Essentials of Self Realization
Essentials of Self Realization & Importance of Soul for Eternal happiness.
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 inquiry.
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 inner quest. Our self-inquiry should be based on the ideas and ideals which enhances our knowledge matrix. What is temporary and what is permanent should be clearly remarked. By following this, we can reach to our coveted path of self realization.
After having realizing ourselves, it is essential that we realize the importance of our soul. Self realization is concerning our body, mind and senses. Soul provides us opportunity to be blissful even after living the life of sorrow and unhappiness.
Soul in its original state is free of any negativity. The negativeness which is rampant in us are the cause of all misfortunes in our lives. People take recourse to various ill-conceived ways and means in order to ward off worries which they confront in life. One of the ways is intoxication. It is a temporary diversion and not a permanent cure. After the affect of intoxicants just vanish the sorrow which are dormant just surface.
Bliss lies in delving deep into our soul through the medium of meditation. It is available any time anywhere.
We live at the level of senses and not at the level of our soul. It is like living a dreamful life. If we wake up and realize and experience soul then we could realize its potential in keeping us happy eternally. Here we have to stop identifying with the body, mind and senses and live at the level of soul. Here focusing is required on soul. Then we shall be without pain or worry.
It has been experienced that so powerful is the bliss of soul that after undergoing pain and sorrow, we can sustain them in a state of bliss. Meditation affords us opportunity to life of sufferings but be calm from within. It is just like the support provided by the mother to her child.
. When we empower the soul through meditation, we still face lives pains and problems, but a current of intoxication supports us from within. It is like the arms of a mother supporting her infant while the child receives an injection from the doctor. The love of the mother enables the child to withstand the pinprick. This is quite paradoxical and hard to understand. You feel the pain but your mind is not bothered by it. The pain is experienced in the body, but the message to the brain is blocked in such a way that you can bear it and be oblivious or unmindful of it. We cam empower our soul through meditation and thus get eternal bliss.