It is said that you cannot plough a field by turning it over in your mind.
This same sentiment is conveyed through the lines of the following Subhaashit.
उद्यमेन हि सिध्यन्ति कार्याणि न मनोरथैः l
न हि सुप्तस्य सिंहस्य प्रविशन्ति मुखे मृगाः ll
If any work (कार्याणि) is to be accomplished (सिध्यन्ति), strong efforts are required (उद्यमेन).
(We cannot achieve an aim) merely by desiring (मनोरथैः) its completion.
Animals (मृगाः) will not enter (न प्रविशन्ति) a sleeping lion’s (सुप्तस्य सिंहस्य) mouth (मुखे) on their own.
A lion certainly has the ability to catch its prey, and it may also have the desire to do so.
But it is also necessary that it makes the effort.
Merely wishing something to happen, will not work. Hard efforts are required. This is something that many people do not seem to understand.
I have observed that a baby- just a few months old- will extend his hand and wave it in the direction of a toy that he wants, as if willing the toy to come to him. But when he realizes that this does not work, he starts crawling to reach it himself.
This lesson that a baby can understand seems to elude many adults, though.
We observe in society that people prefer to take the ‘easy way out’. Instead of complying with the rules- which may take some effort- people prefer to bribe their way through any situation.
A hard-working person is frequently subjected to ridicule- as if working the minimum required, and trying to get ‘a free lunch’, is a desired situation!
But there is certainly a difference between something achieved through our own efforts, and something achievement through bribery.
A few days ago I turned on the television in the early morning. A Sadhvi was giving an exposition- and was advising viewers to recite a short Shloka.
“It would take just a short time”- she said. “And the person reciting it would gain great spiritual benefit”- “कम भक्ति में जादा लाभ l”
I am quoting her exact words here- “कम भक्ति में जादा लाभ l” So now spirituality offered basement bargains, too!
I wonder what the Sadhus of earlier ages- who used to do तप for years- would have thought of this attitude?
And what quality of लाभ (gain) would this be, if not much effort was required to obtain it?