The earth, as created by Lord Brahma, must have been in crude form and hard to survive initially. Grand mountains, deep ditches, unbounded roaring rivers, floods, intractable forests, threats of wild ‘giants’… and what not…! So many challenges must have been there. But the zealous efforts and industriousness of mankind could overcome all. Just imagine! How our ancestors would have survived? Forget about communication, even after discovering and using fire, they had no roads, not even by-lanes; no electricity, no machines or tools; nothing! The threatening floods used to literally keep them in ‘captivity’ during the monsoon season. It is the power of intelligent srama that made the boats, the bridges, the roads, etc, and enabled the human race gradually to conquer so many challenges of Nature. Look, it was the enterprising diligence and labor of our ancestors that have bequeathed to us so many comforts! And, we the luxury-driven fellows tend to neglect and even scorn hard work!
It is said that prosperity is generated through the sweat of hard work. Wealth is not showered from the heavens or acquired by begging or praying. There is only one God of prosperity – the power of srama. It is this divine power that can endow you with a prosperous, healthy and progressive life. You should be ardent devotees of this God by making assiduity, enterprising hard labor an integral part of your life.
You might inherit lots of wealth from your parents or ancestors; but be careful! You can neither keep it safe, nor use it joyfully without your own efforts. It is srama that produces, safeguards and expands prosperity. We will certainly enjoy numerous benefits, if we realize the importance of srama and adopt it constructively. Not only for gaining monetary or material benefits, hard work also helps us in attaining the wealth of health and vigor. Assiduity is also necessary for brilliant success in school education and efficiency in any talent or artistic potential etc. Be that excellence of social interactions or management, everything requires sincere training and practice by self-effort in one way or the other.
Someone might snatch wealth by unfair means, cheating, etc, but he can’t earn anything without srama. He cannot prosper without putting in his srama. If you want to get the crops flourishing in your fields, you will have to take the trouble of ploughing the land, sowing the seed, watering it, guarding it carefully till it grows. You can’t get it simply by snatching the seeds or eating them in bulk. Honest efforts from your own side count for every success. You should understand it and also teach this to others in your contact. Those desirous of progress must possess the virtue of srama. This is what I call as one the three boons bestowed by the Almighty upon us. Each one of us can and should make best possible use of this divine potential of hard work.