Sunday, 31 July 2011

Practical steps to spirituality - Part 2

Man is composed of spirit and matter.Spirit has no life and matter too has no life. When the material equipments -body mind and intellect,come in contact with spirit there is an expression of life. The body has five organs of perception and five organs of action.. When the Self functions through the organs of perception he becomes a perceiver.When the Self functionsthrough the organs of actions he becomes an actor.These together form his physical personality

Man is gifted with a mind and an intellect. The mind is full of emotions,likes and dislikes, feelings and desires..When the Self functions through the mind he becomes the feeler.This is his emotional personality.Man has an intellect both gross and subtle.It is the function of of the intellect to think ,reason, understand and make decisions.When the Self functions through the gross intellect  this forms his   intellectual personality.It is the subtle intellect only that can think of a reality beyond this world.Only the subtle intellect can discriminate between spirit and matter. The self functioning through the subtle intellect becomes his spiritual personality.Man is the sum total of the physical, emotional,intellectual and spiritual personality.

Life consists of 3 main activities.Receipt of stimuli from the world through his organs of perception.Reaction to the stimuli in the mind and Response back to the world through the organs of actions.When  a man is ruled by his mind rather than his intellect, his reactions will be impulsive and agitated.But when he takes the guidance of the intellect his responses will be mature and objective.The kathopanishad gives an allegory of a chariot drawn by 5 horses.wherein the chariot is compared to the humanbody and the horses to the 5 sense organs. The reins stand for the mind and the charioteer to the intellect.If the charioteer is not alert then the reins become loose and the horses will go wild. Similarly if the intellect is not strong ,the mind having no control over the  senses one can imagine where this will lead him to.-to total destruction.

Man has obligatory duties to perform but the mind has powerful likes and dislikes which may come in the way of his doing his duties. So one yields to the desires of the mind doing whatever the mind likes and avoiding what   the mind dislikes to do. In these circumstances it is the discriminating intellect alone that should decide the right course of action at any given point of time.

So only a srong intellect can guide him both in the affairs of of his daily life and also take care of his spiritual life.How to develop a stong intellect?

 to be continued........

Practical steps to spirituality - Part 1

A series of essays will be on these pages  as practical  steps to spirituality.

Spirituality is attaining the Godhood  in you -. .achieving a state of thoughtlessness.Spirituality is not something you go looking for outside of yourself-in the caves, in the mountains or sitting in meditation in a solitary place or lead a life of resignation.

The word religion means getting back to source but it gives a different connotation to a layman who thinks being religious is going to temples, going on pilgrimages or doing rituals etc.To know yourself is what religion and spirituality are about. .Attaining Godhood-is realising that you are not merely  your mind body  intellect ,you are something beyond these.There is a spiritual essence in you. There is a oneness between you and the person sitting next to you , between you and the one in the remotest part of the globe.Divinity is the common factor between all living beings.

It is the rare priveledge of a human being to know who he really is. He is blessed with a faculty of reasoning ,.given an intellect which can help him  to reach the state of godhood.Vedanta helps him to know his real self.Human beings are blessed with a mind and an intellect. The mind is full of emotions. He has a gross and a subtle intellect . The gross intellect helps him to deal with his everyday life in an intelligent manner. He has to use his subtle intellect to know who he is..The only mission in his life is to know himself.Generally a man's mind is full of emotions, of passions, desires and hence agitated.Only when his intellect takes charge of his life ,his mind becomes peaceful and is ready for pursuing higher values.His mind arrives at a point when there are no thoughts in his mind and he realises his real nature.

To be continued ...