How to achieve the Real Goal of human life in today’s world?
What is a Goal?
A goal is any desired result people set for themselves. It is important to set goals in order to succeed in any endeavor. Not setting goals in life is like undertaking a journey without knowing the destination. After all life is a journey.
What are common Goals?
People set short-term and long-term goals. Some set up retirement goals. Some set up financial goals. Of course there are goals organizations set up for their employees. Goals may be daily, weekly, fortnightly, yearly and so on.
What should be our Real Goal?
All around us, we see our world besotted with hatred, jealousy, disease, temptation, etc. There is immense misery in the world around us. One of the main reasons for this misery is wrong goals.
“I want to make a million dollars by the time I am 30”, “Holiday in Hawaii”, “I want to have lunch with Leonardo Dicaprio”, these are the goals of some people today. They invest their time in pursuing these goals. It is not surprising that there is so much of misery around.
Our five senses are there to guide us through our life in this world. They are excellent guidance systems. Today most of the goals of people all over the world are centered on pleasing their senses. Nature does not tolerate this. This is not evolutionary. This is the cause of most of the miseries in today’s world.
For one’s life to be fulfilling, the goal should be evolutionary. The goal should be spiritual. Of course it is also important to attend to our duties. We are born in a world which demands that we undertake certain activities, like working to earn.
My spiritual Master Shri P Rajagopalachari says, “As a bird needs two wings to fly, so a human being needs the two wings of existence, the spiritual and the material, to lead a natural and harmonious life. If either is neglected for the other, such a life becomes unnatural and the result cannot be what we desire it to be. Spirituality provides the way to restore this balance within ourself.”
So while we may have our short-term goals to guide our material life, our long-term goal should always be God-realization, also known as Self-realization. This has been the call of saints all over the world.
God is all pervasive
One indisputable fact is that God is our creator. He created us in His own image. Now this has caused a great deal of confusion in the minds of people all over the world. people, instead of realizing His presence through dedicated spiritual practice under the guidance of a capable spiritual Master, have created Gods in their own image
This has resulted in many idols of various deities. And people worship these idols. There is a saying, which is an undeniable truth that we become what we meditate upon. If we want to realize God, we should meditate upon Him.
Now how to meditate upon God? Where is He? Realized souls of the past have said that he is omnipresent (all pervasive). How to meditate upon Him? For this we need the help of a fellow human being who has realized God himself. Such a person can be a spiritual Master.
A spiritual master is a human being like us. To be more precise, he has the form of a human being. He has a body and a mind. But the difference between a spiritual Master and an ordinary human being is the inner condition.
A spiritual Master would have achieved merger with God. He leads a normal life like you and me, but He would be divinized. How to find such a Master? Because his outer form will not be different from other human beings. Most of the spiritual masters were not highly educated. They led very ordinary lives.
The onus of selecting a spiritual guide is entirely on the spiritual aspirant. However, my Master gives a hint. He says that when you sit next to a spiritual Master, your heart will experience peace. You may test the person. Once you are convinced you follow Him.
Having set the right goal, the next step is to follow the way towards the goal. The easiest way is to obey your spiritual Master. He would have traveled the way and would definitely know better than you. Unquestioning obedience is the key to success in this endeavor.
Sahaj Marg (natural way or simple way) system of Raja Yoga meditation offered by Shri Ram Chandra Mission seeks to take the seeker to the highest goal of human life, that is God Realization or Self Realization.
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Importance of the right way
It is very important to follow the right way. While choosing a spiritual Master, it is advisable to choose one who offers the right method of spiritual training. The effective method is that which is simple and nature.
My spiritual guide Shri P Rajagopalachari says that God is simple and the way to reach Him must also be simple. One should not use a hydraulic crane to pick up a needle. After practicing the method, you should feel lightness in your heart. Your enthusiasm should increase. These are some features of an effective method of spiritual training.
Right method of spiritual practice should nourish your body, mind and soul
Body, mind and soul
A human being has three bodies: gross body (sthoola sharir), astral body or the mind (sookshma sharir) and causal body or the soul (karana sharira). It is the duty of each and every human being to live life in such a way that each of these bodies are nurtured and strengthened.
To nurture and strengthen the gross body, it is important to eat good food and to exercise regularly. While eating food, remember Him. Your body should support your soul and mind till you reach the real goal of human life.
To nurture and strengthen your mind, you need to be happy, irrespective of your circumstances. It is advisable to read good books and to listen to good music. Challenge your mind by undertaking tough tasks.
To do this you will get enough opportunities in today’s competitive, result-driven world. Pursue your hobbies. Whatever you may do, do it with passion. Put your heart in all your actions.
It is beyond the average human being to nurture his/her soul. Soul is nourished when it comes in contact with the Divine. For this you need the assistance of a spiritual Master. Follow the spiritual practice regularly with love, devotion, sincerity and dedication.
Live your life by the principles laid down by your spiritual master. Never comprise on integrity in your work. Speak the truth naturally. Practice empathy, because essentially there is no difference between on human being and another.
Donate to charities in the spirit of sharing what is God’s. There should be no ego behind charity. That can be destructive. Work hard and earn money, but ensure that you are not attached to your wealth.
It is very important to earn through honest means. Because otherwise, you will not have peace of mind and you will become sick, physically and mentally. Some people believe that you should give up all your wealth to be a spiritual aspirant. This is not true.
Joy of renunciation
Experience the real joy of life by praying for your fellow beings!
What is renunciation?
My spiritual guide says that you may earn millions, but should never be attached to it. Today you need money to survive in today’s world. You need food, clothing and shelter. All these cost money. The key is to think that they are not yours, but Gods. It is very important to remember that you are using them. Once you start thinking they are your’s, all the problems begin.
The real goal of human life should be God and God alone. To achieve this goal, you need the assistance of a capable spiritual Master. You can achieve the goal by following your Master and by taking care of your body, mind and soul.
Love, joy and peace
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