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From Ordinary to Extra Ordinary!

25 Feb

If you’ve read the title of the post at least one more time just to check if it’s right, be assured you aren’t alone. ‘Ordinary to Extraordinary’ is one of my Master’s many discourses (all are available as DVDs, Audio CDs or in digital form here) and the title of this post is its core message. Hmm… since I sense a few raised eyebrows already, let Swamy clarify it his way!

We all read, hear, know about extraordinary accomplishments by ordinary or extraordinary individuals or teams, time and again. Some of you may’ve even been a part of some of them (no, I’m pretty sure I haven’t been, at least not yet). But our typical human sense (many call it – overrated – 6th sense and some – honestly – nonsense) of getting overawed by anything and everything that we haven’t (or can’t or wouldn’t) done ourselves won’t let us see through them clearly enough to comprehend, understand and appreciate how they had to step down first to step up eventually.

Ordinary to Extra Ordinary is willing to step down from the high pedestal.

BhagavadGitaArjuna always thought of Krishna as his friend, until the day when he stood in front of his blood brothers and elders with the Hobson’s choice of obliterating them. The moment he climbed down from the high pedestal of the extraordinary archer who can annihilate any opposition and bowed down before Lord Krishna for clarity, not only did he get Vishwaroopa darshan of the Lord and cleared away the cobwebs in his mind, but the world also got the great treatise Bhagavad Gita!

 

Ordinary to Extra Ordinary is willing to let go. 

GautamaBuddhaPrince Sidhartha was born with a proverbial silver spoon and hasn’t known anything about ordinary Life and people, until the day he left the life of extraordinary wealth and indulgence behind and sat under the Bodhi tree to contemplate inwards and comprehend the truth about Life, transforming into Gautama the Buddha!

 

Ordinary to Extra Ordinary is willing to change. 

Oscar2A billion people the world over (including yours truly) are tuned into the Oscar awards ceremony today. Most winners of this coveted award have got nominated only when they chose to shed the extraordinary halo of super stardom to don the roles of the rest of us. George Clooney with all starry stuff completely peeled off – still awesome & charming of course – and got a well deserved Oscar nomination for ‘The Descendants’! Hugh the Wolverine Jackman in ‘Les Miserabes’ is disheveled and even cries, which should help him stand up against the colossal Daniel the Oscar Day-Lewis for the ‘Best Actor’ award this year!

Ordinary to Extra Ordinary is putting others ahead of the self.

MSDhoni_Sixer_WCFinalMahendra K(S)ing(h) Dhoni (the newspaper subeditors sure know how to churn out captivating titles for news stories), is undoubtedly one of the most celebrated, adored and discussed about cricketers of our times. His captaincy may be a topic of debate for some time, but his accomplishments as the extraordinary leader of the Indian cricket team are second to none. One of his most enduring traits is to remain calm and composed under any circumstances – on the ground or off it. And he never forgets to put the team in front of his own accomplishments and is known to step back leaving his team to enjoy the spoils of (m)any great victory. He’s well on the way to becoming the best captain ever!

Ordinary to Extra Ordinary is acceptance of change, that’s inevitable.

Avengers‘The Avengers’ is last year’s most successful movie where many larger than life egos, oops… heroes, err… superheroes came together to save the world from an alien invasion. Each one of them has extraordinary powers and can exterminate enemies on their own (they all have their own movie franchises, naturally), but to face their most powerful enemy (until Part 2, of course), they’ve to shed the ‘I’ (not an easy thing to do even for not-so-heroes, forget superheroes doing it) to become ‘We’.

 

Ordinary to Extra Ordinary is pushing the boundaries and daring to go beyond them.

VairagyaWhen I first heard Sadhguru’s ‘Ordinary to Extraordinary’ message, it was fascinating (his wordplay is better than the best swordplay). But even after several years of diligent practice of Isha Yoga, the magnitude of the message didn’t fully sink in, until I started the Shivanga sadhana (you can read about it in this post) this year (will reach out to some of you for completing one of the steps in that process, which should be done before Mahashivarathri day on March 10). It’s a focused attempt to make us shed the “I” shades to see ‘Life the way it is’ with absolute clarity, comprehend it better, appreciate its natural magnificence and live it joyfully with a sense of gratitude, offering unconditional love and sharing whatever we know with others to let them grow and glow.

In essence, it’s a valuable lesson on how to step up to the possibility of being and doing something extraordinary in Life by stepping down from Ordinary to Extra Ordinary (ahem, that’s less than even ordinary)!

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