Going Nowhere Fast

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At theme parks, we often have to wait in a queue for hours to get on a ride that only lasts a few seconds. Similarly, in material life we have to work very hard in order to experience fleeting moments of pleasure. Is it really worth the effort? If material life were a business, those in charge would conclude that it wasn’t financially viable and abandon the whole idea.

Just like the “fast track” priority queues that can be found at major theme parks, all of the so-called advancement of modern civilisation is aimed at reducing the waiting time to get what we want. These days, we all want things instantly, and if this expectation isn’t met, we become frustrated or even angry. If we order something online and it doesn’t arrive the very next day, or if we miss a train and have to wait a whole five minutes for the next one, we tend to act as if the world has suddenly come to an end!

I still remember the days of dial-up internet, when it took some time to see anything at all; now, after becoming accustomed to broadband, I would personally find such speeds to be intolerably slow, and I’m sure that the vast majority of people would feel the same way. Indeed, the rise of the internet has contributed greatly to the disease of impatience that currently plagues our society.

Because we have become conditioned to expect immediate results, a complete change of mindset is required when it comes to spiritual life. A lot more time and effort need to be put in before any significant results can be seen. In the end, however, it is infinitely more rewarding. Like a gardener, we must regularly water the seed of our spiritual life and patiently wait for it to break through the soil and blossom into a beautiful flower.

Rather than long periods of suffering and anxiety interspersed with brief moments of pleasure, we will then be able to experience a higher level of happiness that is independent of external circumstances. In other words, we will remain happy even whilst going through great difficulties.

Nikhil has spent most of his life trying to figure out his purpose. After graduating from university in 2012 with a degree in Accounting and Finance, he worked at his local council for a few years, but always felt that something was missing. After studying an in-depth course on spirituality at Bhaktivedanta Manor, however, he felt that he had found what he was looking for. Desiring to share spiritual wisdom with others, he adopted the life of a full-time monk in 2018. He has a passion for creative and reflective writing, poetry, art, singing, and playing the piano and harmonium.

Discussion3 Comments

  1. Hi Nikhil, thanks for sharing that.
    You are a great asset to our Wednesday’s. I love your humour and subtlety. We often have new monks come for a while then go, so we hope you are going to be with us for a long time.
    I think i speak for all that have had association with you, that you have fitted in so well and as spiritual as you are. You are very down to earth.
    Hare Krishna vicky mataji

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