The word I want to use here is ‘investment’. The investment that I am talking about is not financial investment; it’s the essential investment by which you can achieve every success you want in life and come out of any existing problem in life. I call this as investment on the self.
God always insists that animals can never invest on their own self because they have nothing to create for a future with their own preferences. A simple metaphor by the Vedas proves that if you want a good future, you need to get into great investment for the future. If you want to raise an elephant or a cat, you first need to have the ability to feed them. You can’t expect an elephant to be raised by you if you lack the ability to feed it. It’s a fact that you can’t expect the fruit on the same day that you plant a seed. But the number of fruits in the future is decided by the seeds that you have planted in the past. The present moment is the opportunity for you to plant and protect the seed which will give you the fruits which I call as the future that you want to live. For this, the first and foremost investment is investing on the self. It’s a known fact that without peace, one can express nothing in spite of being an expert in any field. You can never have peace without having trust in life, and you can never have trust in life without having trust on your own self. This trust is possible only by investing on the self. Only by investing on your own self, one can raise his physical and mental abilities beyond the present level towards the success one wants to achieve in the future.
SELF-INVESTMENT - HAPPY FUTURE
Animals don’t have commitment towards the family and they don’t have to prepare anything in the present to face the future. They just need to respond to a given situation naturally. They don’t need to be responsible. But we humans need a very magical word called responsibility. It has nothing to do with the past. Being responsible means maintaining the essential condition in the present to face the future without any problems. It’s a preparation and the way you conduct yourself in the present to have a happy future for you and your family. For this, I want everybody to understand the importance of self-investment. This is the first sign of showing that you are taking effort to be responsible towards your own self for the present and for the future.
TRUST YOURSELF, TRUST YOUR LIFE
One who doesn’t have trust on his own self can never have trust in life. Even though you have trust in God or any ritual, it’s of no use when you don’t trust yourself. You will face your future only with uncertainties and doubts without trusting yourself. Unless you trust your life, you can never enjoy peace in life. It’s not by knowledge or any belief system that you create trust on yourself. It’s rather by investing on your own self and focusing on the future that you can create trust on yourself. Investing your own self is nothing but having a plan for the future and preparing to achieve the success that you want to see in the future. Once you see the outcome you want to see, you will start trusting yourself. Once you start trusting your own self, you will start trusting your life.
THE MAGICAL OUTCOME OF SELF-INVESTMENT
Therefore, when you don’t have trust on your own self, you can never have trust on your life, and when you don’t have trust in your life, you can never lead a peaceful life. When you don’t have peace in the present, you can never heal the past. We can never escape from the past references that you have gone through as your personal experience at some point of life. In every present action, the reference from the past will automatically come to your mind either as an image or an emotion.
What we fail to understand is that every moment, there is a referential image or emotion coming to our minds without our effort about past experiences or failures. There is nothing wrong about being a failure in the past but what we should learn is to come out of the past emotions and not get affected by it. The only way is to trust your own self. One will never trust his own self if he fails to invest on his self. The best investment in this entire life is investing on your own self which is the only way to raise your physical and mental strength to come out of the existing problem and to achieve success in every aspect of life. Always tell yourself that there are unimaginable experiences waiting for you but God will make it happen for you only when you show that you are taking responsibility. That comes from self-investment. Once you start investing on your own self, you will see the entire universe delivering all the power that you want to achieve success in life, now and forever.
Wishing you a life full of peace, success & abundance.
Atmayogi Shri Aasaanji Aham Brahmasmi!
—Atmayogi Shri Aasaanji is a non-religious, contemporary spiritual master and the founder of the Atmayoga Foundation (Institute for Inner-Science and Self-Transformation) www.atmayoga.in