Fits and Misfits

Fits and Misfits appeared in the magazine “The Eternal solutions” in April’2006. Please click on the thumbnails for the images. The text version is given below for those interested . This blog is a subblog of the main blog-“Make your passion your profession” –  http://mypyp.wordpress.com/ 

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Fits and Misfits

At the end of the ten day Vipasana Meditation course where one is supposed to maintain silence, a poor man walked up and said,” The course has made me blissful and peaceful but how is this going to help? I don’t have a job. Solving problems in real life is more important and as much a part of spirituality as talking of meditation, self-realization and the divine. Even is Ashtang Yoga, there is a step called Niyam which states that the conduct in the real world is as important if not more as doing Yoga exercises and meditation.

Since a majority of waking hours are spent at work(bracket 8-10 hours a day for six days in many cases), if one is peaceful and happy for most of the time during work hours, one is spiritual. President APJ Abdul Kalam has thrown some light on this problem in his autobiography “Wings of Fire”-“If you are a writer who would secretly prefer to be a lawyer or a doctor, your written words will feed but half the hunger of your readers; if you are a teacher who would rather be a businessman, your instructions will meet but half the need for knowledge of your students; if you are a scientist who hates science, your performance will satisfy but half the needs of your mission. The personal happiness and failure to achieve results that come from being a square peg in a round hole is not by any means new. In another part of the book, he states , “ I myself would tell naviete engineering students  that when they choose their specialization, the essential point to consider is whether the choice articulates their inner feelings and aspirations.

The word education is derived from two latin  terms “Ek” and “ducere” . Ek means out and ducere means to draw. Therefore, education means to draw out from within. This is contrary to the established practice of stuffing in knowledge. Despite the word “Swadharma” in our shastras which means one’s occupation, Osho, Krishnamurthy, Swami Vivekanand and Shri Aurobindo have spoken on the subject  but how much this happens in real life is a matter of debate. What Osho said was the most relevant “ Somebody who could have been a painter is a doctor, somebody who could have been a good doctor is a businessman. Everybody is displaced. Everybody is doing something he never wanted to do. Hence, unhappiness. Happiness happens when you fit with your life. When you fit so harmoniously that whatever you are doing is your joy. When you are happy, you are automatically meditative and not the other way around.

The United states seems to have far better Vocational psychologists, Employment psychologists, Career psychologists, life coaches etc than India does.

HRD consultants in 28 countries, “Morgan and Banks” also sum it up best when they say “ Very few things are crucial to your long term happiness as your career”. The spiritual dimension is covered best by Nanette Hucknall ,” To know the self is to know your own spirit. The work one selects is most important as it always helps the soul to go to another level of maturity. It is necessary to look into your inner self to discover your true life work. Emotional blocks may exist with roots in this life or past life or both. These blocks can prevent people from discovering their true your vocation. For the growth of each soul, it is important to experience all the areas of knowledge with a sense of achievement. Our souls must feel that we have done the best work possible wether as mail clerks or Senators.

There is a special type of meditation called career meditation which is supposed to help in finding your vocation in life. Osho had once described the state of a musician who had gone into the medical profession by mistake- that man spent the last fifteen years of his life as a musician. The great Indian actor, Balraj Sahni who was a businessman’s son was a career dabbler –  his father’s business, a printing press, Sevagram with Gandhiji , Shantiniketan with Rabindranath Tagore,  London as a Radio Broadcaster, Actor in the Indian film Industry and when still unfulfilled, he went to his native Punjab to write in Punjabi.

To solve this problem, many of these experts say ,” Think of what you did or enjoyed as a child” . Osho also said more or less the same thing that being stuffed with knowledge takes us away from our core and causes a deceptive conditioning. It’s a vicious circle- being stuffed with knowledge in young age and then, being deconditioned  as an adult.

Former India cricketer Madan lal says , “ Most parents are after me to make their sons cricketers. However, in my view, cricket is a god given gift and I take interest only if I see potential in the child”.

Incidentally, Amitabh Bachchan left corporate life because by his own admission, he was not much of an executive. And actor Dev Anand who is fully energetic and active in his old age never tires of saying “Nothing can give you a high as your own work”.

In his book, successful intelligence , Robert Sternberg pointing out the difference between creative, analytical and practical intelligence says that being good at analysis of case studies in an MBA is no guarantee that you shall get creative ideas in the real situation.

Alyque Padmsee says that he used one career (advertisement) to fund his real passion(theatre).There are many people who have to live life like that. Can they really afford to find their vocation late in life? Even if you are talented for a particular field, there are certain things that only practical experience can teach. Can you really afford to find your vocation late in life? Many people think that job prisoners make excuses. In some cases, it maybe so but being in the wrong occupation can be so taxing emotionally and financially that it really takes a lot of courage to actually switch careers as Morgan and Banks have pointed. There are people like Bill Gates, Dhirubhai Ambani and one of the best corporate leaders in recent times, Jack Welch who have disregared paper qualifications and given such people a chance. Only the attitude of such people can rescue job prisoners.

For Your answer to how to experience this constantly, this is an extract from Osho Rajneesh:-

“Somebody who could have been a painter is a doctor, somebody who could have been a good doctor is a businessman. Everybody is displaced. Everybody is doing something he never wanted to do. Hence, unhappiness. Happiness happens when you fit with your life. When you fit so harmoniously that whatever you are doing is your joy. When you are happy, you are automatically meditative and not the other way around. “

In your case, you were a chartered accountant but chose to enter films which I presume is your right vocation.. The more in harmony that you are with your core(the more you identify with the films you make(the right subvocation too), the more the likelihood of such experiences in my view. A square peg in a round hole can never experience this.

Since you are in the film Industry, it would not be out of place to mention here that the film on not getting the right spouse(Devdas)has been made nine times but the film on not getting the right career(Career Devdas)has not been made even once though the amount of time spent at work is three to four times more compared to the amount of time spent with the spouse and it is far more draining emotionally and financially. Why don’t you contemplate a movie on the subject. Only a director of your stature can attempt it anyway.

The extract from Osho was the latest article I had written on the subhject for the April edition of the magazine “The eternal solutions”. In case interested, there are various quotations on the subject by many eminent people(Gandhi, Abdul Kalam,Osho etc)  on my link(blog)above.

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