Powerful Thoughts on Positive Mental Attitude
Developing a positive mental attitude in life is not easy as developing a negative attitude. Our mind is naturally biased to the negative side. Some people say why we are having these bad times. They curse their life moments. It’s common.
Some people say why we are always having bad times. This is where one feels sucked. His all expectations vaporize.
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He loses his mental strength, motivation, and courage. His fear becomes dominant.
Here, vague motivational thoughts don’t bring him back. Sometimes, these only further strengthen his negative attitude. (Read also 6 Reasons Positive Thinking Doesn’t Yield the Desired Result)
He needs solid facts to cheer up his mind. Something that convinces his subconscious mind. And, a concrete belief system that lay faith in his life moments.
Some people look for spiritual thoughts to regain their confidence. Some feel motivated on looking at other’s life.
Some compare their life with others and feel even down. Some judge their life with failures of the other people and feel relieved.
Bad times are a matter of mind, time, deeds, and situations. It has to treat accordingly.
Your desire might lose in time, but no effort will be lost. Every act has its own unique result and it will be executed at some time or the other.
Here are the positive thinking stories of great yogis that are powerful enough to bring positive changes in your life. (Read also 8 Most Powerful and Inspirational Quotes in Spirituality)
Talks with Krishna – Mahabharata
This is an extract from the 4000 years old epic Mahabharata. This is the talk between the great yogi Krishna and warrior Karna on the eve of the Kurukshetra war. It was to convince Karna to take the right path. But, he has the excuses to remain on that side.
Karna asked Krishna, “My mother left me the moment I was born. Is it my fault that I was born as an illegitimate child?
I did not get the education from Dhronacharya (guru) because he considered me as a non-Kshatriya (not belonging to the royal family of Kings).
Parasuram taught me but then gave me the curse to forget everything since I was a Kshatriya.
My arrow accidentally hit a cow and its owner cursed me for no fault of mine.
The authorities disgraced me in Draupathi’s marriage ceremony. Even my mother Kunti finally told me the truth only to save her other sons.
Whatever I received was from my friend Duryodhana’s charity. So how am I wrong in taking his side?
Krishna replied, “Karna, I was born in jail.”
Death was awaiting me even before my birth. The night I was born, circumstances separated me from my birth parents.
From childhood, you grew up hearing the noise of swords, chariots, horses, bows, and arrows. I got only cowherd’s shed, the smell of dung, inconvenience, and inconsistencies.
No army, no coaching. I could hear people saying I am the reason for all their problems. (Read also 3 Proven Ways Highly Successful People Get Motivated in Life)
When your teacher appreciated all of you for your valor, I had not even received any education. I joined the gurukul of Rishi Sandipani only at the age of 16.
You married a girl of your choice. I didn’t get the girl I loved and rather ended up marrying those who I rescued from the wizards.
I had to move my whole community from the banks of Yamuna to a far-off seashore to save them from the cruelties of Jarasanda. People called me a coward for running away!
If Duryodhana wins the war, you will get a lot of credit. What do I get if my side Yuddhishtira wins the war? Only the blame for the war and all related problems.
Remember one thing, Karna. Everybody has challenges in life.
Life is not fair on anybody!!!
Duryodhana also has a lot of unfairness in life so has the Yudhishthira. And it depends on their past deeds as the reaction precedes the action.
But what is right (dharma) is discernible to your mind (conscience). No matter how much unfairness we had, how many times the people disgraced us, how many times the societies denied us, what was due to us, what is important is how you react to it at that time.
Stop whining Karna. Life’s unfairness does not give you the license to walk down the wrong path. That brings only more oddness in your life. (Read also 9 Rules for Being Human From Ancient Sanskrit)
Always remember, life may be tough at a point, but destiny is not the result of the shoes we wear but the steps we take.
How to Bring Positive Vibes – Ramakrishna Paramahamsa?
This is the talk between Swami Vivekananda and Ramakrishna in their early days.
Vivekananda: I can’t find free time. Life has become hectic.
Ramakrishna: Activity gets you busy. But, productivity gets you free. (Read also How to Become More Productive In Your Life?)
Vivekananda: Why has life become complicated now?
Ramakrishna: Stop analyzing life. It makes it complicated. Just live it.
Vivekananda: Why are we then constantly unhappy?
Ramakrishna: Worrying has become your habit. That’s why you are unhappy. (Read 4 Ultimate Ways to Discover Life Purpose and Increase Happiness)
Vivekananda: Why do good people always suffer?
Ramakrishna: Diamond cannot be polished without friction. Good people go through the trials, but don’t suffer. With the experience, their life becomes better, not bitter.
Vivekananda: You mean to say such an experience is useful?
Ramakrishna: Yes, in every term. Experience is a hard teacher. She gives the test first and the lesson later.
Vivekananda: It’s because of so many problems; we don’t know where we are heading.
Ramakrishna: If you look outside you will not know where you are heading. Look inside. Eyes provide sight. The heart provides the way.
Vivekananda: Does failure hurt more than moving in the right direction?
Ramakrishna: Success is a measure as decided by others. Satisfaction is a measure as decided by you.
Vivekananda: What surprises you about the people?
Ramakrishna: When they suffer they say why me? When they prosper they never ask why me? Both are parts of life.
Vivekananda: How can I get the best out of my life?
Ramakrishna: Face your past without regret. Handle your present with confidence. Prepare for the future without the fear.
Vivekananda: One last question. Sometimes I feel I have unanswered prayers.
Ramakrishna: There are no unanswered prayers. Keep the faith and drop the fear. Neither act goes vain. Every thought will produce its effect at some time or the other. Life is a mystery to solve, not a problem to resolve. Trust me, life is wonderful if you know how to live. (Read also 5 Proven Ways to Increase Your Mental Strength)
Ramana Maharishi’s Words of Wisdom
At a very young age, Ramana Maharishi left home as an ascetic. He stayed and meditated for days in Thiruvannamalai in utter silence. He was a mouni (renouncing speech for days or months). His mother worried about his austerities and wanted to bring him back.
Ramana’s mother reached Thiruvannamalai, along with her other son. He was lying on a rock and facing the east. Notwithstanding the matted locks, elongated nails, dust-laden face, and the loincloth, the mother immediately recognized her son. She broke down, coaxed, and begged her son to return home.
The Swami Ramana neither spoke nor moved. She entreated him in many ways, recounted to him her tribulations, and pleaded with him but the Swami did not utter a single word or yield.
One man intervened and asked the Swami to have some consideration for the mother and at least give a reply to satisfy her.
He gave him a piece of paper and pencil and asked him to write out the reply at least, instead of being silent. The Swami accepted the argument and wrote thus:
The Ordainer controls the fate of souls following their past deeds – their prarabdha karma. Whatever is destined not to happen will not happen – try how hard you may. Whatever is destined to happen will happen, do what you may to stop it. This is certain. The best course, therefore, is for one to be silent.
So, complaining about a negative situation brings nothing useful. The best mental attitude is to accept it as itself. That makes the difference in how you respond to it. But not the excuse to abstain from one’s duties.
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