Indian Spirituality: Following our dreams
Why would you follow your dreams in the 21st century?
As everyone around us is busy exhibiting his or her professional success pretentiously, we are becoming more and more susceptible to replicating the professional decisions of others. Infatuation with traveling, global competition, parental pressures (especially in the developing world), and availability of numerous novel choices to the untrained mind may be some of the other distractions in selecting work according to our own aptitude. Besides, even if one has a well-defined area of interest, some skills may have turned obsolete in this age due to unavoidable influences such as automation and outsourcing. Formal training and diligence in work may not always appear to be paying off. In an environment more suited to the adaptable, the loyal may face disappointments. And when contribution is measured only by numbers, one may easily get persuaded to earn more at the cost of happiness. But what if you have a dream that does not align with mammoth bank accounts? What if your aspirations for being an artist or a teacher pull you towards a slower pace of life and a lower success rate? Should you still follow your dreams? Let us revisit this ageless dilemma, which has been answered repeatedly by many professionals, counselors, spiritual gurus, and even saints, in the background of Hindu spirituality.
Dharma supports a true dream
Inner wishes are generated by Nature
The happiness factor
Because dreams in life are guided by our true nature, following them triggers a simultaneous search for happiness, which is a permanent attribute of our inner nature. On the other hand, if we do not feel delighted in following our dreams, we probably have not connected to a dream.
We carry our lessons forward
All material achievements are perishable
God is the “real doer”
**For more on how we can recognize God as the real doer, please see Devotional Hinduism: Creating Impressions for God (Apr-2008).