Living “Well Isn’t Against the Law” e-book by V Ruzov

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Nine Principles of Employment, Employment Issues, Youth Employment Problems (LIVING WELL ISN’T AGAINST THE LAW by V. Ruzov )

 

Now that we are living in the time of crisis, things are getting a little harder: someone is being fired, others change jobs on their own initiative, and some people are only beginning to think of their life activities. So how to make sense of this seemingly common issue – what job to apply for? What advice can be given to those who ask that sort of question? And almost everyone just now seeks to get this question answered…

Everything seems easy at a casual glance: a kind of job that lets you work less and earn more is the best of all possible jobs. If it’s also close to home, it’s a great piece of luck. But is such method of thinking effective? By no means always, as experience suggests. In fact, job satisfaction is no easy thing. Our work is not just about making efforts for money – a real third, sometimes even half of our life is spent at work. And it’s not only the wage rate that is important when we choose the way to spend this time. Some more fundamental principles exist that enable us to experience satisfaction not only after work, but in work, as well. How to achieve that? Let’s turn to world-wise sages for advice.

There are certain rules that existed for thousands of years. They give an insight into how to choose the appropriate work environment, and an appropriate place for any life activity in general. Understandably, there’s no point in having a job where we can’t meet basic needs. But on top of that, the following set of rules is worth-while and should be taken into account.

iStock_000000312589MediumFirstly, one is not recommended to stay long in a place where one is not treated with respect. If we talk about damnation, a place where one is held in low esteem is exactly the cursed place. We can’t live without air, and respect for us is the air for our consciousness. Without it we may not live much longer. When they treat you with contempt, it leads you to doldrums, being placed in a mental hospital room; it’s a straight road to alcohol addiction and even suicide. These problems are much spoken of in our time but few people can understand: this is simply the evidence of atmosphere of disrespect.

Secondly, it’s impossible to stay long in a place where you have no friends. Sounds like — what’s the big deal about that? We shall get along without their help. But in fact where there are no friends there are only enemies. It’s not a workplace any longer – rather it’s a battle for life that is short enough without adding this. How is it possible to stay calm and happy in the enemy’s rear? Life becomes sort of continuous self-defense. Under such conditions one must fully accept the rules of combat, but did we mean to become soldiers on a crisis spot? No, such atmosphere is far from being tranquil. Certainly we shouldn’t expect that absolutely everyone will become our friend, but at least some co-workers must be apparently friendly; otherwise it’s better that we push off, moving by bounds…

The third principle is even more interesting. A placement without training opportunities is also unsuitable both for work and for life. Without the opportunity to constantly acquire new knowledge, a person becomes stupefied very soon. In a stupefied state one cannot but make mistakes and act foolish. This in turn makes one devitalized and deprived of their job. Other people lose respect for such a person. One can even be held criminally liable and brought to trial. Therefore, all managers should remember one simple truth: where there are no training programs, there’s much thievery going on.

The fourth obligatory time-proved principle is that there must be people around you at the very least a little richer than you. Otherwise, what’s the point of making money in a place where there are no wealthier people around? Everybody only gets poorer in such a place. People can be divided into two conceptual categories: they are either growing richer step by step, or are gradually growing poorer. Just look around you and see the trend you follow. Is it a route forward, or are you sliding into poverty instead? Remember: if no one around you is on the mend, maybe it’s a room for lingering out one’s days that you are in…

The fifth principle pertains to the managers whose responsibility is not only to give orders and hand out wages, but to take real good care of their subordinates. A place where an elaborate caring system can’t be perceived is not exactly a workplace but a slaves’ plantation. They can get rid of you any time you make a slightest misstep. It has been well said that the rot starts at the top – if not even managers care about their employees, the outlook is pretty dim. I mean – when applying for a job we enhance our ability to care for others. Being neglected ourselves what can we impart to other people? We may turn into cynic slave-holders ourselves and coming home from work shout at our family members so they fulfill their household chores. In this way one can lose not only the job and humanness, but a family, as well.

Thus what makes a good employer is a fatherly attitude towards subordinates. Don’t merely search for a job – search for a family with the father at the head.

The sixth principle suggests that it’s better to work at a place where there is some charity or welfare practice involved. This points to the fact that you are employed by merciful and compassionate people. For one thing, we can learn from them, for another thing, when you mix with such people it’s not dangerous if something goes down like a lead balloon. They will always understand you and try to help. If there is no outreach for those in sore need of help, to work in such a place is as dangerous as in a prison or in an uncouth desert. Everyone thinks only of themselves. There are no lofty ideals, social work or genuine concern for others. But having a job is exactly the desire to take care of others. If there’s no such care, it’s not a job but a hotbed of selfishness and cynicism. The mood of serving people gives way to the feather-one’s-own-nest mood.

The seventh principle says that at a workplace there must be an occupational health doctor who would provide on-going recommendations for disease prevention and for treatment of those health problems that already emerged. We live in the world where different stages of human life run their appointed course. And as far as diseases are concerned, unfortunately, they are one of the aspects of our living. Only quite a healthy person is able to work, therefore, it’s reasonable to constantly look after health and take appropriate health care measures. If very few people seem to care, then it’s a place where everybody runs ragged to death. Think of a car driver who doesn’t care about their own car. This is so silly. We may only take a dim view of such a driver. The same holds true for such a workplace – we can’t expect anything much from it. It’s more like a horse barn where a horse is driven in first, shot up next.

The eighth principle relatable to the preceding one states that we may only work at such a place where leisure facilities are also thought of. Work and rest are two sides of the same coin. If we don’t care about recreation, we don’t care about the job itself. And how can we work in a place where no one thinks about the job? This is what is called madness. Therefore, learn about the customary leisure time activities at the job you are going to apply for. Get to know what is done for that, how much money is put up – and you will understand whether it’s decent work or another way to lose time, health and composure. As scriptures say: “He who is regulated in his habits of eating, sleeping, recreation and work can mitigate all pains by practicing the yoga system.”

And the ninth principle lies in the fact that our co-workers should be more or less cultured people. The main criterion for that is the culture of speech. Sages don’t recommend working at a place where leadership, job and other staff members are constantly given damns and curses. A place where abuse is yelled out lacks right-mindedness, and without right-mindedness, there is no life. One should be afraid of being placed in a situation where intelligence is not applied. Under such conditions one may lose their own intelligence, health and peace of mind. One may even lose their soul. Money certainly isn’t worth it. Any activity requires strenuous efforts and some verbal confrontation coming from it, but it shouldn’t be cynical, dirty and offensive. Dirty words speak of dirty motives, and this is not the best option for a place where we spend a considerable part of our life.

A perfect place is surely impossible to find, but in case you notice at least some of the above-mentioned signs, a chance of success is still there. If you are not satisfied by their partial embodiment, start your own business and bring all these principles into life. And remember –if you want to do something well, do it yourself. Therefore, if you see some discrepancy, don’t be fiercely critical of that, rather try to make some improvements within your own sphere of influence, and if you succeed in doing so, others will be willing to follow the lead.

And now we’ll tag on a parable at the end.

One man decided to change the world. But the world was so large, and he was so small… There and then he decided to change his city. But the city was so large, and he was so small… Then he decided to change his family. But his family was so large – half a score of children! Thus the man made it to the only thing that was in his power to change, given that he was so small. And that was himself…

 

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Vigor and Valor (chapter from “How to Get Twice as Happy” by V.O. Ruzov)

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Today we’re going to focus on two important traits of successful people: vigor and valor. These are more than just key traits of high achievers. These are royal qualities possessed by a person willing to serve the whole country and even the whole world. Vigor and valor characterize both a good leader and a man of faith, ready to fulfill his mission for the benefit of the whole universe. The one who has these characteristics is already successful. These personality traits — especially their auspicious combination — are exceptionally rare to be found within a person. However, it’s not enough to be a successful possessor of wonderful traits. One needs to know how to put them to good use.

 

In fact, acting vigorously is a sort of “resistance” to the laws of karma. Though, it must be noted that karma doesn’t set a goal of beating one to death. The purpose of karma is to transform a person, purify him of dirty desires and temper his heart. Fire can burn you up, but it also has a purifying power. Karma is like fire. So a wise person perceives it as merciful purification, rather than cruel punishment.

 

The sages disclose the first secret of karma: no matter what hardships by the twist of fate you are facing, intensive efforts always make you victorious. You needn’t lose heart at the first hint of trouble, just as there’s no need to get upset about stormy weather at sea. Prepare your ship for the voyage. Time will come, and the sea will allow you to subjugate it. ‘Get the things you may need ready before you may need them,’ people say.

 

It means that at a certain level of endeavors, the heart will get purified of dirt, and karma will let the desired goal come true. The only thing that matters is the goal itself. It must be spiritualized and sublime. Therefore, it is recommended that we have genuine fear of inaction. Inaction is really ought to be feared. There is nothing more dangerous than to have a lofty goal and do nothing. It’s as much as to be a firefighter, see the fire and simply stand by and watch how everything burns down. Or to be a lifeguard and watch someone drown without taking urgent measures. The one who has an aim is bound to act. It is his duty. If he neglects this opportunity, he loses himself. Life becomes devoid of meaning, and one has to be born again and again, to accomplish all his tasks. In fact, we were born again into this world because we were not sufficiently active to achieve lofty goals in our past life.

 

Sages explain that people in this day and age are too much proud of small occasional deeds they do for others. In point of fact, it’s nothing to be proud of, really. You did something ten years ago, so what of it? Occasional good deeds should be cause for shame, not pride. Only those who are blessed with the mood of constant activity can take pride in helpfulness. Those who actively continue to do good may rest assured things are going the right way. If I bought fine groceries, it doesn’t mean that I cooked a delicious meal. I only got the opportunity to cook it.

By turning the key just once, I may not open the door. In a similar way, I should turn the key to the door of life multiple times, until it becomes unlocked. These “turns” consist of pious actions for the benefit of God and His children. According to the scriptures, the mere desire to serve society and the Lord, without readiness to act vigorously and decisively a whole life long, can be compared to the weakling’s determination to use weapons. It’s most likely that he will hurt himself and cause bodily harm to others. Indolence is not just a problem. It’s a real danger… Just imagine an indolent driver, surgeon or a pilot…

 

It is a duty of every person to eliminate problems friends and family are facing. We should give support in every way possible to help them establish themselves in the successes and achievements. However, only those who are fond of work, and are able to abandon pleasures at the same time, can fulfill this obligation. It’s no easy matter, actually. It takes some doing. It’s not as simple as going to the movies or having tea together. We must really apply all our efforts for the sake of our close ones, so they could be safe and sound. Otherwise, karma of a person who abandoned his close ones to their fate will follow us.

 

It is said in the scriptures that the grave elder sister of the goddess of fortune lives side by side with an idle man, while the merciful Shri, the goddess of fortune Herself, resides in human efforts. The two always come together. Yes, Lakshmi and Alakshi are sisters and they love each other. When someone becomes indolent, Shri, the goddess of good fortune, leaves such a person, giving way to Alakshmi, the goddess of bad luck. Alakshi is the very same elder sister of Lakshmi people don’t like to talk about. However, the two siblings are inseparable. The sister bringing misfortune is symbolized by the owl sitting at Lakshmi’s feet.

 

The law of karma says we should never accuse anyone of not being gifted-minded. But if one is simply not eager to make full effort to get the knowledge essential for life – this is really reprehensible. One may not be naturally gifted or exceptionally smart. That doesn’t matter. Even without special skills or personality traits, it’s possible to achieve the goal of life. One should simply try hard, make active and continuous efforts to attain it. By contrast to this, modern psychologists recommend just thinking about your goal, hoping things will work themselves out. But can you imagine a wife who instead of making dinner says to her husband she’s been visualizing French fries in her mind?

 

Moreover, it is said in the scriptures: if bad luck doesn’t let one achieve the desired goal, an attempt will pay for itself. Honest and active effort in itself is rewarding. It elevates one a step higher the evolutionary stairway of life. It strengthens the character, gives active experience, provides perspectives for the future and shows the limits of possible efforts. So there are good grounds for saying: “It doesn’t hurt to try.” The one who makes a try doesn’t waste time for he endeavors to understand the system in which he wants to obtain the desired result. Thus, a beginner driver learns how to park properly. First he fails, but after trying a few times he understands the system and finally gets it right. It cannot be emphasized enough that one should simply continue trying.

 

Lastly, we may even face seemingly impossible tasks. Bold, well-thought-out efforts will enable to see how karma, fate itself steps back. By strengthening the character, active efforts contribute to the evolution of consciousness. It causes karma to change. Therefore, in the society it is customary to reprove a person if he doesn’t develop his skills in a systematic way, doesn’t work on himself or make any steps towards his goal of life. Weak will is a sinful character trait. It eventually prevents one from becoming wise and saintly.

 

And certainly, to be constantly active, one should exhibit the character trait of valor. An active personality can’t afford to break down under the burden of failure, defeat or hardships. Sages give the great formula for valor: laugh when you face misfortune. It will help you to gain victory over any misfortune or misery. Saints, missionaries and men of faith demonstrate this particular behavior. Being tossed around by the waves of fate, they meet misfortune with a smile. The higher the waves, the more they laugh. But this is not the laughter of a fool. This is the laughter of a fearless person who set his mind on the act of valor. Nothing can deter him from success. Challenges only instigate him and inspire even more decisive actions.

 

In December 1914 Thomas Edison’s laboratory was burned to ashes. The inventor was already 67 years old when this happened. The fire caused incredible damage. Its equivalent in today’s money would exceed 2 million euros. Comparatively, € 200 000 insurance payout he got was a pittance and could only cover a fraction of the damages.

 

But that was not the worst. Worse still, all the results of scientific works were destroyed by fire. Edison’s life work, his partly designed scientific inventions, recollections and notes – everything went up in flames. In as little as a couple of hours his life-work was burned to the ground!

 

Edison’s son searched everywhere for his father. He was anxious about how his father would live through this disaster. It turned out that Thomas Edison stood calmly nearby watching everything from the safe distance. He was absolutely calm and composed. He smiled as he looked at the ruins. He only thing he wanted was to see his wife.

 

When she came, he seriously told her, “Just look, we haven’t seen anything like that in our whole life! There’s value in disaster. All our mistakes are burned up. Thank God, we can start anew.”

 

Sometimes things happen that are beyond our control. But it’s up to us to choose how to respond to them. It is we who choose our attitude to the life events.

 

As it is said in the scriptures, ill luck may come like a flash flood. But if one does some serious thinking, it will go away. Hence, when you feel like you have bad luck, it’s nothing but mental concoction. Mature thinking will enable one to rise above it and take one step further towards the intended goal. It should be well understood that one is born, properly speaking, to become target for bad luck. A wise person knows it and is not disturbed by the adversities. Hardships mostly affect the body, but the intelligence can be above them. Hardships are the natural part of life. They can’t stop a wise person. Yes, we wait for a while at red lights, but it doesn’t end our journey, does it? As soon as the traffic lights change to green, we go forward. When it’s raining heavily, people seek shelter from rain. But when the shower abates, they head towards their destinations even faster.

 

Hence, the following conclusion is given in the scriptures. Those can easily go through hardships who don’t let the thirst for pleasures grow in their soul and realize it is the human lot to meet with difficulties. Also, the way one will react in the time of trouble can be seen from one’s behavior during a lucky streak. This must be clearly understood. If one keeps cool head amid success, one is protected from grief during times of misfortune. Such a person will be able to resist hardships and even overcome them. He who keeps cool head during a spate of good luck is sure to find strength to live through hard times, as well.

 

And now, I’d like to tell you a parable of Tadao Yamaguchi that is popular among businessmen.

“Master,” asked the disciple, “what’s the role of luck and chance in success?”

“What do you mean by these terms?” preceptor bent his head interrogatively.

 

The disciple thought for a minute.

“It is by pure chance when I turn to a client who has just run out of goods that I’m selling. For some reason, his regular supplier can’t deliver them, so as a result, I get a new customer. And it is sheer luck if I go to a party, for example, and suddenly meet a person very important for my business. When it’s been a long time since I wanted to find some approach to him.”

 

“You might have noticed,” said the Master, “that those whom you consider lucky simply work more. They frequently turn to those whom they want to see as their customer. They often visit the places where they stand a good chance of meeting a right person.”

 

“So you want to say it’s only the matter of chance?” the disciple showed surprise.

“Not only,” frowned the Master. “First of all, this is hard work.”

 

 

Embarking on a New Relationship (part1) (by V. Ruzov, translated)

So, how to start building relationships? Vedas give a simple response. All relations are based on communication, on questions and answers, on information exchange. This means we must learn to listen to each other. The path we pursue depends on our ability to hear what others say. There are three patterns of relationship development: turning surrounding people into your friends, turning them into enemies, and the third, the hardest pattern with your friends turning into enemies. We, however, are interested in the forth path that is now lost and forgotten. This is the art of making your enemies your friends. Scriptures reveal the secret of this amazing transformation: only friends will soon surround the one who listens properly to the enemies.

 

Our goals are too small, indeed. We try to keep friendship with friends and love with loved ones. Weaklings typically take that path. This is the path of emotional thriftiness and insufficient efforts. Real work, though, is improving your relationship with enemies. You may fail to turn all enemies into friends. But rest assured that these endeavors will definitely help keep relationships with friends and loved ones alive. This is called rhino hunting. Someone who dares to catch a rhino, even though he may fail, will still be known as rhino hunter. In case he succeeds, his fame will spread over the three worlds. Back on topic, as we’ve found out, the science of relationships begins with the art of listening.

 

Those who really listen to what people are actually saying have no enemies. This is called the art of self-realization. It’s only up to me to realize how I listen to others. Using your ears is not enough. It’s nothing more than mere physical presence. “I’m just minding my own business, and this goofy man keeps talking some nonsense”. True listening is the application of intelligence we’ve mentioned above. Intelligent person, even if he/she listens to a fool, becomes even more intelligent anyway. Intelligence is the ability to categorize your thoughts in your consciousness, place them orderly on the “shelves” labeled “sensible”, “kind”, “eternal”, “silly”, and “sinful”. When we hear some nonsense but don’t accept it as a mode of thinking but put on the shelf marked as “stupid things”, it makes us even wiser. We get to know the kinds of nonsense that exist. Don’t collect them on purpose, however, there is enough of it in the world.