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Sep 08, 2018

A B C Of Practical Spirituality

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PAWAN LANGAR chalks out a plan to restore the country’s status as the spiritual centre of the world
 
When a seeker of God, irrespective of his beliefs, is able to comprehend that he is the imperishable soul — a fraction of God’s intelligence and not a perishable body — he is on a spiritual path. He also realises that all actions performed by his body, senses, mind and intellect, like the other volutes of nature, are utilised for service to God’s creation. He being the Self is only a witness with no doership or craving for fruit of action. When such a state is achieved, it can rightly be termed — ‘spirituality in action.’
 
Beautiful Place
 
Our ancient sages have looked within to find the Truth, for the external world was full of dogmas and rituals; a hazy reflection of what was inside. The wise men also realised the gospel truth that a human being is potentially divine and nature has provided him with an organic ability to realise the Self through varying stages of spiritual evolution by pursuing different disciplines of Yoga: union with God via Karma, Jnana and Bhakti.
 
Our jiva, soul is bound to the body as long as it identifies with the body. The relationship between body, soul and God is elucidated in Hindu scriptures.
 
The majority of people suffer from a delusion born out of the ego. Even a noble action performed with desire, becomes impure and binds the soul to the body. To be able to practise practical spirituality, one needs to forsake one’s ego and desires by shaping one’s worldly life with the help of yoga.
 
Karma Yoga involves service and protecting rights of others by performing one’s dedicated dharma, duty, and renouncing the desire for the fruit of action. This is skill in action. While practising Jnana Yoga, a striver perceives himself detached from the three gunas, of maya; in fact he transcends them and firmly establishes himself in the Self. With the power of discrimination, he cuts asunder the affinity with ‘i-ness and mineness’, renouncing the agency of doership.
 
A human being practising Bhakti Yoga worships God, constantly meditating on Him with exclusive devotion, thus becoming free from envy and malice for all beings. The wholehearted surrender to God turns a worldly man into ‘un-worldly’ and he sees the universal soul equally present in all beings.
 
Hence, in Bhakti Yoga, there is predominance of belief and faith, whereas in Karma Yoga and Jnana Yoga, the sense of discrimination is vital to lead a renunciate life. If we are able to successfully practise Jnana and Bhakti yogas, the world will become a beautiful place, with no envy, desire and hatred.
 
THERE IS AN URGENT NEED TO EDUCATE YOUTH IN UNIVERSITIES, COLLEGES AND SCHOOLS TO HELP THEM UNDERSTAND THAT ONE ACHIEVES HAPPINESS ONLY WHEN ONE SELFLESSLY HELPS THOSE IN DISTRESS
 
It is a fallacy that with spiritual evolution, one becomes redundant to family, society and country. Unlike a recluse, a householder can easily follow the discipline of Karma Yoga while performing his worldly duties selflessly.M K Gandhi worked unselfishly throughout his life; he was able to bring together disparate views and thoughts, under the umbrella of non-violence.
 
APJ Abdul Kalam, former President of India, wanted the present and future generations to live in an environment of interfaith bonhomie and brotherhood, without poverty, corruption and fundamentalism. He personified ‘spirituality in action’ and is revered by all, irrespective of their religious affiliations.
 
Those who hold high offices in government and private sectors should perform their duties with an aim to serve God’s creation. Politicians elected to serve the people, should work to alleviate the suffering of people and should ensure wellbeing of our country. They need to follow Rajdharma, be righteous and take action against the unrighteous without any vested interest.
 
Indian Armed Forces
 
There is an urgent need to educate youth in universities, colleges and schools, to help them understand that one achieves happiness, satisfaction and self-confidence, only when one voluntarily and selflessly helps those in distress. It is pertinent to mention the ethos of ‘Service Before Self ’, religiously followed in the Indian Armed Forces. The tradition of Karma Yoga is nurtured at every level of command of the services, motivating members of the Armed Forces to even lay down their lives in the line of duty for the righteous cause and maintaining territorial sanctity of the country and safety of its people.
 
Never Too Late
 
It is never too late to remember the all-pervading and merciful God and serve His creation. If such principles are followed by every citizen of our country, surely in times to come, India will become peaceful, prosperous, economically and militarily strong and her status as a spiritual centre of the world will be restored.
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