Is there a way to measure growth?

We all become what we become in life because someone believed in us much before we began to believe in ourselves. The student- teacher chemistry is a mystery. We never know when it will happen, with whom it will happen and why it happens. But as and when it does happen, miraculous transformations happen. Jai and Avyakta shared such chemistry.

Jai came a little too early to school that evening. Avyakta was in conversation with one of his old students, who had passed out almost two decades ago. He spoke about how he had done 18 crores the previous year, his family life, and some memories of his good old school days. Once he left, Jai asked, “Sir, It seems that this alumni is very rich.” Avyakta clarified, “Jai, you should remember one thing. Money is a wonderful by-product and a very poor point of focus.

When your work becomes your expression, money comes in search of you as a natural by product. It cannot be the other way around, where money is the point of focus and work is only a means to it. People who work purely for the sake of money may know success, but they will never know what it is to be Happily Successful. When the process of creation drives you, the creation fee that life pays you for what you create is money. And Jai, prosperity is just a fallacy. Even with crores, you are always poorer than someone else and even with thousands; you are always richer than somebody else. It is so relative. He who isn’t happy with what he has will never be happy no matter how much more he has. So live to create.” “Sure Sir,” agreed Jai. “But one last question.” -“If it is not money, then how do I measure my growth?”

“Good question,” Avyakta acknowledged. “All your life, make yourself accountable to these three questions.
They are:
1. Am I doing justice to my potential?
2. Year after year, in how many more lives am I becoming useful?
3. Day by day, am I living my life in ways by which I am moving closer and closer to God?

Firstly, no matter how much you accomplish in life, keep asking yourself, “Am I doing justice to my potential? Man was created to create. Man was designed to design his life. The very process of birth and then through parents, relative, teachers and society – a lot of investment has gone into the making of a man. As a result, every man has a moral responsibility to live a life worthy of his potential. Success is not what you achieve compared to others, but what you achieve compared to what you are capable of. And what you are capable of is defined by the infinite potential sleeping within you.”

Avyakta continues, “Now the question is, ‘How will I know if I am doing justice to my potential?’ There comes the second question: Year after year, in how many more lives am I becoming useful? Even a cow, a bull, a parrot feeds a family of humans. It would be a shame to live a life of mediocrity, a life merely for me, mine and myself. Measure your success by the usefulness of life. None of us are useless, just that we are used less.”

“And finally,” Avyakta concluded, “We are living in times when people believe even murder is okay to produce results. No, it is not okay! Without ethical and moral accountability, as I said earlier, success may be possible, but being happily successful is not. Arjuna sought Krishna and Duryodhana chose Krishna’s resources. The rest is history we all know who triumphed. Let’s not trade god for the kingdom of God. If lower ideals can produce such results, then trust me, the higher ideals will only give a lot more in life.

Unused money devalues. Unused talent diminishes. Unused potential decays. Unused machinery disintegrates. Unused time dies. Unused knowledge becomes a burden. What is not used is abused. The tragedy of life is not the ultimate death, but the resource is that die within you when you are still alive. Use it, or you will lose it.