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Be Progressive, Repel Obsessive Desires

Pandit Shriram Sharma Acharya

Rishi Chintan (ॠषि चिंतन)

 Be progressive, repel obsessive desires

(हम कामनाग्रस्त न हों - प्रगतिशील बनें)

by Pandit Shriram Sharma Acharya (www.awgp.org

Craving to seek progress and fulfillment of ambitions seemingly look very similar. However, on closer examination, we will find them to be radically different entities. Both of them may induce similar initial passion but eventually lead to different directions and have different outcomes. 

Progress is the necessity which induces the character to evolve, talents to excel and capabilities to grow. This means that it triggers development of all those abilities which can help body, mind, efforts and nature to stay in good shape, become refined and developed in every way. This is indeed a genuine progress because only people equipped with such a developed character have desirable inner strength to take courageous steps and achieve astonishing feats. 

On the other hand, the person who is obsessively overambitious has a state of mind like that of a drug addict. Ambitions have no end. Many people, regardless of their situation, ability and resources, often cherish such unrealistic ambitions and will always remain anxious to realize them, as quickly as they can and in whichever way possible. Such ambitions are indeed almost impossible to fulfill and yet keeps the person extremely restless and impatient to realize them. The intense desire that cannot adapt to the reality is called an ambition. It is an indication shallowness rather than that of progressiveness! 

-Pt. Shriram Sharma Acharya

Translated from - Pandit Shriram Sharma Acharya’s work


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