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Lessons from history on the deadly power of mind – Part 2

“Self is a sea boundless and measureless” – Kahlil Gibran (Lebanese writer and poet)

Acceptance also means accepting principles that help us align to our true north. Making principles like trust, honesty, and gratitude as a part of our daily life brings rich rewards of self-worth and better sense control. Improved awareness and greater mind control is then a by-product of principle centred living.

Great victories are won by brains, not brawns alone. Remember Julius Ceaser was invincible, well almost. As a young man, he was kidnapped for a ransom. His sense of worth was hurt when he discovered that his captors had demanded a meagre amount. He asked them to raise the ransom. He also assured them that he’d return and kill each one of them. They laughed at what they thought was Ceaser’s childish claim. But the mighty Ceaser did exactly that. He returned with his troops, and crucified his captors.

Julius Ceaser was strong, determined and successful, yet he was humbled by a younger and more ambitious woman.

Ceaser’s imperial ambitions soared; he wanted to control Egypt as a Roman colony. Yet the twenty-one year old Cleopatra, a fiercely ambitious princess of Egypt, who had been banished by her brother, sought the throne of Egypt. To achieve her plan, she seduced the fifty-one year old Ceaser with her feminine charms. Ceaser not only succumbed to her manipulation, and abandoned his plan to capture Egypt, but also restored her to the throne by defeating her brother in battle. The strong Ceaser became a victim, and like a toy, used and dumped by a more powerful person. Later the same mighty Ceaser lay butchered by his own men- sixty members of the Roman senate stabbed him. An inglorious end to a stalwart personality!

Once after crushing a rebellion and civil war Ceaser had proclaimed, “Veni, Vidi, Vici” (I came, I saw, I conquered). Still he now was destroyed, first by Cleopatra, and then betrayed by his own trusted senate.

Like Ceaser we may conquer the world outside of us, and set our eyes on becoming the CEO of our company. We may want to be the Prime minister, or a Bollywood Superstar. But what about our inner world? Are we being cheated by our own Cleopatra and Brutus like mind and ego? Are we foolishly marching ahead, while ignoring the temptations, distractions and rebellion inside of ourselves? Do we live by integrity and trust or do we give in to lethargy and indulgence?

For victory over distractions and challenges, we need to accept ourselves the way we are, and humbly, yet happily, work within our limitations, and move forward with principles and values that are in harmony with universal laws. We need to forgive and accept and approve of ourselves, rather than seek to fulfil an ambition that’s disconnected from our true selves.

Acceptance helps us enlarge our emotional treasury. Thus equipped, we’d surely be able to tolerate the troublesome wrangling of the mind.

Besides improving our awareness and accepting ourselves, we also need to keep our aspirations pure. This would help us not only attain a victory over our rebellious mind, but also discover an inner sense of meaning and contentment.

To be continued…

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