Swami Mukundanand shares Golden Rules for Living Your best life! EXCLUSIVE Interview with MYPENCILDOTCOM Magazine.
Exclusive Interview with Swami Mukundanand:
Mypencildotcom: Today in edition 59 we have a very interesting guest with us, who doesn’t need any introduction. Team mypencildotcom is fortunate to have Swami Mukundananji live with us today. Swamiji thanks a lot for accepting our request.
Swamiji: Oh! it is my pleasure to join you on this show and I am looking forward to our conversation today.
Mypencildotcom: What was your inspiration behind writing this book that it shall stand very different for the readers whoever is going to buy this book?
Swamiji: I conceived of this book as a manual for life itself, just like when we purchase a complex electronic Gadget it comes with the user’s guide that is our one-stop resource for procedures on how to operate it and what to do in case of any trouble. Now with life itself, we don’t have a ready reference user’s manual and the problem is compounded because the balance in difficulties comes first. It is like being thrown into the deep end of a swimming pool and being told now you will learn how to swim.
Or suppose you got your first computer without a user’s guide and any knowledge on how it’s to be done, or how long that learning curve would be so the idea of this book is I am everyday approached by individuals families organizations communities who look for wisdom on how to solve their problems in life and I hope this will be a pressure test of wisdom that will enable them to upgrade the quality of their living and to effectively deal with problems in all areas of their life.
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Mypencildotcom: Rightly said Swamiji but when I go through the stop sections of this book, you have very nicely Illustrated that the book can be divided into five aspects of life which are important. Like nutrients of any living being. I see you have divided it into spiritual and emotional wellness, good health and well-being, harmony in the relationship, professional fulfilment and financial abundance so each section is illustrated very nicely but my question to you is from where you bring all these appropriate examples so that it directly hits the target and it explains it so well.
Swamiji: There is a Pareto Principle that is very famous in management it says that 20 per cent of the customers of an organization are responsible for 80 per cent of the revenues. 20 percent of the products that you produce are responsible for 80 percent of the revenues while 80 percent of your products are responsible for 20 percent of the revenues likewise in all the areas of your life 20 percent of them will contribute to 80 percent value and 80 percent of them will contribute only to 20 value so if we can focus on these key critical areas it takes care of your lives and that is why I chose these fights you know finances your profession your health your spiritual and emotional wellness and relationships now my writing style is that I like to present the wisdom then illustrate it with worldly examples and then endorse it with some scriptural quotations and spices are it up with a little humor and then show its relevance to your own life so the benefits of this is that the reader gets a variety of rasas and remains enrolled with the topic and the second benefit is when we understand something through all these means the intellect becomes convinced and then we are able to actually Implement that knowledge in our lives hence I have chosen this idea of writing.
Mypencildotcom: How much time it took to complete this book and how was your journey while writing this?
Swamiji: Yes this was a product of the covid nights. The third book I wrote during the lockdown period. The first two took me one month each. The seven Divine laws book and power of thoughts. In this book, I took full Sikh thoughts and the reason was that it had such a spectrum of wisdom and for every piece of knowledge that I was sharing I wanted to verify that it was accurate and it was the best so all that research took a lot of time and then I also worked with an artist to illustrate these meetings and that artist took another six months to do his work and as for the learning in this when we contemplate on wisdom it helps us deepen our understanding of the subject and there is another beautiful law of the universe when you give in charity it never impoverishes you. The universe fills you up so you can give even more and the same has been my lifelong experience with knowledge the more I share, the more I receive so that I can share even more and that is the experience of this book.
Mypencildotcom: Please let us know why human nature is very reactive when the moment they experience any discomfort you can briefly give some insight into it.
Swamiji: The gist of the book is to help people progress but the obstacle in progress is precisely that everybody loves to remain comfortable and as the saying goes that all progress happens at the end of your comfort zone yeah so if we wish to improve we have to make friends with discomfort now this goes against our human nature from childhood whenever we had a little expression of discomfort on our faces our parents rushed to alleviate it and since then we have always tried strived you, remove all pain from our life right without realizing such a mindset becomes an impediment in our journey. So I was once speaking to a psychologist who said that every week I counsel people afflicted by obesity and their basic problem is they are unable to tolerate the pangs of hunger. The moment hunger appears they immediately rush to subdue it. They have even forgotten what it means to be truly hungry now these patients were removing the pain of hunger but setting themselves up for the lifelong pain of obesity. If instead, we can develop the mindset I will tolerate the good kind of pain right now it lead to a pleasurable and joyous existence in future, so I have put it as the first chapter of my book that looks this wisdom will only work for you if you are willing to bear the pain required hope and for learning new insights and if the mindset is no discomfort then please close the book and go back to watching Netflix.
Mypencildotcom: Why Healthy lifestyle is so significant to be taken care?
Swamiji:- Definitely. There are some key critical areas of our lives and if any of them become bad it affects the quality of our whole existence. Amongst these health is very often a limiting factor and we all have had this experience where due to some affliction we had to spend the day in bed and our work suffered as a consequence. If your body is the vehicle for your life you will need to take care of it. I am the hustle and bustle of everyday existence that this particular area of health often gets sidelined and the consequences we have to bear later on when middle age comes and middle age comes in a variety of illnesses they start rearing their head but instead of that if we could decide that health is also one of the wealth that we possess and then we will prioritize a little bit of time here the American Medical Association they stated that if you can just do a half an hour of walking every day it will reduce your chances for premature death by about 50 per cent that is the benefit of investing a little bit in health When developing some healthy habits with which we will be in able to enjoy well-being throughout our lives.
Mypencildotcom: Are you suggesting that this book can be a tool or is it a tool that can help everyone to be successful in life is it like 100 per cent thing you are saying.
Swamiji: we need to lead our life ourselves but wisdom makes a huge difference, we all know that one health tip from a wellness practitioner can make a paradigm shift in our health. One piece of advice from our professional mentor can LeapFrog our career and one piece of advice from our Guru on how to meditate properly can help us achieve the state of beyond but that is the power of knowledge now some people make economics the basis of their studies some people study psychology Philosophy for me life itself has been the subject of mice that and I have loved to understand the wisdom that will help us upgrade the quality of our existence for that I have read thousands of from the various religious traditions of the world and all mice people and philosophers and model that wisdom the in this book I hope it will work as a Trader guest for the people as a One-Stop resource to provide them with the wisdom they need or a wonderful life.
Mypencildotcom: what is the significance of saving early in the life for money?
Swamiji: In today’s consumer society everything is available on EMI, equated monthly instalments from Cars to houses to clothes, the Temptation is tremendous to purchase something now and then start paying later. This everything goes well when career is going fine but when the inevitable downturns happen in life either somebody loses a job or there’s a health crisis or there’s a family problem and you cannot pay the monthly instalment then it starts adding up and that has the potential to completely upset one’s journey of life instead of that a little bit of wisdom is extremely beneficial this weekend develop the saving habit from youth itself so we all know the power of compounding interest a little saving that we start in our youth that will help us in our old age and the benefits are when you are young let’s say in your 20s or your 30s you can take risks with your Investments as well so go for a diverse portfolio definitely you should invest in investment funds you can even go for shares which are little risky but they give higher dividends and you can invest in government schemes etc so a little bit of risk-taking is possible in the youth but that saving habit leads to prosperity later on in life.
Mypencildotcom: Swamiji you have mentioned the tough times for anyone so recently we have seen covid we have seen wars we are even probably expecting a recession soon maybe, so do you suggest your followers prepare themselves to face the good times and worst times, what would be the key mantra to it.
Swamiji: We should be prepared for difficult time, they are inevitable in life just like the changing seasons we experience in life happiness will come it will be followed by distress there will be pleasure and also plain success and also failure so when difficult times come at that time we need to develop such a mindset that we are resilient from inside we are not willing to give up and instead we utilize those challenging times for our own inner growth if our values say my material comfort is the only important thing in life then those adversities seem like extremely awful thing because they are snatching away our comforts instead if we change our values and say my inner growth is also very important then we will find in those difficulties opportunities to become better peoples when there are dilemmas we are forced to grow in spiritual and moral wisdom when our barrier is in Jeopardy we are forced to exert and bring out our best in this way difficulties provide us with opportunities for growth look at them from that perspective take them in your stride and remember difficult times will never last but strong people will definitely last.
Mypencildotcom:One message that you want to give to your followers and readers of Mypencildotcom Magazine.
Swamiji: There are two branches of knowledge that we must cultivate in our lives, one is material knowledge and the other is spiritual knowledge. Very often materialists condemn spirituality as unnecessary and a waste of time and spiritualists feel materialism is completely Incorrect and wrong however The Vedas tell us both have their place in your life you need Material Science to understand the external world and harness its forces for your bodily Comforts and you need spiritual science to understand your inner mind and intellect to purify them and manifest the Divinity of your soul so rather than contradicting these you reconcile both of them and utilize them both in your life to reap your successful goal.