If one has to achieve success, they need to have certain laws in their life. The success in life could be defined as the continued expansion of happiness and the progressive realization of worthy goals. Success is the ability to fulfill ones desires with effortless ease. Success also includes good health, energy and enthusiasm for life, fulfilling relationships, creative freedom, emotional and psychological stability and sense of well being and peace of mind. When we begin to experience our life as the miraculous expression of divinity then we will know the true meaning of success. The seven spiritual laws for success is a book written by famous philosopher Deepak Chopra. The summary of 7 spiritual laws for success if briefed up here.
1) The law of giving:
This law can also be called the Law of Giving and Receiving, because the universe operates through dynamic exchange. Nothing is static in universe. Our body is in dynamic and constant exchange with the body of the universe. Giving and receiving are different aspects of the flow of energy in the universe. And in our willingness to give that which we seek, we keep the abundance of the universe circulating in our lives. Money is really a symbol of the life energy we exchange and the life energy we use because of the service we provide to universe. If we stop circulating money and if our only intention is to hold on to our money soon it will stop circulating back into our lives as well. In order to keep the energy flowing and coming back to us we have to keep the energy (money) circulating – it is as simple as that.
2) The Law of Karma:
Every action generates a force of energy that returns to us in like kind!, what we sow is what we reap. And, when we choose actions that bring happiness and success to others, the fruit of our karma is happiness and success. The operational software of our soul is karma, memory and desire. Karma is both action and the consequence of that action; it is cause and effect simultaneously, because every action generates a force of energy that returns to us in like kind. Therefore, Karma implies the action of conscious choice making. The best way to understand and maximize the use of karic law is to become consciously aware of the choices we make in every moment. We need to realize that all our actions are karmic episodes. As long as karma is evolutionary for both self and everyone surrounded by the self- then the fruit of karma will be happiness and success.
“Karma is the eternal assertion of human freedom. Our thoughts, our words, and deeds are the threads of the net which we throw around ourselves” – Swami Vivekananda
3) The law of pure potentiality:
The source of all creation is pure consciousness, pure potentiality seeking expression from the un-manifest to the manifest. And, when we realize that our true self is one of pure potentiality, we align with the power that manifests everything in the universe. Pure consciousness is pure potentiality; it is the field of all possibilities and infinite creativity. How to apply this law in our lives to achieve success? If one has to enjoy the benefits of pure potentiality then one has to to make full use of the creativity which is inherent in pure consciousness, then we can have access to it One way to access this is to practice of silence, meditation and being non-judgmental. Spending time in nature will also give access to the qualities inherent in the field: infinite creativity, freedom and bliss.
4) The Law of least effort:
This law is based on the fact Nature’s intelligence functions with effortless ease, with carefreeness, harmony and love. When we harness the forces of harmony, joy and love we create success and good fortune with effortless ease. This is the principle of least action, of no resistance. This is, the principle of harmony and love. When we learn lesson from nature we easily fulfill our desires. When we see nature at work we see the least effort that is expended. Things happens without giving any reason. Sun shines, stars glitter and water flows – all these happens around us. In other words, nature’s intelligence functions effortlessly, spontaneously. It is holistic and nourishing. Similar to nature, least effort is expended when our actions are motivated by love, because nature is held together by the energy of love. When we try to control with power, we waste energy for the sake of ego and results in unhappiness. When we have the exquisite combination of acceptance, responsibility and defenselessness, then we experience life flowing with effortless ease.
5) The Law of intention and desire:
Inherent in every intention and desire is the mechanics for its fulfillment. Intention and desire in the field of pure potentiality have infinite organizing power. And when we introduce an intention in the fertile ground of pure potentiality, we put this infinite organizing power to work for us.
On the material level both tree and humans will be same- as we made of recycled materials (carbon, hydrogen etc). In the scheme of nature humans consider themselves as privileged species. The nervous system that is capable of recognizing the energy and informational content gives rise to a body that has a mind with all types of emotions including intention, instincts, desires and memories. Intention is the real power behind desire. Desire alone is weak. When intention is attached to it, desire becomes powerful. In this law of intention, one has to be cautious and use the intention for the benefit of mankind and not for the destruction of nature.
In the beginning there was desire, which was the first seed of mind: sages, having meditated in their hearts, have discovered by their wisdom the connection of the existent with the non-existent. – The Rig veda.
6) The law of detachment:
In the detachment lies the wisdom of uncertainty, in the wisdom of uncertainty lies the freedom from our past, from the known which is the prison of past conditioning. And in our willingness to step into the unknown, the field of all possibilities we surrender ourselves to the creative mind that orchestrates the dance of the universe. This does not mean that one has to give up their intention to desire. You give up your attachment to the result.
Attachment is based on the fear and insecurity and need for security is based on not knowing the true self. The source of wealth and abundance is self and while seeking for security of self we get into an attachment. This leads to the loss of fluidity, creativity and we lock ourselves into a rigid mindset. To be detached means allow give freedom to others who are in our lives and not imposing our ideas on others. Participate in everything with detached involvement and that leads to success.
Like two golden birds perched on the selfsame tree, intimate friends, the ego and the self dwell in the same body. The former eats the sweet and sour fruits of the tree of life, while the latter looks on in detachment. -The Mundaka Upanishad.
7) The law of Dharma or purpose in life:
Everyone has a purpose in life, a unique gift or special talent to give to others. And, when we blend this unique talent with service to others, we experience the ecstasy and exultation of our own spirit, which is the ultimate goal of all goals. According to the law of Dharma, there is something that everyone can do better than anyone else in the whole world – and for every unique talent and unique expression of that talent, there are also unique needs. When these needs are matched with talent expression that creates affluence. This expression of talent creates wealth and abundance. Use these talents to serve humanity and create abundance for yourself and to other fellow humans. This is law of Dharma. Help yourself to help others – find that unique talent of yours and serve others.
Reference: Deepak Chopra, 1994 “The seven Spiritual laws of success” Page 115.