Compromise and Sacrifice, Often we used these two terms interchangeably in most of scenario. These two words have great importance in our life. It reflects the true kind nature of human. It reflects our willingness of giving and adjusting for others.
Some time, we do this to adjust ourselves as per society norms, some time we do to make someone happy and some we do keep our relationship strong. Everyone in their life have compromised or sacrificed something or other for many different reasons. This has become necessity for our existence in this world. This has also become utmost importance for survival of any relationship.
Today, I would like to discuss about the basis difference between these two words. Although both words signified the giving and adjusting nature of human, but in the core these represents two different worlds. We live in a world where we have two different types of peoples, one who compromise and other who sacrifice.
Question is how I would define these two, For Compromise means, something we do or give to someone with an expectation of getting something in return. Also we may not give or do something with complete free will of our self, but due to some pressure or necessity or greed, we give or do something good for some one. Same time it will feel proud and demonstrate about its act. I would call this sense of act as a compromised act not sacrifice.
Whereas, Sacrifice, It is divine act, it is pure and filled with selflessness. It does not expect anything in return. It doesn’t ask any reason, it does not feel proud of being helper; it doesn’t want to show its kindness. It just make you feel peace and happy in your heart and smile on your face. It encourages you to give more and more without asking or getting anything in return. It is about true relationship between you and your taker.
Some great word also talk about relationship is all about giving. This giving does not means compromise, this means sacrifice. This relationship and be between you and your loved ones. It can be between you and nature. It can be between you and your god.
Compromise is the word to be used for all practical purpose, where profit and loss will be considered. It builds a practical relationship, where love is based on what you get and what you give. It is all about your rational brain act.
Same time, sacrifice is the word used for a true, divine relationship. It only talks about giving anything and everything selflessly. It is about give others much more important than you. It builds a relationship from your heart and soul.
That why God always ask you to sacrifice the things rather compromise with it. It always talks about selflessness rather than business proposal with profit and loss. True relationship builds on sacrifices not on compromise. Love from heart and soul rather than mind and greed.
There have been phases in our life, when we do not know what to do. There will be a situation when you know what exactly you want, but you do not know how reach there. You know what makes you happy, but unable to find it. You want to keep searching but do not know which path will lead to you destination. You will always be afraid of choosing about any path because you do not know which path will lead to your goal or dream. Same time you cannot ask any one, as this what you and only you have to find but do not know how.
Life will give you many paths and many options and leave the decision to you. It is you who has to decide where to go, but question is how can we decide when we don’t even know which path leads to where. Either of paths is unknown to you, but still you have to choose the path. Question is on which basis we should choose the path? Should we use our mind or heart to make these decisions? There is no right and wrong, there is no profit and loss concept. It is just you have to walk along the road, without knowing where it will lead it.
Do we say this choice we have to make or is this just a gamble in our life. We just put out life blindly on some path and see where it leads it. Many people argue we can write our own destiny, but what if you know how to achieve that. When you do not know which path will lead you where? Then how am I supposed to make any decision.
Should we blindly make any decision and go ahead with that? Or should we rely on someone from our loved ones to make the decision for us? Or should we leave everything to time and faith and let see where it take us through.
To be honest, I do not know the answer. May be you guys can help me?
Hermann Hesse was born in Germany to Johannes Hesse and Marie Gundert on July 2, 1877. Hesse was not among the best student during his childhood. He study in many different school in hope of getting better, but it did went as expected.
1890-1892: Attends Rector Otto Bauer Goppingen, a preparatory Latin School, then he moved to studies theology at Seminar Maulbronn, a Cistercian monastery.
1892: Attempt suicide after bout of depression.
Finally his parents called him back to home in 1893. He cultivated a passion of reading in his grandfather’s library and for helping at his father’s publishing house.
1894-95: Works in the Claw Clock Factory as the apprentice to a mechanic.
1895: Settles in Tubingen, where he works as apprentice to a book dealer at Heckenhauer’s bookstore.
1899: Move to Basel, Switzerland, to work in another bookshop; begins work on a history of German Romanticism, a major theme in much of his writing.
1904: Publishes Peter Camenzind and marries Maria Bernoulli.
1911: Travel for two months to Sumantra and Ceylon, but never to India, seeking spiritual enlightenment, but becomes disillusioned by poverty; moves back to Gaienhofen, then to Bern, Switzerland.
1914: Publishes Rosshalde. Also started working for German prisoners of war in Bern till World War -I ends.
1915: Publishes a series of popular short stories titled Knulp.
1916: Father dies; wife Maria Suffers a nervous disorder and is institutionalized in a sanatorium.
1916-17: Suffer from a nervous breakdown himself. Hesse undergoes psychoanalysis in a sanatorium near Lucerne with Josef B Lang.
1919: Publishes Demain under the pseudonym Emil Sinclair and took the voluntary exile in Montagnola in southern Switzerland.
1922: Publishes Siddhartha.
1923: Divorces Maria; Taken Swiss citizenship.
1924: Marries Ruth Wenger in January.
1927: Publishes Steppenwolf ; divorce Ruth Wenger.
1930: Publishes Narcissusa and Goldmund.
1931: Marries Ninon Auslander Dolbin in Nov.
1943: Publishes The Glass Bead Game.
1946: Receives the Nobel Prize in Literature, primarily because of The Glass Bead Game.
1951: English edition of siddhartha published in translation by Hilda Rosner.
1962: Dies on August 9 of leukemia.
This blog is inspired from the book Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse.
In our life we all go through one common phase where we find ourselves having conflicting views with our older generation people. If I have start pointing out then it would many. It is mainly because of cultural shift and human movement across the globe. Things changes, culture, habit, living standard and more importantly our thinking change. Today, I would like to focus on one most important concept of new generation is “Concept of Independence”.
One thing which separate us from our old generation with new generation is thought of independence, thought of self-reliability. Impact of these changes are differ from country to country, but there is no deny of the fact that new generation are becoming or want to become much more independent and self-reliable. New generation want to do everything by their own means, their way, own resources and more importantly it focus is always remain on “I”, “Me” and “Myself” whereas Old generation was bit more inclined towards “We”, “Our” and “Ourselves”.
It sounds great to hear when anyone says “Hey, I am self-reliable and independent”. No doubt, it’s really great thing and we should admire him for this.
Same time, when someone says “Hey, I am self-reliable and independent and I don’t need any one for ………”. Once I hear this part or something when they start emphasizing themselves, then I really put a very big question mark on that guy.
I would like to put my thought in below quote:
Battle can be won by own, war needs a team.
There is nothing in this world, which is completely independent or self-reliable. A flower can never be by itself alone. A flower relies on many non-flower elements in order to be able to manifest. The nuclear scientist David Boham has said that an electron is not an entity in itself, but is made of all the other electrons. There are no separate entity exist, there are only manifestations that rely on each other to be possible. It’s like the left and the right. The right is not a separate entity that can exist by itself alone. Without the left, the right cannot be. Everything is like that.
You cannot be by yourself alone, you have to interleave with everything else to exist. There is no absolute freedom or independence in this world. If you observe anything very closely, you will find that we are not independent rather we are interdependent on all other entities.
Same applies to family, society, friends and our loved once. Now a day we all becoming and moving towards nuclear family, living alone and so-called having own space. Most of us live in dream where we find our self as completely independent but in reality we all need each other. If we keep on getting nuclear and nuclear, then trust me one day we will get lose ourselves. Imagine a country where each and every part of it (State, City, and Locality) asks Independence. Will that country and their parts will ever be able to survive by their own?
My point is it is good to be independent for you and your families need, but do not stretch it too far or else it will destroy your own identity. Consider independence only as a relative term. You should always remember that you are part of someone and some thing, always be there. Live as you part of family; consider your family as big as possible as universe.
You may consider yourself as Independent as you want, but always remember you been always dependent on every other things. Independence come with IN Dependence.
If you have think that you have been getting something in free or too easily, then I will say think again!!!!!
When I say free, I do not means in monetary terms only, broadly it means something happen without any action, event or any reason. We can define these entire triggering events as cost for that particular action.
If we like to observe our natural world, then we will realize that there is no such things called “free” exist in our world. Every reaction has attached with some action. Nothing happens without any reason. Nothing moves without any force. There need to something loose, so that we can gain some thing.
If you are getting something unexpected then it would valid to assume that either you or your loved ones have already paid the prices for that or it is investment you are doing for future events. Swami Vivekananda had perfectly put this below message:
“What we are now has been the result of our own past actions, it certainly follows that whatever we wish to be in the future can only be produced by our present actions; so we have to know how to act.” Swami Vivekananda
Whatever we do or did or going to do, each and every action will have some kind of impact on us directly or indirectly. It is very simple science which has been taught us by Sir Isaac Newton i.e. “Every action has equal and opposite reaction.”
Well I would like it to elaborate it bit further for example: To have every action your need some pre-action or to have every pre-action you will have some other pre-pre-action. Out Universe is nothing but chain of reaction of everything we do.
Let’s talk about from our day to day life, if you got some free gift, trust me sooner or later you have to pay them back in same or other form. If you help someone today, sooner or later same person or other will help you in some other way. If you hurt someone today, then sooner or later it going hit you back may not be the same way but it will.
Some time we draws hastily conclusion by seeing some through short term gain or loss, like if someone doing bad for some time and still he is reached at the top. Or some time, people are doing good deeds still he is suffering. If you ever trying to decide just by looking this kind of figure, then I would say wait, do fix up your mind yet. You are only looking only one side of coin. Things has not yet completed, they will have pay back or get in return of what they did. They may have already paid the price for all these things or will be asked to pay in future. The reason I am sure about this is because nature has to balance itself. Balance is the key for nature to survive. Balance is the reason we exist.
My Point is never take anything for granted as it coming free to you, it has cost you do not know if you had paid for it or you will paid for it. Never take discourage yourself, if you are not getting for what you have earned either you will get it or you are paying for what you had already got. That is reason we have asked to keep believe in our selves and perform our Karma.
Only one thing is there which you can do as of now, is keep doing positive things, keep moving, if you got any help be grateful for that and keep helping others. Keep accumulating your good action as an investment, so that when return will come, trust me it will be HUGE.