Similarly, when the "Consciousness" (which can be compared to the "White Color Light"), combines with the "Soul" (which is compared to the "Prism") in this physical world, it wants to experience "Different facets of life" (which can be compared to "Different colors of light"), through the mind, with the medium called physical body.
Because mind becomes a boundary less and makes you as its slave, if you are not aware it.
And such a mind is used for nothing.
Just like a river gives life if it is in its boundaries, if not, such a life giver becomes a threat to the existence.
Hence "Dharma" is the boundary of the human mind and is to be followed by everyone.
The word "Dharma" means to organize one’s life in such a way that individual action is in harmony with interpersonal relationships and with the community, global and local. It includes virtue, morality and righteousness.
Another explanation of "Dharma" is the "Concept of destiny". Dharma is a person’s duty or role in life. It is a path followed by a person to reach the goal of life effectively.
Incompleteness in the life because of the mask
Some people even consider the non living people like Buddha, Mahatma Gandhi etc., to do so.
Those people try to avoid certain facets of life or situations or circumstances, even though they like it. It results to live the incomplete life.
Because they are getting scared of their own shadow, on the name of negativity or weak mind etc. Such people, blame others for the causes and spend their maximum energy to judge others or the situations, in their life.
They struggle a lot internally by cheating themselves and never understand the "beauty and divinity of life".
"You are responsible for everything in your life" - Swami Vivekananda
What is the TRUE NATURE of a HUMAN ?
- Thamo ( Concentration on body)
- Rajo (Concentration on mind) and
- Sattva (Concentration on the true self)
"Self" is "identity less" or "nothingness".
They are the qualities of the "Mind".
All the infants up to a certain age are "Sudha Satvik"(which is not the basic quality), as the mind could not have grown in them. They start developing the mind gradually, as they grow up.
That Mind, makes every person unique in this world, because of the "permutations and combinations" of the percentage, of the three basic qualities.
People in the Vedic period
- A person who had dominant "Thamo guna" was identified as "Thamas" and asked him to do the "Physical work" like cultivation. And a group of these people was called as "Sudras".
- A person who had dominant "Rajo guna" was identified as "Rajas" and asked him to do "power based" work like being a king, soldiers etc. And a group of these people was called as "Kshatriyas".
- A person, who had dominant "Sattva" guna was identified as "Satvik" and ask them to do "Intellectual works" like a business. And a group of these people was called as "Vaishyas".
- A person who used to get very less influence by the mind was identified as "Sudda satvik" and asked him to preach the other category people as "Gurus" or "Teachers". They used to wear "Orange colored" clothes, as a representation of their dominant quality "Sudda satvik" and got respected by everyone in the society.
- "Sudda satvik" used to give "Brahma gnan" or "Self knowledge" to all other groups.
- "Vishyas" used to help the King to maintain the Country, my making wealth with their intellect and paying taxes to the King for the welfare of the country.
- "Kshatriyas" used to provide the Security to all other category people.
- "Sudras", used to do cultivation and provide food to all other category people or maintain the cleanliness of the country.
All together learn from the "Sudda satvik", how to be "Self centered".
People after the Vedic period
- So "Rajas" got stuck in the cage of ego and avoided the remaining facets of life.
- Because of that, "Satvik" people polluted their intellect, due to the fear of loosing comforts and started cheating the innocents, which is quite contrast to their natural quality.
- "Tamas", spent their whole life in struggling for the survival. Therefore, they not even get any chance to get aware of the other facets of life.
- "Sudda Satvik", became identity less in the society.
They even, drowned to a such a level of state that, they not even know their own Self.
Intellect with blind belief
So that, "Great Masters" had come to this earth, to sort the imbalance to a certain level, by remembering the "Paramatma" or "Higher self" with the "Awakening of self". Their preaching influenced the people till their life time. After they left the physical world, people again moved back to the same state with a new virus called "religion". It affected the people to believe in the others wisdom without their own experience. This blind belief made them to cover themselves with more ignorance.
These kind of intellectual people, do not play the complete game of the life, as they always thinks about the results of an action, scare for the negative and try to avoid or escape from the reality that "positive cannot exist without negative".
Intellect is one of the functionalities of the Mind and its duty is to discriminate.
If your intellect is off, you cannot differentiate between, yourself and the thing beside you, yourself and the chair, you do not know even where is the door.
Hence, it dissects everything and helps us to identify ourselves to survive in this physical world.
Example 1: Swami Vivekananda
It does not matter for the one, who has no interest in the God or Evil. But it bothered him a lot, as he was very interested to know the subtle realities from his childhood.
So he slept the whole night under the tamarind tree with a great enthusiasm, to catch the Devil, as he believed in his neighbor's words blindly.
But he did not find it. So he ran to his mother with a great grief and explained her everything.
She had taken him in her arms and told him with love that "Always believe in your own experiences. Never and ever believe in anything else".
These words worked as a mantra on him and made him a great Yogi.
"A person who act, according to his own nature is a yogi" - Bhagavat Gita
Example 2:Jiddu Krishnamurthy
Then Krishnamurthy replied him that "Just burn out, all your books along with the knowledge gained from it".
Therefore, books and other means are limited to give us guidance. The true knowledge only comes from the own experiences and makes us and our belief system so strong with real wisdom.
We see the world, based on the percentages of three gunas in us and feeds the information in our mind.
That information turns as thoughts, thoughts turn as desires and the desires turn as attachments. Attachments turns further into ego.
This is the phenomena of life in this physical world.
But getting influenced by the others, makes us ignorant to understand our own nature which leads to fight with our own desires and create a great chaos internally.
Types of people who avoid certain degrees of life
Type 1 : Check list limitation.
But, there are some people, who try to suppress their own desires, as they think that, it is not in their "ideal personality" check list as "Dharma". How foolishness is this!
Always remember that, nothing is sin until and unless, you do not hurt others.
Type 2 : Escapism
- Among those people, some always try to involve in the practices like meditation without any bother about their responsibilities. "Spiritual practices" are done to lead a complete life with the total acceptance of positive and negative, not to escape from it.
- Some try to take "Sanyas" to escape from the family. "Sanyas" is the path chosen out of happiness and satisfaction in the life, to service others without the trace of his or her own identity as a motto.
Type 3 : Wrong understanding of Love
They not even know, how to love their neighbors who are existing right beside them, how can they love god, whom they have not seen or even experienced.
It is very easy to love people or something which is not physically present with us. But very tough to love our neighbors. This is so, because they do not know their own true nature.
- Love at Body level
This feeling is experienced, because of the biology of the body i.e; hormones and lasts until the hormones respond in the body towards them.
Once it stops responding, there will be no more a such feeling.
We usually, see this kind of love in teenagers. This can also be called as "Infatuation because of lust".
- Love at Mind level
Because, each and everyone has a unique ego (one of the functions of the mind) and the "blast of that ego", is the reason for all miseries and problems.
So, in such case of the mind match, we experience a kind of security to our ego. This security creates a comfort zone with them, which leads to experience a kind of Love feeling. This feeling lasts, util, your ego is protected.
We usually, see this kind of love between the married couple. They enjoy their marriage journey, with the everlasting love and interest towards each other, by protecting each others ego. This can also be called as "comfort zone created with the mutual understanding".
- Love at Self level
After experiencing this state, you start seeing "Paramatma" in all the living beings, which is nothing but, you identify yourself with everything.
Such person do selfless service to the Humanity with unconditional love. "Mother Teresa", is one of those people.
This is the absolute, pure, everlasting and unconditional Divine Love.
Once a hooker tried to trap "Swami Vivekananda" for the body pleasure. She tried her maximum, to attract him, by showing many angels of her body parts.
But whatever she did, Vivekananda was able to see "Universal Mother" in her and told her the same.
His words and the power of his true nature, made the hooker to get realized and travel in the Spiritual path.
"A feeling which creates, when we find ourselves in the others is LOVE"
- Advaita Vedanta
one source, "Paramatma".
In such state, we naturally start loving everyone and everything, just like we love our siblings naturally. This is nothing but "Loving the God".
Jesus said "Love your neighbor", he did not say "Love me".
Krishna said "Human service is the divine service", he did not say "Do service to me".
"Understanding the self" or "Awakening"
For instance, if we identify that "Tamo" percentage is dominating compared to rajo and sattva, then we can try to improve it with the existing percentage of rajo, which is one step higher quality to it.
Likewise gradually mind becomes more and more positive and finally paves the path to realize the Self.
Stages after identifying the true nature
- In the starting stages of the identification of our true nature, we may feel bad and even frustration with ourselves, because of the influence of the outer world or the "ideal personalities".
- But gradually starts understanding it and finally accepts it with love.
- In the next stage you can be able to listen to your inner voice of the heart and believe in the "Self" with your own experience.
- Then you can understand that, as there are parents in this physical body, my "Self" too should have a "Supreme Self".
- This thrust raises many deep questions in the "Self" and this is nothing but "search for the god".
- According to the intensity of the questions, a "Guru" comes to your life. "Guru" can be anyone like, a physical being or a book or a voice of the self etc.
- This guru guides you to do certain practices to connect with the God.
- Through this, you know the "Supreme source" or "Paramatha" with your own experience.
Just accept and love your true nature, it automatically leads to all your questions get answered in one or other way and finally creates a connection between your
Self or Atman to the Higher Self or the Paramatma.
Fragrance of BHAGAVAD GITA to lead a complete lifeBHAGAVAD GITA
Because, "Bhagavad Gita" is not a book which belongs to a certain religion.
Bhagavad Gita, is a book which shows the way, to lead a complete 360 degrees of life, according to our true nature to grow naturally, by creating a boundary to our mind with "Dharma".
In this book, "Lord Krishna" replicates the "Self", "Arjuna" replicates the "Higher-Mind", Duryodhana replicates the "Lower-Mind".
And the "Final Battle" replicates the "Life".
The drama in this book consists of many and many characters, but every character behaves in their own unique way.
So we can utilize it as a tool to enjoy the beautiful complete life and realize the Self or Atman, with our own experience, if we know how to use it.
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