For years on end, philosophers and mystics have walked this earth preaching, what we all perceive to be the word God. Since countless generations, people have believed in a higher power residing somewhere in the heavens and prayed to it for deliverance. For eons, we the humans of this world have kept our faith and unwavering trust in the belief that there is a higher power, an all-perceiving God that sets things to right and grants us absolution and deliverance. However to this day, while many have preached ways to understand Him and reach Him, very few have actually made the effort to understand the point of His existence.
Spirituality aims to teach us the art of fine living; it aims to endow us with knowledge and wisdom that is born out of great understanding and patience. Ultimately it aims to enrich us thoroughly as we evolve through the journey of our daily lives. Hence one can easily contend that the motive behind “being spiritual” is not just realization, but ultimate enrichment of our souls. While there are many who reach the realized state of being, there are few who actually go ahead and enrich themselves sustainably.
The reason why sustainability is a point that needs to be noted is that it is a result of consistent efforts. It is something that endures through the various trials and tribulations of daily life; as we mere humans try and struggle to make ends meet. Realization is a flash of blinding light; it comes to you and leaves you dazed, aghast and at a loss of words; but realization itself does little to change your way of life; or to change the way you shape your destiny; that power still wrests with you.
Spirituality through the power of realization gives you a perspective of looking at things; when you perceive and realize something that is truly extraordinary and beyond this world, your wonderment in the worldly illusions ceases to exist. While many at this point choose to turn away from these worldly illusions, the point still remains that if they choose to conquer them, they still can. Nonetheless, your approach needs to be consistent. If you choose to turn away from this world and walk the path of the ascetic, there must be no lingering regret or temptation at the bottom of your heart; for you will be destroyed in the presence of such temptation as you would feel that all that you have done till now is utterly vain.
Much in the same way, if you choose the worldly path and not stay determined in your approach to conquer the same, your life can be left in utter disarray wherein you feel alienated by both the spiritual and the material world. That is a sorry state; and thus makes all your spiritual efforts utterly pointless.
In this scenario it is better to understand that wise is the man who knows what he wants and thus takes appropriate steps to acquire the same. Spirituality is not based upon denying your desires, but it is based upon rising above them; something that can only be done when those desires are utterly and completely satisfied beyond a shadow of doubt. Hence the important point to understand in this discussion would be that the very act of fulfilling your desires takes you one step closer to fulfilling your ultimate spiritual goals. Ironical as it may sound, at times, your desire is your best friend, for it gives you focus and shows you the path that you must follow.
At the onset of the article I mentioned that there are very few who truly understand the Almighty’s purpose of existence; the reason why saints to this day walk this wretched earth to grant deliverance to wretched souls like us; the reason is enrichment; the reason is evolution; something that can only be achieved through determined efforts on our part.
The entire point of this article is beautifully surmised by the late poet, Harivanshrai Bacchan in his poem titled Madhushala
‘किस पथ से जाऊँ?’ असमंजस में है वह भोलाभाला,
अलग-अलग पथ बतलाते सब पर मैं यह बतलाता हूँ –
‘राह पकड़ तू एक चला चल, पा जाएगा मधुशाला।’। ६।
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