The human quest

Mehak Gupta Grover
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The Supreme Divine Personality said: O scion of Bharat, these are the saintly virtues of those endowed with a divine nature-fearlessness, purity of mind, steadfastness in spiritual knowledge, charity, control of the senses, performance of sacrifice, study of the sacred books, austerity, and straightforwardness; non-violence, truthfulness, absence of anger, renunciation, peacefulness, restraint from fault-finding, compassion towards all living beings, absence of covetousness, gentleness, modesty, and lack of fickleness; vigor, forgiveness, fortitude, cleanliness, bearing enmity toward none, and absence of vanity.
The Bhagavad Gita encourages us to live life with purity, strength, discipline, honesty, kindness and integrity in order to find our purpose and to live it fully. Just as Krishna encourages Arjuna to cast aside all doubts and trust in his highest Self, we too can use the wisdom of the Bhagavad Gita to meet our own difficulties and decisions with fearlessness and honesty and learn to live life authentically and fully.
We all face difficulties in our lives. And who does’nt? Nothing in life needs to be fair. Life is unfair at times and tough.Tension builds, emotions are heavy, and frustration takes over, but the courage to overcome our struggles in life is the foundation of building character. Important is how we overpower our fear of loosing, how we pat our backs for atleast making an effort, how we consider ourselves worthy of a second chance.
So often we turn away from life rather than toward it. We are masters of avoidance! But if we want to be present-to enjoy life and be more effective in it-we must orient ourselves toward facing reality. There are many people who inspire me from various walks of life.
Narayana Murthy (Co-founder Infosys)
Narayana Murthy, who is described as the father of the Indian IT Sector and listed by Fortune Magazine among the 12 greatest entrepreneurs of our time, has not always been successful with his ventures. Narayana Murthy’s first venture, a company named Softronics, failed in about a year and a half after its start. After the failure of his first venture, Narayana Murthy joined Patni Computer Systems and worked there for about five years. He then founded Infosys in 1981 along with six software professionals and a meagre capital provided by his wife Sudha Murthy. Infosys is today India’s fifth largest publicly traded company and the third largest Indian based IT Services company.
DR. SEUSS (America Author)
Dr. Seuss is an incredibly successful person. You probably grew up reading his books such as ‘The Cat in the Hat’ and ‘Green Eggs and Ham’. But did you know that his first children’s book “And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street” was refused by 27 publishers? It’s clear that Dr Seuss didn’t just take no for an answer.
H. Ramakrishnan (Journalist, Musician, CEO, SS Music Channel)
Despite being diagnosed with Polio at the age of two, and not being able to attend a regular school, Ramakrishnan went on to complete to Baccalaureate degrees and a Masters in Public Administration. He has a 40 year long career in Journalism and is a renowned Carnatic musician. He also runs a charitable trust called Krupa, which works for the differently abled.
Thomas Edison (America’s Greatest Inventor)
What would the world be like if Thomas Edison had given up trying to invent the light bulb? He could have easily decided that it was too much of an impossible goal. After all, he failed at it 1000 times. Maybe you’re thinking that Thomas was simply destined to be successful and that he breezed through life with his amazing skill and intellect. Well, actually Thomas had to work harder than many of us. During school, he had trouble learning the traditional way. His teachers even told him that he was “too stupid to learn anything”. Later, he was fired from his first two jobs for being too “unproductive”. Despite his difficulties and failures, Thomas never stopped fighting for his dream.
“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time”. -Thomas Edison
Arunima Sinha (First female amputee to climb Mt Everest)
This former national Volleyball and Football player lost her leg after being pushed out of a train. However, this unfortunate setback did not kill her spirit. She challenged all notions of what it takes to be a mountain climber, and went on to become the first female amputee to climb the Everest.
Colonel Sanders (American Businessman)
You probably noticed Colonel Sanders in the window of your local KFC branch as you munched on that juicy piece of fried chicken. After all, he is possibly the world’s most recognizable commercial icon. But did you know that before all the fame, Colonel Sanders was simply a retiree with a fried chicken recipe, a restaurant that was going broke and a dream?
That’s right. In fact, the only thing that made him different from the average person was his fascinating level of determination. Believe it or not, Colonel Sanders drove around the country sleeping in his car and knocking on doors trying to promote his fried chicken recipe. Amazingly, he was rejected 1009 times until finally, someone said yes! And that was the start of the million dollar empire KFC.
Why did he succeed? He succeeded because he wasn’t willing to let the word ‘no’ stop him from achieving his dream and he kept persevering. He wasn’t born into success and it certainly wasn’t luck that gone him there either. He simply worked and worked and never gave up until he succeeded.
Sushil Kumar Solanki (wrestler)
Sushil Kumar is an renowned Indian World Champion wrestler who won the gold medal in the FILA 2010 World Wrestling Championships, a silver medal in the 2012 London Olympics and a bronze medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The renowned Indian wrestler hails from a lower-middle class family and his father was a DTC bus driver and his mother is a housewife. Sushil Kumar was inspired to take on wrestling by his cousin Sandeep, who eventually quit wrestling as their family could support only one wrestler. Despite the minimal funds available, poor training facilities and lack of dietary supplements, Sushil Kumar has become a world-renowned Wrestling Champion through hard work and sheer determination. Sushil Kumar is presently employed with the Indian Railways as an Assistant Commercial Manager.
In words of George R. R. Martin-
“My own heroes are the dreamers, those men and women who tried to make the world a better place than when they found it, whether in small ways or great ones. Some succeeded, some failed, most had mixed results… but it is the effort that’s heroic, as I see it.”


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