What is time and how is it important?
I understood the importance of punctuality in 1995 and I learnt it the hard way. I attended a programme on self-development and personality development, in which they had something called ‘threatening punctuality’. My salary was Rs.1,500 and the course fees was Rs.4,500/- Now, the relationship has become so important to you that you have forgotten that love has taken a backseat. When you are in love, you want to give, show your best and make sure that you are the reason your partner is feeling loved. The moment you get into a relationship, the equation changes and gives rise to expectations. So I had to borrow a lot of money besides using my entire salary for the course. They said that if I miss a class by coming late, they will not refund my fees. So, I did not miss a single class out of fear. That became my attitude for the coming years. In the last 21 years I have worked, owing to my habit of either being on time or before time, even life has given me everything on time or before time. “Bura waqt bhi sahi waqt pe aata hain..” (Bad times also comes at the right time). It doesn’t not mean that everything good happened to me in my life. Only when I followed a certain attitude, my life reciprocated in a similar manner. If you remember the beginning of Mahabharatha, there is a kalchakra and in the background it says, “Mein samay hoon” (I am time). It shows us that what is up, will come down one day and vice versa. If you want this kalchakra (wheel of time) to function according to your wish, it’s extremely important that you value time. If you become very rich at 91 or you win a lottery of Rs.50 crore when you are in your deathbed, what will you do that money? You can probably have a grand funeral. When you are 27-28, 30 or 35, you can actually enjoy that money. Hence, it’s crucial that good and bad things happen to you at the right time.
In 2007, I had a major health issue, when I had almost encountered death. But that was also the time I was at my best, in terms of fitness and since I was so fit, I was able to handle that situation better. If that health problem happened to me today, I’m not sure if I would be able to handle it. Good or bad times is absolutely not in your control, but you can definitely ensure that it happens to you at the right time.
I could not have started Kingdom College three years ago, because I was not prepared then. Only when I was ready, the college happened. So, no matter where you are in your life today, learn to respect time. Like every action which has an equal and opposite reaction, time will also value you back. When you look at it, everything boils down to time, whether it’s your birth or death or even your age.
In the world of business, they say time is equal to money. Time is equal to health, if you spend that to exercise or on keeping yourself fit. So everything you do is an expression of time.
Like they say in Hindi, “Waqt waqt ki baat hain. Agar waqt ka saath hain toh phir kya baat hain..”
God is with you, if time is with you. Everybody eventually gets married, but what’s more important is that it happens at the right time. Everyone wants kids, but it’s important that they happen at the right time.
To all of you who come to my programmes on time, my humble request is that you continue to be like this everywhere in life. It’s good to know that there are people in this world who have responsibility and respect towards time.