SELF KNOWLEDGE / SELF AWARENESS
Habitually we remain picking holes in others’ pocketing without realizing that there may be umpteen holes in our own pockets. Therefore knowledge about our own self; our positivity and negativity is a must.
It should never be forgotten that our Creator, with whatever name we call Him is very benevolent to all. In His scheme of things all His creations are very dear to Him. Humans have evolved themselves because of the characteristics of differentiation unlike other forms of lives. All humans are alike in anatomy; physiology and emotional upsurge that we experience. All have the common origin/evolution though with lingual and cultural diversity because of distance involved or nationality factors. We humans have the freedom of exercising our freewill and set ourselves according to norms in consonance with the norms of the society in which we live. It is also a reality that all individuals are endowed with distinct traits.
I feel perplexed and dismayed by the behavior of some people who differentiate between humans on the basis of caste, creed, colour or any other considerations. Or those amongst us, who wish to enslave other living entities (animals/birds etc) and wish to keep these on their mercy? On the other hand our Creator gives us His most precious bounties (air, water and sunshine) without which our existence cannot be even conjectured and that too without asking anything in return! All these invaluable gifts are given without any bias whatsoever to His creations – animates and inanimate alike.
This is so despite knowing that we do not know whether tomorrow will dawn for us or not! We mortals should never nurture any idea that we are infallible or perfect in all respects. Contrarily, this uncertainty of our own life should make us think that this life of ours is given to us by our Lord and we have to think and act according to His wishes. He wishes us well and expects us humans to give their due place to other creatures. All the living and non-living are created by our Creator and are a piece of fine work and should be loved as such.
All said and done, therefore, it is a must that we ponder; are we aware of our own self before belittling others and be aware about our own self before denigrating others. We live in the world of duality. Human beings have good and bad qualities; an emancipated one distinguishes between good and bad like a swan can extract milk from a mixture of water and milk. Our own personality has conflicting characteristics. Sometimes we act nicely but on other times we just lose the plot and act just opposite. When negativities predominate in a person that person is called bad by those who come in contact with that person. This divergence in qualities and subsequent dealings with that person give rise to unpredictable results. Hence it is essential that before knowing others and their drawbacks we should be self aware; know our own propensities (good and bad) should have knowledge of our own self then and then only we can know about others. Those people who know themselves are bereft of any vanity or pride/greed/rancor/jealousy etc. They live more for others than for themselves.
All our afflictions are due to our forgetfulness of our relationship with our Creator. He loves us immensely but for that to happen we have to remember Him at least! He is all bliss. Shadow of a tree resembles the tree. When we become averse to Him we are devoid of our own existence and also devoid of long standing happiness (bliss). We should never forget that all the material cosmos is non-eternal. Only our soul is eternal. And if we contemplate on eternal we gain everything that we aspire for. Knowledge of the eternal self is hence very important. Real self is the eternal servant of the Supreme Lord and to know Supreme Lord we have to know the real self.
With this intention in view, I have penned down a poem, about SELF KNOWLEDGE or SELF AWARENESS.
Humans are endowed with traits so divergent
With Referee-in-Chief our Lord Omnipotent
To monitor conflicts of opposites aptly
Other times our conscious mentality
May not register wants of our unconscious mind
Create conditions so conflicting
Thus seeing result of any effort
The Chief Referee takes over thence
Fine-tunes our mode of actions
Exhorting us to take Middle-course
Thereafter total self knowledge gives rise to
Inculcating increased awareness
In the form of inquisitiveness
Happily! With answers of same – in abundance
Then creative self takes charge of our lives
We traverse a path of our own making
Thus far all these remote controlled by our Lord
Yet, some think they are the doers!
Let the ego-centric features given adieu
For when ego surrenders to our strong self
Of our lives are too given ceremonial burials
Providing synergy to each of our efforts
Our sympathetic and parasympathetic nerve systems work in tandem!
Thus starts a new chapter of our life full of agility
With full use of our potentialities
And establishing a balance in tensions
Through living a life full of purpose