Duration: 3:44 min

How to win?

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Today. Now modern world is always goal-oriented, in the sense we want to win the game. Whether it’s life or game, they’re only thinking about winning. I feel that’s a big mistake. People don’t win a game because they want to win a game. Who doesn’t want to win? Everybody wants to win. People win a game because they play well, isn’t it? There’s a beautiful incident in our culture. When Dronacharya is teaching Arjuna and a few other boys archery. He asked one by one to look up at the tree and aim and shoot at the bird that was sitting there. A wooden bird that was kept up on the tree. And a small dot was marked on the neck of the bird. And Dronacharya said, you must aim at that particular dot and shoot. So when they just pull the string and they’re just about to shoot, he asked them to stop and asked, what do you see? So they said, we see the leaves, we see the tree, we see the fruit, we see the bird, we see so many things. Everybody said this. And when Arjuna’s chance came, when he was ready to shoot and Drona asked him, what do you see? He just said, I see only one dot. And it is one who sees only one, when one’s vision is totally one pointed, that is when you get there. When everything in you gets organized in one direction, that is when the best results happen. That’s why when you’re playing a hockey game, it’s not about winning, it’s not about getting a cup back home, it’s not about newspapers, it’s not about fame. Your whole business is just to how to get the damn ball into the goal every moment of being there on the field. That’s all, isn’t it? As 10 people on the field, just seeing how to get that ball every time in there, the idea is to get it there every moment. They won’t let you get it there every moment. But the whole thing is to just get it there, get it there, get it there. If our mind is focused on how to win the cup, will we win the cup or not, will we win the match or not. I have seen, whether it’s football or cricket or hockey or whatever, many matches are lost before the game is over. Somebody has scored three goals against you. So what? Three goals can be scored in a minute. Oh such miracles don’t happen, it’s not true. It can be done and it’s happened sometimes, isn’t it? So the business is not how much somebody has scored or not scored, whether you’re going to win or not win. When you’re playing a game, there’s only just one goal, putting that ball into the goal that’s all. If you just stay this way, at least who we are, our talent will get fully expressed. What we are not, we cannot do. If we do not do what we are not capable of, it doesn’t matter. But if we do not do what we are capable of, that’s a tragic life, isn’t it? Isn’t it so?

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