This article is shared by SP Sharma
Materialistic abundance prompts us mostly to enjoy our whims and fancies while a disgusted mind seeks release from all possessions including his/her physical body. These two attitudes of people create chaos and discord in society resulting in dissatisfaction at all levels. Moreover, infringement in fulfilling one’s desires, lust and passion leads to committing crimes.
To become free of these two attitudes of mind one has to gain wisdom. Wisdom is spread everywhere in the form of sayings of wise people. One has to ponder over such sayings and try to follow them practically in one’s life to determine the validity of such statements. In case of disagreement with any of these sayings one should consult the wise or seek their help. This curiosity to know the truth is the only way to march on the road to wisdom.
As said in the first paragraph, neither indulgence in nor refraining from possessions could help in making the mind happy. Wisdom lies in utilizing possessions for just purposes and becoming an observer of all that happens without expressing reactions.
Becoming a true observer means that one has to gain the necessary wisdom to qualify as a judge but with no authority to pass on any judgment. Such a person is just trying to extract the truth from two confronting parties for his own good or satisfaction. If he tries to pass on his judgment he is likely to be in trouble because no one is wise enough to do so and moreover, he may invite the wrath of the dissatisfied party. However, his silence may make both parties feel dissatisfied and they may turn away from him. But it would prove best for his peace of mind, provided he has no attachment to them. This usually happens when there is disagreement between the two and their common friend is in trouble.
It may be kept in mind as long as the body lasts that one is always continuing to gain wisdom because completeness of any objective may lead to frustration and this may again trigger the ego, which is dangerous and may result in disgust.
The main objective of developing wisdom is to understand the whole of creation as the expansion and expression of self. Nothing is beyond the self-being. Wise people rise above the petty concepts of all distinctions created by mankind, and enjoy peace at heart. Their love towards one and all is the same, just like a mother who takes care of all her children judiciously.
A saint considers the whole of creation made of nature, in which God is dwelling, both being uniquely related.
SP Sharma, India