“The world is changing.”
I had this thought today.
There was a time when people who were immersed in self-help literature or blabbering the cliche – be positive, were considered stupid by most and downright lunatic by some.
Now, the situation has transformed. Since last few years, most people are themselves in some way or the other touched by motivational and inspirational gold nuggets. Now, people don’t disdain others if they find them reading a self-help book.
The cause of this tectonic shift has been the intrepidity of motivational speakers who despite huge discouragements from a cynical world kept on teaching the principles to others. The people who we know with the names of Robin Sharma, Eckhart Tolle, Jim Rohn, Anthony Robbins, Brian Tracy and others are reaping victories now.
The change in atmosphere has been more pronounced in India as Western countries had these teachers since long decades back.
The first Indian motivational speaker I came across was Shiv Khera. His book – You can Win, created a flutter at that time. I, suffering a burden of IIT-JEE preparation wanted a hand on it. I could not read it though at that time. Nevertheless, it surely burned an effigy in my mind making me reach for self-help materials and teachings everywhere.
The most motivational and inspirational figure in my life has always been Swami Vivekananda. His quotations sometimes shiver me up. These shivers are not just inspirations, they are electric convulsions to the core of my being. Motivational and inspirational sayings and teachings we find in modern books also exploded out in Vivekananda’s speeches. His works are replete with strength building utterances and writings. Though whole work is rather very deep, dense, spiritual and displays signs of a humongous personality.
French Nobel laureate Romain Rolland writes about Vivekananda’s sayings -“I cannot touch these sayings of his, scattered as they are through the pages of books at thirty years distance, without receiving a thrill through my body like electric shock. And what shocks, what transports must have been produced when in burning words they issued from the lips of the hero!”
Similarly, modern motivators are now not shy of delivering assertions that humongous success and happiness is within everyone’s reach. These things when verbalized few years ago carried a big risk of making a fool of oneself. Now, life changing shifts are being seen in many people. A sizeable percentage of humanity is evolving to an altogether new levels of consciousness. Having benefited from these principles and teachings, they are passing on the gifts to all who care to listen.