When I look back, I can’t remember a time when I listened to my parents. Something that I’m not proud of, in retrospect. My Dad gave words of wisdom sparingly, but kept reiterating these repeatedly over long periods of time – stubborn that I was, I never listened to them. In recent times, on some of the occasions when my Dad spoke what I considered were words of wisdom, I had the foresight to write them down. When I collected all the points together, the total came up to 24! I don’t know what it is about wisdom and 24 – Dattatreya had 24 gurus, and such. With my Dad’s permission, I am posting these nuggets of wisdom. Some of them may be obvious – some of them may be brand new – and some of them you may vehemently disagree with. Which is as it should be. The italicized items are my Dad’s words. In some of the points, I have provided a brief explanation, and those words are mine.
Part 1 of this post can be found here.
- When people crucify you for your mistakes, you should be thankful. If not, you will pay a compounded price at a later time.
The laws of karma will bear fruit sooner or later. The more we postpone them, the penalty will compound.
- You should have enough activities that you don’t have time to dwell on your problems.
This piece of wisdom has also been reiterated several times by Swamiji – He often says that villagers never complain of depression!
- Putting bread on the table is the foremost duty of a man.
- Others’ problems are bigger than ours.
We tend to believe that our problems are the most acute. I am using ‘we’ quite freely – I should say that when I was going through tough times, my problems were the only things that I focused on, and I didn’t recognize that my less-than-graceful responses were in turn causing problems to those around me. If I had stopped to see that others’ problems are, I would have been viewing things from a different perspective.
- Just because you made a mistake out of ignorance, wrong cannot become right.
A corollary of the law of karma.
- We get sucked into a lot of useless “competitions” in life.
I cannot remember a single instance where my Dad got sucked into a “competition”. During my tenth and twelfth grades, my Dad never put pressure on me to score well in my board exams, regarding these as “rat races”.
- There is no destruction for Truth.
- At any time, there is only one answer: “I am going to work on myself.”
- You have a list of rights and wrongs. Why should anyone else play by these rules?
- When things are not going so well, bite your tongue, bide your time, till the tide changes and good times come.
- Till this minute, what happened is a matter of the past. Starting this moment, say “I am responsible for my life.”
- Okay – people have been unjust, unfair to you. Is there any law against it?
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