Monday, 29 June 2015

How do you find your passion or your calling?


I have elaborated a lot on this topic in my blog "Words into Silence". I am sure this question is relevant to  many others if not everybody. First of all this question has to be asked  on a clean slate. Those of us who have already believed some external  passion to be the real passion, they are not eligible to ask this  question. Are you getting this? When you ask this question you are  standing at a point where you do not know your real passion. Right? You  are confused. You have come to know that whatever is known to you can be  doubted. What to do with those who live in a deep belief that they  already know their passion, or a belief that knowing that passion is not  important at all?

If today you are given a question that  mentions your hobbies, interest or passion. I am using all these three  in the same way right now, but they are not. If you were given this  question to mention all these three things, all of you will give some  answer without realizing the falseness of that passion, without  realizing that this passion has nothing to do with me. Even my passions  have been handed over to me by somebody else.

Look at the CVs of people aspiring for jobs. They all have a section in their CVs named  ‘Hobbies and Interests’. What do they write in that section? Playing  cricket and listening to Hindi movie songs. And they deeply believe in  that. Don’t you see that if you are born in India, you would write  cricket, and if you are born in Brazil, you would write football? Even  your passions come from outside. Is there anything in life which is  yours, fundamentally yours, which you found out to be yours? Your  passion is borrowed, your love is borrowed, and so you are confused.

How to know what to do? There is no one  answer to it and it cannot be predicted and it cannot be constant. When  you say, ‘passion’, I will substitute this word with ‘Intelligent  choice’. How to find out that I am passionate about? I will rephrase it  and say that how to find out what is an intelligent choice? How to  choose intelligently? The intelligent choice happens in the  understanding of this moment, and the intelligent choice is not a dead  choice. Not dead in the sense that it is capable of changing,  day-to-day, moment-to-moment.

Today you are capable to choose out of  intelligence, it will surely come from your intelligence. You will  surely be very passionate about this. Isn’t it obvious? But there is no  guarantee that tomorrow the passion will be the same, very same. You are  asking a definite answer assuming that there will be a definite  passion. Life is not a monochrome. There are a thousand colors in it,  moment-to-moment. Do not restrict yourself to any one thing. Get rid of  this concept that there is one passion and I must pursue it all my life.  Do today, what is right. Do tomorrow, what is right. Do today what is  right for today. Do tomorrow what is right for tomorrow and then you  will be acting passionately today and you will be acting passionately  tomorrow.

If tomorrow you do what is right for  today, can you be passionate about it? What is right for today, will you  be able to be passionate about it tomorrow? You will force passion, and  that will be a dead passion. There will be no energy, no vitality in  it. Are you getting this? So, forget about time, forget about long-term,  medium-term, short-term. Just do what is right, right now and give it  everything you have.

You are listening, listen passionately.  You are playing in the evening, play passionately. Passion is moment to  moment. It is a constant thing. Let it change. It must change. You say  that you are passionate about playing the guitar. Will you play guitar  twenty-four hours a day? You will play guitar for one hour, two hours,  four hours. And how many hours are there in the day? Twenty-four hours.

What about the  remaining nineteen hours? Do you want to say that you are only  passionate about your guitar, with everything else you cannot bring the  passion? NO! Passion cannot be object-specific. Passion cannot be  activity-specific. Passion is a way of life. When I know that what I am  doing is right, my own, then I am passionate about it. I am passionate  about this moment, that moment. The activity will keep on changing. The  activity will keep changing from moment-to-moment, but the passion will  remain intact because you could not be possibly doing the same thing  twenty-four hours or seven days of the week.

The activity will keep changing. The  passion will be a continuous flow. Does it not tempt you? Then life will  be wonderful. Boredom will evaporate. No dull faces, no drooping  shoulders, no sitting in the class on the back benches, no cursing the  world, no thirst for entertainment. You are thirsty for entertainment  because you are deeply bored.

Won’t it be wonderful? Passionate always!  Not towards one particular activity, not towards one particular person,  not on one particular day. Always! Let the activity keep changing, let  the person keep changing. Whatever I am doing, I am into it. And what am  I doing? An intelligent choice. Whatever I am doing is coming out of my  intelligence and hence there is a natural energy behind it. How to  discover your passion? Be passionate about everything. There is no one  single passion. If you are passionate right now, it will be easier for  you to move into the next moment with passion.

Life is right now. Life is not divided, not fragmented.


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