This September, I decided to pursue an old hobby I gave up in 1965 after I lost my father and had to begin earning part time while learning.
My mother taught me few skills. She invested in my learning to TypeWrite an to Play Flute, Bass and Side Drums. She would say, Like Learning Never Ends – Skills never go away. If you have seriously applied yourself – the skill comes back. She’d also say that we don’t know which Skill may be in demand when and can become our source of earning. For us, Earning was so critical then, it is even now ! ( Need to Earn never ends, like Learning – can we say ? As even the Richest man / woman in the world likes to keep Earning, ain’t it? )
I came across this Sanskrit Shloka one day on twitter and the Tweeples post Gems there many a times apart from the normal heated poli-Tickle exchanges :).
यद्यदालिखति मनः आशावर्तिकाभीः हृदयफलके ।
तत्तद्बाल इव विधिर्निभृतं हसित्वा प्रोञ्छति ॥
Whatever the mind inscribes (paints),
with the brushes of desire,
on the board of the heart,
fate, stealthily smilingly,
wipes it all out, like a little child!
There was yet another Shloka on a blog I came across:
भारोऽविवेकिनः शास्त्रं भारो ज्ञानं च रागिणः ।
अशान्तस्य मनो भारः भारोऽनात्मविदो वपुः ॥
– योगवासिष्ठ, वैराग्य
An idiot would find the scriptures heavy.
A person who enjoys worldly pleasures finds knowledge heavy and unbearable.
A restless man finds his mind heavy.
If one does not know his self, he will find his body heavy.
– Yogavasishta, Vairagya
Wikipedia describes Self Actualisation as The full realization of one’s potential”, and of one’s ‘true self’… The term was originally introduced by the organismic theorist Kurt Goldstein for the motive to realize one’s full potential.
Expressing one’s creativity, quest for spiritual enlightenment, pursuit of knowledge, and the desire to give to society are examples of self-actualization.
In Goldstein’s view, it is the organism’s master motive, the only real motive: “the tendency to actualize itself as fully as possible is the basic drive… the drive of self-actualization.
The concept was brought most fully to prominence in Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs theory as the final level of psychological development that can be achieved when all basic and mental needs are essentially fulfilled and the “actualization” of the full personal potential takes place, although he adapted this viewpoint later on in life, and saw it more flexibly.
Self-actualization can be seen as similar to words and concepts such as self-discovery, self-reflection, self-realisation and self exploration. It is this phase of life I have entered and have begun focus on my unfulfilled childhood hobbies like Drawing, Painting etc.by Self-Learning Methods as there is still So Much to Learn. Learning Never Ends and Shouldn’t.
I begin my Learning phase and hopefully my Self-Actualisation phase with Hope !