Monday, 24 January 2011 09:13

Spirituality and You

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Materialism and Ostentations of this ephemeral world have engulfed us so much that we have hardly any time to think of our own true nature or our Self or Spirituality. When the blows come or the dream is shattered at the slight calamity or disaster, we wonder whether we are living a true life. In the words of a celebrity “when you see death so closely in “Tsunami Floods” or “Gujarat Earthquake”, you realise what frivolous lives you lead.”

Indeed we are leading a false and frivolous life by regarding the world as permanent abode and considering this world as our real Self. All the importance is given to body. This body is our treacherous friend. Give it its due, no more. There is our true Friend, our own true self, the Spirit far from dualities of life of pleasure and pain, joy and sorrow.

Realisation of that Spirit within you is Spirituality. In fact it is not appropriate to say, “Spirituality and You, which sounds as you are separate from Soul, Self, Spirit and Spirituality. You are not the mars of molecules to be disintegrated sooner or later. You are All-Existent, All-Knowledge and All-Bliss. So spirituality is not about you but you and the spirit are one and the spirit is within you.

Realisation of this spirituality could toll the knell to all our worries, sorrows, pains and all other negativities which are transitory. Consider failure, suffering, sickness and miseries as transitory. Spirituality inspires us that nothing is permanent in this world except the inner spirit.

We must make an effort to embark upon the Inner Journey to our true Being. Until we have established our spiritual mastery over the body, the body is our enemy. We are the slaves to desires of flesh. We vainly think that happiness comes from the fulfilment of desires which is like living in a utopian world. Money can’t give joy. This joy comes from within. Spirituality is the source of unlimited Joy which knows no end.

Meditation is the means to find the hidden treasure, our true Being. Do not postpone it. Don’t say “Tomorrow I’ll meditate or tomorrow I will meditate longer.” To your surprise, you will find that a full year has elapsed without devoting time or more time to meditation in spite of your best intentions. Instead we should say, “This can wait, that can wait, but my search for my own Self, my own Spirit, my Own Being can’t wait”. Then you will realise that Spirituality and you are one.

Desires are the most unrelenting enemies of man, he cannot appease them. Have only one desire, to know your Inner self, your Spirituality. Satisfying the Sensory desires cannot satisfy us because we are not the senses. They are only our servants, not our Self. In the mad race of hoarding money and material objects, we lose sight of our true Being.In Gitanjali, Rabindranath Tagore illustrates this state wonderfully as; “ He whom I enclose my name is weeping in this dungeon. I am ever busy building this wall all around and as this wall goes up into the sky day by day, I lose sight of my true being in its shadow”.

“I take pride in the great wall and plaster with the dust and sand lest on least hole should be left in this name; and for all the care I take, I lose sight of my true being”

Gurudev Swami Vishvas Ji stresses in all his discourses on destroying the walls of ignorance and false ego through meditation. Delve deep into meditation and realise your own true Being. Through all our lives, we spend our energies to serve others including our body which is “other” as well. Let us spare some time for ourselves- for our real selves, spirituality which is our own. Vishvas Meditation is an Inner Journey towards our own true being but we dread treading on it. Why? It is beautifully explained by the Nobel Prize winner Rabindranath Tagore;

“Obstinate are the trammels
But my heart aches when I try to break them
Freedom is all but I want
But to hope for it, I feel ashamed”
“My debts are large
My failures great
My shame secret and heavy
Yet when I come to ask for my good
I quake in fear lest my prayer be granted” 

Gurudev Shri Swami Vishvas Ji reiterates, “In all our prayers we say that all is yours, all is yours but possession must remain with us. Begging for worldly comforts and material objects cause misery and suffering. Yet at the gates of gods and goddesses, we are asking for this world which does not belong to anyone. You are not to renounce the world, but don’t let the world live within you. Don’t leave the market but bring the Lord, the Self into the market. Make the worldly relations as divine relations by seeing Him in all your relations. Be in the world but not of it”.

Let us divert all our energies towards Spirituality which is not something distant from us but which is our own true being and the easiest way to attain Spirituality is through Meditation.

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