All thoughts do not become things, but all things were primarily thoughts. All thoughts do not become things, but all things were first a thought. You thought about a fundraiser, you thought about providing vocational training and employment opportunities to people.
You thought about, somebody thought about a concept like Winners Bakery. Somebody thought about it. And thought manifested are things! You thought about an educational institution. You thought about another vertical. You thought about an international holiday.
Thoughts manifested are things, all things were first a thought, but all thoughts do not become things. Now, if I have to improve the quality of harvest, I have to improve the quality of seeds. If I don’t improve the quality of seeds, I cannot improve the quality of my harvest.
Similarly, if all things were first a thought, if I have to improve the quality of things in my life, then I have to improve the quality of my thinking! Without improving my thinking, I cannot improve the quality or the standard of my life.
And somehow, a lot of our thinking, in ninety-nine percent of the cases that we relate with, is influenced by the circumstances and the environment we grow in. It has a bearing on you, it has an influence on you. Kellogg, the B-School, did a research of some of those who passed out from there two decades ago.
And they’ve come up with this very startling research. Kellogg says your average net worth is decided by the ten most dominant relationships you have in life. What are the ten most dominant relationships in life, and if those ten most dominant relationships in your life have settled for a mediocre life, and you have also settled for a mediocre life.
Only one percent escapes this, Buddha used to use a different phrase for that, “Sangam saranam gacchami”. Surround yourself with the right-minded people, because they have a bearing on the quality of your thinking! The net worth of an individual is the average of ten people, who are your most dynamic relationships in life.
So whether your life is about scarcity thinking, whether your life is about abundant thinking, whether you feel you have to be practical, everybody cannot become big in life, or you really believe that you are going to do something legendary in your life, is so much dependent on “Sangam saranam gacchami”.
How do you think suddenly you developed belief in vastu? You never thought about vastu, and suddenly two years business did not go well. When results are not there in our life, we all become vulnerable. You are arrogantly confident when there are results in life.
When everything is going right, when you are in the form Virat Kohli is, you will only believe in yourself. When the form drops, you’ll start believing in everything. That time, you have a friend who says, “I think all this is because your numerology is not OK.”.
Then you change your name to K-O-L-H. K-O-H-L-E-E-E, Kohli! You feel maybe if I can change that I, it’s only a letter, you can add two or three. After all, it’s free! Now, how did you suddenly shift into numerology? Because you’re surrounded by somebody who believed in it.
We inherit belief. From when did vastu enter your life? In fact, some of you did not even know something called vastu is there. You thought if results are not there, then you have to put in a little more competent effort. You have to re-strategize. You will have to deal with the competition differently. You have to introduce a new product line. Maybe my service offering has to be different.
The way I have to package my marketing has to… That is how you kept solving! And last two three years, results are not there, and you become a little vulnerable. And that time, you came and became a member of one of these new Rotary Clubs.
There you had three-four friends, and once in a way you used to sit together on liquid spirituality. And in one of those sessions, when you were all having liquid spirituality, and you said, “The results have not materialized properly.”, and somebody told you, “I have a friend, who is a vastu consultant.”.
Nothing against vastu. OK. No one vastu consultant don’t feel bad that I’m spoiling your livelihood. So, it’s not about that. But from where did this entire thing come? Suddenly fish tank comes, bamboo comes, chime comes. Why? Because, last two-three months he has been falling sick regularly.
Even after falling sick for two-three months continuously, he’s not thinking, “From tomorrow I have to exercise.”. He’s thinking, “If I keep bamboo, this is health bamboo.”.
If we can become healthy by using bamboos, then we don’t need hospitals! Fitness studio is not required, nothing. Let one of them tell you that “I have built a thousand crore business because I have a fish tank.”. Our business was doing only ten, I’m telling you confidently right now. Will you believe me? My business was really struggling. Then I put one chime at the top.
After that sound started coming, business started growing just like that! If one, if he had come and told, he says that, “Kaveri’s family and father was a scavenger, and they were earning only two thousand rupees and she was a school dropout, and we gave her computer training for six months, and as a result, one of the Rotarian gave her a placement.
And from there, in ten years’ time, she has grown, and now she is earning ninety thousand rupees.”, story looks logical. Suppose Ananth had come and told you, “Kaveri was like this, then we tied one red thread around her.”. That’s it! Directly, it’ll cut to a heroic song. Beginning of the song, a milkman. End of the song, five-star hotel, everything has come.
Wow! Give me that song as well! Won’t happen. People teach you what they think is the solution. I’m going through a lot of stress, and I don’t know how to deal with the stress I’m going through, you meet Mahatria. Mahatria will tell you, “I think you should start meditating.”, because that’s the solution he knows. You go to somebody else and tell him, “I’m going through a lot of stress. I don’t know how to deal with it.”.
He’ll actually tell you, “Dude, take a trip to Bangkok.”. You go to somebody else and say, “I’m going through a lot of stress.”, he will tell you, “Teachers don’t work. Teachers whisky works. Try Teachers whisky or Old Monk, one of the two will work. All the spirituality and all…”.
Not that people are trying to ruin you. Not that people are trying to spoil you. Each one will teach you the solution he knows! This is the solution he knows, and that is what he will teach you. How is the quality of your thought, is directly governed by the sort of environment you surround yourself with, so Buddha said, “Sangam saranam gacchami”.
Watch who is entering you all the time. Who’s trespassing into you all the time. Few minutes before, think. Mythological references. Sorry for some of you who do not understand Indian mythology. You absorb the entire science and ignore the Indian mythology, it’s OK. Few minutes before, there was this lady called Kaikeyi in Ramayana, and her love for Rama was even more than her own love for her own biological son, Bharat.
And few minutes she allowed a servant maid to talk to her. For those of you who don’t understand Tamil, forgive me. The heart has thousands of gateways, with thousands of feelings radiating through it. Some thoughts will come and some will go… but we are unaware of their departure or arrival.
And just for a few minutes, the servant maid enters Kaikeyi’s head, and her love for Rama is dropped. She gets ego involved. She thinks Rama is a rival to the possibilities of Bharat. And suddenly, the entire outlook towards Rama and the future changes in her, and she doesn’t even… And she thinks this is her decision!
You’ve allowed somebody to contaminate you. You’ve allowed somebody to pollute you. You did not realize. Duryodhana did not know what to do in this situation. Duryodhana’s predicament. Arjuna did not know what to do in this situation.
Arjuna’s predicament. Both of them were in a state of despondency, not knowing what to do in the situation. The fallback for Duryodhana was Shakuni, who cannot think right at all. And Duryodhana, who was bad, became horrible, after allowing Shakuni to enter his head.
Fortunately, the grace was there, the blessing was there, Arjuna’s fallback was Krishna. Eighteen chapters later, he was restored to his greatness. When we say, without improving the quality of your thoughts, you cannot improve the quality of things, who is working on your thoughts?
What is influencing your thoughts? What books are you reading? Am I getting up every morning? I know we have media sponsors here. I don’t know whether it’s in alignment to what I’m going to speak, but every morning if you get up, and for forty-five minutes you’re reading about, where corruption, where murder, where rape has happened, where disaster has happened, and who has given hate speech about whom, who is hating whom, and this is how you start your day.
You think you’re going to look forward to the entire day and say, “I’ll take the day head on!”? So, what is your thinking in the morning?
So, what is lifting your thoughts? What is making you aspirational? What is making you believe today is going to be a fabulous day? What is going to make you believe that we live in a good world? What is going to make you believe that there are still good people in this world?
Ten percent of the world is bad, and that’s making the news. Ninety percent of the people are good, they don’t make the news.
So, we think we don’t live in a good world. “Sangam saranam gacchami”. What is your fallback? Every time when you find yourself in a quandary in life, your fallback is pulling you down further, or your fallback is lifting you from that state, in the way you look at life? Is your fallback Krishna, or is your fallback Shakuni-equivalent in your life?
Are you listening to somebody by which you are able to hate the world a little more, or are you listening to somebody by which, you are able to love the world a little more? Have you become even more pessimistic and negative about the future?
Or have you become lot more positive and optimistic about the future? Who is influencing your thinking? Pessimist, you’ve heard about pessimist.
Do you know that all the pessimists decided to start a pessimist club? And they were absolutely convinced it won’t happen? So pessimistic!.
And there are people we relate to like this. Suddenly you start doubting your own the ability, suddenly you start doubting your own future.
Suddenly you start doubting the future of a great nation, and everything gets shaken up. If I have to improve the quality of things in my life, I have to improve the quality of my thoughts.