Today is Friday ,a weekend holiday in KSA(Kingdom of Saudi Arabia).To give myself a feeling of holiday,I had switched off both my clock and mental alarm before going to bed on Thursday night and hence my morning started when the beam of sunlight started teasing my eyes.I always have a deep sense of satisfaction on Friday morning as my desire to sleep till late morning gets truly honored on this day.With this feeling of proud and honor I started my day with my own pace and managed to take my lunch by 1:00 P.M. After few hours of post-lunch rest I sat with a cup of coffee and an extraordinary book to engage myself.It was a book by James Allen “As a Man Thinketh”.This book throws light on power of thought and explains this meaningful fact in a very lucid manner.With each turning pages a feeling of self-enlightenment started coming inside me and I couldn’t resist myself from sharing some common but must-know information on the power of thought on human life.
‘As you think,so you are’-this is how the author explains the relation between thought and character.As the plant springs from(and could not exist without) the seed,our every action springs from the hidden seeds of thought and could not have appeared without them.This applies equally to those acts called spontaneous as to those which are deliberate.A noble and God-like character is not a thing of favor or chance, but is the natural result of continued effort in right thinking, the effect of long-cherished association with God-like thoughts.So its we who are the master of our life,even in our weakest and most abandoned state.We may easily prove that we are the maker of our character and the builder of our destiny if we will watch, control, and alter our thoughts, tracing their effects upon our self, upon others, and upon our life and circumstances. Doing this, we may link cause and effect by patient practice and investigation. And utilizing our every experience – even the most trivial, everyday occurrence – as a means of obtaining that knowledge of our self which is understanding, wisdom, power.
We suffer because of our circumstances only as long as we believe ourselves to be the creature of outside conditions, but when we realize that we are a creative power, and that we may command the hidden soil and seeds of our being out of which circumstances grow; we then becomes the rightful master of ourselves.We do not get what we wish and pray for, but what we justly earn. Our wishes and prayers are only gratified and answered when they harmonize with our thoughts and actions.We can’t improve our situations just by being anxious to do so,we need to be willing to do so.Suffering is always the effect of wrong thought in some direction. It is an indication that the individual is out of harmony with himself or herself. The sole and supreme use of suffering is to purify, to burn out all that is useless and impure. Suffering ceases for the person who is pure. There could be no object in burning gold after the waste material has been removed, and a perfectly pure and enlightened being could not suffer.We cannot directly choose our circumstances, but we can choose our thoughts,and so we indirectly, yet surely, shape our circumstances.The person’s condition is his or her own, and not another person’s. His or her sufferings and his happiness are evolved from within. The person is, literally, what he or she thinks about and the person remains what he or she thinks about.
Further to achieve success in life we need to have a purpose without which the boat of thought drift upon the ocean of life aimlessly.They who have no central purpose in their life fall an easy prey to petty worries, fears, troubles and all these leads to unhappiness and loss in life.The author says that those who are not yet prepared to adopt a great purpose should fix the thoughts upon the faultless performance of their duty, no matter how insignificant their task may appear. Only in this way can the thoughts be gathered and focused, and resolution and energy be developed. Once this is done, there is nothing which may not be accomplished.
But remember the purpose of life can’t be accomplished until and unless the thoughts of doubt and fear are rigorously excluded because purpose, energy, power to do, and all strong thoughts cease when doubt and fear creep in.We should not forget a simple fact that sooner or later the winner are they who think THEY CAN.We can only rise, conquer, and achieve by lifting up our thoughts. We can only remain weak, abject, and miserable by refusing to lift up our thoughts.
Last but not least the book talks about the sacrifice for achievement.There can be no progress nor achievement without sacrifice-especially the sacrifice of wrong and negative thoughts.Our worldly success will be proportional to the degree that we sacrifice our confused animal thoughts and fix our mind on the development of our plans and the strengthening of our resolution and self-reliance.Nothing in life is a free meal and same goes with success.Nothing comes in life only because of sheer luck and chance.The thoughtless, the ignorant, and the indolent, seeing only the apparent effects of things and not the things themselves, talk of luck, of fortune, and chance. Seeing a woman grow rich, they say, “How lucky she is!” Observing a man become skilled intellectually, they exclaim, “How highly favored he is!” And noting the saintly character and wide influence of someone else, they remark, “How chance helps her at every turn!” They do not see the trials and failures and struggles that these people have encountered in order to gain their experience.They have no knowledge of the sacrifices they have made, of the undaunted efforts they have put forth, of the faith they have exercised so that they might overcome the apparently insurmountable and realize the vision of their heart. They do not know the darkness and the heartaches; they only see the light and joy, and call it “luck.”Do not see the long, arduous journey, but only behold the pleasant goal and call it “good fortune.” Do not understand the process, but only perceive the result, and call it “chance.” In all human affairs, there are efforts and there are results.
So, stop blaming the situation and waiting for the luck to favor.Its time to cleanse the thought,dare to sacrifice the momental pleasure and get into action without any feeling of fear and doubt and only by doing this we can accomplish the purpose of our life and be satisfied and happy than ever.