Intellect – Buddhi (Part-10) [3D’s for Success]


Let me ask a question to be solved,

If a ball and a bat cost Rs.110 and the bat costs Rs.100 more than the ball, how much does the ball cost?

Think the answer and scroll down at the end of the page to check your answer.

If you have got the answer 1 then you are an analytical person.

  • This means you always do a lot of research.
  • Though successful to some extent: not very happy and cannot reach heights.
  • You will take up 100 jobs per day.
  • Very hard to complete the jobs as you will not be satisfied and keep researching to do it better. Only if there are time constraints you will be forced to finish the job.
  • Not a good decision maker.
  • Even if you decide – you will not be happy with your decisions.
  • You need a certificate in the mailbox saying you have made the right decision and it is officially approved.
  • Never this is going to happen – your mind goes round and round thinking too much.
  • You cannot develop a particular love towards anything. As there are problems in everything. The problems appear as a hindrance for you to proceed.
  • You think you are the best person in the world as you are always analytical.
  • In short intelligent people with less intellect.
  • Not a religious person.

If you have got the answer 2 then you are not an analytical person.

  • This means you don’t do so much research.
  • Bold to take up any jobs.
  • You are a doer.
  • Will learn from mistakes.
  • Good decision maker. Peace after deciding. No confusion.
  • You quickly develop a love towards something and the determination will help you to achieve things in life.
  • You are treated little stupid by the world as you are not analytical.
  • Less intelligent and more intellect.
  • Will believe in religion.

May have got the answer 2: I am not considering those people who are lazy (no interest to do anything) and don’t possess any intelligence and any intellect (careless people).

There may be some people who have got answer 1 but possessing some qualities of answer 2 person and vice versa.

Some combinations are possible. But predominately only these two kinds of people exist.

Normally, these answer 2 people succeed in life. These answer 1 people are all the time surprised how these less analytical people can achieve. They are on that research too.

The reason for the success of answer 2 people is that they possess the 3D’s i.e.

  • Decision making
  • Determination – Shraddha
  • Devotion

Decision Making

  • What is a good or correct decision?
  • There are no correct decisions. We just have various alternatives to choose.
  • Peacefulness follows any decision, even the wrong one. – Rita Mae Brown.
  • Peace or sense of satisfaction is reached after a decision then it is a good decision.
  • Day in and out we need to decide – What to cook? What to eat? What to wear? Where to go?
  • If we are too analytical then we will not be satisfied. Say we order a dish in the restaurant. The waiter serves another dish in the next table. We see that and think may be that is better. When the food is served for us we do not like it. Few minutes back we wanted to have it.
  • This scenario will change only when we have the confidence to do anything rather than always considering the alternatives.
  • Consider the alternatives. But too much analysis will be a hindrance to success.
  • Analytical person may be too good at arriving at a solution but too sacred to take any decisions. Because of this fear they don’t succeed.

Determination – Shraddha

  • Shraddha is a Sanskrit word. There is no equivalent single English word. May be we can call it determination or faith but it is something beyond all this.
  • Buddha compared trust to the way the bird trusted the tree to make the nest.
  • Somewhere down the line we need to have trust.
  • I not asking to develop blind trust and belief.
  • Some research can be done and rest needs to be believed.
  • The person who has faith in him can also trust others.
  • If we have negative feelings or thoughts then the world will also look fearful and less trust worthy.
  • If our thoughts are good then will meet more trust worthy people and this experience will give us faith to handle situations without fear.
  • In Shraddha – the mind starts with faith in something but it does not end there. The intellect thereafter pursues it until it is assimilated, made one’s own.
  • I had faith in Ayurveda – I used my intellect to assimilate and made it my views.
  • With faith we get knowledge and shraddha (determination) provides you with wisdom to live it.
  • When the intellect examines the knowledge it becomes wisdom.
  • Wisdom brings transformation.
  • In short without faith it is difficult to get wisdom and transformation.

Devotion – Love

  • We need love. Otherwise life is not interesting.
  • We can be nature lovers or anything.
  • With the love we need to be devoted.
  • Say I love my grandmother & Ayurveda and became a devotee (lover) of them. There are some things which I don’t agree! Say, we should not cut the nails in the night, on Tuesdays and Fridays. I don’t know the reason why? But I follow because all the other things that they said look ok for me. So, to show my devotion I am following this nail cutting rules also.
  • This is a simple example. But we need devotion to our gurus, parents etc.
  • We might do something’s even though we don’t like to do but for the sake of satisfying the parents or guru. This shows our love for them.
  • There are so many people who have written that they got struck in a particular stage of meditation and could not proceed till they developed the love and devotion.
  • We need to behave like a lover and do anything for the love.

The point is if we become too analytical then developing these qualities is difficult. So it is important for us to develop these qualities in childhood when the analytical skill is less.

Children by nature have complete faith and a great lover (devotee) of their parents. So it is easy to develop these qualities in them.

If the parents are clear decision makers then for sure the child will be a very confident person.

So the question arises, How to develop these qualities if we are too analytical?

We must have noticed many times that we will not listen to what our well-wishers advice but somewhere we will see or hear something and start following it. May be this kind of spark has to come from somewhere to believe this.

I presume that I have sowed this seed of thought and somewhere you will get the spark of sunlight and it will definitively be a sapling one day.

Search for the spark…………

[This problem is extracted from this site: ]

Answer 1:

  •  Rs.5
  • I.e. Let x be the cost of the ball.
  • Then cost of the bat is x+100
  •  So, x+(x+100) = 110
  • 2x+100 = 110
  • 2x= (110-100)
  • 2x = 10
  • x = 10/2
  • Therefore, x= 5

Answer 2:

  • Rs.10
  • i.e. (110-100)

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