Jan 172006
 

This article is shared by SP Sharma

Among all living beings it is man who needs to find the state of ultimate blissful living. However, common properties among all beings are fear, reproduction, and death. Why does only man try to find the truth? There are many examples in which chosen people (by destiny!) sacrificed all comforts and even left society to attain perfect concentration and thereby intuition to visualize the ultimate truth. After that they returned to society (not to their own family) to show the way to ultimate truth, or rendered real services to uplift the downtrodden, or developed brotherhood among the masses. All this is possible for a family man too! But his family consists of the sum total of the whole creation.

All of us are at various stages of spiritual progress (sometimes maybe in the position of a standstill, or falling). The question is: where does it begin and where does it end? When a man tries to be righteous by adopting even a single virtue perfectly he is considered to be on the path of spirituality.

Peace of mind is the first requisite in the pursuit of the truth. Since we all are engaged in some occupation (including work, recreation, body care, etc.) all the time with expectations of desired results, peace of mind is disturbed when the result is not up to our expectations, or contrary to it. This needs detachment not only from the fruit of one’s actions but also from the body, one’s family, and social bonds. This constitutes Karma Yoga: working without expectations of the desired results, whereby the fruits of all the actions are offered to God. As a result of such a mentality, one gets peace of mind.

An element of luck is added in the outcome of each of one’s efforts, and luck is nothing but the karmic effect of the actions in earlier lives. Astrology tries to penetrate into the mystery of the future for each individual, and to evolve a life pattern. It also suggests various techniques and efforts to combat misfortune, which may not always be successful.

When Karma Yoga is adopted fully and perfected, one embarks on the Knowledge path with a cool mind. Negative mentality has to be eliminated with determination, and positive feelings have to be followed. It leads to the understanding of our true nature, i.e., the inner self. Here awaits the real blissful state to be enjoyed for some time by the mind.

To make the blissful state permanent, one has to embark on drawing the attention of others to leave selfish pursuits and develop brotherhood among them. This is the devotion path and it is best followed with a personal god.

Although each one of us is thirsty for the elixir of life – a selfless love – we are pursuing our own whims, fancies and desires instead, which breed misery among ourselves.

The devotion path is independent and may be adopted from the beginning. From this the action and knowledge paths follow automatically.

SP Sharma, India

e-mail: swamiprasad.sharma@gmail.com

About me.
I was born on 8 December 1945 and had self-realisation on 20 August 1977 at the age of 32. Thereafter I automatically shifted to the devotion path and a sort of relationship developed with God. Starting as a servant to God, then friendliness with God and then started liking God in child form. There is nothing left except to enjoy divine love and feel its presence in the whole world.

  3 Responses to “Ultimate blissful living – action, knowledge and devotion combined”

  1. One of the greatest contributions of India to the world is Holy Gita which is considered to be one of the first revelations from God. The management lessons in this holy book were brought in to light of the world by divine Maharshi Mahesh Yogi , Sri Sri RaviShankar and Swami Bodhanandji, and the spiritual philosophy by the great Adi Sankaracharya the greatest philosopher of India and proud son of Kerala, and Sri. Srila Prabhupada Swami and humanism by Mata Amritanandamayi Devi and Satya Sai Baba. Maharishi calls the Bhagavad-Gita the essence of Vedic Literature and a complete guide to practical life. It provides “all that is needed to raise the consciousness of man to the highest possible level.” Maharishi reveals the deep, universal truths of life that speak to the needs and aspirations of everyone. Swami Chinmayanandaji preached and educated the people and Swami Sandeep Chaitanyaji continuing the mission by keeping this lantern burning always knowing the wishes of the modern generations. Arjuna got mentally depressed when he saw his relatives with whom he has to fight.( Mental health has become a major international public health concern now). To motivate him the Bhagavad Gita is preached in the battle field Kurukshetra by Lord Krishna to Arjuna as a counseling to do his duty while multitudes of men stood by waiting. It has got all the management tactics to achieve the mental equilibrium and to overcome any crisis situation. The Bhagavad Gita can be experienced as a powerful catalyst for transformation. Bhagavad gita means song of the Spirit, song of the Lord. The Holy Gita has become a secret driving force behind the unfoldment of one’s life. In the days of doubt this divine book will support all spiritual searches. This divine book will contribute to self reflection, finer feeling and deepen one’s inner process. Then life in the world can become a real education—dynamic, full and joyful—no matter what the circumstance. May the wisdom of loving consciousness ever guide us on our journey? What makes the Holy Gita a practical psychology of transformation is that it offers us the tools to connect with our deepest intangible essence and we must learn to participate in the battle of life with right knowledge?

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