जय श्री गणेशा
We have seen so far, the Vedic way of Life which is based on the four Pursharthas which are the four foundations of life’s goals however unfortunately in this modern age, we have lost touch with Vedic teachings and we are going about our lives without being conscious of the ultimate life’s goals and in the process we have lost the bonding with our inner soul and thus with Parmatma (परमात्मा) or GOD ( भगवान ) ..
We all are aware the actions of the modern age is mostly around materialistic desires and financial security which is in the sphere of Artha and Kama..
Many of us do follow our Dharma and follow the path of righteousness but it is normally limited to our conduct with our near and dear ones and our family and to an extent to our Karma Kshetra or the place of work.. However the stress on the path of Dharma and ultimately leading to Moksha is not there..
A successful human being in today’s world is measured through the amount of Artha or wealth they earn and the success they earn in their professional life which is limited to only the outward material success and thus human beings being devoid of spiritual upliftment are running after wealth and in the process of endless fulfilment of material desires..
This has resulted in an endless cycle which is leading to frustration, a constant sense of insecurity and bondage and an inner sense of emptiness.
With every desire or Kama being satisfied a new desire comes up and to fulfil that desire the Jeevatma or being again toils to earn more Artha or Wealth and in the process an endless quest goes on and more often than not the people who appear to be the most successful and wealthy are often lonely depressed and miserable..
This feeling leads to insecurity and in turn makes a person more selfish and is prone to sway away from the path of Dharma or Righteousness
In today’s generation, most people take to some kind of intoxication or substance abuse like alcohol as material or substance induced intoxication makes the individual feel free from the bondage of existence and for a certain period the person goes into a high and an ecstatic state but such artificial intoxication causes harm to the person by affecting his or her health and over a period of time turns into a compulsion and leads the person astray and the person becomes devoid of Dharma and loses the sense of Right and Wrong…
So, what is the answer to this situation we are all in ?
“How do we balance our actions between the four types mentioned above ?”
“How do we stay ever ecstatic and get freed from the feeling of bondage or restriction ?”
“How do we perform the right Karmas for achieving Life’s objectives ?”
When we reflect on our past …. and all the way to the childhood days we all fondly yearn the innocence and the purity of thoughts and actions during that period as when we were kids we did not develop any prejudices or ego which are the actual barriers to progression of the human soul or the Jeevatma…
Our “Mind or Intellect” has this inner ability to compartmentalise everything we come into contact with including people, thoughts, objects, situations, animals, places, food, institutions etc. into various buckets or spheres of notional truths or facts based on which we base our reactions. This compartmentalisation leads to our prejudices and pre-defined compulsive behaviours or reactions to these situations or instances…
The “Mind or Intellect” does this as its primary goal is self-preservation and protecting the human being from unpleasant and risky situations which might lead to sorrow and anguish and can be fatal as well…
E.g. The Human intellect does make a person fearful of wild animals especially in the dark and so stops the individual from going to such places in the dark…
However, in the process the human being loses the ability to react consciously based on the situation and to be able to change or transform his or her belief system on certain aspects related to these specific spheres or compartments and the reactions to these circumstances are mostly instinctive …
“Ego” is the self created identity of one’s own self which the mind constructs through its various experiences or through acquired or reinforced beliefs about one’s own self through the reactions of the external world to own self
Ego, is important for every person as it provides a sense of self-confidence and ability to take up challenges and allows the individual to take control of situations and delivery his or her responsibilities. But, on the flip side, too much ego in a person makes a person over-confident, arrogant, rigid, conceited and in the process the individual starts taking rash decisions and looks down upon others and stops the process of transformation and further learning which is the path to self-realization
So, in short the answers to the questions which I asked in this blog, is the path of transformation and the path of self-realization and introspection..
Every being or Jeevatma who is born in this world must look inwards and find his path of self-realization and find the true essence of one’s life..
Since every individual or Jeevatma is unique, the path to self-realization or the soul’s journey to the life’s goals is also unique…
“This unique path to the realisation of life’s goals is Destiny and the realisation of that leads to the path of Moksha or Enlightenment”