Questioner: I have been trying to clear the engineering entrance exam but have already failed twice. I have become very frustrated and am unable to come out of it.
Don’t buy what the devil sells
There was anger, lust, greed, jealousy, passion for wealth, ego – he put up everything for sale, and people bought them all. But then somebody noticed that he still had something in his bag.
So, they asked him, “What is it that you have got there?” The devil said, “These are my most effective tools. I am not putting these for sale, just in case I decide to get back into business. And above all, even if I put them on sale, they will be too expensive, as they are the best instruments of my work to somehow destroy life.” People asked, “Tell us what they are!” The devil said, “Discouragement and depression.”
Once there is no enthusiasm, once there is depression in you, there is no possibility of life. When you say, “I am getting frustrated with something,” you are not far away from discouragement and depression – frustration is the first step.
So how do you drop frustration? Don’t buy it! You don’t have to drop it because life – every life – is enthusiasm. Just look at the very way an ant moves about. If you try to stop him, does he ever get frustrated or discouraged? Till he falls dead he will make his effort.
Life energy knows no frustration. It is the limited mind which knows frustration, because the limited mind works out of false expectations. When your expectations are not in line with life, when your expectations are fanciful psychology and not life phenomena, when that expectation is not fulfilled, the mind feels it is the end of the world.
Frustration, discouragement and depression only mean that you are working against your own life. When people fail their examination, many of them commit suicide, isn't it? Because they feel without this, it is the end of the world. All the people whom you worship – Rama, Krishna, Buddha, Jesus – they never passed any examination. Why do you worship them? To pass your examination, you are calling upon people who never cared to pass an examination. It doesn't make sense.