How to achieve success in life ?

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The success of any person in this world is ONLY possible with the cooperation of a large number of people. Yet, people usually seek support only for themselves rather than actively supporting others too. What people want is their own individual success and are afraid to spend their energy in obtaining success for someone else.

When a teacher advised her students, ‘Children, you must all learn to help others,’ she was questioned by students, ‘If we have to help others, what are others supposed to do?’

The truth is that unless we help others, we cannot even help ourselves. We do not live in isolation; therefore our success is connected with the success of others, as it is clear from the following story :

Marian Anderson, an African American singer and one of the most celebrated singers of the 20th century, often used ‘we’ and ‘one’ instead of a personal ‘I’. When asked about this strange usage she said, ‘One realises, the longer one lives, that there is no particular thing one can do alone. In the execution of the work we do, there are many people involved – those who wrote the music, those who made the piano on which the accompanist plays, the accompanist, who actually lends support to the performance. Even the voice, the breath, everything – it is not your doing. So the “I” in it is very small, after all.’

When our desires are sincere & our purpose is the fulfilment of the desire of the world, we get everything that we desire. Paulo Coelho writes in his book The Alchemist :

There is one great truth on this planet : whoever you are, or whatever it is that you do, when you really want something, it’s because that desire originated in the soul of the Universe …. The soul of the world is nourished by people’s happiness. When you want something, the entire universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.

Thus the deepest desires of man are not merely personal, but also spiritual as such desires emerge from the soul of the universe. While the fulfilment of personal desire gives us pleasure and comfort, the fulfilment of the desire of the Universe brings happiness and peace to our lives. Those who are deeply connected with their souls hear this voice and can win the kingdom of the world, for the whole world unites to fulfil their desires.

The life histories of many highly successful people in the world reveal that they listened to their souls while fulfilling their desires and met with much success. The world too then reciprocated by making them the richest or the most powerful. It is rightly said in the Bible :

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. And what father is there among you, who, if his son asks for a slice of bread, will offer him a stone? or if he asks for a fish, will instead of a fish offer him a snake? 

Spirituality is, therefore, the key to worldly success as it helps us learn the deepest desires of others and the world, connects us with God and the ultimate intelligence of the Universe, and gets us the support of the entire world for the fulfilment of the desires.