It is strange that when we get the best of things we never ask, ‘Why me?’
On this day of Mahashivratri, Mahadev became absolute still after decades of meditation. By Absolute stillness, it means that all movement in Him became still. Hence, tonight is an iconic night for every spiritual seeker. To so many that I have conversated with regarding spirituality, often end up relating spirituality with religions and divine entities, which is hardly true. Choosing this auspicious day, I am trying to bring around a clarity as to what are we talking about here when we say SPIRITUALITY.
Let’s begin with a mutual awareness of the fact that unlike the other living beings, human is the only species which has consciousness. Meaning, except for searching for prey and hunting it for hunger, there is a lot of substance in humans which demand for a good survival. An animal never asks why behind the things it does. It just does what it is supposed to, to stay alive. If that were enough for us humans, we’d all be happy and at a bliss. But then, are we? This is where the seeking of path of spirituality begins. It begins with a WHY.
Like when something bad happens to us and we ask ‘O God why me!’, a patterned shift of life happens when ask ‘Why me?’ when we are at the best of our lives. We are all born pure, with a pure understanding of life, but as grow and imbibe others’ beliefs and fall prey to almost any discipline succession without question why, we lose our innate understanding and start getting engulfed by confusions, distress, unhappiness, ill health, etc. That is when the need for spirituality walks in. It does not mean we are not spiritual already, we all are as it is innate to humans; but the amount of unnecessary traffic that we have created in our minds has hardly left us to see things as they are. Spirituality evokes the being. Helps to know who you are, to know the miracles of this cosmos, to know stillness and the wonders every single human is gifted with. People choose to walk on the path of spirituality to know the ‘ABSOLUTE TRUTH’.
It is widely and very frequently said that our body has a soul. But the truth is, that the soul has this body and not vice versa. What we feel, how we feel, the things we think and the emotions we feel are all inside us. It is simply aroused by the eternal factors which may or may not be in our control. Which is why, the emotions that we feel or the things we perceive should not be blindly relied upon as we still are not in complete control of them. We keep throwing our perceptions everywhere and base our entire world on it. But, after all, do we realize that perception is nothing but your delusion versus mine? This is where the need for asking ‘what actually is the truth then?’ comes up. The need for Absolute Truth arises. The only way to walk on the path of spirituality in order to find the Absolute Truth is by Yoga or union. Again, Yoga does not mandatorily mean twisting and turning the body in varies postures. If your mind is not in place, then no amount of twist and turns will be able to rescue you. Yoga means union of mind, body and energies. These three dimensions need to be in alignment; if that is not the case, you will be in a mess soon if not already in one. There are four fundamental ways for this union:
- Karma yoga – Yoga of Action
- Gnyana Yoga – Yoga of Intelligence
- Bhakti Yoga – Yoga of Devotion
- Kriti Yoga – Yoga of Transforming Energies
We have a number of ways to get where we wish to only if we choose the path consciously. It all begins with consciousness. You may have the best blessings in your life, but if you are not receptive to the gifts you are being bestowed with, you will stay blind to everything good and great. That is why it is important to be spiritual, so you ask why behind what you do and get non-nonsensical answers from your own self. Soon enough, you will find the quality of questions that arise in your head will change too. While there are so many who are already obstructing your path to pleasantness, do not let them be the determining factor of what happens to you. The last enemy you want is yourself.
This Mahashivratri, I hope you start your process towards higher consciousness in whatever means that suits you best. Be it a morning thought, or a yogic practice, may you achieve peace and welcome the wonders that lay ahead of you. Har Har Mahadev!
ॐसह नाववतु । Om Saha Naavavatu
ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिःशान्तिः ॥ Om Shanti Shanti Shanti.
PURPORT: May the Lord protect and bless us. May he nourish us, giving us strength to work together for the good of humanity. May our learning be brilliant and purposeful. May we never turn against one another. May the creator bless us with peace.
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