For Own Happiness

Arjuna is a budding writer. He uses his imagination skills to put his ideas and thoughts in black and white, interspersed with multichromatic creativity. He used to send his articles and stories to various periodicals and newspapers for publication, but would get disappointed after receiving rejection slips from them, that too after a lag.

So he developed a fascination for social media for his creative juices to flow and receive applauses instantly from his follower-readers. But here too, despondency didn’t leave him alone.

Even after sharing great posts one after another, he received likes and comments in single digit only. Arjuna’s heart was broken. He always thought why response was so poor, while he writes better stuff than others. Nobody was coming to his rescue. Overwhelmed with such emotions, he retired to bed one night.

Lord Krishna’s heart melted at his devotee’s pathetic look and He came to him in his dream. With folded hands, Arjuna immediately put forward his case, “My Lord, what’s happening with me? When I find my posts alone in the crowd of those likes and comments, then I start thinking that this is nothing but a sheer waste of my time. I’m your disciple. Kindly give me your wisdom and take me out of the present dilemma.”

After listening to him patiently, Shri Krishna said, “You see, Partha, those who like your ideas will like your post without even reading it, and those who don’t have to, no matter what you write, they will not do it. But those who don’t like you, they will not like your posts, no matter how much they like your posts. There may be some other kind of people, who like your posts, but due to some reasons, they will not be able to express in the group.”

Before sharing his pearls of wisdom, Shri Krishna shot back at Arjuna, “But why do you write? Who asked you to do so?”

Arjuna meekly replied, “It is my own initiative, my Lord, as I think I should share my ideas for the benefit of others. I get immense satisfaction when I publish a post.”

Lord asked him again, “Then, why are you diminishing your happiness by expecting something that is not in your hands? Keep yourself completely away from this cycle of infatuation of likes, shares and comments. Don’t get sucked into a vortex of sorrow and despair. Keep writing and sharing your posts with selfless devotion for your own happiness. Remember my shloka:

कर्मण्येवाधिकारस्ते मा फलेषु कदाचन।
मा कर्मफलहेतुर्भूर्मा ते सङ्गोऽस्त्वकर्मणि।

[You have a right to Karma (actions), but never to any fruits thereof. You should never be motivated by the results of your actions, nor should there be any attachment in not doing your prescribed activities.]”

God then disappeared and Arjuna woke afresh with single determination to continue doing what he likes most.


–Kaushal Kishore

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34 Comments

  1. Perfect, I always had a penchant for writing but the usual lethargy never pushed me. Then I started writing blogs in the first covid lockdown with no expectations of views but more of as a hobby. I know many friends who had started hobbies in lockdown and are no longer pursuing them. So, it makes me happy that I have stuck to it for last 1.5 year and actually enjoying it. Appreciation on the way helps boost confidence, but the sheer joy of able to pen things is enough and now that the hobby has turned to passion it is more joy.
    Sorry for the long note 🙏

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    1. Length of note is no worry, friend, the way you have shared your experience is remarkable and relatable to me too. I had also started as a hobby, and the first time I realised after 5 or 6 months that there is something like following. I salute your positivity. Keep it up. Thank you 😊🙏

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  2. Excellent message, Kaushal, to all bloggers- write for your own satisfaction without waiting for approval.
    Curb your ego, and remember that unless you are Shakespeare, you will be forgotten in a blink
    of an eye.

    Joanna

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    1. Thanks a lot, Joanna for your appreciation, but I truly appreciate your suggestion, curb your ego. This is a great message indeed.

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  3. Shri krishna,’s grace. , God’s blessings
    I will keep writing , that refreshes me and others by reading it ( all sort of responses warmly welcomed😊)
    Masterpieces are not created everyday, nor your pen can race with your thoughts and win each day, but it’s
    The flare that keeps us moving,❣️

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    1. You’re so right here, when you say that what matters is the flare. I fully concur. Keep doing good work. Shri Krishna will be by your side. JSK.🙏💖

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  4. This was beautifully written, with a message for all of us. It’s not about the Likes.., which as you say mean and show nothing, it’s about the joy of writing and I would also say, connecting through it with others who feel the same. This was a special one Kaushal! ❤️🤗🌹🦋

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    1. Thank you, Karima for your valuable feedback. The real joy is in creating and sharing. People read, however. They may put ‘like’ button or not. That’s why now ‘views’ are also counted.😊🤗💐💖

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  5. Wow! What a thoughtful comment from you, Jeff. You have rightly stated the essence of the Gita. Thank you from the bottom of my heart 😊🥰💐

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