Essentials of Self Realization
Firstly, the worldly obligations, secondly mental obligation and thirdly atama dharma are important for our life. How can we keep a balance in these is a must for all of us.
Firstly, we have to honestly and sincerely perform our day to day functions. In worldly obligation our responsibility towards our family by providing them material things for their day-to-day living, giving our off-springs the righty type of education so that they be a better members of the society, provide for their upbringing, decent living and teach civic sense to your children.
Secondly, mental obligation or mano dharma is to cultivate and adopt those practices which result in positive attitudinal changes through systematic cleansing of negative thought process. How and why we should maintain equanimity and remain peaceful under all circumstances is also an aim of this obligation.
Thirdly, it is important that we concentrate to evolve our mind to withdraw from its scattered thought processes. Focused mind on a source brings high dividends. Concerted effort should be made that our mind is attuned to internal self. Momentary internal peeping or accidental focus will not impact us. A holistic approach in transformation of ourselves is a must for acquiring mastery in travelling in inner recesses of our inner self. For this to happen, we have to give less credence to thoughts or actions which has got transient value. All thinking which greases our ego are barriers in the attainment our goal. A genuine discrimination should develop in us to distinguish between temporary pleasures and values held dear for enhancing our inner enquiry.
In our life we face many difficulties, there is death, disease, greed, envy, deceit, etc. You name it, and it is there. Our desires are insatiable. If we acquire one thing, we would like to have more of desires fulfilled. And the means by which we get those desires fulfilled gets mixed. We are not able to differentiate between legitimate ways or otherwise for realizing these. In this way, we are entrapped in the vicious phase of pleasure and pain.
We are not able to differentiate between what is actually required by us and what we want in actual practice. We forget about what is permanent and what is temporary for us. We are enamored by external empirical reality and take satisfaction of our wants as the only reality. We are having infinite desires. One desire gives birth another one and a flood starts thereafter. We hanker after the mirage of a bit more and it goes on and on. We aspire for more fame and develop a ‘mind-reality’ in the process.
This never ending satiety makes us restless. It should never be forgotten that identity is not static. It is ever changing. We should ever try to focus on inner satisfaction rather than outer satisfaction. Our mind has to be bridled. In the midst of our pre-occupation any thought can invade and take us away from innrt quest. Our self-enquiry should be based on the ideas and ideals which enhances our knowledge matrix. What is temporary and what is permanent should be clearly demarked. By following this, we can reach to our coveted path of self realization.