Hahahahha, well you guys must be thinking that this guy is gone, the guy who used to write on any topic possible is now writing only on love.
Well, you got it all wrong guys.
Yes, Love is an important aspect of my life but it’s not my life.
You know I’m eclectic.
Anyways, leaving self-description behind.
Let’s get to the topic.
These days my new found interest is Economics + Finance and it’s the relationship with psychology or maybe philosophy too and as I am an Indian so my country also comes into the picture, now I’m thinking you guys are now bit predisposed to the topic.
Okay and this topic was in my mind for a considerable amount of time.
I just wanted to write someday.
So, where should I begin as im completely lost in the introduction?
Tell me, How many of you are following your heart?
Means doing what you love.
Let me rephrase,
How many of you are not following your heart?
Hmm, negative is the better.
If I say that if you’re not following your heart then you are doing a great disservice to this nation.
Should I call you anti-national?
Hahaha, no I won’t.
But,frankly speaking, you’re( yeah disservice you anti-national :P)
How and Why?
Yes, these two thoughtful questions will come into your heart and also mind.
I will explain.
First, let’s understand the concept of talent.
In Hindu ancient Texts it’s called Svadharma.
Okay, let’s see what ancient texts and philosophers have to say on this.
Swadharma is that action which is in accordance with your nature. It is acting in accordance with your skills and talents, your own nature (svabhava), and that which you are responsible for (karma).
Any action that does not make you feel afraid or restless is Swadharma. That action which you feel compelled to do, without which you feel restless is swadharma.
Now do not misunderstand this and say, ‘I feel restless if I do not drink alcohol’. No! Not at all.
Every time you feel restless, it not always because of Swadharma. But at the same time not following your swadharma always makes you feel restless.
That is why it is said in the Bhagavad Gita, ‘Swadharme nidhanam shreyah paradharmo bhayaavahah’ (3.35).
When we do something without authenticity, just to show off to another person, that is when we feel fear because such action is not genuine, it does not come from the heart. But when we do something that is authentic and from the heart, then there is no fear.
When someone speaks lies, they definitely feel scared somewhere inside. But someone who speaks the truth does not feel scared at all. In fact, speaking the truth and abiding by it brings so much strength to you, isn’t it? This is what Swadharma is.
When we follow that which comes naturally to us in our life, then it brings abundance and prosperity to us. When we flow in accordance with our nature, we grow from within. Any action that uplifts us is our Swadharma.
Dharma is that which holds the mind, intellect, memory and our inner soul together in harmony. Growth comes when we follow our swadharma.
Okay, some more also.
How many times have we asked ourselves ‘Why do I have to do this? Why am I working so hard? What am I getting out of this?’ Often in life, we simply go through the motions without questioning and if this questioning does occur, it happens too late in life. The problem lies in the fact that we do not pursue what we love.
We take up career paths depending on the ‘scope for success’ that it has, in other words, the amount of money we can make, rather than following our own calling. But is success merely about money and fame? Or is it something more? Isn’t success about being happy, about being at peace with oneself?
The reason most of us find ourselves unhappy is that we are engaging ourselves in fields of activity that are at loggerheads with what we really want to do. Work must be something that we look forward to. Even to achieve sustainable ‘success’, we need to go about our jobs with passion. The problem is that we don’t have the courage to follow our conviction. We are too worried about how we will ‘live’, another pseudonym for earning money. And in trying to live, we die. We kill our talents by not engaging in fields of activity that require their use. We are too scared about what others might think if we want to become painters, musicians, archaeologists, poets or philosophers.
To really be successful, the first thing we need to do is do some soul-seeking and introspection and find out what our talents and strengths are. Having done this, simply jump into the chosen arena and go about what you love doing. Gandhiji said ‘Find purpose, the means will follow’ and how true it is. Anyone who has put his work before himself and dedicated his talent for some higher purpose has never suffered. In fact, these are the only people who truly ‘live’. Money comes where there is merit and true merit can only be acquired in the field of our talent. The Gita refers to this field of talent as svadharma. In the Gita, Lord Krishna powerfully asserts, ‘Better is svadharma though devoid of merit than paradharma (opposite to one’s own nature and talent) well discharged; better is death in svadharma, paradharma is fraught with fear’. Wayne Dyer says we often know the right thing to do; the hard part is doing it. We often know what our talents are deep down, but we don’t heed their calling. We think success is all about money, name and fame. Ask those who have all of these if they think they are happy and successful. Chances are slim.
The best part of pursuing our svadharma is that it puts us on the spiritual path without even wanting to be there. Only through the field of one’s svadharma can one find what one seeks in life. It’s never too late to switch. For those who think they are too old, make time to pursue svadharmic activity but for those who think they are young enough, go for it, chase your dreams and believe in yourself even if others doubt you. Prove the doubters wrong, create a path for the rest to follow and most importantly, realize that great potential that lies dormant in each one of us. All of us have our talents but we need to uncover and fulfil them. Have the courage, follow your conviction. You will be rewarded, have faith in yourself and God. By doing this, we put ourselves on the Spiritual Highway
Too much attention is paid to the movement of others rather than ourselves, all we need to do is to find our lane, find our speed and move on!
Hmm, so did you understand now.
But, you know our country India was totally on the wrong path, but now yes thanks to the internet and globalization things are changing but still not as the way they should be going.
Well yeah, I’m optimistic and cynical at the same time, can’t help I’m too balanced 😛
So okay now.
How not following your svadharma leads to a national crisis?
First, let’s understand how the economy of the country works.
See, the first idea you must be getting in your mind regarding the economy is money.
Hhahaha,well that’s just superficial way to think.
See,money is just a paper created to reduce the disadvantages of barter system.
Nothing more ,Nothing less.
The economy is more of it.
Consider it a cycle of supply and demand and out of this cycle jobs and wealth are created.
Hmm,and finance is a subpart of the economy which deals with money yes only money.
It’s like taking money from my hand and giving it to you or taking money from your hand and giving it to banks or banks giving money to companies .
Its just movement of money from here and there, nothing more.
So,How’s economics and finance related to Svadharma(talent) ?
Oh.No no ,You’re opening a Pandora’s Box.
How many of you have gone to see a Movie or maybe bought a novel or maybe ate a traditional dish at a restaurant?
Don’t you pay ?
Well, there’s everything starts.
These actors, chefs, models, book writers and even army officers or fighter pilots or even dancers and what, not all these people are following their talents isn’t?
They are just following what they love and see now that what impact they have on yours and my life.
Consider for one day all these actors stopped making movies and all these chefs stopped making food and all these fashion designers stopped designing clothes.
How dull our life would be ?
Leave our life.
See the impact on Indian economy.
The whole Bollywood which involves millions of artists from hairstylers, stuntman/woman, directors ,scriptwriters all these people will go jobless and if they go jobless then see their families have no source of income and they’ll starve.
And just think how our economy will fall ?
Now, this is what not following your svadharma does.
But,you know in India even knowing all this we somehow do something which is totally anti-national.
What’s that ?
Forcing our children into careers they don’t have natural disposition too.
Means if I want to be a dancer but in actual my parents want me to be a doctor.
Hhahahah,Poles apart careers.
In India , engineer and doctors are considered professions next to God.
Why I am saying this ?
The reason is that we give importance to survival more than to happiness.
We think if someone is earning money then he’s everything.
Well,yes earning money and having settled life is a must without it no passion can be followed.
But, Why don’t make your passion your vocation?
Like getting paid for something you love to do.
This way you’ll be doing what you love and getting paid for it too .
And, simultaneously doing a great service to the nation by adding money to its taxes.
But, That involves Risk ,Isn’t it ?
Yes ,it involves risk.
The doubt whether your chosen field will generate revenue or not.
Yes, I totally agree.
Okay here’s a solution, get a job which finances your needs and makes you financially independent and when you start earning good in your svadharma then leave that job.
This is my philosophy.
But you know what happens in our society.
So if you ask an artist to study science and maths then this will happen.
He/she will never be happy in studying that and will be always in depression.
And with added expectations from their parents and taunt from their society they just hang themselves.
India Ranks 122/140 in Global Happiness Index.
Sad, yes . Statistically sad.
Now, these are the disadvantages or maybe troubles of not following your svadharma.
Now, The advantages.
Some philosophical thought from artsof living blog.
Give highest priority to ‘Swadhrama’
I was a bit shocked when Rishiji told that “Don’t try to make anyone happy. Your first and foremost duty is to be happy yourself. That is your ‘Swadharma’. Give highest priority to your Swadharma.”
I thought, “Is he teaching us to be selfish?”
But after a bit of introspection and little explanation by Rishiji, I realized that whatever he was telling was an irrefutable fact. I don’t even have control over my own mind. How can I have control over others mind? Isn’t it foolish to take responsibility of someone else’s state of mind?
Most of the times, I don’t even take responsibility for my own state of mind. I think that I am happy or sad because of some person, situation or place. I fail to realize that my own mental conditioning and attitude is responsible for the way I respond to outside situation. No person, situation or place can make me happy or sad. If my mind is bitter, I can’t find joy anywhere in the world. If my mind is sweet, I can find joy everywhere. My own internal mental environment is responsible for the way in which I act or react to outside influences. I realized that I am responsible for the state of my own mind and no one else.
It is my duty to see that people near me are comfortable, but I can’t make them happy. If I think that I can make someone happy, it is an illusion. At the most, I can show someone the way to happiness. It is up to them to find their happiness. Usually, we fall in this trap of trying to make others happy and in the process lose our own happiness and also fail miserably in our so-called noble mission of making others happy.
Rishiji gave an apt example of safety instructions which the Air Hostess gives regarding wearing the Oxygen Mask during emergency. First one should wear his/her own Oxygen Mask and then help others to wear their Oxygen Mask. Same is the case with happiness.
Happiness is contagious. The company of a happy person makes others happy. So just be happy! Be happy, because it is our ‘Swadharma’.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ji has given a beautiful definition of ‘Swadharma’. He says, “Any action that uplifts us is our Swadharma…..Growth comes when we follow our Swadharma.”
In the Bhagavad Geeta (3.35), Sri Krihna tells that: ‘Swadharme nidhanam shreyah paradharmo bhayaavahah’ – It is better to die following one’s own ‘Swadharama ‘ than to follow ‘Paradharma’. The path of ‘Paradharma’ is full of unknown dangers.
To be happy in true sense, the first and foremost thing to do is to take responsibility of our own mind. But this is easier said than done. Taking responsibility of our own mind requires extraordinary level of awareness and self-effort. Only with regular Sadhana, Seva & Satsang can one get that heightened level of awareness and energy which can help us to become a true master of our own mind.
Now,my economic and financial thought.
Do you know about GDP?
It’s just the value of the products and services of a country.
Means if steel is produced in my country then what’s its value in dollars or maybe if someone is doing some job then its value in dollars.
In short, its just the concept of that everything can be valued in money.
The above graph says that USA and China are having great GDP’s , but this doesn’t imply that their people are following their svadharma because they’re may be people who are earning but not doing what they love and this statistic shows that.
See where USA is and where China is ?
Nowhere at the Top.
That’s why our GDP’s should measure happiness also because that’s quality.
So , how’s svadharma connected to GDP ?
Well if you’re adding your invention or maybe service into the market then you are actually increasing GDP of your country.
It’s as simple as that.
And moreover .
The more is the diversified economy the lesser are the chances of it to undergo financial crisis.
Just because everyone will be following his or her svadharma and as each other’s svadharma is different it will lead to diversification of economy.
Here’s an Quora answer by sean lee.
Economic diversification refers to the expansion of economic activity into different sectors, often through government directives.
The most evident advantage of doing so would be to increase the resilience of an economy. Just as one does not “put all eggs into one basket”, national economies as a rule of thumb should not be heavily reliant on a particular sector to drive growth. As seen in Venezuela and Saudi Arabia, the 2016 plunge in global oil prices through the economies of these oil-dependent nations into disarray. Other Gulf petrostates are attempting to avoid this fate by diversifying into other sectors, such as tourism, financial services and clean energy generation. As such, economic diversification helps ease the effects of cyclical downturns, including cyclical unemployment.
Expanding into other sectors will open up a variety of new jobs as the demand increases, helping to alleviate structural unemployment by “future-proofing” economies. Particularly when the economy is trade-oriented, beckons foreign capital investment to flow into the country, energising businesses and governments to ramp up growth by spending on fixed capital, infrastructure and so on.
Lastly, economic diversification helps improve the economic well-being of citizens, especially when one transitions from primary to secondary to tertiary industries in the process of diversification. Primary industries like mining and agriculture are usually low value since they deal mainly with commodities without much value-adding done. Secondary industries such as manufacturing are higher up on the value chain since it takes expertise and infrastructure to create products in demand from raw materials. Following the same chain of thought, tertiary industries are usually the highest value ones since they require specialized infrastructure, highly skilled individuals that are hard to obtain. Examples include computer programming and international banking, amongst other service-based sectors. Diversification while moving up the value chain will result in higher incomes and further economic growth as an economy transitions into high-value exports, evidently seen in the miraculous growth of the “4 Asian Tigers” in the 60s and 70s as they moved to manufacturing heavy industries when diversification from previous niches.
Now coming to Fiscal deficit.
Expenditure – Revenue= Fiscal deficit(generally government’s expenditure and revenue)
India’s fiscal deficit is 3.4% of GDP means we OWE 3.4 % of our GDP in loans.
Means or government is borrowing money in order to spend on things like defence ,social services etc just because they are not getting enough money from revenue like taxes.
That’s huge amount , isn’t it ?
So today if you start a new venture or maybe do a job which you like the government will take a small part of it in form of taxes and there and then if you’re doing anything in this world but paying your taxes then you are asset to this nation.
Now just see the benefits of following your svadharma.
You will be happy.
Everyone around you will be happy because you are happy.
You are earning means you are improving economy of your country.
And if economy of your country is improving then many people are getting jobs and thus they are coming out of poverty.
Just see the service you are doing the universe.
Great .Keep it up.
And always follow your SVADHARMA.