Relationships are always mend to be Revolutionizing, Let’s take this short story as an example. There was once a very noble, but a very short-tempered king. This king had a witty court jester who had the freedom to mock even the king in humor.
One day, when the king was in one of his foul moods, the jester made a joke which offended the king. In a flash of temper, the king condemned the jester to death. According to the rules of the court, it was not right to condemn a jester to death when he was performing his act. The king himself realized his mistake as soon as he passed the sentence. However, being an egoistic man, he felt he had to carry out the punishment. To console himself for his wrongdoing, the king decided to let the jester choose how he wanted to die.
When asked, the jester said, “I prefer to die of old age.”
The jester was not only witty but also smart. One has to be smart in life. Knowledge should not just be information; a wise application of that information is necessary in life. It is said working hard does not make a difference, but working smart makes a difference. Ask yourself – are you smart? You may have a lot of knowledge about your body and health. But are you eating smartly, exercising smartly, thinking smartly, earning smartly, and living smartly? Are you smart in your relationships? Explore this for yourself.
In relationships, people usually look for comfort, security, or gratification. If you are using your partner or spouse for gratification or security, then you are using them and not contributing to them. When you use them, deep within, you experience a sense of isolation. Even though you are with them, inwardly you feel an isolation since you are using them for sex or security. This is not an actual relationship.
Truth is that most of us are not aware of how we are relating to people. This in change, leads to stress or conflict. To get out of stress or conflict, we seek pleasure. But pleasure is just a form of escape. Our pursuits of pleasure are thus an escape from the stress or conflict we feel in life. And living this way is neither smart, nor does it show clarity of thought.
So, how should you relate to yourselves and others? You have to let the relationships be the mirrors in which you see yourself and understand yourself. In the understanding of yourself, there is true knowledge, and when we relate out of that true knowledge, there is the right action.
All the relationships should lead you to understanding yourself, and thereby discovering the right action. In that right action, you realize the joy of contributing to others, the joy of giving to others, the joy of making a difference to others. Then your actions are ‘out of joy’ and not ‘for joy’. There is no inner isolation and hence no loneliness. When we use others, we will be lonely inwardly. If you are sensitive, you will realize this.
There must be a fundamental revolution in the relationships we have with people and with ideas. For that, it is essential to understand oneself through the relationships. We must realize that without self-knowledge, our efforts only create further confusion and misery.
Let us all resolve to be aware of ourselves and know ourselves. Let us live life wisely and remember what relationships are really for. We may not get a chance like the jester to choose how we want to die. So, in the time that we have, let us choose to be smart. Do not waste this opportunity and this lifetime.
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