01 Apr The final analysis of success in life

The desire to attain success is very natural to all human beings.  People from all walks of life and as diverse backgrounds you could imagine are all striving for success.  A school student wishes to succeed in his class and the CEO wishes to successfully lead a company.  A mother wants to successfully raise her children and the President wants to successfully run the country.  There is no exception to the desire for success, although the definition of success differs from person to person.

This intrinsic desire for success comes from our true identity of being the soul.  The soul is a part of God who is all-perfect.  Hence as the souls we also wish to be perfect and successful like our source – God.   Therefore we can see in the world how everyone is naturally chasing success as per their own definitions.  To keep the definitions simple, we can divide success into two categories – material and spiritual.

Pursuit for material success is about earning money, owning expensive things, becoming famous, beautiful and skilled.  This is usually the parameter of success with which the world judges us.  So people are relentlessly engaged day and night in becoming materially successful so that the world can approve of them.  Then there is the spiritual pursuit of success.  We achieve this success internally and the world can seldom measure our internal success.  It is about cleansing our heart and getting rid of the impurities of anger, lust, greed and envy.  It is about seeking knowledge of our true relation with God and nurturing love and faith for Him.  We may not be materially successful in the eyes of the world, but we will be truly successful in the eyes of God if we can purify ourselves internally.

At the end of our lives all the material success – our wealth, fame, and possessions will be left behind.   The only thing that will accompany us into the next life will be the spiritual success we have accumulated.  Hence in the final analysis of life, the success that we all strive for will be determined by the extent to which we have achieved purity of heart and love for God.  Therefore, if we humans wish to be truly successful, we will have to pursue the right kind of success.


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  • Dipak kumar mohapatra
    Posted at 09:01h, 01 April Reply

    Write your comment here…spiritual success possible by total surenderness.

  • Dipak kumar mohapatra
    Posted at 09:03h, 01 April Reply

    Write your comment here…radheradhe bolna jaruri he.

  • Sabatry Ramnath
    Posted at 17:42h, 01 April Reply

    Radhey Radhey

    True knowledge. Thanks.

  • gourav
    Posted at 17:44h, 01 April Reply

    very simple explaination !! true..

  • Ms Sandhya Das
    Posted at 16:44h, 21 April Reply

    Beautiful explanation by Swami Mukundananda ji.He says-At the end of our lives all the material success will be left behind. Only the grace,faith,love and power of God will uplift us to greater heights. forever.

  • Sunil Kripalucharan
    Posted at 09:25h, 02 May Reply

    Really true Divine explanation in simple lucid language

  • Tapas Panda
    Posted at 15:27h, 05 May Reply

    What if the pursuit material success (say earning money) is to serve the poor (to serve the Lord)? If God has blessed someone with intelligence (say business acumen) , should he or she not use it to earn money? What is the harm in this if the money is used to help the needy? How can one differentiate one’s pursuit for material success to serve the Lord from pursuit for material success for own needs?

  • Raj
    Posted at 11:17h, 06 May Reply

    How simple analysis & life becomes when we get GRACE from the supreme in the form of a GURU

    Radhey Radhey forever

  • sushil chyau pattnaik
    Posted at 09:36h, 13 May Reply

    I feel extremely graced and fortunate,when I think that I am associated with Swamiji.

  • Preeti Malhotra
    Posted at 21:16h, 29 April Reply

    Very true Swamiji! As we become internally wealthy by loving devotion to God, then our external successes also become a means to serve our Lord. Our spiritual connection with God first elevates our thoughts and consciousness, which naturally leads to successful actions and deeds as they are done in the attitude of servitude. Thank you for your wonderful articles!

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