This article is shared by SP Sharma
A unique state of mind could be summarized as being well satisfied in all respects and full of inner happiness. This is achievable by the one who aspires for it relentlessly.
Our worldly parents normally teach us to compete with others, even by adopting unfair means, sometimes. They want to see their child in the forefront of all the activities, disregarding his/her natural interest and abilities. Sometimes, weary of the disregard the child takes up drastic actions, or the parents are made to accept or compromise the situation.
This sort of tug-of-war continues in career, marriage, occupation, family rearing, and finally in death, too!
Unaware of the arrival of death we remain embarking on many whims and fancies, and usually meet our death in an unplanned hotchpotch condition. The feelings at our last moments in life are important in shaping a future incarnation, and an unwise person always repents for not getting what he craved for.
The life of a man could be divided in four stages of unequal duration, nowadays: childhood and education; career, marriage and family; completion of duties and practicing renunciation (gaining wisdom); achieving a happy state of mind with feelings of detachment.
In India, a young or old Sanyasi (who has renounced life) is addressed as Baba (equivalent to grandpa), and in turn he calls others Bachcha (child) regardless of age. He is supposed to have renounced worldly affairs realizing their futility through wisdom gained, while all others are supposed to be running after fleeting enjoyments. Hence we are rightly called Bachcha. Most of us are not wise enough from a spiritual point of view and behave like a cunning child even in religious or philosophical matters. We may be wise in the sense of worldly achievements, but no kind of possessions whatsoever can make our mind accept death calmly.
It is during one’s lifetime that one happens to paint in one’s mind a nice picture of the heavens, where God and His faithful souls reside in perfect harmony. It should be pursued as a hobby while following social norms and duties, because we are part of society as long as our body lasts.
Truth and love are two aspects of the same God, and they are realized through the knowledge path and the devotion path. The supreme truth is to know the all pervading soul, and devotion is to love all beings regardless of any seeming differences.
SP Sharma, India