Feeling helpless? Help others!

In life, we often find ourselves overwhelmed by our problems, leading to a sense of helplessness. This feeling can be not only painful but also damaging. It can lead to emotional outbursts that harm our relationships irreparably. In such moments, a powerful remedy is to extend kindness and compassion, not just to fellow humans but also to the mute beings that share our world - street dogs, cats, cows, and more. When we show kindness to these creatures, our consciousness awakens to a sense of purpose and reminds us of our capacity for goodness, no matter how small the act. Let us remember that it is through such acts of kindness that we can undo negative actions and discover lasting peace within ourselves and in the world around us.

Life, as we know it, unfolds as a journey laden with countless challenges and obstacles, often appearing as insurmountable mountains on our path. These trials take a toll on our mental and physical well-being, sometimes leading to intense emotional outbursts that strain our relationships, be they personal or professional. In moments of profound despair, it becomes paramount to seek solace and guidance in the wisdom of the Vedas. These timeless teachings bestow profound insights on how to navigate the turbulent seas of life with grace and unwavering resilience.

The Essence of Inner Harmony

In Vedic philosophy, inner harmony is venerated as the cornerstone of a purposeful and fulfilling life. The Rishis comprehended that external challenges often mirror the turmoil within us. An eloquent Vedic Sanskrit verse from the Rigveda eloquently encapsulates this concept:

सर्वं परावरं च मानं यत्सर्वं यन्निहितं यत्किञ्च सत्यं
यत्र तत्सर्वं प्रतिष्ठितं यस्मिन् सर्वं प्रतिष्ठितं तस्मात् तद् ब्रह्म।

Recognize that as Brahman, which is the source of everything, both manifest and unmanifest. It is beyond all, and it is the ultimate fulfilment of all. In this realization, everything finds its place and purpose.

This verse serves as a poignant reminder that genuine harmony and fulfilment reside within us, in the realization of the eternal truth, Brahman, which exists in all living beings – not just humans.

2. Helping Others as a Path to Healing

During moments when our own burdens threaten to engulf us, extending a compassionate hand to others in need, including the voiceless creatures of our world including stray cows, dogs, cats, birds etc. can be profoundly healing. Vyasa’s Mahabharata imparts this wisdom through the following verse:

यज्ञार्थात्कर्मणोऽन्यत्र लोकोऽयं कर्मबंधनः।
तदर्थं कर्म कौन्तेय मुक्तसंगः समाचर।।

Engage in selfless deeds for the sake of others (not only humans), devoid of ulterior motives.
Such actions liberate us from the bonds of suffering, freeing us from
the duality of attachment and the anxiety spawned by vain pursuits.

Selfless actions, performed without attachment to outcomes, generate positive Karma while neutralizing Vikarma, the negative Karma, from our past. Hence, by aiding others without seeking personal gain, we not only alleviate their suffering but also unburden ourselves from the weight of our own problems.

3. Cultivating Emotional Equanimity

Excessive emotional reactions can strain our relationships and obstruct our well being. The Upanishads provide invaluable counsel on how to cultivate emotional equanimity:

नासतो विद्यते भावो नाभावो विद्यते सतः।
उभयोरपि दृष्टोऽन्तस्त्वनयोस्तत्त्वदर्शिभिः।

The unreal has no existence, and the real never ceases to be.
Those who discern the truth recognize the distinction between the two.

This profound teaching urges us to differentiate between the transient and the eternal, beckoning us to look beyond the fleeting nature of our emotional reactions. By nurturing a deeper understanding of reality, we can maintain emotional equilibrium even when confronting life’s most formidable challenges.


Our journey through life often introduces us to trials that appear insurmountable. Yet, the wisdom of the Rishis instructs us to seek inner harmony, embrace selfless actions, and cultivate emotional equanimity. In doing so, we not only navigate life’s tempests with grace but also nurture our personal and professional relationships, ultimately leading to a more enriching and fulfilling life for ourselves and those around us. As the Vedas proclaim, let us strive to find the balance and harmony that illuminate our path through life’s trials:

सर्वं परावरं च मानं यत्सर्वं यन्निहितं यत्किञ्च सत्यं
यत्र तत्सर्वं प्रतिष्ठितं यस्मिन् सर्वं प्रतिष्ठितं तस्मात् तद् ब्रह्म।

Recognize that as Brahman, which is the source of everything, both manifest and unmanifest. It is beyond all, and it is the ultimate fulfillment of all. In this realization, everything finds its place and purpose. Embrace this truth, and you will find lasting peace, not only within yourself but within all living beings.

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