Knowledge and Awareness:
Why is it so that knowledge is given so much of importance all over the world? Why is it that Goddess Saraswati is given so much of respect and importance?
Increase in Knowledge may not necessarily mean Increase in Awareness BUT Increase in Awareness definitely means Increase in Knowledge.
Awareness can be divided into two types:
Inside <=> Outside
Outside Awareness :
An expert mountaineer is aware of each and every minute change of climate from heat to rains to snow. Likewise an expert Musician is aware of every sound he uses in singing and making of a song.
An expert artist is aware of the different shades of color that can describe his idea best through his painting, similarly a successful businessman knows all ins and outs of his business and that is one of the major reasons he is a great Micro-Manager (also known as Micro-Management).
Be it any field we are part of, mastering whatever we do is one of the key aspects that makes us an expert or experienced person in our field.
An expert cricketer is aware of the field placements and his players, this allows him to play shots in between the gaps. A practiced dancer is extremely aware of small minute steps and hand movements which makes a beautiful performance in front of an audience. The same goes for a skillful actor and director, the actor is aware of each and every angle and pose he needs to shoot in front of the camera while the director is fully aware of his cinematography.
This way we have thousands of fields where people will give great importance to details and end up being highly successful in terms of money, fame or expertise. Some may end up being famous like Amitabh Bacchan or maybe one like Sachin Tendulkar or a famous actor or cricketer or musician. When we do, whatever we do, do in depth, it makes us happy, confident and creates an eagerness to achieve more and more. We enjoy the small joys of detailing.
There is a different blissfulness that we receive when we master our respective field. Any person who goes into learning every minute detail, he enjoys his life to the fullest. Success may or may not happen, but they enjoy and are passionate about their work/professional life because joy lies in the details.
However the above set of people who are into detailing may enjoy their professional place but may end up disturbed, unhappy and dissatisfied, if their planned goals aren’t achieved.
LETS LOOK AT INNER AWARENESS!
Whereas a person who is aware of his inner-self and is fully contained, satisfied and always successful! For him , what matters is knowing everything inside- rather than just the outer world. He becomes Aware of his body movements, more aware about his breath, even more aware of his thoughts, even more subtly aware of his feelings and emotions and more aware of his intentions before he takes any action.
This person enjoys the detailing of his inward self. He does not need any goal, nor does he target any destination, detailing itself is the destination. His or her joy is in the process of discovering the inner-self, inner-intentions, feelings, thoughts, words, which design his actions for any responses. His behavior is an outcome of his words which is an outcome of his thoughts, feelings, intentions, (catching his inner details).
For example, the person who is aware of inner-self is aware of every single thing he does, for instance drinking water and feeling fully satiated.
The one who can comprehend the inner-self is automatically the one who can solve the outside world’s puzzle. The one who rises in inner consciousness rises in the level of outer consciousness too. He is master of his own universe. But the reverse need not be true. A person who is very alert in his inward journey may or may not his complete attention also in his outward journey. His inside vibrations transmit to outside.
Both ways are wonderful, when we go from inside to outside, it becomes much easier, because it is not dependent on outside factors, while in outside awareness we are dependent on various other factors. We do not need an outward goal or outward validation, target, destination. Our Joy is in the inner self- understanding. Go the inward to outward journey which is simpler, easier, joyful and guaranteed success. Outward is long, tedious, hardworking and cannot be guaranteed to be joyful. Go for subtle inwards and express it outwards.
Little Things <=> Great Joy
It is self fulfilling to know each and every pulse and breath of work or things we are into. The joy lies in the details. When we know inside- outside, we enjoy everything we do. This understanding is a medicine that can solve various issues in our life. From simple tasks like cooking to holding a big time business, when we are involved in every minute aspect of the task our joy multiplies manifold.
Know this. Practice this. Experience this. The joy is in the details!