There is a beautiful story which I want to share. Once there was a blacksmith in a village, a very poor man. It looked like he acted like a magnet to all the problems in the world. They were visiting him too often. But he was a devout, very prayerful person. Once, a friend of his who did not believe in all this came and said, “What nonsense, you going on praying to your god. Look at your life! All the time you are in trouble.”
So the blacksmith said, “See, I know only this profession. Everything I have learned, I have learned by being a blacksmith. If I want to make a useful tool, I take a piece of steel, heat it, beat it, cool it, heat it, beat it… If a piece of steel cannot take the heating and beating and cooling, then I throw it on the scrap heap. Otherwise it becomes a useful tool. So my prayer is only this: “Dear god, heat me, beat me, cool me, do whatever– but don’t ever throw me on the scrap heap.”
The scrap heap is a comfortable place. Nobody beats you, nobody heats you, nobody does anything to you, but you are on the scrap heap. You should not be afraid of pain, you should not be afraid of hardship, you should not be afraid of death. “Don’t put me on the scrap heap.” That should be the only fear for a person on the spiritual path.
Stress is not a part of your life. Stress is just your inability to manage your own system. Stress happens not because of the nature of your work. The Prime Minister is complaining of stress, the peon is also complaining of stress. In between, every other person is saying his job is stressful. And those who are unemployed also find their situation stressful.
So stress is obviously not about your job, isn’t it? It is just that you do not know how to manage your body, your mind, your emotions, your energy, your chemistry – you do not know how to manage anything. You are functioning by accident, so everything is stressful. If you get into a car where if you turn the steering wheel one way, the car goes in the opposite direction, you’ll be stressed, isn’t it?
So stress is just an inability to manage the inner situation, not the outer situation. Essentially, the quality of our lives changes and transforms not because we change the content of our lives, but only because we change the context of our lives. If someone is living a beautiful life, it does not mean he is doing something different. When he wakes up in the morning, he also goes to the toilet. He also brushes his teeth. He also does the same things. But somehow, his life is magical and beautiful because of the context.
This could have happened to people when they fall in love with someone. When they fell in love, and everything becomes different because the context of their life has changed. But then, once they fall out of love, again, the context of their life changes and they become miserable. Changing the content of your life as you wish may not be possible because you need permission from the situations in which you exist, but changing the context is something that you can do willfully. You don’t need anyone’s permission. It is not at all situational.
On a certain day, three men were working in one place. Another man came by and asked the first man, “What are you doing here?” The man looked up and said, “Are you blind? Can’t you see I’m cutting stone?” This person moved on to the next man and asked, “What are you doing here?” That man looked up and said, “Something to fill my belly. So I come here and do whatever they ask me to do. I just have to fill my belly, that’s all.” He went to the third man and asked, “What are you doing here?” That man stood up in great joy and said, “I’m building a beautiful temple here!” All of them were doing the same thing, but their experience of what they were doing was worlds apart.
Every human being, every moment of his life could be doing whatever he is doing in any one of these three contexts – and that will determine the quality of his life, not what he is actually doing. How simple or complex an activity is doesn’t change the quality of your life. With what context you do it changes the quality of your life.
On that day I was really busy. Due to the hectic schedule I had that day , I decided to have a quick lunch and for that I walked over to the snack counter. I ordered two samosas which was were kept in covered, warming trays, behind the counter with a glass sneeze guard.Can you quickly give that ? I cried. But the person in the counter took his time to put the handcover and with a picker he carefully picked the 2 Samosas and gave it to me. His face reflected the fact that hygiene is more important than anything. What is the cost ? I asked . Sir it is 60 rupees... Why 60 rupees ? , I can get this at 20 rupees outside !! I replied.
Sir , she said “ The vision of our company is to provide every Samosa lover with the best of Samosas and rid him of the sub standard unhygienic and unhealthy samosa dished out to him by the unscrupulous road side vendor.Prepared by a specialized chef we use the best quality ingredients to prepare the Samosa which is fried in a healthy, cholesterol free refined oil. In manufacturing our samosas we are proud of our unique and well-maintained facilities in food processing technique. All our samosas are prepared in a hygienic and modern kitchen, with NO PRESERVATIE added
I was really impressed and was really proud to take the samosa's.
I took the plate went to a table and started eating. Suddenly I lost all my five senses and got into the sixth sense and was standing near to a shop in one of the busy streets.
The shop was named "ABC caterers". There were so many boxes kept there. One person was standing there , should be a manager , and he was shouting “Raghu Why have you kept the box open and kept in ground ? ". You could have kept in the rack. And Raghu replied The rack is full of rats and cockroaches , yesterday some of the samosas were eaten by them . That is why I kept in the ground. OK at least keep them closed , it will be full of dust and whenever the BMPP sewage lorry moves so much of dust and garbage is coming inside. Has all the boxes arrived ?. Yes boxes for infosys , tcs... and as usual munnabhai's box is still to arrive. Go and get it , we have to deliver it fast shouted the manager.
Raghu started to leave somewhere and I followed Raghu. I understod that Raghu is going to munnbhai's house. Munnabhai's ghar or house was inside a slum.There was smell of sewage and sweets. Flies and mosquitoes settle on roadside carts of fruit and atop the hides of wandering goat .After the a journey through a dank maze of ever-narrowing passages we reached a canopy covered by smoke and sheet metal. Inside that there was a man , trying busy to prepare Samosa’s . Raghu asked “Munnabhai , abhi tak , Samosa ready nahi kya ?”. 10 minutes sir, “Munnabha replied. Munnbhai then started looking for the vessel . The vessel was somehow kept outside. Where is the broom for cleaning this ? Somewhere from the inside room , one lady throwed it and murmured Take it it is all yours. Then the poured the flour in to the table , started mixing everything. He kept the vessel on the stove , then he took a black barrel where the oil was stored , poured it and within ten minutes prepared the samosas , packed in a newspaper which was lying down in the floor and gave it to Raghu.
Raghu , came back to the shop and there was a box kept there . He carefully moved the SAMOSA’s and I just noticed the name “ it was the name of MY Company “ and I lost the sixth sense and came back to my senses and was in the table eating the samosa.
In the sixth sense we can see the reality . What I could see was the other 2 dimensions where the samosa’s are packed and made. The reality is that each individual has got three dimensions of life . The First the public life where we interact with our colleagues , twitter followers , facebook friends … The second the private/personal life where we interact with our spouse/parents/very closed friends and the third one is the secret life where we only know about ourselves . This is the space within oneself where the thoughts , desires and our basic essence lies. If the values , thoughts and beliefs are not clarified in this space can we carry it out to the other dimensions ? .