Arjuna and The Eye of the Sparrow: Without Focus, There is No Success
Another story from the Mahabharata.
Today my story is even older than the story of Abhimanyu (https://unrepentantlyrecalcitrant.wordpress.com/2013/10/02/the-story-of-abhimanyu-why-you-must-have-an-exit-strategy/).
It’s a story from the childhood of Arjuna, Abhimanyu’s father.
Arjuna, a warrior prince, and his brothers and cousins are being trained in archery and warcraft by the great teacher Drona.
Drona assembles the young princes together, places a wooden sparrow on the branch of a tree and asks the princes to aim for the eye of the bird.
He asks one of the princes to come forward, draw his bow and then asks, “Tell me what you see?”
The prince responds, “I see the bird, the branches and the tree.”
“What else do you see?” asks the venerable teacher. “Tell me everything you see”.
“I see the sky, the clouds, the sun..Oh Drona” responds the prince.
Drona then asks the next prince in line the same question.
“What do you see?”
“I see the bird, the tree, the sun and the skies..Oh Drona.”
One by one the princes are asked the same question and they describe everything they see.
Then its Arjuna’s turn.
“What do you see boy?” asks Drona.
“Blackness, my teacher. I see blackness”.
“What else do you see?”
“Nothing but blackness, my teacher. That is all I can see.”
Drona presses Arjuna. “What is this blackness Arjuna?”
“It is the blackness in the center of the eye of the sparrow, my lord. I can see nothing else.”
“Shoot” says Drona. “You will be a Master Archer someday.”
And he was. The best archer in the world. A warrior without equal.
Look for this in your lives my dear readers.
Look for the blackness in the eye of the sparrow.
See nothing else, do nothing else, dream nothing else.
Perfect this and you will be perfect at what you do.
A Master without peer.