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My Inspiration Story
“Whenever you do something that is not aligned with the yearning or your soul—you create suffering.” ~ Anais Nin
A rope encircled his hands and neck. Or was it a snake? Both were a type of noose. I later discovered that his name was Puranjana and he was being dragged to hell. And later than that, I learnt that he could have easily been me. My earliest memory of the Bhagavatam is of my mother reading to me. Narada conversing with King Prachinabarisat is a picture forever etched into my subconscious. I don’t remember a single word. I don’t have to. I know them and they know me. These pages are filled with personalities delving into the same concepts I deal with. I have found solace and growth through their lives.
“We don’t see things as they are; we see them as we are.” ~ Anais Nin
One inspiring aspect of the Bhagavatam is that it portrays The Absolute Truth ‘as I am’, a person with a striking and bold personality, emotions and feelings. Someone who seeks adventure and thrives in company. He even gets a finger cut.
The Bhagavatam never fails to instill even a small amount of belief and hope in my heart. A specific pastime will pop into my life in the most unassuming way at a coincidental time and always teach me something that I need to understand and apply in my life at that opportune moment. Be it believing in the impossible like Dhruva, living in the present like Parikshit or being impeccable with my word like Bali Maharaja.
“If you limit yourself only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is compromise.” ~ Anais Nin
Dreams are necessary to life. The Bhagavatam is a dream come true.