Secrets of Success from Mythology:
1. The character of Arjun in the Mahabharat is of one who keeps integrity of purpose, never mis-utilizing his own powers of warriorhood. Which is why he has the guts to question himself also. Integrity is the foundation of unleashing our highest inner powers in the battlefield of life.
2. We would do well to learn the ability to be constant in endeavours, just as the heroes from world mythology – Indian, Greek, Japanese and others – are shown to be.
3. Serenity is our inner nature; all disturbance is a fluctuation of the outer layers of consciousness. This is the experience of the sages of India, the essence of the Upanishads. It is also a secret to remaining balanced, calm and at our very best under any circumstances.
4. Throughout world mythology, the repeated lesson in the story of all heroes is this: the closer they came to their real nature, the more they succeeded. The truer we are to our own nature, the greater our accomplishments. This is almost a universally spiritual truth, attested to by the ancients, the rishis and other great teachers through the ages.
5. To love effort itself, and not the success of it, is the secret of Krishna’s message to Arjun. Yet we find it difficult to absorb this basic teaching, this master key to work, which opens the locks of our potential and helps us win at work and in life.
6. The Indian view of things viewed both the highest sanyasi and the highest warrior to have 3 similar qualities in their attitude toward life: Courage, Nobility, Endurance. These 3 qualities are the bedrock, the foundational qualities of greatness in any field. Of course there are other virtues such as empathy in connecting with others, the ability to sacrifice small goals for a larger aim, and so on.
7. The secret of Ram’s character in The Ramayan is the ability to assume full responsibility, even when he is not to bound to. This very act of assuming responsibility endows him with a divine strength and character, and it is this virtue which is the hallmark of all heroes.
8. Don’t halt, keep moving. You are sure to find abundance along the path. Gautam Buddha used to say, ‘Charaiveti, chraiveti, ‘Keep moving forward’…
9. In the great sadhu and Nath traditions of ancient India, Sad Sangat or keeping good company was repeatedly emphasised. This applies to all spheres of life: good company unlocks our potential. It keeps one balanced, inwardly strong, confident and unshakeable. Our best ideas materialize through our interactions with the best people.
10. The narratives of Mahavir and others in Indian spiritual history teach us that the highest daring is to endure the taunts, sneers or aggression of people in a serene manner. Courage is to walk alone if required, or with others, but always with inward grace and serenity. So too with Jesus in the Middle East.
11. Great people find ecstasy in their work. There is a ‘samadhi’ like experience of absolute bliss amongst the greatest creators while they are creating or working: Mozart, Ramanujam, Einstein, Newton, Steve Jobs, and others. It is the quality of ananda or great bliss.
12. The occult science of alchemy, called Rasayan in ancient India, is the art of turning the ordinary into the extraordinary. It is a metaphor for the great secret of taking the commonplace and making it something of great value.The consciousness is the ultimate alchemical lab, where just changing the attitude, the perspective, can create infinite value. The turning point is within us: what we create inwardly leads also to outward wellness, value, fulfilment.