Transcend-3 BALANCE

Author: Gian P. kumar

Transcend 3… What is the purpose in my life

For years I have been studying the art of how to live in tune with our body, mind and spirit. The study of body taught me that one thing in life is certain and that is death, the most you can and should do is feed your body with a lot of study, supplements and application of proper diet, proper exercise and proper thoughts, so as not to live long but to live well. The answer to this riddle came as to be first Healthy, then Wealthy & Wise.

The mind, even though a part of the body being far more complex, has a simple connotation that you are what you think. As Dr Carl Jung explains in one of his elaborations on Synchronicity and the Power of circumstance, that your mind is so powerful, with any strong conviction you may bring any human or any circumstance within your reach, thereby reducing the effect of destiny. Destiny may play a role as to who you are born as, but your mind through its all powerful imagination may change your destiny depending on its degree of conviction. Further, our strength lies not in emotions, which are tied basically into the past and future, but in the calmness of our intuitions with a strong awareness of now, the present that takes us to a level of purity and creativity. Besides, our mind has the power of ‘choice’ a blessing but also a curse, as this becomes the source of all conflicts. An animal has no conflict, never having to choose what it really wants. It lives according to its natural instincts without conflicts whereas we always pursue in choosing what we want….and discriminate, thereby making us temporarily happy or sad respectively , always remaining inadequate and unfulfilled, yearning for a solution…to know as to who am I, what do I really want and as to what is the purpose of my life. Hindu philosophy, for this very reason treats human life as Maya, meaning delusion, meaning living in a false world wanting freedom from sorrow, fear and death, thinking that we know the whole world, but being ignorant about our own self. The main reason for this delusion is that our lives are dependent on pairs of opposites or on relativity, meaning in order to understand good or bad we need to relate it to something, or say without the idea of death or lie, there is no life or truth. We exist in the world of Duality, which is constantly changing as per our perceptions of choice and comparison. Therefore nothing is good or bad, but thinking in relativity makes it so, or you can’t be poor without realising someone else is richer. Thinking in dichotomies makes our life incomplete and in delusion.

Third, the study of the soul, self improvement, spiritualism or whatever you may refer to as, ultimately meaning to control your mind or thoughts, in order to attain peace and tranquillity. Whatever the hundreds of self improvement books may teach us, or whatever practices the spiritual gurus may guide, one has to find one’s own journey of priorities and balance in life to attain peace from all the conflicts created by us, as the teachings may be general, but we are all unique from each other. The reason being, gaining a lot of knowledge may be supreme, but your ego remains to trouble you off and on and keeping you away from balance. Similarly karma yoga meaning selfless action or not being concerned about its results, may also be great, but here again a little of you remains as thinking of results in any action is an intrinsic part of that action which places your you into it, unless you have exceptional qualities, of doing your karma with an attitude of selfless offering when performing any action and also having an attitude of acceptance while receiving its results. Then there is Bhakti Yoga, where your you is submerged into dedication and devotion in serving others, considered to be the ultimate in yoga. We as individuals have to choose our own journey in life where we may wish to follow the path of karma and Bhakti Yoga, or keep pursuing an endless path of seeking comforts through choices giving us both pleasure and pain.

As the Bible says man shall not live by bread alone, it tells us that we as human beings are too superior in our intellect and creativity to let go or renounce as some spiritual and religious centre may say so. Till our aspirations are not given due recognition, we always try to excel in our field. As long as there is awareness of the present moment and are priorities are well placed, I find great consonance in the Purusharthas or requisites as laid down by Vedas for understanding the purpose of fulfilment in one’s life through the process of Dharma, Artha, Kaama, Moksha, meaning from one’s own values of righteous living, should secure one’s financial position, so as to fulfil one’s worldly and sensual desires, in order to finally liberate oneself onto a spiritual journey for a worthy living, and to be fulfilled and satisfied from within.

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