Monday, July 03, 2006


“People are like stained glasss window. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within”. – Elizabeth Kubler Ross.

The need of the hour was to engage in cooling. I just trusted me relying on some tried recipe which I have seen others doing deliciously well. The dishes are ready and after having tasted it I came to my senses thinking that there can be another ingredient that could be added or omitted that would make all these more tasty. Trials and errors continued and the persistence and consistency in experimenting the same dishes caused it to reach the other day with a luscious taste. Needles to say that, this tester slowly is turning out to be a chef de cuisine. The salient point is that I could carry this to the seat in the chapel only to apply to life.

We were all a lump of raw material at our birth. To attain a shape there need to be some stewing happening within the self only to be altered into a tall personality. Who can be the chef? No one can claim to have an exclusive apprehension of the other, than the one himself. Descartes’ famous use of introspection in the cogito argument is noticeable. According to him, nothing, not even an evil genius could undermine the evidence of what he is thinking was the prime matter. Meanwhile take not to what happened to Thomas Edison. He was labeled as the slowest learner of the class by his own school teacher. Over his life time he registered a marvelous 1093 patents including the invention of light bulb and the phonograph. Was he comprehensively understood by the teacher? Never. All the more Edison seldom gave ear to it. Les Brown would say “Other peoples’ opinion of you does not have to become your reality”. The greatness in one’s life stems from the time he engages himself to draw an awareness of himself. So stewing the personality is a very personal work.

How determined and bold Anil Kumble is? As he overtook the Windies Legend Courtney Salsh and became the fourth highest wicket taker, he was found as focused as ever. “I am a senior and a key member of the side having played for this long. The pressure is on me to lead the way.” Result of a rare discovery of a self. The self engraves a genius. (Doing easily what others find difficult is talent. Doing what is impossible for talent is genius – Henri Frederick Ameil. After the discovery of the inner self, make the bold steps forward knowing what to be. We can’t act with integrity if we don’t really know what we are.

Search out the ingredients available in our own self, review it and then start cooking a basic recipe. “Cherish your visions; cherish your ideals; cherish the music that stirs in your heart, the beauty that forms in your mind, the loveliness that drapes your finest thoughts, for out of them will grow all delightful conditions, all heavenly environment; of these, if you remain true to them, your world will at last be built” – James Allen. Each time we rework the recipe, it advances in taste. Make it grow as something that is power within, fire within or light within.

We need to respect the potential and uniqueness of every single person as their birth right. Rather than enumerating strategies for making a good person, let us go to encourage the review of the self. When in the innate goodness and wisdom of each person’s special is known by himself. This is the power within, fire within or light within. I humbly quote Anthony Robins, “There is a powerful, driving force inside every human being that, once unleashed, can make any vision, dream or desire a reality”. The inner spirit as the flame that can translate a set or raw ingredients into a final dish and keeps on cooking every time we change the recipe, until such time as we accept that we already are the perfect dish. So I say, take time, know the self better, review it well, chart it out ‘who am I’, and ‘what can I be’? And this is the real light within, fire within or power within. Seneca says ‘when a man does not know what harbour he is making for, no wind is the right wind”. We have to learn to tap into our deepest, most personal resources, only to become all that we truly desire and deserve. The greatness lies in each one striving personally in his own discovered world. It is not what our friends and enemies discover but what we ourselves discover, the review of the self.

The hidden well-spring of your soul must need rise and run murmuring to the sea;
And the treasure of your infinite depths would be revealed to your eyes.
But let there be no scale to weigh your unknown treasure;
And seek not the depths of your knowledge with staff or sounding line
- kahlil Gibran ‘The Prophet’

surprise post by G. F. Xavier.


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