From Merging with Shiva
by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami
FINISH WHAT YOU START
We are not always sitting down concentrating on a flower in the search
for the Self. Once you have decided that Self Realization is the
ultimate goal for you, go on living your normal life. Everything that
you do in life can collectively be channeled toward the ultimate goal,
for what you need is a dynamic will. You need a strong willpower.
Willpower is the channeling of all energies toward one given point for
a given length of time. This will can be brought out from within in
everything that we do through the day. It's a powerful will. It's
available to everyone. It is channeling the rarefied energies of the
body, of awareness itself, into attention and concentration upon
everything that we do through the day.
How do we cultivate the willpower? What do we mean by will? Will means
that if you're going to complete something, you complete it. Finish
that which you begin. Finish it well, beyond your expectations, no
matter how long it takes. If you are going to do something, do it
well, no matter if it is a simple task or a complicated one. If you're
going to read a book and intend to finish the book, then read the
book, finish the book, and understand what it had to offer you, for
that was the purpose for reading it.
It is not developing a strong will by having a lot of half-finished
jobs. It is not developing a strong will by starting out with a bang
on a project and then fizzling out. These only attach awareness to
that which it is aware of and lead us into the distraction of thinking
the external mind is real. Then we forget our inner goal of Self
Realization because the subconscious becomes too ramified with,
basically, our being disappointed in ourselves, or the willpower being
so diversified, or awareness being so divided in many different ways
that whatever we want to do never works out because there is not
enough will, or shove, or centralization of energy, or awareness is
not at attention over the project enough, to make it come into completion.
A tremendous will is needed on the path of Self Realization, of
drawing the forces of energy together, of drawing awareness away from
that which it is aware of constantly, of finishing each job that we
begin in the material world, and doing it well, so that we are content
within ourselves. Make everything that you do satisfy the inner
scrutiny of your inner being. Do a little more than you think that you
are able to do. That brings forth just a little more will.