For a person who sees this life as a stepping stone for a larger purpose, for him there is no failure. Life is full of possibilities and it is important to recognise one’s own possibility very early in life.
For those who are looking at the simple events of this life itself as the goal of life, for them there is failure and success. If we are just seeing this life as a stepping stone for a larger possibility, if we have a good deal, we use that for our well-being; if we have a bad deal, we use that for our well-being. When the economy is on the boom everybody gets carried, isn’t it? When there is a meltdown, it takes something else to be successful. So, when the economy was booming, we could have brought a certain dispassion towards the money that flowed in. Now the economy is down, the taps are all closed up. It’s time to come, meditate, walk in the mountains; there is lots of time. When there was money, it took away our time and life. Now the taps are closed; lots of time; this is the time. So, it doesn’t matter what happens with our life, if we are seeing this life only as a stepping stone for a larger possibility then whatever the situation it is beautiful and extremely useful.
So, during various situations in our life, either we can use them to make ourselves stronger and better or we can sit and cry. This is the choice we have. Everything; it doesn’t matter what happens; the most horrific event may happen in life — that also can be used for our growth and our well-being, if only we have clearly seen the small events of our life. Small event means our business, our marriage, our children — all those big things. All these things are just a stepping stone. This is not new to us because in this culture they have drilled this into us for centuries, for millenniums, they have told us, ‘Our life is about moksha. Our marriage, our business, our social life — these are all just means to get there. Either we go with it or we go without it… but whether we are a sanyasi or we are in householders, our only goal is moksha.’ Yes? The goal was not just for the sanyasi; for everybody it is moksha. If we walk alone, we walk alone. If we want a group going with us, we walk with the group. That’s our choice. We want to get there quickly, we walk alone. We want to go there having a picnic on the way, slowly, we go with people. Choice is ours but the important thing is whatever we are doing there is only one goal. So, if we have set this up then all the events of life, everything is beneficial. The boom is beneficial; the meltdown is even more than beneficial actually.
So, the fear of failure — failure is bad enough; fear is adding spice to it. Success happens to us not because we desire it, because we earn it. Everybody desires it. It comes only if we are capable, isn’t it!