My 50th Hub --A Tribute to Sages (Paranormal Part-8)

Bondage vs. Freedom

I don’t call myself a spiritualist; I am only a humble seeker. Growing up in a conventional, orthodox and a staunchly religious environment (almost to the extent of fanaticism) has its own set of disadvantages. Although it has a major role to play in instilling discipline and values in the younger generation, yet, it can create havoc with a child’s psyche by making him a slave of certain pre-set and preconceived notions which, at times, can continue for a whole lifetime without the victim being aware of his own ‘unhealthy’ state of mind. I call it unhealthy as the whole idea of ‘spirituality’ gets screwed up. (Pardon me for the language but I couldn’t find a better word). Perhaps that’s what happened with me.

I spent a significant part of my life living with meaningless and mindless concepts which were (sort of) injected in me in my early childhood. I’m not ashamed to say that it took me more than three decades of my life to (even) initiate the process of cleansing my mind of all the garbage that was stored in. I was so much blinded by the conventional education imparted to me that I failed to see the difference between ‘religion’ and ‘spirituality’. For a very long time I wasn’t able to understand the reason of being disgruntled, dissatisfied and disillusioned with my life despite being a strong devotee of my dear Lord. (I grew up with a belief that God fills the lives of his devotees with immense happiness and prosperity, and for having His blessings, one needs to chant ‘Mantras’ and bow before him every day). I realized the worst thing that happened to me was that I remained oblivious of the glaring difference between ‘bondage’ and ‘freedom’ ---the words (which in my opinion) are perfect synonyms for ‘religion’ and spirituality’.

A beautiful pic of Maa Anandamayi
A beautiful pic of Maa Anandamayi
Bhagwan Gopinath (had a snake most of the time coiled around his waist)
Bhagwan Gopinath (had a snake most of the time coiled around his waist)

Spirituality vs. Materialism

As I always say (in my hubs) that we try to find answers to our questions (relating to universe / cosmos/ life / mysticism) from the scriptures available and the way we make those teachings an integral part of our lives, depends a lot on the way we interpret these scriptures. I read in Bhagwad Geeta, in my early childhood, (which has been reinforced by countless spiritualists and scholars) that one needs to be ‘detachedly attached’ with the elements of this earth; it means that in order to attain ‘salvation’ and to be free from ‘samskaras’ (psychic imprints from previous lives) a human being should only focus on doing his duties (Karma) with a selfless motive, in the interest of humanity, and at the same time dedicate his actions to the Almighty without expecting rewards for his good deeds . A simple interpretation (if I’m not dumb) of this rule seems to be that “a soul in human form is expected to live in this world without getting affected or lured by the temptations of this material world”. Considering the kind of competitive and tumultuous world we live in, it makes me wonder if it’s possible to be a politician and a saint at the same time. Even better, how simple would it be for business tycoons like Bill Gates, Donald Trump, Ambanis (Reliance group) or for that matter any big player in the market, to be successful, powerful and at the same time remain unaffected by material gains? Does it mean that material success and spirituality do not go hand in hand? Is it necessary to renounce the world (or give up the craving for material things) for attaining ‘Nirvana’ just like Lord Buddha did? In my opinion, the theory propounded by various spiritualists (from ancient times) in loud and clear terms that 'it is possible live in the world and at the same away from its material elements', seems to be somewhat devoid of merit, or at the best, little vague and ambiguous. I guess they should have made it clear that “in order to do an arduous task of being a part of this world, fulfilling the karmic duties and at the same time attaining liberation, one should be prepared to be wealthy enough to earn only a square meal for one's family and nothing more than that”.

Get ready for 2012—A New Age

I wouldn’t believe if a filthy rich person told me that he was able to acquire all that wealth without being manipulative, robbing someone of his rightful possession or trampling someone’s heart at any given point of time. What does it imply? Simply that prosperity and spirituality do not go hand in hand. Perhaps the ancient sages and even those in recent times (who gained acclaim but never believed in public appearances) had it crystal clear in their minds that without overpowering the craving / desire for material gains it wouldn’t be possible to make it to the end of the tunnel. To go a little further, I would even say that if you are really desperate to attain ‘spiritual awakening’ don’t expect to be knee deep in your material projects and at the same have an urge to touch the celestial world. I strongly feel that with so many predictions being made about the world coming to an end in 2012, we better get ready to move towards spiritual awakening. All around the world (India, US, China, Rome, UK etc) there have been predictions (made thousands of years ago) on record, made by Mayans and stalwarts like Edgar Cayce, Nostradamus, Merlin etc, all pointing to certain events culminating into a new and pure age. It does not necessarily mean the end of the world as such, but it does indicate the ‘beginning of a pure age’ (as Cayce said). We need to be ready for that day. This was beautifully explained in a few words in the Movie, The Knowing. We need to strengthen our inner self so as to be able to merge with our Higher Self. So what are you waiting for? Let's promise to ourselves that we will free our souls from the 'Bondage' of this illusionary material world and set foot on the path of Enlightenment. We just need to try genuinely and He will take care of the rest.

"Those who listen to His voice will be saved.” (Taken from Movie ‘The Knowing’)

I cannot explain it better than what some learned people have explained by way of these video recordings. It’s a great watch.

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Comments 28 comments

Scott.Life 7 years ago

Very interesting ideas here, Whatever happens in two years if anything happens I tend to see it not as an end to anything but as you have said, the beginning of something new. I believe its time for all of us to wake up and cast off the chains that have held us prisoner for so long. we are so much more then just these sacks of flesh.


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arunjain1989 7 years ago from mumbai

Anjali It was awesome.I could really relate to your hub because I am also always going through this same religion stuff.And yea congratulations to your 50th hub.I want to see 500 soon.And thumbs up for this.


einron 7 years ago

Congratulations on achieving your 50th hub.


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anjalichugh 7 years ago from New York Author

Scott.Life: Precisely. As you said we are so much more than mere sacks of flesh. We just need to realize that before it's too late. Thx for sharing your views.

Arunjain: Thx for your kind words.I wonder how people write hundreds of hubs. For me even 50 seems to be staggering figure. Lol.

Einron: Thx very much for stopping by.


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Rebecca E. 7 years ago from Canada

Congratualtion on 50 hubs, it is a wonderful thing, and you have always a lot of intelligent things to say.


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Nancy's Niche 7 years ago from USA

Very interesting article---This shows how independent, thought can change a lifelong mind-set.


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anjalichugh 7 years ago from New York Author

Rebecca E: It does feel nice to have that milestone. Thx for your kind words.

Nancy's Niche: Yes I guess I had a mind of my own that couldn't be overshadowed for long. Thx for your appreciation.


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VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

Congratulations on your 50th hub! I am only up to 35 and have been here two years, oops. :) I am slow in writing and admire those who write hundreds of hubs.

I think we all should question what we are taught, its using our minds and listening to our hearts, its the way we grow, evolve, and keeps us from fanaticism. I have questioned a lot of my beliefs, so understand your thoughts on religion and spirituality. I am drawn to the teaching of some sages, as I can choose what resonates and enhances my understanding.

As always a thought provoking hub, the ones I like!


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IslandVoice 7 years ago from Hawaii

Congratulations on your 50th hub! I think we are somewhat in a constant search for meaning and answers to life. It is a journey.


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anjalichugh 7 years ago from New York Author

Hi Marie: I don't know how I reached # 50. My average per month did fall substantially in last two months but it doesn't matter. The important thing is to keep writing and being in touch with the inner self...the pace makes no difference.

Like many others, I feel I've always had an inquisitive mind when it came to unfolding the mysteries of Nature. That might have helped to reach somewhere which would have just not been possible if I had clung on to old misnomers. I should be grateful to the Unseen for guiding me through. Thx so much Marie. You've always been a big support. (Hugs)

IslandVoice: Yes you're absolutely right. Just as an old saying goes...'We die learning.' Thx very much for your kind words.


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jayb23 7 years ago from India

Congo Anjali for ur 50 th hub. Awesome. I dont know when I will reach that figure coz Iam very choosy about what i write. Well you are now my inspiration :-). Let me tell you one thing, your hubs are of amazing quality, I know I will be reading quality stuff. Keep up da good work and all the best for future hubs.

P.S. Are you Sindhi by any chance?


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

Congratulations on your 50th Hub. I love that movie "Knowing." It hit me in a powerful way. This world deserves to be smote by God, that's for sure.


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anjalichugh 7 years ago from New York Author

Jayb23: Thx very much for your flattering words. I try to focus on quality rather than quantity which is why I could never participate in hub challenges. I hope to continue writing hubs which are liked by my readers in future too. Take care.

James Watkins: The movie left an indelible impression on my mind. I loved two of Nicholas's movies...The Knowing and Next. Both are worth a watch. It's a kind of reminder for human race to connect with the Higher self and realize the Truth. Thx a lot for taking time for this hub. God bless.


pgrundy 7 years ago

What a wonderful antidote to all the recent silliness about how truly spiritual people can become enormously successful and have anything they want just by asking the Universe for it. Books like 'the Secret' tell people what they want to hear, not what is true. It really bothers me.

The video about Yoganand was really interesting. It reminded me of something I'd forgotten--when my son (who is 23 now) was about one year old, I was memorizing the different kinds of samadhi for a class I was taking, and I was reciting them like a little song while bouncing him around on my hip, and every time I got to 'nirbija samadhi' he'd bust out laughing and he'd just laugh and laugh and laugh. It was wonderful! I wonder if he remembers that.

This is such a special hub. It so clear our materialist world is collapsing. It could be a good thing, I think. I mean, the way things are, it's so bad. So maybe it will be better.


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anjalichugh 7 years ago from New York Author

Hi Pam! It surprises me sometimes the way you can read between the lines. You wouldn't believe me if I told you that I wanted to write this hub on the so called 'Law of Attraction' theory propounded these days. It appears to be some kind of fancy education imparted to people who are being told what they want to hear (as you pointed out). I see no merit in it. Nonetheless it sounds good to the ears. It might not be doing any harm as such but the theory tends to create false hopes in the minds of innocent& suffering people. Regarding the video, I uploaded it as I was somewhat impressed with Maa Anandamayi's aura which the author had captured in his book. For the first time, somehow, my instinct said that here is a true saint. Everyone says the world is coming to an end but I treat it as end of 'evil' & 'negativity' which has been devouring this beautiful planet for ages. Let's hope we all step into a new age which brings purity and peace with it. Take care. (Hugs)


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VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

Anjali: We have a new hubber who is very deep, and exploring different ideas about spirituality. She lost her son to murder a while back, and wrote a poem that made me cry. I mentioned you in her latest hub as she speaks about the same topic you discussed in this one, has her own conclusions, and was nervous in sharing her thoughts. I remember being a little hesitant in writing about the paranormal or my own beliefs when I first joined hubpages as I didn't see it as a spiritual community, but not anymore!

http://hubpages.com/hub/As-I-Was-Before-My-Birth-S...

Hugs to you.


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anjalichugh 7 years ago from New York Author

Hi Marie: I just read her hub and left my comments. I have to thank you from the bottom of my heart for leading me there. It was an amazing read. That hubber is intellectually very sound and I admire her for that. She's got me hooked on to her hubs now. Take care. (Hubs)


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loveofnight 7 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

i enjoyed watching and feeding on the videos that you have supplied......thank you for bring me peace each time i visit here.


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anjalichugh 7 years ago from New York Author

loveofnight: You're more than welcome. This is your home...feel free to walk in anytime. Take care.


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VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

You are most welcome, Anjali. I too am hooked on her hubs as well as yours. Read your comments in her hub, and its so true, we undergo a purging process when on the path.


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abbas73 7 years ago from hubpages

congratulation for your 50th hub.


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anjalichugh 7 years ago from New York Author

abbas73: Thx very much.


Jim 7 years ago

Hi Anjali,

Wow! Your 50th Hub! Congratulations! Very intriguing!

"Let's promise to ourselves that we will free our souls from the 'Bondage' of this illusionary material world and set foot on the path to Enlightenment. We just need to try genuinely and He will take care of the rest."

Yes! I agree so much more peace can be found by freeing ourselves from this material world.

Peace,

Jim


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anjalichugh 7 years ago from New York Author

Jim: What can I say except thanking you for taking time to read my hubs. Thank you for being so encouraging and generous.


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wordsword 7 years ago

Anjali sometimes i think why got has given this free will to the mankind because what we are seeing is a direct result of its misuse. Even though its hard to believe like 2012 but really looking at the pace of things that are happening around the world i hope that should not happen. Sometimes i go crazy looking at destruction on the name of development. Hope everyone realizes it and also hope its not too late. Anyway my best wishes for your 50th hub useful and meaningful hub and quality hub( not quantity).

peace...peace...peace


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anjalichugh 7 years ago from New York Author

wordsword: As we say ..'coming events cause their shadows before'. We humans have caused enough damage to this planet. Let's hope a new age begins without much devastation. God bless.


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Enlydia Listener 6 years ago from trailer in the country

Many of the dogmas we were taught when young do not make sense when those teaching them do not follow them...but that is mankind...it doesn't matter how enlightened we become, we have the nature of man working against our spiritual nature.


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anjalichugh 6 years ago from New York Author

Enlydia: Thats how we grow....by amending our thought process after learning a new lesson. It really doesn't matter what others say. Everyone is at a different stage of this (life) journey. We have to learn from our own experiences ultimately. Thx very much for sharing your views.

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