The Power Of A Positive Attitude: Lessons From Indian Mythology

15/05/2015 8:32 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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Dealing with negativity does not need good aptitude but good attitude. To find negativity in an extremely positive situation requires you to just be human. But to find positivity in an extremely negative situation requires you to be an evolved human.

Such human evolution is not a matter of chance; it is a matter of choice! A problem dealt with positivity is spelled as opportunity. Hidden within calamitous problems are hidden opportunities. In the Mahabharata, when Arjuna visited the heavens, he was cursed by Urvashi (for refusing her sensuous advances) to become a eunuch. He converted that calamity into an opportunity by using it to his advantage during the one year of exile he spent incognito.

Krishna converted the calamity caused by the thousand-hooded demoniac snake Kaliya into an opportunity to exhibit his dancing skills to the residents of Vrindavan. He converted a threat into theatre.

You cannot solve a problem with the same mindset that caused the problem. In the Ramayana, instead of arguing with Keikeyi and trying to claim his rights over the throne, Rama dealt with the situation from a higher level. He disclosed that he was in fact waiting for such an opportunity where he could unload his burden of responsibilities and learn from the sages in the forest. When an eagle is attacked by a flock of crows, it chooses to fly higher and out of the crows' reach rather than fight back. Rather than delve into negative situations, Rama chose to focus on the positives awaiting him.

Problems are your best chance to prove your maturity. Anyone can fake maturity in fair weather, but to act maturely in tough climates is a sign of a seasoned traveller. In the Mahabharata, the Kauravas cheated the Pandavas by giving them barren land named Khandava Prastha as their share. They accepted it gratefully and worked hard transforming it into Indra Prastha, a realm better than the heavens. A problem when seen from proximity and with clarity appears small. The same problem when seen from a distance and with obscurity appears gigantic.

When a good attitude comes in contact with a bad problem, the result is an inspirational story.

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