THE Isha Upanishad tells us, “Those who see themselves in all creatures and all creatures in themselves know no fear.” The 23rd Psalm also narrates: “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil. Thou art with me.” The Katha Upanishad quotes: “The supreme self is beyond name and form, beyond the senses, inexhaustible. Those who realize the self are forever free from the jaws of death.” Most of us go through life utilizing only a very small part of our capacity. When the awakening comes, we use more and more, knowing that the energy we draw is inexhaustible. For anything and everything happening, there is a cause and effect. That is called Purushaartha or Self Effort and the Effect is called Praarabdha or Destiny. In sum, whatever we are today is the effect of past deeds and whatever we will be tomorrow will be the effect of what we do today. William Jennings Bryan, American Statesman, orator and reformer (1860-1925) said: “
Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.”
Lila and Dewitt Wallace were avid readers. They decided to clip the best articles they read and reprint them in abridged form with the permission of the authors. They launched a new magazine called ‘Reader’s Service’. Publishers thought that the couple was crazy. Why should anyone read secondhand articles? But they continued the publication, ignoring criticism and adverse witticism. Later, writers began contributing original articles for publication. In 1922 they began publishing the Readers Digest which is now published in 17 languages creating a readership of 100 million. The small light becomes a searchlight when you increase the wattage!
You make a difference by giving something of yourself for the betterment of others. That is the philosophy behind the scout movement founded by William Baden-Powell. He said: “Why not make this world a better place to live having lived here a lifetime?” To give something to others, you have to start with yourself, connect with others, network with them to become a whole. The Lord exists in everyone and everywhere, you can’t do it alone. If your actions are good, your life will be a success. It is as simple as that!