That thing or circumstance that does not exist at present, to assume progress, success and smartness in achieving it, is a great error. It is a rule that, the thing which is not there with us right now, that thing even after acquiring (getting) it, will not remain with us forever. That which is there with us from eternity, and will remain with us forever, to attain such a extraordinary thing, is in reality progress, success and smartness.
Those dedicated to attaining the highest Truth (Supreme Reality), their worldly progress happens on it’s own, naturally.
Think – If we, ourselves disrespect what we know, then how can we progress ? How can we succeed?
Real progress, real success is – having purity of nature.
Progress in the world, is not a thing of the present; and progress in spirituality, in knowing the highest Truth, is not a thing of the future.
He who seeks an easy life, he cannot make real and geniune progress.
Just as a tree may rise high without limit, there is no limit to a man’s ascent
In the spiritual path of man’s progress, his attachment to pleasures born of contact is a gross impediment.
The rise and fall of man is through his sentiments and attitude, but not due to the things, circumstances etc.
Congruence of intellect and mind and concordance between mind and senses, facilitates progress. However, the subservience of mind to the sense and that of the intellect to the mind, leads to a fall.
From “Drops of Nectar” in English pg 10 by Swami Ramsukhdasji