ON OUR SELF-IMPROVEMENT
DO WE HAVE TO PROVE TO THE WORLD AT LARGE FOR OUR IMPROVEMENT & WHAT IS THE INFLUENCE OF OUR WORLDVIEW ON OUR SELF-IMPROVEMENT?
Significantly, first of all, we have to understand what is the actual meaning of ‘improving ourselves’. Our body undergoes growth from the day we are born. It has natural growth but its development physically and mentally take place with our own efforts and those around us at the initial stage of our growth. This effort is in the form of learning. Learning new arts and crafts; skills, gain new experience(s) by trial and error (sometimes failing and other times being successful), learning from our failings so as to wipe out those things which retarded our path to succeed. It should always be kept in mind that nobody ever has learned without some failings here and there. Some may say, they had no failures in their lives. Such people may have something to hide. Being a human being and no failings are not truthful.. Therefore, improving is through experimenting, acquiring new know-how/knowledge and thus the wisdom or sagacity in implementing the knowledge gained over a period of time. Then knowledge acquired has to be utilized judiciously. It should not be used like Demon King Ravana, who had the scriptural knowledge in abundance but failed to implement the acquired knowledge righteously thus failed and had an ignoble death at the hands of Lord Rama.
The second part of your question is really very interesting. Do we need to improve in order to prove to the world at large or do we have to improve so as to compete with our own selves? If we say that we have to improve in order to showcase our successes to the society at large then our improvement has got limited meaning and scope. It is not broad-based. When we compete with ourselves then we tend to improve upon what we were yesterday or the day before or the year before etc. This affords or gives us more satiety. It will bestow us inner freedom and choice to improve upon what we were in the past and what we are at the present moment. Here we have the freedom to act on our own pleasure and leisure. Working to improve ourselves with a sense of freedom and freewill will certainly unravel our inner potentials which are abundance within us. We have only to explore these. This freedom of action in sync with the norms set by the society give us positive vibes and inner satisfaction when our efforts fructify or otherwise, we may fail sometimes but success would always be there ultimately. This tangible outcome will not only affect our outer standing in the society but also gives us inner satisfaction that we are competing with our own self to improve upon what we were yesterday and what we are today. But all this improvement on daily basis should be without showcasing to others; otherwise, it would fall under the category of egocentric tendency.
Now what is ‘self’, in broader sense, it is knowing what we are and what we are not; self-awareness or self conscious or self realization. Self-realization or self awareness results when we conduct self-analysis as the main plank of our self improvement. Constantly working thus, we can learn to be religious about this self-improvement – spiritually following those steps which culminates into self-improvement till the last day of our life. This is done only when we remain student ever without even thinking that we have improved to our full potential and there is nothing left to be improved. To say that we have known everything and there is nothing left to be acquired is nothing but a futile thinking. This thinking makes us arrogant and I shall go a one step further, by so thinking, we shall be construed as a person living in utter ignorance. All this is possible when we compete with our own selves while getting what we glean from outside our domain.
Essentially, we may have acquired any amount of knowledge, till such time we do not get it from others experiences, we cannot improve holistically. Otherwise we shall be proving the saying ‘frog in the well’ right. Different individuals think differently and may have different opinions on a concept under same time and space. Different people may perceive and conceive differently on a contentious point. For example, we may have different views involving our family lives; covering how much of freedom should be given to the children, what value system to be imparted to the children in their early stage, protection of elder members of the family, how best to consolidate relationship with our spouses after sorting out differences then and there lest these impact our family as a whole etc. therein lies the truth that happier and contented the family life, happier we remain in our outer sphere of our existence.
Furthermore, it is pertinent to mention that if we remain contented from family side, then, we can put in our best efforts in improving ourselves with a single point focus on the job at hand. On the other hand, if the signal of our family stability is perplexing or confusing, then, we shall not be able to perceive and conceive the world at large properly for our improvement holistically. It is because our attention would always remain on our dear ones rather than on the mission we are want to accomplish outside the family sphere. Therefore, our family worldview and its ramifications influence our outer worldview, at the society level etc.
The normal worldview operates at conscious level but core worldviews is deep rooted which come to the focus when somebody impinges our faiths or belief system. In Bhagwad Gita it has been opined that faith is a trust or confidence in a particular system or religious beliefs which we perceive which helps to control our nature. Everything that comes to us is through faith only and if we do not any faith on anything or anybody then our life as a whole would be bundle of confusions and contradictions.
In essence, herein lies the truth of our existence, the normal worldviews and core worldviews come handy in self-improvement of an individual. While living with our faiths and beliefs we are constrained to respect the faiths and beliefs of others too. This is possible only when we know about the faiths and beliefs of others around us. Not only this, we can even imbibe the good points of others worldviews on faiths and beliefs if possible for our self-improvement. This helps us to remove our ignorance which prevails in us for a harmonious living.
If we perceive and conceive an idea in others worldviews, we can implement the same in our daily lives. It helps our personal growth and the growth of those who are directly and indirectly aligned with us.
Our improvement starts
From birth to death
Sometimes we fail
But our sincere efforts continue
With still more efforts
Then we have our own worldview
On a variety of subjects
Besides the core worldview
Both of these enrich our knowledge
And removes our ignorance
For a holistic improvement of ours.