizes that this does not work, he starts crawling to reach it himself.

This lesson that a baby can understand seems to elude many adults, though.

We observe in society that people prefer to take the 'easy way out'. Instead of complying with the rules- which may take some effort- people prefer to bribe their way through any situation.

A hard-working person is frequently subjected to ridicule- as if working the minimum required, and trying to get 'a free lunch', is a desired situation.

But there is certainly a difference between something achieved through our own efforts, and something achievement through bribery.

A few days ago I turned on the television in the early morning. A Sadhvi was giving an exposition- and was advising viewers to recite a short Shloka.

It would take just a short time- she said. And the person reciting it would gain great spiritual benefit- "कम भक्ति में जादा लाभ l"

I am quoting her exact words here- "कम भक्ति में जादा लाभ l" So now spirituality offered basement bargains, too!

I wonder what the Sadhus of earlier ages- who used to do तप for years- would have thought of this attitude? And what quality of लाभ (gain) would this be, if not much effort was required to obtain it?

7 comments:

Vinod_Sharma said...

That is a nice reminder...a deer will not just walk into a lions mouth.

As to that Sadhvi, what can one say. In this age, where everything is "instant" to expect people to labour for long in bhakti is asking for the impossible.

Is that why Nanak and many others have said that in Kalyug, there is no need to do great penance or rigorous pooja to get to God, just chanting of His Name is enough?

Nanak, Naam jahaj hai
Chadhhey so utarey paar.

manju said...

Vinodji- I'm really not qualified to talk on the subject of Bhakti, but I think that it depends on the context.

I heard a story about a farmer who chanted God's name just three times a day- after waking up, before his mid-day meal, and before going to sleep at night.

But because he was busy the rest of the day performing his Dharma-which was to work in the fields- his Bhakti was judged by wise men to be greater than those who take His name all day long.

Vinod_Sharma said...

What a lovely example of Karm is Dharm.

Aparna said...

Came over from Sucharita's blog.
If one does the karma, tries genuinely to be a good human being, and be true to him/herself and to others, there is not much need for bhakti, that is what I feel. Name chanting will not help me if I am not doing the duties that I have to perform truthfully.

manju said...

Aparna- Welcome!

Yes, I agree.

Smitha said...

That was such a wonderful post, Manju! A reminder for a time, when most of us seem to be in a hurry and expect instant success with minimal effort. Am going to bookmark this post.

manju said...

Smitha- Thanks! Yes, today we do seem to expect instant success with little effort...