My Teacher – Pandit Sudhakar Chaturvedi – was a close associate of Mahatma Gandhi. He travelled with him, writing letters for him as well as teaching him the Bhagavad Geeta.
Once, Mahatma Gandhi was travelling with the group of People in a train in the hilly regions of Darjeeling in India. Darjeeling is a hill station and the train was moving uphill. Suddenly, the engine came detached from the coaches. The engine continued ahead but all the coaches started rolling backwards down the gradient.
It took a little while for people to realize what was happening. The engine-less train was gaining momentum because of the gradient. So there was chaos. Everybody was screaming and praying! They could not even jump out of the moving train because they would fall thousands of meters down. Everyone was in panic mode.
During this time, Mahatma Gandhi was dictating letters for my teacher to take down. Gandhiji did not know the south Indian languages but my teacher did, so he would take dictation and translate. My teacher asked him whether he was aware of the situation, told him there was no guarantee that they would alive in short while. The train could fall at any moment because there was no engine attached and it was out of control.
Gandhiji replied that if they were saved, they would have wasted so much time in anxiety. Whatever was to happen could not be controlled; hence it was better that they wrote their letters. That was the lesson that he gave my teacher.
De-briefing of the Story
There are many situations in your life which are out of your control – Inflation, Government policies, Natural Calamities etc. But still people waste their time by worrying about all those things. You should stop doing that and always focus on the things over which you have control.
This Story can be used to share the importance of
1- Not Worrying
2- Focusing on your work
From the book, “Management Mantras” by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar