Keep Calm

Bhagwan Vishnu is calmness personified, in an environment of turbulence all around. The ocean around Him is turbulent – oceans always are – sometimes more turbulent, sometimes less. But ocean waters are never still, unlike waters of a pond or a lake. And He sits atop the bodies of Seshnag, with their fierce heads above Him – and yet He remains a picture of calmness, a source of strength for all those who get rattled by turbulence that life throws at us.

The ocean, is what markets are to your portfolio. They will always be turbulent – that’s just the way they are. You don’t get far when you cross a pond – you get far in life when you navigate oceans. The seshnag hovering around your heads will be whatever is the newsflow of the moment that causes your heart to skip a beat – yesterday it was demonetization and GST, today it is IL&FS, DHFL, Essel, trade war, tomorrow it can be something else – equally vicious, equally frightening looking.

What we need to do is to keep looking at the picture of Lord Vishnu and draw strength from His calmness. For, it is only when we truly invoke the Vishnu within us, that we can expect Lakshmi to always be with us, and shun Her Chanchala nature. Else, She will be Chanchal – for that’s what She does when She does not find Vishnu around Her.