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#NARRATION: THE LAW OF “LEAST EFFORT”

In my last narration The law of Karma, we read the author’s opinion on how does karma or The Law of Cause and Effect lead to a conscious choice making and how we could imbibe that in our lives for making the right choices at the right moment. Moving ahead with our next chapter The Law of Least Effort, where the author says that if we learn how to move with ease and spontaneity we will be able to fulfill all our desires. He explains what is least effort with the help of Vedic science, the age-old philosophy of India which says, when you “do less and accomplish more” which some even call ‘miracle’ is nothing but the law of least effort. The law that nature follows. The law of effortless ease and carefreeness.

He is even asking us to observe nature to see, that grass doesn’t try to grow, it just grows. Fish don’t try to swim, they just swim. Birds don’t try to fly, they just fly. Its the nature of the sun to shine and the nature of humans to manifest their dreams.

So he is saying that nature functions in harmony and just like nature when we are in harmony with our true self we can function as smooth as nature.

But humans try to seek power and control over others and waste most of their energies in doing that; instead of enjoying the moment they run along to chase the illusion of happiness, i.e. the happiness they want in life ahead.

The author is explaining that we have been wasting a great deal of our energy in giving attention to our ego, in seeking power, control over others, seeking approval from others. If we free up this energy, this energy can then be used in creating anything that we want.

So the author is not just lecturing us about what to do and what not but even has suggested some wonderful ways to bring the law of “doing less and accomplishing more” into action by these three ways:

 ACCEPTANCE:

He says when we accept the present situations, circumstances, and events as and when they occur we will not spend energy in struggling against the universe. We just need to think that the moment is as it should be because this entire universe is as it should be. Here he makes this very clear that we are trying to accept the things as they are in the present and it has no relation with the things in the future as we can always try to make them different in the future. But what we have at present cannot be changed. If we accept this then we are ready to move to the second way.

 

RESPONSIBILITY:

The author says it simply means not blaming anybody for your present situation including yourself. Instead look at the problem as an opportunity to transform it into something better. And, when you do this even upsetting situation, becomes nothing but an opportunity and every tyrant or tormentor becomes a teacher. Just think that there is a hidden meaning behind every event and it’s a chance for you to evolve and upgrade your version.

 

DEFENSELESSNESS:

The third component is the most important as the author explains how we have been indulging into arguments all our lives to prove our opinions as correct and have wasted tonnes of our energy which could have been utilized somewhere meaningful. He asks us to become defenseless, and give up the need to prove our point all the time because he says we want to be flexible like a reed that bends with the storm and not rigid like oak that cracks and collapses in the storm. If we stop fighting and resisting we will fully experience the present, which is a gift to us.

When we learn to accept and take responsibility of the situations and learn the art of being non-defensive, we then need not to justify ourselves, just declare out the intent and then what we achieve is joy, freedom, and autonomy in every moment of our life.

The author ends the chapter by a very substantive phrase, that when we remain open to all points of view and are not rigidly attached to only one, we can easily manifest our dreams and desires because according to his introspection we can then utilize our full potential.

The most beautiful of lines I encountered in this chapter that the author was told by somebody and I quote:

The past is history, the future is a mystery, and this moment is a gift. That is why this moment is called ‘the present’.”

…to be continued (chapter 5 The Law of Intention and Desire)

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