A certain king had a son. Although in his late teens, the son looked
very small and bony. His spindling legs, sunk chest, thready muscles
and a poor stamina to match, indicated that he needed help. The royal
doctor suggested nutritious food and tonics to vitalise the young
prince, but nothing worked. He still remained weak and under-
developed. The king became very worried and wanted a solution. One
day, as good luck would have it, a wandering monk came to the king’s
palace. He was given a warm welcome and was accommodated in the royal
guest house. The monk, endowed with a keen power of observation, soon
learnt of the king’s worry and offered to help the young prince. He
asked the king to send for the royal sculptor. When the sculptor
arrived, the monk asked him to carve out a statue of a fully grown up,
well-built man. He wanted a full-size statue with perfectly formed
muscles and biceps, well expressed in it. The sculptor followed the
instructions and made the statue ready in a short time. ‘Look here,
young man,’ the monk addressed the young prince, ‘you must keep this
statue in your room and look at it as often as you can.’ Thus saying,
the monk went away. The young prince, having placed the statue in his
room, would look at the statue everyday. When he got up in the
morning, he looked at the statue. As he walked in and out of the room,
he looked at the statue. While sitting, studying, eating, resting, all
through the day, his eyes fell on the statue. ‘Can I too have a well
formed and beautiful body as this?’ the prince asked himself one day.
He had developed a desire to be what he admired. Soon, he learnt how
to do physical exercises, how to lift weights, flex his muscles and
follow other related rules of body building. Within a few months, the
skinny, bony, young man was transformed into a strong, well formed
muscular figure. The statue had transformed a weakling into a strong
man, just a statue.
Every field of life, has a statue. A sportsman has his statue, his
favourite idol. A cinema goer, a scientist, a teacher, a politician,
an accountant, a driver, even a thief, everyone has his own statue.
The point is not whether you have a statue, but what statue you have.
Does your ‘statue’ make you a complete human being? Does it take care
of all your needs? That is how one must select one’s role model. Once
a role model is selected, one can’t help becoming that.
Swami Vivekananda said, ‘Take up one idea. Make that idea your life–
think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles,
nerves, every part of your body be full of that idea, and just leave
every other idea alone. This is the way to success.’
The way you picture yourself, so shall you become, sooner or later. If you
think yourself to be possessing infinte strengths, so shall you derive from
the universe. On the other hand, if you consider yourself to be weak, so shall
you become one day. Thoughts have very subtle powers. This is the very
fundamental on which the whole of the human life rests.