Human being consists of two components – the constant REALITY and the variable apparent PERSONA. That which is constant in us needs our attention for it is our real nature, our essential nature – the essential stuff with which we are made of. This Real Identity is constant, never waxes or wanes according to – say circumstances, situations, luck , evil or good company. Time or Space cannot corrupt or erode this Identity, as it is Transcendental. It is the only real entity, hence absolutely independent and self effulgent like the Sun shining by its own light resplendently in the horizon. So you can always bank upon this identity as it is changeless. That entity can be translated in language as simply- BEING or EXISTENCE.
But the other component of a human being, is his persona or personality (world plus mind) like the moon. An illusionary identity better said as a mask that can only masquerade your real Identity. Human weakness or ‘sin’ lies in falling into the enticing web of this false illusory PERSONA mistaking it for the Real. Persona in Latin means a mask. It is a veil like thing that is dependent on so many variables. Like time, luck, situation, circumstances, people you associate, place of living, condition of your job, sector of work, the type of government in your country and its policies, etc etc. It (Persona) is so interdependent on all these set of variables that you can never trust or depend on it. It itself being an illusion changes according to even a small change in any of these deciding variables. Once luck favours you , you enjoy success and get elated. If misfortune is your lot, you get failures and fall into depression. This is quite natural as long as you are in the illusion that the persona is the real You.
Now my advice to you is, be careful when you form opinion of ‘ YOURSELF’. For it is the most crucial factor that can cast paramount influence in your life and shape the aura that accompanies you all your life. It is always wise to go by what your wisdom tells about you rather that what other people think about you or the opinion that situations conjure up for you. In other words do not allow strangers (others) or situations dictate terms and conditions to you. When you image yourself take care that you get the correct image of your identity based on your REAL ESSENTIAL UNCHANGING CONSTANT NATURE. Do not believe in other’s opinion. Every one is a stranger to you including your parents. No one can understand you, as you can. You can know a lot about yourself by probing deep inside. By knowing, understanding Vedanta (thoughtless Awareness – your real nature) you form correct opinion about yourself. The distorted opinion that VARIABLES including your mind, others around you , life situations present to you ; in fact force upon you, need only be thrown away as trash. By having a real understanding about your true identity you get the courage to shine like the Sun , not dependent on anything else- SVARAT- or SWAMI ‘One who rules himself- not ruled by anyone else’
The hindus are ardent votaries of the Sun god. So they chant Gayatri . Although all deities have their own Gayatri mantra the original one belongs to Surya .
“May the Bhargas ( self illuminating potency or light) of the adorable Sun god ( Savita – the progenitor of universe) guide my intelligence “
The Brihadaranyaka Upanishad revealed by Sun god to Yajnavalkya Maharishi says
“Esha Brahmanasya mahima na vardhate karmana no kaniyan”
The greatness of a Brahmana is That which neither waxes nor wanes with Karma.
Meaning his greatness springs forth from the Constant, Changeless, Immutable Atman!
The crux of this write up is that form opinions about yourself based only upon the right Identity of Self, not on the false image of self (ego or personality) conjured up by persons, situations, luck – mind and other external factors which are constantly changing. Your self -image accompanies your all through your life and even the next incarnation. I can promise you this that if you change your self image for the good based on valid real Identity seated in your heart, your life situations will certainly change for the better. So take care!