Hindu In India Essay, Research Paper
Every being is unique and as long as they endeavor towards their dreams they
will never fail. This is the foundation of his strong Hindu Belief system.
My grandfather is a man with an abundance of knowledge whose words and
thoughtful gestures often speak volumes. I failed to realize this fact until a
couple of years ago. He is the individual I idolize most and yearn to emulate.
Not only has M.V.V.Raman inspired me and encouraged me to think life has no
limits, he is my moral teacher and guide. Through his navigation, I have
learned to embrace the myriad lessons and ideas that make up his philosophy.
Instilling these beliefs in me he has helped me attain objectivity in my
judgements. He has immensely helped bring the best out of me and supports and
guides my decisions. He inspires me on a daily basis. Even though we are seas
apart, it is his unfailing faith in me that helped me through one of the
toughest times of my life.
I was living my life as a new high school student, trying to fit in and trying
to learn. One day, my mother came into my bedroom and announced that we would
be moving to a new part of town. I was shocked and speechless. I was in high
school with the people I had grown up with; most importantly I was comfortable;
I didn?t want to move and start life at a new school. I was infuriated with my
parents? rash and spontaneous decision. How could they do this to me? They
were going to ruin my life. My parents were disinclined to hear and reason with
my argument. The decision was set in stone, and we were going to move. I felt
as though I had been dragged through an obscure, opaque tunnel however I would
never come out and see the light, I would just hit a dead end. I felt lost. I
thought about my grandfather. What would he say that could help me get through
I called my grandfather in Bangalore India. Tears rolled down my face as I told
my story to him. My grandfather?s creed stresses acceptance of things beyond
human control. He used to always say that everything that happens to you
teaches you- you must learn from them. He then told me something that I will
never forget: ?Meera, although things seem awful now, if you think in a
positive manner you will be successful no matter where you are. A sword must be
sent into a flame, melted and then beaten into a shape again and again in order
to make it strong. You too must endure whatever life gives you and know that
life is sending you this obstacle for a reason. You will be stronger in the
end.? I wiped my tears away and had an enormous smile at the other end of the
phone. I began to feel an aura around me that derived from positive thoughts.
The move was made. I came into my new school having to cope with making new
friends, understanding each one of my teacher?s standards; dealing with the
advanced, stringent academic ?expectations? along with ?normal? teenage life. I
had to deal with parental pressures to get straight A?s. It was because of my
grandfather?s encouragement and belief in me; I was able to surpress and survive
a massive challenge I had to undergo.
These words from my grandfather were extremely pivotal and made me realize that
the situation I was facing was not as bad as I thought; in fact, it was not bad
at all. What was happening to me was good because I would come out as a strong,
goal oriented, structured, and motivated individual. My grandfather?s priceless
words reminded of me of another saying that has been asleep in my head until I
heard his words: ? Whatever doesn?t kill you makes you stronger.? I was going
to be stronger after all of this.
Now I see and acknowledge life in a whole different light. I look forward to
new experiences as well as challenges to endeavor. No longer do I react to
things in a negative way. I am a gleeful, strong-willed and structured person.
I don?t know why my grandfather waited so long to tell me these words that have
changed my life. Maybe he knew that I wouldn’t be ready for them at an earlier
age. Maybe he knew that the day would come when I would need to hear them.
Maybe he saved this advice for this particular time. Maybe, maybe he knew me.
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