You were born with wings. Why crawl through life? Let the beauty of what you love, be what you do! Everyone has been made for a particular work, and the desire for that work has been put in every heart.  —Rumi, Sufi Mystic 13thcentury AD

When I was in India for a month-long spiritual retreat recently, I visited a most amazing and unique park. It’s called Swanubhooti Vatika or Sanskrit for Self-Discovery Park.*

It’s a place that invites you to go within and discover your hidden talent and divine potential.

Purple lotus at Chinmaya Vibhooti Ashram, IndiaAs you walk through the park, you are led through pathways, closed and open spaces, courtyards, structures and gardens lined with Frangipani, Bougainvillea, Lemon Grass, Hibiscus, Roses and other fragrant trees and bushes.

In each area are displays with inspirational quotes, questions, art and stories that uplift your mind and make it contemplative.

The words and images below are the actual ones that you’ll find in Swanubhooti Vatika. As you read them, you may be inspired to discover your own life purpose and potential…

Gurusthali at Swanubhooti Vatika, India








I am my limit. I am my sky

Man’s stands in his own shadow and wonders why it is so dark. —Zen proverb.

Quote at entrance of Swanubhooti Vatika: I am my limit. I am my sky.

Why do so many of us live disconnected from our aptitude and potential? How awake are we? Why do so many of us not hear our inner calling? Why do we fear to answer the call? To seek the answers, you have to explore yourself.

seven doorways to enlightenment, Swanubhooti Vatika, IndiaI want to reach great heights. Then tell me, which is the highest mountain in the world? Mount Everest? No! It is the mind mountain. Created in the mind with rocks of false perceptions and fears. In the shadow of our own mind mountain, we are not able to see our own gigantic stature. Can the mind mountain be conquered? To conquer any mountain, you have to conquer yourself first. How? With right thinking.

The first step on the path of success has to be taken in the Swanubhooti Vatika of the mind.

Swanubhooti Vatika, IndiaUnder the sky of limitless opportunities, you are your traveller. The explorer of honey—the beholder of the fire that glows within you. How bright your fire burns depends on how aware you are of your fire. How deeply you want to read its glow, how devotedly you nourish the fire as you explore your path. Ability, Potential, Talent, Innate Nature, Grace of God! This fire has many forms, but only one reason for being—to glow! Keep your fire going. Explore within. Gather the honey of knowing yourself. Shine enlightened.











Many paths but only one destination

Swanoobhuti Vatika,Chinmaya Vibhooti, India


To each, his or her own path, but there is only one destination. The journey from the self to the Self. You are the traveller and you are the pathmaker too.

Jalyantra at Swanubhooti Vatika, India


No one else can walk your path for you. You have to do it yourself. You have to discover your path. This is the eternal law of the journey of life.

Sculpture of Adi Shankaracharya, Teacher of Vedanta

Sculpture of Adi Shankaracharya, Teacher of Vedanta.



The pathway of life has no dead ends.
Every twist and turn has a message. What looks like the end always hides a new beginning.
Keep walking. Keep walking.




Tap into your potential

Who is the enlightened traveller? One who knows his or her potential and uses it with purity of thought and action. One who offers all actions to the divinity that resides in the form of his or her own potential. One, in doing so raises one’s potential, the potential of one’s field of work, and the potential of the people around him or her to a higher level. Such explorers gather honey! [The honey of knowing oneself]

Swanubhooti Vatika, India


Selfless service and devotion to an ideal [is the inspiration]. [We start] from working to adorn our own lives with joy to working to erase the sorrows from the lives of others.

Quote by Swami Sivananda: Put your heart, mind and soul into even your smallest acts.This is the secret of success.[In a spirit of service] we perform our duties without a grain of pride, with being choosy about duties.

When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, then all your thoughts break their bonds. Your mind transcends limitations, your mind expands in all directions and you find yourself in a great new wondrous world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents come alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person than you were ever meant to be.” —Patanjali

Have faith in yourself

Sating found at Swanubhooti Vatika, India. To have faith is to have wings. Believe in thelimitlessnessof your sky. Fly. Flying is the art of flinging yourself on the winds of your potential without being scared of falling.


The weak person does not start any work due to fear of obstacles. An ordinary person starts a task but gives up when tasks arise. The truly superior person does not give up what she or he starts even when difficulties strike one after the other! — Bhartrihari, Nitishatakam 27.

Look at the sky. We are not alone. The whole universe is friendly to us and conspires to give the best to those who dream and work. — APJ Abdul Kalam

Quote by Mahatma Gandhi. I know the path is straight and narrow like the edge of a sword.



One who waits for better times to come, waits forever. Today’s effort carves tomorrow’s destiny. Instead of wasting time worrying about the past or the future, do your best with whatever you have at hand. Success and failure are in our hands. —Swami Tejomayananda


Final words

It is the privilege of man to achieve greatness! Our success depends upon the amount of transformation we can successfully bring about in our personality and character. The vital question is not how many talents each one of us has but how much of our existing talents we can explore, develop and exploit. An individual may have many talents and yet he can be a failure in life. That person is success who makes practical use of at least one great talent that he possesses. —Swami Chinmayananda

Feet etched in marble at Sankalpavedi, Swanubhooti Vatika.


Take a vow that you will sing the song of your soul. That you will gather and spread honey. HE is watching over you. HE will be at your every step. Have no fear.

Now is the only auspicious time to initiate new plans.

— Swami Chinmayananda.

*Swanubhooti Vatika is located on the grounds of Chinmaya Vibhooti, a retreat centre three hours outside of Mumbai, India.

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Manisha Melwani

Manisha Melwani is a teacher and the author of, "Your Spiritual Journey" She offers spiritual and wellness solutions for life and stress management. She teaches classes in personal growth, stress management and meditation. Contact her for more information or to have her speak to your group or organization. She also offers private counseling sessions on-line.
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