Don’t feel trapped within the instruments that God has given you – your body, mind and intellect. The real you is your consciousness and there lies the pure potentiality. Fearlessly ask and act – it shall be given.
In the last two posts, we have been tracing the fable of the City of Gold, the El Dorado, beginning from the early sixteenth century. I hope you remember the exciting story in the first one, as you are now going to be given the secret to El Dorado, something which the explorers through the centuries could not unravel – because they were looking for it at the wrong place.
We had established two things in the last post. Firstly, since we are born in the magnificence and likeness of God, the seed of success is in-built in all of us. And, secondly, that we do carry the baggage of our past Karma into this life. But this has to be only till the point of our birth. From that point onwards the cause and effect cycle takes over and what we do in this birth becomes more important than what we did in previous births. To elaborate further, bad Karma of a previous birth can not be an impediment to achieve success and greatness in this life. Conversely, good Karma of a past life cannot be a passport to success and happiness in this life.
All the wealth, happiness and well-being, that we desire is not out there but within us. The pure potentiality within us makes us capable of achieving virtually anything if we set our minds on it and take resolute steps to achieve it. This is what the meaning of El Dorado is – the city of abundance, wealth and happiness.
Ask yourself, is all this not available to you from within yourself? If you are destined to gain wealth in form of say, money or gold (as we desire out of El Dorado) is it going to be printed or minted by God especially for you? All the money, gold, wellness, happiness is available in abundance in the Universe. You just need to tune yourself to it.
The problem is our wrong tuning – we try to receive the signals of 98.3 MHz while tuning our receiver to 99.7 MHz. Either we miss the signal completely or we may get it very faintly and with disturbance. And then we blame the transmitter – the abundant Universe.
It is also an established scientific fact that matter is nothing but energy and all the tangible outcomes of success that we desire are matter
Is it sounding like abstruse jargon, this stuff about pure potentiality and related stuff? The hard-nosed, with a scientific bend of mind and the ones who only believe in empirical evidence among us, may find it hard to digest. Let me now tickle your scientific bone, with the immortal formula, E=MC2, to prove to you that each one of us is indeed filled with unlimited energy which is nothing but pure potential, ready to be tapped. We know the derivation of this equation in which E is energy in Joules, M is mass in Kilograms (Kg) and C is the speed of light in meter per second (3*10^8 meters per second.)
Let us now see how much potential energy is contained within an average human being. I found a very interesting article by Joshua Carroll which brings this whole equation into perspective. Joshua has converted the energy in Joules to the equivalent of TNT in Kilotons (1 Kiloton of TNT=4.18*(10^12) Joules), for his own body weight (86.18 Kg). This figure of 86 Kg, Joshua’s body weight, when transposed into this equation brings to the table a staggering amount of energy (in Joules).
How large is the potential energy in terms of equivalent of TNT? It is 1.86 million Kilotons of TNT which is 88,403 times the energy contained in the bomb which flattened Nagasaki in World War II. This is the potential energy contained in all of us – give or take a few percentage points.
It is also an established scientific fact that matter is nothing but energy and all the tangible outcomes of success that we desire are matter. So, our thoughts, which is nothing but pure energy, when coupled with resolute action, are bound to manifest whatever we desire. Do we still need proof that we are destined to succeed unless we ourselves sabotage our chances?
A brilliant mind like Edison once said, “Ideas come from outer space”.
What does the Universe desire of us in return for the unlimited bounty which is ours for the taking? It is a barter system out there, so if you want to have something from the supermarket of the Universe – health, wealth, happiness, innovative ideas, possessions, you must in return give something.
What is it that you barter with the Universe? A part of your spirit or soul, in the form of your efforts, your belief, your love, your Nishkam Karma (desireless action). What you receive through this barter may include wealth for those who seek material possesions, inspiration for those seeking artistic expression, a eureka moment for an innovator or tranquillity for those seeking peace. The supermarket has no deficit of anything that we may ask for.
There was a young American boy who was called, “too stupid to learn anything” by his schoolteachers. After growing up, he was fired from the first two jobs he undertook. He aspired to be an inventor and had a long list of botched up inventions against his name – automatic vote recorder, electric pen, the tinfoil phonograph, the talking doll, ore mills and separators, home projecting kinetoscope being a few of them.
Seeing his notoriety at failures one reporter asked him, “Why do you have no results to show despite trying so many times?”
The young man retorted, “Results? Why, man, I’ve had plenty of results. I know several thousand things that don’t work.”
Then this young man set his sights to invent the light bulb. As was his record, he failed one thousand times and the same reporter caught him once again, “How did it feel to fail a thousand times?”
The young man responded, “I didn’t fail a thousand times. The light bulb invention has taken a thousand steps.”
Soon, the dream of the young man took shape and mankind had the brilliant invention of the light bulb in 1879. You by now would have guessed the name of this intrepid inventor – Thomas Alva Edison.
You have no right or claim on someone else’s El Dorado, there is no wrong delivery in the supermarket of the Universe.
A brilliant mind like Edison once said, “Ideas come from outer space”. Surely a man of his achievement and intelligence was not pulling a fast one on us, the lesser mortals. The Universe bestowed all he sought upon him because he was willing to barter his passion, unity of purpose, a burning desire to improve the living conditions of fellow humans. The word failure was not part of his dictionary and the Universe couldn’t disappoint him and so it let him have his El Dorado.
A fleeting thought may waft across your mind – Edison was an exceptional brain with an IQ of 110. We may not be as gifted as Edison and hence may not achieve similar success. I think we must look at it this way, Edison got his El Dorado, the inventions and innovations that he was seeking. Others including us will get our El Dorado, which is different for all of us, if we believe and follow the principles enumerated in this series of posts.
We seek happiness in different things and that is based on our basic nature, our Prakriti. What is the definition of success and happiness for one may be totally different from the others. Mother Teresa felt the happiest in the company of lepers, TB and AIDS patients whom she selflessly served. A Mukesh Ambani may feel happy in breaking the global top-10 wealthiest person list (he is at the fourth position as of now) while a Bill Gates may feel happy giving a sizeable part of his wealth for the upliftment of humanity in the poorest of countries, serving even those he has never met. Different strokes for different people, but the Universe will give you your El Dorado, which lies within you. You have no right or claim on someone else’s El Dorado, there is no wrong delivery in the supermarket of the Universe.
A gallant knight,
In sunshine and in shadow,
Had journeyed long,
Singing a song,
In search of Eldorado.
But he grew old—
This knight so bold—
And o’er his heart a shadow—
Fell as he found
No spot of ground
That looked like Eldorado.
And, as his strength
Failed him at length,
He met a pilgrim shadow—
‘Shadow,’ said he,
‘Where can it be—
This land of Eldorado?’
‘Over the Mountains
Of the Moon,
Down the Valley of the Shadow,
Ride, boldly ride,’
The shade replied,—
‘If you seek for Eldorado!’
Edgar Allan Poe
To wrap up this trilogy of posts, let’s revisit this beautiful poem of Edgar Allan Poe, written in 1849, once again, to get its true meaning. The poem describes the journey of a gallant knight in search of El Dorado. Most of the life of this knight is spent on this journey but to no avail. He finally meets a pilgrim shadow in his old age who points out the way to El Dorado through the valley of the shadow. If you notice, the poet uses the term shadow in the middle of each stanza but its meaning changes every time. The first time it is a literal shadow, formed by blocking of sun. The second shadow implies gloom or despair while the third denotes a ghost. The final, valley of the shadow, is metaphorical and implies that El Dorado does not exist in the real world or outside of us.
This treasure lies deep within us, our spiritual treasure, which is capable of fulfilling all our wishes. It urges us to seek El Dorado at the correct place, meditate upon the pure potentiality within each one of us. March ahead fearlessly and claim your El Dorado from the Universe – ask and it is given.
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