The Secret Behind the Secret

October 7, 2023

The Vedic Viewpoint and Other Spiritual Perspectives

By Jayasri Radha

So many people including the Hollywood stars are into The Secret. For those of you who haven’t heard of The Secret, it is pertaining to the” law of attraction.” The idea is whatever your thoughts are or mind meditates on you will attract that to you. You just have to desire it fully and picture yourself having it and feel yourself enjoying it fully and it will come to you. Though this idea sounds very attractive (no pun intended) there are a few major glitches in the idea of The Secret.

According to the Vedas, this idea is partially true depending on the time, place and circumstance and of course ones karma. (Reaction to one previous activity) The result also depends if one is working with the material energy or the spiritual energy of The Creator.

It is a bit childish to think that all one has to do is think of something they want and eventually it will manifest. Chances are that if one wants something bad enough, they will do what is necessary to attract that to them. There are also chances that one may not have to do much of anything and that thing or person will also manifest. But there is just as much of a chance that nothing will come of it at all. It is really all up providence and karma if one is to receive something. That is why this process works for many, but it also doesn’t work for many. Those whom it does work for will just tell the ones that it did not work for that they didn’t focus properly or hard enough or long enough or fully feel themselves having that thing. The fact is it could be lifetimes until you are qualified to get that thing which you desire so deeply for. Don’t be fooled by this Childs play of The Secret.

Don’t get me wrong, it does have its truthful points. Such as; if you think negative thoughts you could draw negative things towards you or visa versa. So yes, it is best to think positive and not worry, fear or lament about situations- that is great advice.

If you think you are going to get a million dollars because you desire it and you think about it day and night and poof it will come to you, is really no different than wishing at the casino to win at craps. As they say it’s a craps shoot- some get lucky and some do not.

Everyone is trying to attain either wealth, fame, beauty, or a great spouse or good children, and if it where up to them they would all have that. But this world which is called Maya or Illusion is temporary and always ends in misery or death. That is the nature of this world. Everyone is hankering after some kind of illusory enjoyment or lamenting the loss of someone or something. The fact is, the more material assets one has the more one wants and hankers for, which is an endless cycle and increases ones desire for more and more. No one is ever satiated or satisfied on this path. Besides it is not the goal of life to get, get, get, because what is due to you will come and nothing more. You can work hard like a jackass or hardly work at all and what is due to you will come automatically. That doesn’t mean be a lazy no good person; it means don’t over endeavor for mundane things. Just do your duty and your part and you will be taken care of.

The actual secret behind The Secret is to give up all desire for material things and even if one has some desire, they should pray- “Only if it is for my greatest good and highest joy and dear God if it is Your will for me to receive this, then only am I interested in it.” If one eventually gets their desire fulfilled, they should use it in the service of God (also known as Krishna, Jehovah, Allah, Vishnu, Jaway etc.); otherwise one will have to get their karmic reaction and have to suffer in one way or another. The goal of life is to focus the mind on the names, forms, qualities and pastimes of the Supreme Lord and at the end of life one will attain the Supreme Spiritual Abode. If one is looking for real happiness they should follow this simple instruction and be satisfied. This is the Vedic Viewpoint.

For more info on Karma, the purpose of human life and more, read Bhagavad Gita As it is, by Bhaktivedanta Prabhupada (a great saint and spiritual master who brought this ancient Vedic knowledge to the Western world from India in 1965.)

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7 Responses to “The Secret Behind the Secret”

  1. Zeno Izen on October 7th, 2007 11:48 am

    The secret behind the Secret is that people want something for nothing, and they’ll buy a book that promises to tell them how to get that something for nothing.

    So, they buy the book for something, and get nothing. Takeyourmoney. Thanks!

  2. Chris Johnson on October 7th, 2007 5:57 pm

    Napoleon Hill’s Law Of Success and Think and Grow Rich obviously
    utilize the same techniques as the Secret, as do the Magic Of
    Thinking Big and The Success System That Never Fails by
    W. Clement Stone. Having read all four, and having used both
    Laws and TGR as text books for my own life, I can honestly
    say that the Secret is a very good introductory lesson in the
    law of attraction. It does not imply that you won’t have to
    work for what you want, only that you MUST have a clear mental
    picture of it. The Secret may be self help 101, but it has
    been a fabulous system to get people to believe in their
    dreams and to focus on gratitude. All n’ all, I believe the
    planet is better off with the Secret than without it!

  3. Chris Johnson on October 7th, 2007 5:59 pm

    Oooop’s - By the way - I LOVE the blog! You are
    really making a very positive contribution toward helping
    and encouraging people in a VERY positive way. Thank you

  4. Josh Bickford on October 7th, 2007 6:37 pm

    Don’t forget this. According to The Secret if you want to get skinny you shouldn’t look at at fat people.

  5. Jerry Solfanelli on October 7th, 2007 7:27 pm

    Many suggest that “luck is something you do.” I often tell my patients that what we focus upon tends to become our reality, because we will likely do things, both consciously and unconsciously, consistent with that focus, in order to help make it happen. By sharing my following, personal story, I hope you may be helped to find what you are truly looking for.When my son was a 6 year-old, Nicholas told me that he wanted to find a four-leaf clover, because he had heard that they bring you good luck. Unable to find one quickly, he became frustrated and discouraged. I tried to explain to him that four-leaf clovers are special because they are rare and difficult to find. I assured him that if he really wants to find a four-leaf clover that he needs to really “believe” and “know” that he can. I helped emphasize to him that as you “feel it to be true,” you can and will do things and allow things to happen, in order to help you find your clover.I had actually first suggested to him what seemingly defeats my son’s initial intent: I told Nicholas that we could see whether we could find a four-leaf clover on the Internet. We found one on Ebay. After a couple of dollars and a few days, Nicholas had his four-leaf clover from New Zealand. After receiving it, however, he looked at me and said: “But, Daddy, I want to find my own four-leaf clover” (which, of course, is the whole point). After again getting frustrated while looking in our front yard, that is when I told Nicholas about the power of his own belief.Shortly after that time, almost without even seemingly trying, he had literally found at least two dozen four-leaf clovers!I have only recently discovered that within Rhonda Byrne’s best-selling book, Ths Secret, she states that children seem to be particularly atoned to the concepts contained within her inspirational message. Her basic tenant is that the things upon which we focus tend to become our reality, as we allow things to happen and do things, consistent with this structured focus, in order to manifest our desires. "The Secret" emphasizes the power inherent within the "Law of Attraction." Although all the ideas shared within this remarkable program are not necessarily based in science, one can nonetheless benefit from acting "as if" the ideas are all-true, in order to facilitate success. I believe that the true wisdom of "The Secret" is its ability to captivate a world’s imagination, by offering its heartfelt reminder of the true nature of limitless possibilities and the power of human perseverance.Nineteenth century philosopher, Arthur Schopenhauer, likely summed it best when he said that "All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident."For a collection of some wonderful inspirational videos, I recommend:

  6. travis on October 8th, 2007 5:08 pm

    My child is very attuned to The Secret as well, and regardless of what you feel about the Law of Attraction… it is better to think about what you WANT in life and have gratitude, then it is to worry about things you don’t want, and be ungrateful for what you have.

    It is a valuable lesson. This article dives into the origin of the Secret. Fascinating stuff.

  7. susan hanshaw on October 15th, 2007 11:27 pm

    Thank you for bringing forth some great insights here about the role of the divine in the creative process. You bring up two key points in the equation that we haven’t heard much about: 1) higher good; and 2) divine will. I agree that those ideas are the real secret.

    Blessings to you.

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