Discourse 5: Naradan Instructs Yudhisthira on Ashrama Dharmam-14.
Aneka-janma samsiddhas tato yati param gatim (B.G. 6.45, Second line of the slokam ) : -
Sometimes many births have to be taken to achieve this goal, or to even have this idea in the mind.
Even having an idea of it is to be considered a blessing, as this idea itself cannot arise in a buffalo, a donkey, or a corrupt individual. But you are devotees of Swami Sivananda and are here, hearing these things. These ideas are in your mind; you are accepting them and making them your own, which is itself a great blessing for you. You must have taken many births to come here and listen to these things, and to be devoted to the great ideals of Gurudev Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj.
Though you have taken many births, and it is possible that many of you will take more births, always expect the best. When you take an exam, do not have the attitude that you will come in second. Aspire for first place, and if you do not attain i…