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SPIRITUAL UNFOLDMENT AND THE BLISSFUL LIFE


“Happiness, we see, is what everyone is seeking; but the majority seeks in things which are evanescent and not real. No happiness was ever found in the senses. There never was a person who found happiness in the senses or in the enjoyment of the senses. Happiness is only found in spirit”

 

POULAMI CHAKRABORTY
In this world of digital identity, the real person has lost the essence of life amidst the competitive race. Suicide has become the most common phenomenon for people, who easily give up their life succumbing to failure. The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) statistics reveal that a total of 1,35,445 people committed suicide in 2012 which amounts to an average of 15 suicides an hour or 371 suicides daily.

 
The world has turned out to be self-seeking, competitive and more ruthless where one does not think twice before hurting anyone for one’s own interest. Trying to pace up with the fast moving world, anxiety and depression has clutched the lives of commons. From 15 to 60 is the age of severe depression and the reasons vary from unwarranted academic pressure to job satisfaction, from household clashes to severe mental or psychological disorder, from being the best to losing the self – any of such conditions can trigger the depressive self.

 
With the increasing digitalization and corporatization of the self, we are indulging into a robotic world with lesser time for emotions and development of the soul. Why cannot we try to refine our soul? Why do not we opt for spiritual correction of our soul? Let us check what spiritual revelations can do to calm our anxious and depressed self.

 
The sole problem lays in the “WE DO NOT CARE” attitude. As Tagore has rightly said, “The abiding cause of all misery is not so much in the lack of life’s furniture as in the obscurity of life’s significance”. Most of us understand life superficially. Swami Vivekananda says, man is interested in the conquest of external nature for his pleasure and thereby he creates various types of problems and tension everywhere until he ruins himself. The secret of a peaceful mind lies in proper evaluation of life and consequent intense spiritual practices in the form of meditation. Higher spiritual unfoldment alone will eliminate anxiety, frustration and depression.

 
Attitude towards life and its activities determine a lot about the consequences of life. There is a simple way of making life easy by practicing the act of making others happy. A good deed is one that brings a smile of joy to the face of another and spiritual satisfaction to the self.

 
In monetary terms, we can never be satisfied with whatever money we have and will always crave for more no matter we need or not. But the fulfillment should be of the mind which drives us for every activity in our life. When we help others and make them smile their smiling faces unknowingly give us a peaceful and sound mind. When we pray for others the blessing gets showered on us automatically as the deeds pay for us. These are nothing but spiritually empowering oneself to stay happy and to become strong enough to overcome any pain in life.

 
The most significant struggle of man , though he may not be aware of it is that he seeks freedom in God. Our true being is divine. Vedanta emphatically states that freedom is our real nature and it is only God or the experience of the real self that can give us permanent happiness and when we will find this happiness no longer will we long for short lived happiness that is easily found in materialism and material possession. Most of us are obsessed with things of the world; we seek pleasures of the senses which makes the life superficial and without meaning.

 
One of the quotes of Swami Vivekananda says, “Happiness, we see, is what everyone is seeking; but the majority seeks in things which are evanescent and not real. No happiness was ever found in the senses. There never was a person who found happiness in the senses or in the enjoyment of the senses. Happiness is only found in spirit” which clearly avers that spiritualism brings out the positive mind in a person. Spiritual experience alone can give us permanent happiness.

 
It might not be possible to devote our selves to spiritualism but at least it can be practiced to the extent it is possible for us, and if we can do so it definitely will help us to think positive and this positivity will surface our success without any barriers. Let us not indulge into negativity and let our mind and soul be free under the sky to enjoy the life that we live just once. Think about it!

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