The Return Gift
Gifts are wonderful. Gifts are a way of expressing our love and care in some form to people who are special.
When you decide to gift something to someone who is important to you; a lo-o-o-t of thought goes in, as to What to? and How to? (the surprise element I mean).
What should I get? or how would it be useful? or how can I convey my feelings through the gift? and what not. There’s a whole list of QnA one goes through (well, at least I do :P); and finally when you zero upon ‘what’ and ‘how’, you want it to be perfect; and when the person acknowledges and understands the emotions attached to such gift, it’s euphoric.
The other day my mother was trying to explain to me the importance and meaning of message that Karmayoga from Bhagvad Gita conveys (3rd Chapter precisely) she said (roughly translated as) “How would you feel if I arranged for you as a gift, a seasoned kit, a turf to play cricket on, players to play with and almost everything that you need to play a decent game of cricket ? “. Of course my eyes went wide when she said this 😀 😛 I love this game so much.
She continued “And how rude and ungrateful would it be on your part to not enjoy the game and play to fullest of your capabilities.”
She further added “In similar sense, life’s the turf, the body & mind your cricket gear and the people all around being teams to play with, gifts from someone who knows exactly what you are, what you are capable of and what you ‘can’ do but only if you wish to. If you can’t harness the talent and be actively involved in the team to make it a better one; it would be rude and ungrateful on your part. Of the billions of people who have been on earth and are still here; there are very few people who justify their talent by engaging it with the universal success ingredient which is ‘Hardwork’. Be one of them.”
“The only way you thank someone for the things they gifted you is to do what they meant it for. That in real sense would be your return gift. A return gift to the one above by simply doing what you do the best with all you’ve got and have faith.”
कर्मणये वाधिकारस्ते मां फलेषु कदाचन । मां कर्मफलहेतुर्भू: मांते संङगोस्त्वकर्मणि ।
#Cheers : )