Cause of your main Confusions – your mind being mired with Myths & Mythologies!

It is myth to believe, a person however sane and sober he/she is, would not become or be seen as crook in the company of crook/s! The fall of Rajat Gupta, former Managing Director of Mckinsey and Board Member of Goldman Sachs USA, vindicates.

Look at long revered legend – Lance Armstrong. He believed that he can succeed and survive on doping and deception. Until few weeks back, he might have thought his belief as sacrosanct. It was a myth! He took number of years to build his reputation and respect and then, enjoyed the returns. These, now, lay in ruins and replaced in no time by pricks and pains!

Most influential and impressive leaders believe that they are not vulnerable and therefore, feel tempted to indulge in immoral acts, believing their power and persona would save them. History has shown that such beliefs always proved to be myths and messed up not only their private life; but also public image! To site some examples – former US president Bill Clinton, NASDAQ chairman Bernard Madoff, IMF president D. Strauss-Kahn etc.

When myths and mythologies mingle with mind and life, you would not be able to even comprehend how these could contribute to your dilemmas and damages.

Roots of Myths and Mythologies

Myths and Mythologies get mired with your mind and make their way into your life, generally when you are innocent, ignorant, indecisive or insecure. Following are very typical situations, when these tend to take roots:

  1. When you face crisis.
  2. When you lack confidence or conviction.
  3. When you are confused or at cross-roads.
  4. When all possible efforts by you do not yield results.
  5. When you carry guilt.
  6. When you are unaware.
  7. When some incident impacts you or an idea is drilled in your mind during tender age.

I know of 2 business men – one dealing in white goods and other one in shares and securities as broker. Both were facing issues of declining business and margins. When it became worst, one of their common friends suggested taking advice of Vastu Shashtra (analogues to Feng Shui) expert to help revive their business. The expert suggested in 1st case changing the entrance and layout of the business premise and for 2nd case, he pointed out the business premise is very ominous; the business man should abandon it and go for another, for which he would advise its layout. Both business men followed Vastu expert’s advices and incurred substantial expenses. 1st person gained lot of confidence after making the changes and started pursuing his business aggressively. Business improved and he became a strong advocate of Vastu! 2nd person ran in financial troubles due to heavy investment and hence had to scale down his business, only to add to his woes.

There is no answer why Vastu helped one and not another? Did the new found confidence and conviction help 1st business man and whether he could have got these even without Vastu? Or Vastu just kicked up his confidence…?

World’s most expensive house built in Mumbai few years back by one of top 20 world’s wealthiest persons ranked by Forbes as of date – Mukesh Ambani was reportedly lying vacant, because his belief that it would bring him bad luck!

So, in above 7 situations, most people have difficulty to hold the ground and become gullible to seek solace in myths.

Forms of Myths

These could exist in 3 forms:

  1. As part of perceptions
  2. As part of rituals
  3. As part of faith

Myths thru rituals and faith are not as damaging as perceptions with myths. The rituals and faith laced with myths do lead to spending unproductive time and hanging on hopes, until dragged in disappointments and dubious decisions!

Your perceptions, which are myths, are real problems, push you for pesky behavior or dicey decisions and put you into dire straits.

Common perceptions, which are myths

  1. You can compensate bad karmas with goods ones.
    This is not possible! You may become extra good; visit holy place or take a holy dip! But, you cannot escape paying a price for wrong karmas.
  2. Through punishment or punitive actions, people can be made to learn their lessons.
    People actually earn fear or rebellion; be it a child or adult.
  3. Offence is the best form of defense or defense can save you from offence!
    Either is a myth. You do not need offence or defense, if you are sincere and sacrosanct.
  4. You need power and position for employees to listen and respect you.
    This in bunk! You can never command or compel respect; respect needs to be earned through your character and credibility.
  5. Quality comes at a cost.
    Quality saves cost and improve productivity. If not, people have mistaken understanding and approach.
  6. Killing competition is a good business strategy.
    You would only kill yourself!
  7. By helping a customer, you do a favor.
    Actually, you do a favor to yourself; customer, in any case, needs to be helped.
  8. Hard skills are immediate necessities; soft skills can wait or treated optional.
    Hard skills are incomplete without soft ones.
  9. Performance of an organization depends on how it is driven from top.
    It actually depends on how top makes it bottom driven and how good middle order employees, who are most crucial, are made to perform!

How to master Myths and Mythologies

  • Ponder or prepare list of your perceptions and do 3 reality checks on which of these (a) make you happy, (b) do not hurt others and (c) help you to get what you aim at or match with realities which you experience, on a repetitive basis.
    Keep only those in your mind, which pass the above checks; push out all of the rest. It would not be easy, if you have lived too long with those; but do not throw your towel.
  • As regards your rituals and faith, retain only those, which give you peace for self and love for others. Relinquish those, which trigger your negative emotions and hatred; discard those ruthlessly, irrespective of your doctrine.
    This can also tackle terrorism and fundamentalism.
  • When you are at cross roads or crisis, never allow 1st set of reactions to set in your mind. Stay firmly on your feet, sit back and then steer forward by following principles of above 2 bullets.

If you can embed above 3 steps in your mind, Myths and Mythologies cannot mess up your life!!!

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10 Comments
  • Priya
    Apr 9,2013 at 1:28 pm

    The vastu shastra example that you gave that made me think in little bit that way. Ultimately if some person(may be some guru or baba or may be an ordinary person) tell you that you should do this and good will happen; in our bad condition and suddenly the result is good then we feel offerings to god will solve our problems?? no its our confidence and patience will make problem solves it. Praising god give us confidence but falling prey to it is not good.

    Myths are just our mind set ups that we make and always feel that only bad is gonna happen with us isn’t it sir? We are just god fearers and not god lovers

    • Apr 9,2013 at 6:00 pm

      Very true! All rituals (even vastu shastra) or forecasting good fortunes or times are essentially booster of your conviction, confidence or hopes. This is what creates positive environments and chances of positive things happening to you brighten. But remember, if something has to happen otherwise, these rituals or forecasts by themselves can’t prevent it. That’s what people face in routine life. What would always help is your positive thinking. Believing that god does not want to do anything bad would always take you in right direction!

      Yes, myths are part of negative mind sets!!

  • Priya
    Apr 8,2013 at 3:56 pm

    But sir religious attitude isn’t bad…… Believing god and praising it is very nice thing it gives peace but falling prey to it and forgetting our karma is not good. I believe that if we will remain good all good will happen with us also bad situation come in our life to teach us lesson and not to make us down. 🙂

    • Apr 9,2013 at 12:31 pm

      Thanks for your comments! But, how did you get an idea that the post talks of religious attitude is not good or do not believe in god? If by any chance you consider “myths and mythology” as “religion and god”, then that is not correct. Myths and mythologies have been made by self proclaimed god men or gurus. If anyone thinks that there is substance or truth behind those, then it only shows ignorance.

      The remaining part of your comments are valid.

      If you can throw more light on what had triggered your impression on religious attitude and god, I can further explain.

  • Rudra
    Oct 29,2012 at 7:00 pm

    Mind being mired with Myths, Mythologies and “too much thinking about them” – if I want to add that. Couldn’t agree with you more!! My consent for the 7 main roots as well that you outlined.

    Vaastu and Feng Shui are all waste… it’s your state of mind that makes or breaks you!! Good to know that you too advocate this… 🙂

    Your all 9 common perceptions (that are actually myths) speak for it!! One really needs to know how to master the myths and mythologies (including me, to some extent :P) and the world would be a better place to live…

    Cheers!!

    • Oct 29,2012 at 10:00 pm

      I am very thankful to you for your commendable comments and feedback. Your belief shows that you can well manage Myths and Mythologies!

  • Oct 27,2012 at 12:13 pm

    Thanks for yr like against Myths!

  • Oct 27,2012 at 12:12 pm

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  • Pankaj
    Oct 27,2012 at 8:05 am

    I can see all this wisdom published one day in the form of a book.
    Point #9 is so pertinent in the context of organisations seeking hero CEOs. It is not they per se but what they can do to the organisation that will have long term effects.

    • Oct 27,2012 at 12:05 pm

      I am very thankful for your significant and intelligent comments and views! What you have stated for pt 9 is very true!!

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