Swami Sukhabodhananda on Success and Failure



Success and failure become points of celebration rather than points of frustrations. How is it possible to celebrate success and failure? The ordinary paradigm is when one is successful there is the greed to be more successful. Thus they lose the ability to rejoice success.

It is this greed to be more successful that makes one look at the other as a threat and a competitor.

Where there is failure, instead of learning from the failures we whip ourselves with self-pity. One has to celebrate one’s learning and failure as an opportunity to learn.

So when you are successful, celebrate your success and don’t fill that moment with greed but with joy. Plan about the actions.

Planning is not a part of greed but a part of wise living. Greed is an ulcer to the soul.

Do not fail to see the surprise element in the successes and failures. See the many variable that have contributed to it. Do not be dead to surprises.

When you bring the quality of surprise and embrace each moment with this energy, then you will be able to celebrate successes and failures.

Swami Sukhabodhananda

(Source: Excerpts from an article published in Deccan Herald on May 2, 2004)