अपनों से अपनी बात – May 15
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Dear loved ones,
Every person wants to progress in life and his primary wish is that – I should attain complete progression in my life, I should get all types of pleasures from my desires-fortunes, amenities, luxury, position-prestige, reputation, family-household, business, property, vehicles, money-wealth, estate etc. ; and thereafter I should also achieve spiritual advancement. Each person has divided his life into material and spiritual components and his general outlook is that union of materialism and spirituality is not possible, one has to sacrifice materialism for spiritual growth and spiritualism for material growth. This is a wrong perspective. “Knowledge” is the basis for each type of progress and we can achieve “progress” only by working through our full potential and efficiency, after understanding and comprehension of “knowledge” as our basic foundation. This path of progress takes us towards our “goal’.
Both material and spiritual aspects are foundations of our lives, and both sides are interconnected to each other fully. Spiritual sagacity is necessary for material progress and influence of physical accomplishments is required for spiritual growth. Now the question arises that how to acquire spiritual advancement while living in this world full of materialism. The material growth without spirituality is temporary, it can end any time; but when physical development occurs in conjunction with spiritual sense, then it becomes a permanent, sustainable growth..
So a person should utilize all his resources towards his spiritual and material advancement.
Now let us consider- what resources are available to us and what process can be accomplish using these available means. The expression of utilizing the means (tools) gifted by God, to perform actions; is called Sadhana. All of you generally have three types of resources –
- Body, 2. Wealth and worldly relations, 3. Mind and intellect.
Every person has received a beautiful and healthy body from God. Everyone endeavors to remain healthy throughout his life but is it generally possible? How well are we utilizing this physique gift (tool), how are we using it,? Are we not abusing or mistreating it, the journey of material progression initiates from this body.
The second tool is the human wealth and worldly relations. Some wealth is bequeathed as ancestral wealth, and some money is earned from the efforts. One collects one’s money, accumulates it and purchases physical implements. A person wishes to obtain more and more material items through money. The land, buildings, power, gold, jewelry, etc. can all be said as a form of wealth. Similarly, God bestows some family relations to a person. These worldly relations can be termed as parents, siblings, relatives, friends, contacts, acquaintance, etc. People generally have a great pride that I belong to a certain clan, I have certain important personalities as my acquaintances, or a certain person is my friend. He feels very safe within these worldly relations.
In addition, God has equipped each human with mind and intellect. He endeavors to obtain material and physical progress through his mind and intelligence, collaborating with his body and worldly wealth. He constantly strives to manipulate and advance. He wants to lead a life as per his desires, he wishes to fulfill his material wishes as soon as possible.
You should consider how well you have utilized these Providence conferred tools for progress? In my opinion, the physical progress is shallow and incomplete without the spiritual advancement. The spirituality platform is the solid base on which the material building of your life can firmly stand.
One may achieve perfection in life only through service, support, charity, religion, morals, ethical behavior, modesty, contentment and peace. One should especially develop these qualities. To accomplish this, the Saints, Masters and Gurus keep providing the nectar of wisdom to their disciples.
Most people keep on living their life using their physical body, wealth, worldly relations and their mind-intellect. Therefore they cannot achieve fulfillment in their life and the only method to obtain perfection is “Activation of Sixth Sense”. The energy bestowed by Guru awakens the sixth sense, which guides the disciple to achieve special spiritual sense and this power of consciousness also assists him in completing the material physical activities.
Though Shaktipaat and discourses, Guru initiates the activation of sixth sense. After awakening of the sixth sense, a person can also support others in their growth thereby earning good reputation, in addition to self-development. Guru’s actions are only for public welfare. The cooperation of disciple is absolutely essential, only then completeness in life is possible.
The perfection in life means serving others, charity, cooperation, dedication and love. The principal sense of perfection is – ever-meditating on supreme power and its ultimate symbol i.e. meditating on Gurudev and serving Gurudev.
God has conferred these means to every human being. The basic question is who utilizes these tools properly and who wastes them in vain. As the cycle of time is ever-dynamic, similarly it is important to maintain same dynamism-movement in these tools, otherwise they gradually start to deteriorate. Therefore it is necessary to obtain physical and spiritual advancement through these tools.
Now let us consider how to obtain spiritual growth through the body, wealth and wisdom?
Body – Serving through body means putting the body in the service of God, contributing towards spiritual and religious programs in your area, keeping temple and worship space clean. Escorting the Sadhaks to the venue, and distributing posters, pamphlets, notices and magazine to spread the spiritual knowledge and discourse.
Wealth and worldly relationship – Organizing venue for spiritual discourse, spiritual camp, prayers, monthly worship and group sadhanas, making it available, arranging appropriate funds towards it, donating to Guru-institute, organize spiritual discourse camp regularly for our organization, inviting your friends-acquaintances, and relatives to the camp. Financial assistance to organizers and volunteers of camp-discourse, i.e. by making posters, pamphlets etc. available at the camp site.
Intellect and mind – Each person has some creative and intellectual quality. Utilizing this capability for spiritual tasks, studying and understanding the spiritual scriptures using intelligence, regularly performing sadhanas, and advising others about sadhanas, guiding them as per your wisdom, using your writing style and knowledge to – write articles for dissemination of Guru-knowledge and expansion of spiritual base. Composing event records for Sadhana camps and submiting articles to local newspapers and magazines.
In essence, it can be said that whatever we possess, if we consider it as our Sadhana, and continually dedicate it to Gurudev, then our spiritual growth absolutely occurs. The process of spiritual development involves realization of supreme knowledge through a pure spiritual body, using wealth, wisdom and mind. The spiritual principle states that whatever we possess has been granted by God and, by offering it to God with full dedication, we can obtain spiritual advancement.
In my view, spiritual development is the basis of material advancement in life, and the presence of spirituality never lets fear, distraction or doubt to enter the mind. The person can lead his life carefree with joy.
Remember, spirituality is the basis of your life, regularly contemplate on continuous spiritual and material progress.
Nand Kishore Shrimali