Would You Recognise Shree Rama?

You can consider this blog as a preface of my blog The Gifts of Obscurity or a continuation of my other blog People Don’t want Good. Either way, I mention them just to help you to think and understand even better this perspective I’m going to talk about in this blog.

Ok, I’ll not beat around the bush, let’s consider this hypothetical scenario and I’ll ask you the core question that kicks off the conversation. If Lord Shree Rama existed right now, would you recognize him? And since this is a hypothetical scenario, there are a few other conditions. Here, Rama is not a son of a King, his father is neither a grand craftsman nor a rich dad either. Hence he’s not the prince, no ascending throne, no marrying Seetha, no going to a forest, nothing, but all the qualities of his great personality remain the same.

Would you still recognize him? Would you recognize his skills, wisdom, the purest and the finest personality human minds could ever imagine? Would you recognize Shree Rama? Would you bow to him?

You may apply the same scenario to various others with other great personalities in place of Shree Rama. It may be Sri Shankaracharya or Swami Vivekananda. Would you recognize Shankara disguised in casual clothing? Would you recognize Swamiji before he went to the US and gave his amazing and world-famous speech?

And the answer is obvious and certainly no.

So with this in mind, I’ll give you a few points to takeaway.

  1. Even though no person may ever seem to reach such ideal states of personality, the essence remains in each and every being on this planet. In other words, the intensity may vary but the essence of those great personalities is in you. You are as great a personality as Shree Rama, Sri Shankaracharya, and/or Swami Vivekananda.
  2. Even though those ideal states of being are very hard to possibly be, do not quit the direction itself. Continue to follow in the footsteps of those great personalities, no matter how difficult it is. 
  3. And if you’re already heading in that direction and still you may not be recognized for what you are, so what should be your approach is that you should not work for the recognition. First, accept that people won’t recognize you. Forget about external validation. Forget those rare fancy stories where a potential person is recognized by people resulting in an explosion of growth in that person’s life. Work for you! Work towards that ideal balanced state, no matter what!  
  4. When I say people won’t recognize you, we have one more takeaway to look at. You and I are also part of ‘people’. So we have to share equal responsibility in recognizing people. Recognizing Shree Rama, Sri Shankaracharya, and/or Swami Vivekananda in people.

I think that’ll wrap this blog, but now that you’ve come along with me for this long, I’ll have to confess a mistake I made and share the corrected/changed course I’m taking for the future. Ok, it’s not a huge blunder, but since it’s related to the blogs I write, I’m sharing it here. In the last blog: Advaita & Meditation, I made the mistake of sharing things that are too personal. It disappointed me when people who couldn’t see my honesty in it remarked with their judgemental attitudes. That is how I realized it was a mistake to share my spiritual journey in a public blog. First of all, spirituality seems too cliche as it is. Second, it sounds even cliche when it comes from a 21-year-old boy. But of course, there were many people who loved that particular blog and some even said they could ‘feel my words’. And I’m so grateful to those, thank you so much.  

But still, I made a decision to create a new page on my website for my personal blogs which are not linked to my newsletter nor will I promote it on my social media, anywhere. It’s just for my love of writing and the love to document my journey that I’ll write there. Moreover, Nobody can stop me from writing! By the way, if you’re interested in reading my personal blogs, you may read them on the personal blogs page on my website which will be up by this week!

Thank You,

Yours Loving,

Sanath Kumar Naibhi

Monthly Book Recommendation

The monthly Book recommendation is a short blog post/ newsletter I write to you on what books I read in the previous month and what I’ll be reading next. This month I could read 5 books (3 paperback and 2 Audiobooks).

Books I read in November 2021:

  1. The Power Of Now Eckhart Tolle –

A great book that reminds us of who we are. It was like therapy reading this book. The entire book rings truth no doubt. But I still think it’s overrated. That truth could be pointed out even clearer.

This book could be a great cover page for mandukhya Upanishad or any Advaitic texts for that matter. But the granularity at which those texts point to truth is way beyond this book’s attempt to do the same. And the funny thing is the author never mentions those texts, I’m unaware of whether he knows them or not. If he had read, he either wouldn’t write this book, or his book would be titled ‘Commentary to Advaita’. And the meditation he offers is just a cut-off layer from the Advaitic meditation. Ok, I’ll stop whining about the book being overrated. But I’ll tell you this, if you just know the 5 koshas of the human body and consciously experience and eliminate them one by one, you’ll be the consciousness, the eternal, Brahman! The author says only 2/5 body and energy. And if you know the true essence of Advaita, you’ll already know the 3 states of being and the Turyam, you’ll know the 4 parts of Om, you’ll know the essence of love.

Space, time, silence, love, these are all just by-products of knowing the truth. People have made it a bestseller, overrated, just by knowing these by-products. I wonder if they got to know the truth, straight. I’ve decided I’ll not read another spiritual book that’s on the bestseller list, especially a book from a West author

2. The Art Of Practicing By Madeline Bruser – A decent book. Has probably few points you didn’t know as a musician, if you are already a performing musician. For beginners, this might be good, because the author talk about the posture and basics of movements. But more than teach you anything new, this book makes you conscious to and of practice.

3. How To Train Your Mind by Chris Bailey (Audiobook) – This book is a must for those people who think ‘meditation is not their thing’. At least it will make you realise, you’ve got to have this habit in your day. Even though meditation has a lots of benefits other than squeezing your productivity, this book gives you scientific data, actual numbers, to show you how beneficial is meditation on your productivity. The author guides the beginners on ways of meditation, how to sit, what to sit on, etc.

4. Influence by Robert Cialdini – A great book! Every entrepreneur must read this book. Because knowing people’s psychology is a huge part to any business. In this book, the author talks about key elements that you require to persuade people to do what you want them to do. And by that, he also tells you how you have to beware of such persuasion tactics used by others on you.

5. Smarter Faster Better by Charles Duhigg (Audiobook) – Best book of the month. Since I had opted listen the author’s first book – ‘The Power Of Habit’, I did the same for his second book as I had very much enjoyed the first one, and it was very so much filled in value. Even though I didn’t feel intense cognitive pleasure out of this book as much as I did with the previous one, it was still a great listen! Great value too. The favorite part of Charles Duhigg’s books, for me, is that he uses real life examples, narrating their story, parallel to what he’s trying to explain. From creativity out of desperation of the FROZEN (movie) team to best worker’s model at one of the most productive automobile factories.

Enjoyed reading all of them. Now let’s come to my book list for next month.

Books I plan on reading next:

  1. Viveka Choodamani ( Commentary by Sri Chandrashekhara Bharathi)
  2. Eight Upanishads (with Commentary by Shankaracharya) by Swami Ghambirananda
  3. Quiet by Susan Cain
  4. Outliers by Malcom Gladwell
  5. 10% Happier by Dan Harris
  6. The Pilgrimage by Paulo Coelho

My Book Update:

  • Utterly unproductive month, haven’t done anything.
  • In fact, have thought of not publishing my book at all.
  • My brain is scared to face the fact that nobody buys my book, in other words, the failure of the book. But I’m glad that it’s at least not in the delusion of the book’s success.

Let me know what are you reading currently and what are your favorite books of all time!

Thank You,

Yours Loving,

Sanath Kumar Naibhi

Advaita & Meditation

In this blog, I’ll talk mainly about how Advaita changed the way I meditate and through it, my Life.

I was fascinated by spirituality since I was a kid. But nothing worked for me in that direction, or did it? I was always fascinated by the systems our ancestors had to connect to the eternal and to escape from being trapped by time. I was fascinated by Yogic practices like Raja Yoga and Pranayama for the sense of doing something challenging and its health benefits and unknown spiritual growth, I was fascinated by the concept of Karma Yoga as it bought significance to my actions, I was fascinated by Bhakthi yoga, even though not a fan, for it’s significance even though it seems irrational. I was fascinated by Kriya for its mystical experiences and magical doings.

But I couldn’t stick to any of those paths for long. Even though at this point in my life, I’ve installed various systems from all those types/paths of yoga in my life, I’ve been limited to it. And finally, something worked for me for the first time.

To be honest, I got to know clearly about Advaita only just a few months ago. I had the simple basic facts for a long time, but its true essence was somewhat fresh to me. The knowing of Brahman, the path of Jnana Yoga, the 3 states and the fourth, Om and its parts, the analogies of wave and water, Gold, and ornaments had a huge impact on my mind, it had awestruck me intellectually. But it was not until I sat and close my eyes to meditate using that knowledge that I experienced something new.

October 3rd week was the most joyous week of my Life. Yes, that’s not an exaggeration, I literally was able to distinguish myself from the mind and body. And then on, there’s a tinge of stillness 24*7, though I’m not conscious the entire time. I would say I’m conscious for 1/4th of a day. I know, all this may sound too cliche, but I’m writing this for the same reason that I’m writing my book, it’s for the reason that it could help the past me. I share this in believing this will help someone who’s like me, for whom nothing seems to be working in their spiritual path.

Before the meditation, I want you to try this. Whenever you are reading something, observe your body. As staying away from mind while reading is not possible, I don’t need to tell you to shine consciousness on the mind, it’ll already be shining. And you’ll realise that the consciousness is something other than body and mind when you observe your body while reading anything. Try it! In fact, you can try doing the same with any activity, meditation while walking is something that has worked very well for me as well!

The meditation:
Ok, before I say the procedure, I’ll be honest, this is not something I’ve come up with on my own, it’s been there and practiced for centuries. It’s using your mind to see that it’s not the consciousness and finally let you be the consciousness.

1: Close your eyes sitting in any comfortable position. First, observe your body, from your toe to the tip of your head, and notice that you are observing your body, you are being conscious of the body, which means you are not it, right?

2: Then, observe your energies, I use the breath to make it easy to get conscious of my energies. Feel your breath throughout your body. And then realize that you are observing your breath, inhale, and exhale but you are not it.

3: Next, observe your mind. Your thoughts. There may be any random thoughts in your mind, the thought may be of whether this meditation works for you or not, or it might be anything else, no problem, just observe. By that, you notice you’re not the mind, you are observing those thoughts and hence you are not it.

4: Observe your creative being. This is the place where you get ideas from. To be frank, by this time, I’ll be empty, I’ll have no thoughts here. And do the same here, you’re observing and hence you are not that.

5: Go even deeper to the last layer, which is the state at which you’ll be when you are in deep sleep. At this stage, I feel the stillness peeking. You observe and hence you know you’re not that.

In the final stage, let go of that last layer too. And that is the consciousness. That is what you truly are. You can call it the Brahman, Consciousness, or nothingness, or whatever.

What that meditation does is, according to Vedic texts, even according to Yogic texts, we have 5 koshas/layers namely, Annamaya kosha(body), Pranamaya Kosha(Energy), Manomaya Kosha(Mind), Vijnanamaya Kosha (Creative), Anandhamaya Kosha(Deep Sleep), that makes up who we think we are. And by noticing it and realizing we’re not that, you’ll be pointed towards what you truly are.

Thank you,
Yours Loving,
Sanath Kumar Naibhi

Quantity vs Quality | The Ultimate Inference

I previously thought (last year), that I was a very good reader due to the fact that I read only 1 book every 1 or 2 months because I had this notion that I’m doing it well, the quality of my reading is greater than if I’d be reading 4 or 5 books a month and that I’m reflecting better on each of those books and implementing better by keeping the number of books read low.

Then I finally realized (This year) that, quantity and quality are not inversely proportional, but in fact, they are directly proportional in most cases. I realized my capacity to grasp the contents of the books relied on the intensity of my focus and the familiarity of topics in the books, both are factors that improve only by practice, only by increasing the quantity of what you read.

This applies to your work too. By the time I launched my website, I knew this fact already, that to get better at anything, focus on consistent quantity and the quality will take care of its own. And that’s what I did. I committed to writing a blog every week regardless of its quality. I don’t think I’ve depreciated in quality of my writing, but conversely, it has increased, for sure!

I wanted better ideas, so I received and captured all ideas, bad or good, soon I started receiving more and better ideas. And it’s not that I’m great at doing that in all aspects of my life. I’ve continuously failed multiple times to get the quantity of my YouTube videos up. Compared to the past year, I’ve definitely improved, but still not enough, working on it.

Anyway, don’t get caught up in the debate. Quality may be more valuable, but when what brings that quality is quantity, quantity wins over quality, right? They both coexist anyway, so it’s not Quantity vs Quality, instead, it is Quality through Quantity. So set a long-term vision of quality and set larger quantity goals, larger than you think. That solves the problem, simple, isn’t it?

Thank you,

Yours Loving,

Sanath Kumar Naibhi

The Keystone Habit that Changed my Life!

It’s not that I was nowhere near this particular behavior before and it was after that my life changed. No, But my life changed when that behavior became a conscious and consistent habit!

The habit I’m talking about is waking up at 5 AM. It’s not that I was very lazy and had always been late and all, I don’t want to dramatize anything here. I wasn’t lazy but I didn’t like waking up early either.

From my childhood itself, my father was the one who I looked upon, and discipline was the main, key element that he focused on. He himself is a master of various disciplinary habits. And I believe, it had worked well for him, hence he mended me in that direction as well. And I thank him for that. He always pushed me to wake up early. Initially, I was irritated in my school days when no amount of sleep was enough to satisfy.

It’s only when I realized the significance of waking up early, moreover, what you could do waking up early, that I made it a conscious choice to make it a habit! Have to thank Robin Sharma for that. And it’s after a few months to years of being consistent with that habit that I’m now reaping the benefits of it as the result of the compound effect.

By the way, yes I wake up at 5 AM every day 4:45 AM to be precise. Ok, I know you don’t care, so let me move on.

So you might say that you’ve tried waking up early and it didn’t work for you, mainly because you slept late at night and hence lacked sleep and hence scattering your focus and shattering your productivity.

Well, your sleep archetype may be different. And figuring out which archetype is yours is very important, game-changing! There are 3 types – Larks, owls, and hummingbirds. But I prefer you know only the first two, sorry I spoilt it: )
Or you can also see it as 4 chronotypes – Lion, Bear, wolf, and Dolphin. I won’t go deep into these as you can search and read about them anywhere.

Essentially, you have to be aware of the hours of your peak performance and low productive hours. By that, you’ll be able to design your days in such a way that, each day you win, at least personally. And once you know the chronotype of yours, the other thing you’ve to do is make time for ‘alone time’ or ‘You Time’. And in this time, you can do various things you love to do that are focused on improving yourself!

Setting aside this silent and alone time is very crucial for your personal growth, in every way! Even if you just sit still for 1hr, all alone and silent, that itself is powerful enough to transform.

But I know that is not possible for most people. Instead, I’ll give you an example by telling you my morning routine. I wake up at 4:45 AM, that 15mins was a conscious choice because I wanted the complete one and half hours of that serene time for my personal growth. After brushing my teeth and drinking water, at 5 AM I sit down and write in my journal everything that comes to my mind till 5:30, if I couldn’t write that long any day, I’ll meditate. And from 5:30 to 6:30 is my reading time. I read books, psychology and philosophy are my favorite genres. After that, 15 to 20 mins of yoga.

And this morning routine took a lot of time, years to adopt, after a lot of trial and error. But it all started with one keystone habit, and that is waking up early!

So, here’s the takeaway. If there’s one thing you should be aware of to get better, it’s your sleep chronotype. And if there’s one keystone habit that can transform you, it is waking up early or sleeping late, based on your chronotype, and giving yourself the treat of some ” You Time. Believe me, it can change your Life!

Thank you,
Yours Loving,
Sanath Kumar Naibhi

Monthly Book Recommendation

The monthly Book recommendation is a short blog post/ newsletter I write to you on what books I read in the previous month and what I’ll be reading next. This month I could read 4 books.

Books I read in October 2021:

  1. The Everyday Hero Manifesto by Robin Sharma who’s one of my favorite authors. His philosophies and mental models had helped me a lot in transforming myself as a better person and as a high performer in everything that I do. He has inspired me to be and DO GOOD ANYHOW! That being said, there’s no doubt that this book is one of his greatest works of his and it became dear to me because this book is written dear to his heart, this book is partly his memoir and as usual, his Life-enhancing philosophies! A must-read for all fans of Robin Sharma.
  2. Attitude Is Everything by Jeff Keller. Very good book. It is a book wherein you already know what’s inside that book, it is definitely a must-read because it reminds you of those simple facts of life and alerts your behavior to be coherent with them. 
  3. The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale. A decent book, although I won’t say it is a must-read book. Probably it is a great book for beginners who are just starting to read books on non-fiction. This book is also like the previously mentioned, but instead of keeping the simple facts simple, the author has unnecessarily prolongated by giving more and elaborated examples. And one of the main reasons for this prolongation is due to the author’s stubborn tendency to mention the Bible and its words whenever possible or not. It is clearly seen that the author has written this book to attract people to Christianity and perhaps to convert them from other religions to Christianity. An ideal author is a person who is unbiased and has a clear vision of the reality.
  4. The Wellness Sense by Om Swami. Easily the best book of the month! Really amazing book! The basics of Ayurveda, Tantra, and Yoga itself are enough to improve your understanding of your body and start making changes to your lifestyle and habits to live a way better and healthier life. Everything from helping you recognize your body type to guiding you to make changes to your lifestyle accordingly, the author has given a very simple yet descriptive and life-changing manual to the readers. A must-read book to all!

Enjoyed reading all of them. Now let’s come to my book list for next month.

Books I plan on reading next:

  1. Influence by Robert Cialdini
  2. Quiet by Susan Cain
  3. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
  4. The Art of Practicing by Madeline Bruser
  5. Outliers by Malcom Gladwell
  6. 10% Happier by Dan Harris
  7. The Pilgrimage by Paulo Coelho

My Book Update:

  • The first week of this month was productive, I edited the entire first draft manually and then updated it on the soft copy as well.
  • Then, I wanted to give it a break. And I’m still continuing to sleep on it. 
  • And as a result, fresh insights and thoughts are emerging to clarify and strengthen the philosophies in the book. 
  • I’ll probably get back to work now.

Let me know what are you reading currently and what are your favorite books of all time!

Thank You,

Yours Loving,

Sanath Kumar Naibhi

3 must know facts for a wisdom seeker

This blog will infer nothing. It is just a few facts about wisdom seekers. This blog would still interest you if you are someone who continuously seeks wisdom.

  1. Let me start by telling you the number one truth/fact that a wisdom seeker knows or should know: Is that, his knowledge is always incomplete. A wise person is always aware of his immense ignorance. And he/she is wise because they accept their ignorance.
  2. And due to this, there’s the origin of fear, in every wisdom seeker. When we know we are not always right, we fear moving forward in the direction we’ve already chosen using the best of our wisdom. A wisdom seeker fears being in a delusion because delusion is something that is an offspring of ignorance, and ignorance is what the wisdom seeker is trying to move away from, that’s what he intends the highest. This fear can sometimes bother and mess with the person’s mental health. A person may lose his self-esteem completely. And of course, if the person is already aware of these happenings he’ll know to bring balance and bring his self-esteem back to normal.
  3. The positive side is however is still there, and is present above all. Humility. Humility is the greatest boon! And when you practice humility, you grow! When you practice humility, you learn, you know, you become wiser and that’s the total intention of the seeker.

Ok, to say these 3 things in short –

  1. No.1 fact to know – You know nothing.
  2. Try as far as possible to ensure you’re not in a delusion, but at the same time don’t neglect your mental health!
  3. Let Humility be your greatest strength!

These 3 will help you keep going in the path of knowledge-seeking for the ultimate wisdom.

Yours loving,
Sanath Kumar Naibhi

The Gifts of Obscurity

No matter how great you grow, in terms of awareness, work done, or how knowledgeable and skilled you become, it’s still a probability that you might be recognized by the people for all that you are. But that does not mean you are not what you are. You are still worth as much as you see yourself. It’s just that, not all get lucky to be placed in the spotlight. Or, we can also say that, not all get lucky to stay off the spotlight.

Yes, that’s right, staying off the spotlight has its own benefits that are irreplaceable by fame.

So in this blog, I thought why not write about the gifts that obscurity brings to us. To be honest, even I struggle a lot when it comes to accepting obscurity and being grateful for the benefits/gifts it brings us. And I hope through this blog, I convince myself and you to accept and be grateful for your obscurity.

Ok, let’s see what are the gifts:

  1. Obscurity is truly a gem when it comes to the growth of an individual. Yes, you grow a lot when you’re in obscurity, that’s for sure. When no one’s watching, you have the ability to grow 24/7. Even if you abandon your work nobody cares, and hence you can keep learning. And if you’re someone who’s looking for some amount of reverence, you’ll seek to solve what’s not working that you’re still unrecognized, and hence you’ll keep growing.
  2. Greatest opportunity to fail. When nobody’s watching, you can fail hundreds and thousands of times. And failing, or instead of calling it that, it’s actually setbacks. Setbacks are the greatest things that can happen to you for your growth. When you get to know something didn’t work, you’ll know what’ll work or at least what not to try again.
  3. Obscurity is good for your focus and spiritual path. When no one cares to see what you’re doing, you’ll have the freedom to only focus on things you love to and things that actually move the needle and practices that move you forward in your inward spiritual journey. And that is not possible when you’re floating in reverence, pride, and fame. You’ll have to be aware of a lot of other things and hence scattering your focus.
  4. Enhances the joy of the reverence when your time comes. I mean, if every people accept me and revere me now, then what will I have to taste and enjoy in my Success? Right? It’s due to these days and years of obscurity that I realize the true value of reverence that I may get in the future and it’s due to the same that I’ll be able to enjoy the reverence and be truly grateful for it then.

So, what we’re trying to understand here is this, let go of the stress you’ve loaded upon yourself to be recognized, revered, and finally reach the state of fandom by recognizing the gifts of obscurity and being grateful for the whole process. Moreover, we must also realize that there are things beyond our direct control and the only meaningful thing to do is work, to do your duty! And if you’re an artist, your duty is to CREATE, SHARE, and REPEAT!

Thank You,

Yours Loving,

Sanath Kumar Naibhi

Are you playing the long game?

In my second blog: Read your obituary every day, I wrote about reminding yourself of mortality and living as though today’s your last day. But I had forgotten about the extreme point which is also very important to be aware of. That is Longevity.

Almost all the legends, all the world-class A-players of life have this one thing in common. That is, they stay in long enough in their fields that eventually, the compound effect of their works brings them the ultimate success they deserve. People like Mark Zuckerberg, who became a billionaire by age 23, are exceptions to this. But those are very rare case scenarios.

Like how the reminder of mortality is important, there’s equivalent importance to ensure your longevity. By just living longer, you get a lot of unfair advantage, as you get a lot of experiences and which in turn makes you a great storyteller and the master of your craft, what else do you need. You’ll be able to see the beauty of the compound effect unfold in your life. The years of dedication and focused work seem to suddenly give an explosion of rewards. But it’s not just living longer that brings you these rewards, of course, it does, but it’s the resilience/grit that’s responsible for this. Simply living longer doesn’t guarantee anything but being resilient towards your work and goals will surely ensure the magic pot of the compound effect.

I mentioned in the last blog (I Quit) itself that for the past month or so, the universe had been trying to tell something to me, and that was resilience, grit. That blog was more of a personal note to myself, and this blog is a gentle, yet strong reminder for you to check your grit meter!

Yes, in other words, ask this question to yourselves: ARE YOU PLAYING THE LONG GAME? Are you making your choices based on the assumption that you’ll reap the benefits of the work you do now reaps results right away, or are you making choices that will bring you an immense bounty of rewards in the future? It’s the same as in a stock market, time in the market wins over timing the market. It applies to your whole life, not only finance. You need not do what’s trendy. Just visualize yourself in the future, maybe 10 years or 20 years from now, how would you want to be living your life? What are the accomplishments do you think should be filled in your past?

And based on that long-term visualization, make choices and act now! And I know by experience, that it is hard to be resilient even when you are not seeing any results in the present, but just keep going! And also, it is statistically proven that the most common losing strategy is by giving up early, very early. People tend to quit or let go very quickly and stop pursuing their dreams and goals. Only a few people have enough grit to sustain no matter the circumstance and that will be the only few people who succeed.

And by having this long-term perspective, you are also converging and hence conserving your energy. Because, when you are deciding to whether take up a new pursuit or not, simply ask this question – How long am I willing to do this? Am I willing to do this till I die? If yes, then amazing! And congratulations, you’ll never lose and hence you win! If not, then you have to move on and try something else that you can do for a lifetime. By doing this, you saved a lot of energy, you didn’t get into something that would eventually fail because you lack grit towards it. It might be anything that you’re creating, a business, art, craft, it might be your YouTube channel.

Ok, let me ask you again – ARE YOU PLAYING THE LONG GAME? ARE YOU WILLING TO WORK ON YOUR CRAFT TILL YOU DIE? If you answered no, stop that task right away and move on! Move on to the task that you’re passionate about enough to be resilient, to do it over and over again till you die! If you answered yes, congratulations! You’ve already won, just keep going!

Thank You,

Yours Loving,

Sanath Kumar Naibhi

I Quit!

For the past month or so I’ve been dabbling with situations that are pushing me to quit! To quit everything! Situations that have made my brains ask questions like why exist? After all that you’ve been doing, nothing works, nobody cares, then why do, why do you even exist?

Oh wait, I thought this blog was going to be a ‘feel-good’ vibes, but it is somehow taking shape as spreading awareness of both the growth and the darker side of being creative. The low-feel days, the identity crisis and the growth side that follows it, the awareness and enlightening curve after those crises and setbacks.

Ok continuing my narration, amidst all those situations, negative thoughts, and emotions that I was sinking deep in, as usual, something miraculous was happening too, I sensed the universe was trying to convey something else but I wasn’t sure of it. I finished reading “The Everyday Hero Manifesto” book by Robin Sharma, yesterday. And my eyes got stuck on this phrase – DO GOOD ANYHOW. I was amazed initially knowing about it, but then as we humans have the natural tendency to forget, I forgot about it.

Then Life threw another scenario at me that would push me to ask those questions that I mentioned earlier [above]. My whole identity seemed to be worthless. What happens if you could do all the work you wanted to do and people hate for you for the not-so-social person you are? what if everybody hates despite having loads and loads of work done to serve the community? And who cares if you write a book when they think you are not even eligible to do that? So many, so many questions like these popped into my head. But I still didn’t realize what the universe was trying to convey. I even wrote all these situations in my journal, and still didn’t get it. Of course, I got a few takeaways like I’ve to improve on my communication skills, and that I’m still 21 and have a long way to go, which I forget very often, and that we are all perfectly imperfect beings and constantly correcting ourselves is part of the process for everyone, but still didn’t get the core message the universe was trying to tell me.

Then all of a sudden, just recently, everything snapped into its place. It was trying to convey RESILIENCE! GRIT! Whatever you call it. It was actually trying to convey something that it had already slapped to my eyes – “DO GOOD ANYHOW”. It was trying to say – “Be Good Anyhow, no matter what”. At that moment I realized how stupid I was not to see it a little earlier. And to be honest, this happened just now, hence I’m writing this even though this is not the blog I had planned to write for today.

Soon, seconds and minutes after that, more and more dots connected together. All the situations, thoughts, and emotions I was going through led to the same inference – DO GOOD ANYHOW, BE GOOD ANYHOW, no matter what. And a reflection note I wrote a few days ago came back to connect with the existing web of pointers already proving the same.
“Balance exists. Just because the ideal state is or seems unattainable, doesn’t mean you’ve to abandon the direction itself.”

All in all, all these set of situations, thoughts, and emotions I’ve been through in the last month has proved to make me even stronger, and that is what it was trying to say, to become stronger, to become even more resilient, to not stop for whatever’s on the way and no matter what DO GOD ANYHOW!

Thank You,
Yours Loving,
Sanath Kumar Naibhi

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