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Negative attidude vs Positive attidude

ntellect”The reward of deeds depends upon the intentions, and every person will get the reward according to what he has intended.”    Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith

“There is a beast in man, which should be exercised, not exorciized.”

Anton Szander Llavary

“Overcome worry, fear and doubt through rediscovering spiritual resources. Worry erodes my confidence, fear hijacks my courage, and doubt redicules every attempt I make to bring hope back into my life. ”      Brahma Kumaris

Introduction –  Positive attitude towards life inspires in human beings to follow the dictates of ‘intellect. Intellect of a human being enables him to discriminate between ‘right’ and ‘wrong’. Katha Upnishad compares the ‘self’ of a person to the Supreme seated in a chariot, intellect as charioteer, mind as reins and sense objects as the road along which the chariot is driven. Intellect develops in them qualities like self-control, purity in thinking, sincerity hard-work, honesty and uprightness. Negative mindset leads towards delusion. Intellect keeps a control over ignorance, egoism, venom, too much attachment towards any object or unbridled desires of a human being.

How to lead a life in a positive way – For leading life in a positive way, one’s actions, ‘Karmas’, need to be performed with ‘samatva budhhi’ (balanced mind), ‘Swadharma Buddhi’ (Path of righteousness), ‘Samarpan buddhi’ (without an intention to satisfy one’s own ego or else’s ego), ‘Asang buddhi’ (non attachment to the result of action) and ‘Prasad buddhi’ (whatever comes, accept it).

What is Positive or Negative way – Leading a life in positive or negative way depends on the attitude and in turn attitude depends on the emotions of a person. Emotions can make a person weak or strong. Positive emotions associated with love, affection, sensitivity and compassion makes a person strong, whereas negative emotions/feelings makes one weak, sad, short-tempered, greedy, violent, selfish, jealous and aloof.

Negativity in life not good – Negative attitude in life makes a person pessimist. It develops in a person a tendency to stress the unfavorable or to take the gloomiest possible view of a situation. Most  of the times, such a person enlarges a problem, blames destiny, circumstances or others for adverse circumstances and fails to find solutions.

What leads to Negative thinking – ‘Self-gratification’ is leads to negativism. It usually happens, when ‘Me’ and ‘Mine’ take centre-stage. Everything else assumes no importance in relation with ‘Me’. It is doing a great damage to the modern society.  Persons having such an attitude become insensitive, insecure and unable to care for his own happiness or the welfare of others or the society. Sometimes such an attitude leads to abnormal behaviour.

Tendencies developed by negative attitude – Many times, negative attitude in individuals encourages people to care only for  their passions and desires, without caring for anybody else. Passions, materialism and consumerism take supreme position in life. It encourages individuals to enjoy life to the core, even if one has to ‘beg, borrow or steal’ (Charvakas). Such a tendency ignites the desire or craving for ‘more’, which instead of making them happy and contended, limits human aspirations for sensual pleasures/enjoyment only, meaning eating delicious food, nights out, wearing costly/designed clothes and possess all the riches and worldly possessions to enjoy pleasures of life.

Achievements only at physical plane does not always make a person happy, successful and strong. Such a mindset gives rise to greed, anger and passion and most of the times (s)he is not able to maintain good relations with others. Materialism, consumerism, ruthless competition for positions of power, money and VVIP status in society in addition to having all the pleasures of life at others cost have brought some unpleasant changes in the mind-set of people in recent past and is increasing every day in the character, role and inter-relationship of the six main constituent of the national elites – political executive, legislators, businessmen, organized workers, surplus farmers and bureaucrats etc.

Enjoying life is not something undesirable or bad – Enjoyment in life or caring for self-interests and interests of one’s own family or making efforts for success in life is not wrong. After all man is a social animal. Therefore, caring for oneself or for one’s family’s welfare can not be called ‘selfishness’ or a ‘Mleccha Praviti’ (bad). In Indian Philosophy,  ‘Sanatan Dharma’   gives people belonging to  family-life/ ‘Grihastashram’ (married life) full freedom to enjoy life, assigns top place/a high place of honour amongst all the stages, ‘Brahmacharya Ashram’ (stage of learning), ‘Vanprastha Ashram’ (take retirement from family life and give the benefits of one’s experiences gained so far) and stage of ‘Sanyas’ (preparing oneself for leaving this world).

Rights and duties of married persons – A person is supposed to lead an active and happy married life. It is the most energetic and enjoyable period of ones life. Giving maximum importance to   ‘Grihastashrm’ shows that Indian philosophers attached a great importance to social values.

  • This stage of life offers a person opportunities for practice and for cultivation of social values. A householder is in direct contact with the whole society.
  • This stage is a real ground to utilize one’s intellectual and physical capabilities. An individual is advised to work for financial and material success, get involved in economic activities in order to fulfill one’s dreams and ambitions.
  • But at the same time, this is the stage, when an individual is supposed to fulfil certain duties as well. A householder is a contributor, a trustee and a manager of social estate and society is the recipient. Proper management of other three stages (stages of student life and stages of  life of elderly/old people in ‘Vanprastha Ashram’ or ‘Sanyas’)  depends on Grihasthashram as their needs (like provision of food and financial help) are directly or indirectly supported by householders.
  • A householder is expected to give protection to dependents with love and care. Dependents include elders, children, members of extended family and strangers in need of help.
  • An individual is supposed to make direct contribution to the society consistent with the dictates of his own knowledge and conscience.

Winding up

Negative attitude does a great damage to an individual. It destroys the whole physical and psychological personality of any person. It creates negative aura in surroundings and spread negative vibes. Therefore, try to be in the company of positive people. it is necessary to inculcate positive thinking and attitude by taming negative emotions -thus maintaining emotional balance as happy and tough moments come and go in everybody’s life. Bhagwat Gita teaches to control one’s emotions generated in mind, keep emotional balance and remain cool and calm. Before reacting to any situation, first think, then analyze pros and cons, assess the situation rationally, then act. Positive attitude leads to freedom and empowerment simultaneously.

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For leading life in a positive way, one’s actions, ‘Karmas’, need to be performed with ‘samatva budhhi’ (balanced mind), ‘Swadharma Buddhi’ (Path of righteousness), ‘Samarpan buddhi’ (without an intention to satisfy one’s own ego or else’s ego), ‘Asang buddhi’ (non attachment to the result of action) and ‘Prasad buddhi’ (whatever comes, accept it). Positive attitude towards life inspires in human beings qualities like sincerity hard-work, honesty and uprightness.   

Negative attitude in life makes a person pessimist. It develops in him a tendency to stress the unfavorable or to take the gloomiest possible view of a situation. Most  of the times, such a person enlarges a problem, blames destiny, circumstances or others for adverse circumstances and fails to find solutions.

‘Self-gratification’ is leads to negativism. It usually happens, when ‘Me’ and ‘Mine’ take centrestage. Everyting else assumes no importance in relation with ‘Me’. It is doing a great damage to the modern society.  Persons having such an attitude become insensitive, insecure and unable to care for his own happiness…

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