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  • AllIsNice 5:36 pm on October 16, 2022 Permalink | Reply  

    Bestest: The journey continues #14 

    Sid is all pepped up and excited to make the most of what he had learnt so far. Out of his impatience and urge to get going, Sid requests Tej to hand him over the book and thanks him for sharing his journey with him. Tej reciprocates but mentions that there is something more that he would like to share that the wise old man mentioned in the next pages which were very important. Sid holds back and urges Tej to let him know what it was that the wise old man felt was so important.

    Tej then recalls the words of the wise old man ..

    THE TRICKS OF THE TRADE CAN TAKE YOU TO A HEIGHT
    BUT TO USE THEM WELL YOU HAVE TO BE WISE
    THE MIND AND MATTER WILL PLAY ALL GAMES AS YOU RISE
    FROM DICHOTOMY OF CREATION ARE BORN BOTH VIRTUE AND VICE
    WHAT MOST WON’T EVEN DARE DREAM OR GET, YOU SHALL REACH IT WITH YOUR MIGHT
    BUT IF YOU LOSE SIGHT OF GOOD, BAD, GREAT OR NICE, THEN THERE WILL BE DARKNESS NO LIGHT
    THE POWER TO EXERCISE INDESCRETION AS AND WHEN YOU PLEASE, CALLS FOR TROUBLE DAY AND NIGHT
    YOUR MOTIVE WILL DECIDE IF YOU GET IT WRONG OR RIGHT
    SO ALWAYS PRACTICE BALANCE AND MODERATION AS MUCH AS YOU PRACTICE TO WIN THE FIGHT
    NOT GETTING YOUR WAY CAN ALSO BE A BLESSING IN DIGUISE
    FOR THERE IS NO GREATER VICTORY THAN BEING ABLE TO MEND YOUR WAYS AND FIX BROKEN TIES

    Tej shares with Sid that as he began to taste success using what he had learnt, he began to change, till things started to fall apart. The more he tried, his possibilities began to rise but so did his passion and ego. And like the wise old man had said, Tej got his way but the road ahead looked dark and he felt things were not right. He recalled how the words of the wise man echoed in his mind and how with utmost challenges he had managed to get himself back from the mode of passion to light. He narrated how he had let go of what he was or could be and had become kinder, wiser, nicer. He spoke of how he then became capable of sparing a thought for others beyond just thinking of using and abusing what he could, and instead ended up being the Tej that stood before Sid today. The Tej whom everyone who knew and did not know both acknowledged and appreciated.

    Sid was glad that Tej warned him about what he was going to get into if he didn’t use his new found learnings with care. He shook hands with Tej, expressed his gratitude and acknowledged the decisions he took to mend his ways and for guiding others right. Sid thereon decided to contain the possibilities and limits that he could exceed and instead like the wise old man said, exercise balance and moderation in his life.

     
  • AllIsNice 3:16 pm on October 8, 2022 Permalink | Reply
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    Bestest: The Journey continues #13 

    Sid was confident that with the new insights into the wise old man’s book that he had learnt through Tej, he had what was needed to crack the competitive exam. But he was curious to know more, how to be the creme-de-la-creme like Tej and wanted to up the ante as he prepared for this exams. He requests Tej to narrate what happened further.

    Tej continues … he continued to follow the advice of the wise old man for few months, till his confidence and preparation had reached a new level. Now he felt the time was right to get into the top gear. That day he opened the book again and continued to read. The next page read … ENTER THE REALM OF THE MASTERS WITH THIS MYSTIC START. IN THEIR HEART THEY MEDITATE ON THEIR ART. TILL THEIR PREPARATION AND WORK CAN CONTINUE IN THEIR MIND WITH OR WITHOUT ANY SCRIPTURES, GUIDE OR CHART. THEIR WORK AND WORSHIP CAN’T BE SEEN APART.

    After reading this Tej struggled many weeks to prepare with his textbooks and study material, and then continue mental preparation without anything before him. After successive failures, Tej was gradually able to get some inroads on mental math and work out simpler problems in his mind. With time and effort, he was able to extend this mental practice to other areas and subjects. Like the wise old man said, the mastery over this art put him in the realm of the masters as there was no restriction of time, place or matter for him to prepare. The writing was on the wall, Tej was soon to break the ranks and get to the University of his choice.

     
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