As you all well know, last time around we were briefly discussing on the ways in which our intelligent quotient affects our lives. Our spiritual quotient is determined three different traits; our IQ, our emotional quotient and our physical quotient. The reason why these three traits determine our spiritual growth is that in our physical existence, these things matter the most. The sharpness of our intelligence, the gravity of our emotions and the extent of our physical capacities determine our rate of success.
The reason why our physical quotient plays such a great role in our spiritual journey is owing to the fact that it is directly related to our physical bodies. The spiritual journey is a journey that takes you beyond the bonds of life and death. Man always seeks some form of salvation and some form of emancipation from this redundant and recursive way of life. But to accomplish that he has to first settle all of his karmic debts. He has to completely absolve himself from the cycle of karma, if he is to truly become free. Any individual’s karmic debts can be fulfilled only through his physical body. The physical body acts as an instrument that carries the associated karmas and desires within itself. Thus, it is of critical importance that our physical body remains in a good state as long as we live on this earth.
Physical Quotient is nothing but a person’s ability to persevere. The journey of life is much like a climbing a steep mountain. Your spiritual desire gives you the motivation to climb it all the way to the top. Your intelligence directs you in the ways in which you could make your climb easier. But if your body does not have in itself the energy to keep going, no amount of motivation or tactical precision is going to help you. You have to be physically capable of running the race till the very end. Your body must have within itself enough energy to last out the stress-filled journey.
Many times we see in this world, that people hardly treat their bodies with respect. Many people consider the physical body to be nothing but a commodity that is given to them free of any restriction. In the incessant need to satisfy their instinctive desires, people use their bodies in different ways which are completely destructive. People indulge in diverse addictions ranging from alcoholism to drugs. Most are completely unaware of the damage that these indulgences cause to their physical bodies. Ultimately their entire life becomes a vain attempt to constantly satisfy these indulgences.
The fact that we must realize is that our body is like a temple that hosts our soul. The soul bears perfect semblance to the final expression of undefined divinity that we call God. Thus, the power that rests within ourselves is indeed awesome. It is not meant to be wasted away in petty indulgences that satiate the physical hunger that our instinct induces in our hearts. It is meant for much greater things. The pathway to that phase of evolution opens up, when a seeker advances on the spiritual journey. At that point in time, he completely understands the true worth of his physical body and he treats it not like a commodity, but like a worthy instrument that would facilitate his mission. Such a person has within himself the energy and the power to surmount any and all obstacles that stand in his way. He is one who can indeed climb all the way to the top of the mountain.
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