The toughest part of any battle is the acceptance of weakness that lies within us and corrode our strength to commence the stride.
I recently watched an amazing video by Dr Vivek Bindra, a motivational speaker, on the Battle of Chamkaur. It was a battle between the Khalsa, headed by the 10th Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh Ji and the Mughal forces. The Sikh army was just 42 in number, whereas the Mughal army was around 1 million.
Unbelievable? Yes, it is. And the result of the battle was the victory of the Sikhs. Dr. Bindra states that during our tough times, we easily give up and don’t try. But, Guru Gobind Singh Ji was such a powerful leader that not only did he think about fighting against such an enormous number, but also won the battle.
It is very easy to quit at the difficult situations we come across, but to be patient and keep trying is the key. Life is full of struggles, we get so many setbacks every now and then- be it at work, at the career front or in relations. But there’s no point in complaining now and regretting later because you didn’t try.
I have a couple of heroes around me whom I simply adore. One of them was my colleague. I always saw her smiling, laughing and making others laugh. Out of curiosity, I once asked her how does she manage to be so chirpy. She told me that its God who has made her so strong. At the tender age of 14, some dacoits barged into her house and shot at her mom, dad and sister. Her sister died on the spot, while mom passed away 7 days later. Her dad recovered and remarried without even letting her know. Torn and devastated from inside, my friend didn’t lose hope and courage. She managed to stand on her feet and became financially independent.
There’s another heroic example of my friend who was going to shift abroad, but just a day before, her husband met with an accident and his leg had to be treated. The operation went wrong and he is still recovering, but he had to part away with his job. Not only the dream of settling abroad was crushed to pieces by the destiny, the financial burden also came up to the family. My friend mustered all her courage and took up a job. She is now financially taking care of her family. And after all this, she remains happy and makes us laugh with her one-liners. She says there is no point in crying and cribbing about the adversities in life because one can’t control it. What you can control is how you face the situation and how you fight against the odds.
So, smirk when the life gives a jerk,
Rise up and don’t give up,
For this life is a game,
And it will never be the same.
We generally do not associate pleasure or happiness with Doomsday. We use the term often when we refer to a day where a virtual execution may take place. By which, I mean a day where we are to receive some form of thrashing or the day of our examinations or a presentation day in case of working persons etc.
Throughout the week, especially after reading the Mega article we have come across agents that lead us to doom and the ways in which we can overcome them. One prominent feature that struck me was the involvement of the mind in bringing about destruction to oneself and others. I would agree with the writer in her saying that all sorts of actions bringing about destruction have its source in the mind.
Our mind is a web where we weave ideas and thoughts and execute them into actions. No wonder the human mind is still a prominent subject of research and study in today’s world. Psychologists come up with novel theories regarding the functioning of the human mind. However, no one but the Creator Himself knows how and to what depths the human mind works . There is no limit to our thoughts and it can lead from a particular one to a different one in a matter of seconds.
But, to enhance our abilities that differentiate us from animals and baser creatures, we need to distinguish between fruitful and harmful thoughts. There is a very fine line between instinctive action and decisive action and we often commit the mistake of confusing one with the other. I feel the actions that bring about doom are downright instinctive. Let us direct our instincts to the achievement of necessary objects. But then also, we have come across people who commit crimes to eat one meal a day.
Therefore, I feel purgation of the mind is very necessary, which can come about when we associate ourselves with the divine power of the Almighty who is not a transcendental God but is very close to us and is seeking for a relationship with His best creation.
I too have and oftentimes come across destructive thoughts causing harm to myself as well as others. These included building up a wall around so strong that none could penetrate it and isolating me from the world. But as a resolution I practiced going back to the Almighty with a guilty heart and this resulted in the purgation of my mind. This creates a mental immune system so tough that even the most toxic thoughts are cleansed of their impurities. I found that through this recovery process, the values of endurance and faith have gradually enhanced.
The scripture offers a powerhouse of such values that transforms the mind of the destructive individual. Memorization of practical proverbs needs to be done on a daily basis as we are subjected to toxic thoughts regularly. It’s called the power of the spoken word. The more you utter positive verses the more they get imprinted into your mind. Trust me when I say, you will understand the difference.
If this still does not convince you, let me inspire you with St. Paul’s transformation from the Slayer Saul to the Preacher Paul. This was brought about by the same Word of God that continues to strengthen me through my struggles.
Therefore, my friends let us look towards all that, which spells love, peace, unity, justice, holiness and cleanses the mind of the impurities. Let us learn to live the life of a Diamond.
In her book ‘Battlefield of the Mind: Winning the Battle in Your Mind,’ Mrs. Joyce Meyer makes an excellent statement which I am quoting tonight. The quote reads as under:
“Our past may explain why we’re suffering but we must not use it as an excuse to stay in bondage.”
Isn’t it superb? If we can come out of the bondage with little effort from ourselves and little from the outsiders or from God then we should do it as early as possible.