Actually challenges or failures can be stepping stones…

Actually challenges or failures can be stepping stones or stumbling blocks on the road to success. It is all a matter of how we look at it. You can see a glass as half empty or you can see a glass as half full. One will bring you enthusiasm and the other will bring you discouragement. We can apply this principle to every aspect of our life. But what is of real importance is that we know that we are doing the right thing, that we learn from our mistakes. A mistake is only a mistake if we fail to learn from it. Real leaders make many, many mistakes, but they do not repeat them. They learn from them, they remain enthusiastic; they remain determined for the goal.

Radhanath Swami

Zen Story : Right and Wrong

When Bankei held his seclusion-weeks of meditation, pupils from many parts of Japan came to attend. During one of these gatherings a pupil was caught stealing. The matter was reported to Bankei with the request that the culprit be expelled. Bankei ignored the case.

Later the pupil was caught in a similar act, and again Bankei disregarded the matter. This angered the other pupils, who drew up a petition asking for the dismissal of the thief, stating that otherwise they would leave in a body.

When Bankei had read the petition he called everyone before him. “You are wise brothers,” he told them. “You know what is right and what is not right. You may go somewhere else to study if you wish, but this poor brother does not even know right from wrong. Who will teach him if I do not? I am going to keep him here even if all the rest of you leave.”

A torrent of tears cleansed the face of the brother who had stolen. All desire to steal had vanished.

Lyrics : Ae Malik Tere Bande Hum

ऐ मालिक तेरे बन्दे हम – Ae Malik Tere Bande Hum
Movie/Album: दो आँखें बारह हाथ (1957)
Music By: वसंत देसाई
Lyrics By: भरत व्यास

ऐ मालिक तेरे बन्दे हम
ऐसे हों हमारे करम
नेकी पर चलें और बदी से टलें,
ताकि हंसते हुए निकले दम

बड़ा कमज़ोर है आदमी, अभी लाखों हैं इसमें कमी
पर तू जो खड़ा, है दयालू बड़ा
तेरी किरपा से धरती थमी

दिया तूने हमें जब जनम
तू ही झेलेगा हम सबके ग़म

नेकी पर चलें और बदी से टलें,
ताकि हंसते हुए निकले दम

 

ये अंधेरा घना छा रहा, तेरा इंसान घबरा रहा
हो रहा बेखबर, कुछ न आता नज़र
सुख का सूरज छुपा जा रहा

है तेरी रोशनी में जो दम
तो अमावस को कर दे पूनम

नेकी पर चलें और बदी से टलें,
ताकि हंसते हुए निकले दम

जब ज़ुल्मों का हो सामना, तब तू ही हमें थामना
वो बुराई करें, हम भलाई भरें
नहीं बदले की हो कामना

बढ़ उठे प्यार का हर कदम
और मिटे बैर का ये भरम

नेकी पर चलें और बदी से टलें,
ताकि हंसते हुए निकले दम