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VishwaSutras: UNIVERSAL PRINCIPLES FOR LIVING - Have a peep inside the book

Vishwas Chavan

We often hear about KamaSutras, but never about VishwaSutras!
What is VishwaSutra?


Each one of us has a story to tell; a story that is unique and different from others; a story that has its own excitement, highs and lows, lessons and messages. However, very few dare to share this story with others. I for one have always wanted to share my story because I believe that my lifescape can resonate with a few others. I believe that it has messages that can inspire if not millions then at least a few thousand individuals.

So far my life has been a continuously transforming love affair with success. This success has been a matter of choice for me. I chose to fall in love with it, flow with it, and feel the bliss of it. My journey from a slum boy to a science diplomat at an international organization, has been an exciting one and a reason to celebrate life itself. To date, this journey of success has been a roller coaster ride of experiences, and these experiences have offered numerous insights into the principles (Sutras in Sanskrit) of success. These sutras are basically responsible for the success in my life, which is why I decided to share them with you so that you can cherish them, resonate with them, and hopefully learn from them. I decided to share them because if they can shape my life, they can shape the life of anyone willing to embrace these sutras and incorporate them into his or her life.

The reason I believe these sutras are useful for others too is because they were unfolded to me by life itself. I did not have the luxury of learning about them in a coaching class or the belief that, that is how they should be acquired. I also wasn't fortunate enough to learn them from 'self-help gurus.' These success sutras were demonstrated to me by people from common walks of life. As I look at these unassuming individuals through my own privileged lenses, I realize that we tend to underestimate the potential of commoners to teach essential and universal lessons needed to shape our lives.

It was in early 2005 that I started writing a blog called 'Sutras for Success.' I was determined not to share these sutras the way so many modern pop-psychology books on being 'successful' are doing it. I wanted to share them differently but in a simple and easy-to-grasp manner. I also did not want to limit the writings to advice on how to 'succeed' in a modern material world. On the contrary, I wanted to them to include advice on how to achieve purpose in life. This is the key reason why I chose to cite stories and instances that happened in reality to real-life people from all walks of life. I felt that these real-life incidents would make sense to most of us because I believe they are heartfelt and soulful.

This book presents 50 sutras, but there are many more sutras for success that could not be listed and exemplified here. Also, it is not necessary for someone to follow all 50 sutras to be successful. A person may want to adopt as many as realistically possible to help him or her achieve a larger purpose in life with or without accompanying materialistic success. There are different reasons why I have chosen the sutras I have included in this book. Since the sutras have revealed themselves through real-life experiences, I have chosen to call them 'VishwaSutra.' Vishwa, coincidentally means 'universe' in Sanskrit, and since these sutras are universal in nature, I thought the name 'VishwaSutra' was suitable.

I have included sutras like Blessings of Shakti, Tantric Lifestyle and Being a Rich Monk, which fall under the category of Success through Spirituality. Being universal, these sutras contribute towards our understanding of the purpose of life itself. These sutras encourage humans to strive far beyond materialistic success towards spiritual attainment or enlightenment. Many would ask how a quest for enlightenment is possible in a world obsessed with material success. I for one strongly believe that both 'Zorba and Buddha' or 'Monk and Rich' can co-exist. In fact, they are complementary and essential to each other; they are two sides of the same coin.

It has been my attempt to demonstrate that each individual is born with the potential to succeed. It might be challenging at times but with the adoption of relevant sutras, it is and will be an exciting journey; a journey that is full of rewards and moments of bliss. For sure, success is not an impossible thing to achieve.

I would like you to read this book when you are relaxed or have a need to be relaxed. Because each time I am challenged or stressed, I go through one or more of these sutras, which not only reinvigorate me but also show me which direction to follow. I would consider it a job well done if some of the stories and incidents presented here can make you feel as if they are yours.

I would be happy to receive your feedback on these sutras and stories associated with them. If they can inspire you to share your stories with others, please do not hesitate to do so.

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Now sit back, relax and immerse yourself in the world of VishwaSutras!
Vishwas Chavan

Chapter 1 - SUCCESS - Rising Up (one last time)

Life is like a pendulum that oscillates between so-called good and bad times. When life unfolds the way we want it, there is reason for happiness. When it's the opposite, we blame our fate, circumstances, people and all other possible reasons than ourselves. Many a time, I have heard people who are going through troubled times saying, "I am fed up with the process of getting back on my feet once more. I don't have the energy to be slapped around one more time by destiny." It is hard for me to accept such thoughts. On the contrary, it is very natural for me to rise up each time I fall or fail.

In fact, the very essence of my journey from a slum boy in Pune to a science diplomat in Copenhagen is the 'rising up' one more time. And to develop this quality, I did not even have to leave the house; I learnt it from my mother. Today, when I look back, she lived and continues to live her life according to the principle of 'fighting back' every time. As the daughter of 'below-the-poverty-level' dalit (lower caste) parents from the drought-prone Vidharbha region of Maharashtra, she was deprived of educational opportunities. She had barely managed to complete her 7th standard by the time she married my dad, who is another great example of a 'fighting spirit'. When she was young, she used to walk about 10 kilometres barefoot each way to attend her school. Her 20-kilometre daily walkathon took care of her exercise requirements for the day. It was pure determination that drove her. Despite not having any books, because her parents could not afford to buy them, or tuition support, she came first in the entire district in her 7th grade board exam.

After my birth, she was diagnosed with asthma, but her financial situation deprived her of the treatment needed. To make matters worse, she had to work to support her family. I have seen my mother working on a bridge construction, carrying stones weighing probably 20 kilograms or more in scorching heat when she was 7-8 months pregnant with Vivek, my younger sibling. It is still very fresh in my memory that once she stumbled over a stone and fell. I could see pain in her eyes as she was trying to get up, but I saw fierce determination to rise one more time. With bruised hands, a bleeding head and toes, she continued carrying stones for the next 3 hours although most women in her condition would be advised not to lift heavy things. A few years later, she was diagnosed with nearly 100+ allergies, and her asthma worsened. She used to spend 9 months a year in the intensive care room of the hospital, most of the time on ventilators. On many occasions, doctors told us that she had only 24-48 hours left. But each time she fought back and surprised both us and her doctors.

Throughout all these years, her quest for knowledge, knowledge-based prosperity and the progress of her family continued. She taught herself stitching. With great difficulty, she managed to purchase a sewing machine and started her home-based business. I have seen her pedaling away on the machine when one in her condition should be in hospital being treated for chronic illness. Many a time, the needles pricked and pierced her fingers. Each time this happened, she defiantly pulled the needle out, applied turmeric powder to the bleeding finger, and continued her work. She had no option but to rise for the sake of her kids and to shape their future.

Her quest for knowledge is never-ending. When I had to sit my 10th grade exam, she decided to join me. We both appeared together for the exam, but she was not able to complete the exam as she had to be hospitalized for a severe attack of asthma. Over the years, similar obstacles kept her away from achieving her dreams. It took her an additional 7 years to clear the 10th grade with distinction. But each time she was unable to sit an exam because of her illness, she fought back. Many of our relatives, family friends and acquaintances made fun of her, but each time she rose with more determination.

She then enrolled on a poultry farming course. She completed it in the first go. She purchased a small piece of land several kilometres outside the city, so we moved from the centre of the city to a barren field with no drinking water, no electricity and no roads. She embarked on her poultry business, which her doctors advised her not to undertake as it would only aggravate her asthma. Yet she persisted and pushed ahead with her plans and dreams for her kids. Several times, she had setbacks, both financially and emotionally, as many a times entire batch of birds died because of various problems. But she bounced back with renewed determination.

Witnessing her constant struggle, her determination and her resolve to fight back and rise, we had no option but to join her and strive to fulfill our dreams and thus her dreams. If it hadn't been for my mother, I would not have been able to sustain the journey from a slum boy to a science diplomat. I did not have to look outside of my house for inspiration. Each time she fell, or failed, she got up. Consequently, I had no choice but to rise each time I was faced with adversity or failure.

I am sure she is not the only mother who has guided her family through troubled times. However, what she taught us during these years through her own deeds has made an indelible impression on our minds. Last time I met her, I asked her how she had managed to 'rise up' so many times? Did she never get tired of it? "It is just natural; there is nothing great about it. It is the law of nature that those who don't rise up become extinct," she responded without hesitation. Thank you Aai (Mother in Marathi) for revealing one of the many sutras (principle) of success!

SUCCESS = Rising Up (one last time)


"Dream as if you'll live forever, live as if you'll die today." - James Dean