We have to risk going too far to know how far we can go
Suppose we are seeking something that requires effort and involves risk. When we start stretching ourselves, others may caution us, “You are going too far now. Better be careful.”
While it’s always desirable to be cautious, it’s undesirable to let caution stop us from action. To achieve anything worthwhile, we need to dedicate ourselves, which often equates with going too far in the world’s estimate. Only when we stretch ourselves do we discover the layers of strength and stamina that we lie hidden within us. During the normal course of life, most of us don’t even bother to test the possible existence of such layers of persistence and resilience. This principle of going too far is critical for attaining any happiness that is meaningful and fulfilling. For such higher joys in the mode of goodness, the underlying principle is stated in the Bhagavad-gita (18.37); they taste like poison initially and like nectar eventually.
This principle applies especially to our spiritual pursuit. If we want to realize the ultimate spiritual reality and relish the highest transcendental joy, we need to put in the miles. We need to offer our body, mind, soul, our everything, to our spiritual quest. Pertinently, the Gita states that those on the spiritual path are single-pointed in their determination (02.41). Such dedication is needed for all spiritual seekers and especially for those devoted to the supreme spiritual reality, Krishna (09.14).
When we thus strive to go too far, endeavoring to go beyond the worldly consciousness that is our comfort zone, we start relishing glimpses of love of Krishna, which is the zenith of all spiritual joys. Thus, we realize that, by divine grace, we can contribute toward creating a life that is far more meaningful and fulfilling than what we thought was ever possible.
Think it over:
- How does any worthwhile achievement require us to go too far?
- How does the spiritual quest require us to go too far?
- In our search for a fulfilling life, what is the furthest we can go to?
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