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Secrets of Enlightened Living: 7 Virtues of Life

Inspiration, Motivation, Stories - Shubham Varshney - September 21, 2018

Motivation

This post is not on anyone’s traveling story, it belongs to a category that has name motivation. Last July, I had a good read, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, and from there I found a plot, 7 virtues of life. By following them, sincerely and with all the dedication, one can achieve enlightenment in living.

A fable about Enlightening

The Monk Who Sold his Ferrari by Robin Sharma, is just a boon in the field of motivation. When I told people that I am reading this book, they just said they had earlier than ‘me’. And very few are there who just said: “not a good one”. No problem everyone has their own point of view or favorite genre. So I just gave it, a try and found very amazing.

Peace

Basically, it is a story of a guy who once was a very rich and well-professional Lawyer and thereafter he sold out all his belongings and marched towards India, the world of Meditation and the world of Peace. He found his Nirvana in a fictional place, Sivana and there he found a community of sages. They taught him every single-to-piece lessons of life. They taught him 7 virtues of life.

The story of these 7 virtues of Life

These all 7 virtues can easily understandable after this story, as a sage of Sivana did in the book. The story starts as 

Try to imagine that you are sitting in the middle of a magnificent, lush, green garden at the bank of a seashore. This garden is fully filled with the most spectacular and heart-warming flowers, that you have ever seen in your life. The environment is supremely tranquil and peaceful. You are savoring the sensual delights of this garden and feeling as if you have all the time in the world to enjoy this natural oasis.

As you look around you see that in the center of this pretty imagined garden, stands a towering red lighthouse. Six stories high. Suddenly, the calmness of the disturbed by a crackling of the door, as the door creakingly opens at the base of the lighthouse.

The person which moved out from it was a sumo-wrestler, who casually wanders in the garden. Almost naked instead of pink-twisted wire cable covering on his private parts. You see that as this Sumo-wrestler starts to move around in the garden and he finds, a shiny gold stopwatch (don’t know who the hell kept this stopwatch there), he slips it on and falls to the ground and rendered unconscious and lies there for some moment, silent and still.

As you just figured it out that this wrestler lost his livelihood, he awakens, perhaps stirred by the fragrance of some fresh yellow roses blooming nearby. Electrified, the wrestler jumps on his feet and startled by what he sees. Alongside the green garden, he observes a long winding path full of millions of diamonds. Something directs wrestler to take that path and path leads him down the road of everlasting joy and bliss.

What actually are they 7 virtues of life?

This magical fable just weaved of some basic and important symbols which are the ultimate virtues of life. At this point, it is obvious to yelling out “just tell me what they 7 virtues of life are”. These are fragmented in the below list, each symbol with its virtue of enlightenment living. When I was at the point of completing this magical fable, I made up my mind that I am going to share this with people.

Although I knew that by keeping these all virtues in practice, one may attain bliss in life. But keeping them in practice is the whole sort of hardness.

SymbolVirtue
The Garden     Garden Your Mind

Lighthouse
Follow your purpose

Sumo-wrestler
Practice Kaizen

Wire cable
Live with Discipline

Gold stopwatch
Respect your Time

Blooming Roses
Selflessly serve others

 The Path of diamond
Embrace the present

A very creative mind sewed 7 elements of joyful life very beautifully. Each symbol has its own virtue.

Master Your Mind

Master Your Mind

That glooming garden was used for the mind. That greenery of garden indicates the peacefulness of the mind. We all somewhere heard that a human mind is as expandable as the garden’s greenery. So in the book, there are various steps, which shows the path by which one can nurture the mind as a garden.

“Feed your mind with the most delightful treasures and boundless riches, and make it as lavish as a garden full of flowers”

Shubham Varshney
Follow Purpose

Follow Your Purpose

I have seen many people who are living their life at the below level of happy and also heard cursing their destiny. But the problem is not the destiny, the problem is they don’t follow their purpose and even many don’t know for what they are in their livelihood.

Here the lighthouse in the middle of a garden, this lighthouse tells that follow your purpose and keep an eye on the surroundings. Alike the lighthouse does.

There is a very famous quote “the purpose of life is a life of purpose”. Yes, it might be sounding like a tongue-twister, but it is a mantra of a meaningful life.

Book taught me, just make a goal and try to make every single second of life worthy, which can take you to your goal.

Kaizen

Practice Kaizen

Let me tell you, this virtue is most affected me and I am really trying my best to keep it in my day-to-day practices.

I know, some of you may be wondering that what the heck this Kaizen is. This noun has a meaning “a Japanese business philosophy of continuous improvement of working and personal efficiency”.

And as you see, it is derived from Japanese. Sumo’s from Japan keeps improving their fighting practices through practices daily in their life.

In the book, there are many techniques by continuously following them, one can become master of own life. And the practice that gives me instant results is ‘do the things you fear’.

discipline

The Power of Discipline

The former Prime Minister of United Kingdom and a writer, Winston Churchill said: “As long as we have faith in our own cause and an unconquerable will to win, victory will not be denied us”.

As in this mysterious fable, that nine feet tall Sumo wrestler is naked, except that pink wire cable covering his private parts. That wire cable has a lesson which taught me the power of self-mastery and self-government.

Have you ever seen a wire cable from inside? If you, then there you see thin-weak wires placed one on top of the others making the cable, stronger and tougher. That is the Discipline, we have to maintain in life.

Start to keep collecting things that do oath to be done and taken the last breath of that work. These are the small things, which will make you bolder, stronger and toughest.

Time

Respect Your Time (Others Also)

Sir Isaac Pitman, the one who developed a shorthand for the first time, said this “Well arranged time is the surest mark of a well-arranged mind”.

It is often to think that this virtue might be related to that shiny gold stopwatch in the fable. The stopwatch on which that huge Sumo wrestler slips-on.

I have remembered that how my father keeps telling me (till now) to make a daily activity chart and follow it. Though he also not able to follow it, he tries his every best for it and I like that part of him.

There is a very old saying “Waqt rahte Akal aa jayegi (will be stale with time)”, I must say it is very true.

Time is our most precious commodity and it is non-renewable and those who use time wisely are rewarded with rich, productive, and satisfying lives.

Serve Others

Selflessly Serve Others

Like the flowers are doing in the fable. They are serving to that Sumo wrestler, who falls-off on and just awaken. They are making him comfortable from his suffer and pain.

This whole world is balanced if there are positive powers then (I think) there are negative too. We all have the connection with the people with whom we meet and get close to them. Everything that lives, lives not alone, not for itself.

Serve people those who are in great need and I also not saying that give all the things that you have and live rest of the life as a beggar but we think if we start doing daily acts of kindness, it will end up with adding kindness into our journal.

Present Moment

Embrace the Present

In the book, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, there are many things which describes this but it is my one of those favorite things. I love to remain at present, it is my good or bad, but I quickly get over through the past.

I just don’t want to get stick to a thing for millions of years, in some case I like to be glued like to my daydreaming(s).

No one could ever be able to change the past, just try to embrace present, in the way like the diamonds on the path do (in the fable).

I really think that either I am motivated or overly-motivated but the good thing is that ‘motivated’. Also, very often my mom calls it ‘over-confidence’ and I mumble to myself only ‘at least having confidence’. Just give a dam fuck to the world and live in that tune of the air.

Last but not least, give a try to ‘The Monk who sold his Ferrari’.

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