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Never rely on the body and mind, rely only on the SELF within!
Body, Mind and SELF!
When we plunge into worldly activities, the results are mostly frustration and sorrow. Why? The worldly events are like passing clouds. The relationships are also fragile. Every moment, changes occur both in our body, mind and feelings. Likewise, there are many events throughout the world which is frustrating to read or view. The entire media depict only negative things in front columns. Positive events are reflected mostly in the third or last page without giving prominence. It seems that the media too is averse to publish positive developments around the world if any. Only crazy things, shows, beauty contests and advertisements occupy more than 80% of media space. The rest is about conflicts, terrorism, civil wars, nature’s fury, and accidents in sky, water and earth.
This clearly depicts the commercial mind sets of media leaders. They want to sell more papers, tabloids or weeklies. In a poignant way, once Saibaba has told a gathering, “Today’s newspaper is tomorrow’s waste paper. Yes, every second brings latest news items through internet and online visuals in TV news program. Hardly 10% of media content is worth reading and watching.
What is the reason for this downfall in the human culture? Only when there is rise of materialism and greed in the mind of man, humanity descends rapidly. Adopting morality and truth in everyday life is one sure way to arrest the descent. We all consider that the thoughts fade away into oblivion. Contrary to this belief, the entire thoughts hover around in space. Hence more than the atmospheric pollutions by harmful chemicals and effluents, the human thoughts have done immense harm in spoiling the entire sky. The thoughts of anger and lust, the thoughts of greed and enmity, and every little feeling, reach the atmosphere and remain there forever. When those accumulations reach intolerable levels, Nature reacts by way of gales and storms, tornadoes and earthquake. How to disinfect the atmosphere polluted by human greed, lust and anger?
Only by adopting the spiritual practices advocated by many a saints and sages throughout the world from ancient days, man can cleanse the atmosphere. From the olden days, chanting of the names of different forms of God in various religions is practiced by many people, sages, saints and prophets. To a great extent, the chanting helped people to concentrate and focus on spiritual path. Compassion and selfless service stems from pure love. In fact, every one possesses pure love towards something if not on god. People love their family, children, possession and properties. These are all misplaced love, the love in a distorted form. In a way, we can treat the mother’s love towards their children as a closest form of selfless love. All other attachments are mere infatuation, expectations, give and take.
The world exists for the past 13.8 billions of years as per the calculations of astronomers. It is really a wonder, how the earth survived so many holocausts, both man made and the one brought about by Nature’s fury. In spite of two devastating world war, atomic bombs and nuclear capabilities, the world still exists. Of course, humanity has suffered torture at the hands of Dictators and Terrorists. If we deeply contemplate on the sufferings of humanity, it is a sort of purging of the evil that accumulated in the mind and conscious of each individual. Hence, the world is a crude mixture of pain and pleasure, sorrows and joys. But each such pleasure is momentary and fades in a moment. An exhilaration felt after achieving a goal fades after some time. This is true with respect to all beings in the world.
Many are under the sad impression that achieving some goal will make us happy. No doubt. We are witnessing many competitions, tournaments, big games of soccer and cricket. Ultimately one team wins the title. There will be euphoria for few days with lot of media glare. Then that achievement fades and another takes place. Everything is consumed by time, both wellness and illness. Here, I remember about a proverb, “This too will pause”. Especially, those who undergo grief and suffering need this encouragement. It is equally true with pleasant experiences also.
Buddha, after many years of deep meditation realized that “Ever thing is transitory in this world. Everything is Grief. This is termed as his great achievement. Of course, everyone of is really “Buddha”. Only difference is that we have not removed the ignorance that veil the knowledge.
Realize your SELF, is the teaching of great saints and sages of the world. Man concentrates mostly on his physical body and comforts of mind. Mind is the great illusion. We should never rely on the mind!