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Success in Life-A Young Person's Guide

by Swami Chidananda

Please try to understand the correct implication of the term "successful life". When you talk of success with reference to life, it does not merely mean succeeding in everything that you undertake or do; it does not merely mean succeeding in fulfilling all wants or getting whatever you desire; it does not just mean acquiring a name or attaining a position or imitating fashionable ways and appearing modern or up-to-date.

The essence of true success is what you make of yourself. It is the conduct of life that you develop, it is the character that you cultivate, and it is the type of person you become. This is the central meaning of successful living. Such successful life is one that succeeds in producing an ideal individual. Your success is not measured in terms of what all you obtain but in terms of what you become, how you live, and what actions you do. Upon this point reflect well and attain great happiness.

Are you committed to something very definite, very clear, very unmistakable? Ask yourself this question. Keep on asking until you are clear, until you are absolutely certain about your answer to this question. For according to your commitment, that will be your life.

God's plan for you is the ultimate experience of the divine perfection which is your innermost reality, which is your true Self. Let life become this process of fulfilling God's plan for you. You will bless your own immediate environment, your nation and the entire world.

A LETTER FROM SWAMI CHIDANANDAJI

My Dear Child!

Remember, you are a Divine Child of God no matter what age or stage you are in. Therefore, at all times be Divine in your thoughts, words, and actions. Be Strong. Be Fearless in Truth. Have firm Courage to be yourself. Do not be weak and wish to imitate others but be spiritual strong and bold and do not be afraid to differ from the crowd if you think that is that right thing to do.

To flow with the stream is easy but to swim against the currents needs guts. That's what being Divine means, namely, having the guts to remain what you are without being dragged into being what every A. B...Z is nowadays. Independent and original! That's what this Swami wants to find in you at all times, in all conditions, under all circumstances, in all crowds. Head and shoulders high above the rest. But with no snobbery or superiority. Just simply, with humility; but with strength.

You will get respect. You help others that way because you will show a new way, a new out of the mess which teenagers are in since the past 25 years. God bless you and may you shine as a light.

Be an excellent student. Be on understanding son or daughter. An Ideal human Individual be. Also a true Lover of all that is Good, Virtuous and Beautiful.

Live simply but think nobly. Feel Divinity and act Ideally. Be perfect in small things and little acts day by day. Try to make each single day full of Truth, Selflessness, Nobility, and purity. Life will be grand and glorious then because your life is made up single days one after another. Take thought of your day!


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