24 Jan 2023
In Indian culture, there are four goals in the life of every person, which are called Purushartha – Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha.
In Indian culture, there are four goals in the life of every person, which are called Purushartha – Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha. Of these four, Moksha is considered the most sacred and important. The ultimate aim of every person's life is the attainment of salvation.
That's why life has no goal of its own, every goal is created and painted by our mind, we like to think and dream of a time in future which would be happy, pleasant and very joyful in our mind. But the truth is that future is never in Now. And the dream of the future remains the dream.
Because, actually we are thinking about that time which has not come yet, it is not yet present. The future is in our mind, and always remains in the mind. In reality, we experience only the present moment. Mind either exists in the past or in the future. But in now, only awareness and experience exists.
From the spiritual point of view, there are no goals and objectives of life ever. We get only the moments of the present, and if we are in the moment, in the present, this can be the goal of our life. Only then we will be able to be centered in ourselves and attain the state of pure witnessing the changing scenes of life, So that the infinite energy of the senses can flourish in us and life can reach its original source, living in the present is the basic essence of life. But because of our mind, we tend to live only on the surface or the circumference, because of all the banter we can’t move towards the source which is the center. Our five senses multiply into millions of perceptions and these perceptions give us a merry-go around. Because there are multitude of stimulations which vary from high-low, good-bad, exciting-depressing, pain-pleasure etc. our mind keeps wandering and is in the constant state of flux. This becomes a whirlpool of complexities.
Our shastras and shastris have pointed moksh and nirvana which means liberation and salvation… as the only purpose of this life. So obviously, only purpose becomes the ultimate goal. This is where mankind has missed out in its interpretation. When moksh and niravana become your desire and aspiration, the question of freedom from desire and aspiration stares strongly in our face without solution in sight.
“SATYA” – it can neither be understood by reading shastras or learned from shastris. Satya the truth has to be SELF-REALISED. It cannot be learned, it can only be experienced.
Knowledge out of experience gets deep-rooted, deep-seated, in our blood-bone-marrow. Self realization of TRUTH through the process of life, living every moment seamlessly to the fullest, and the string of awareness of all the moments lived in heightened state of wakefulness is the inner awakening.
“JAAGRUTI”, “SAJAKTA”, “AANTRIK BODH” itself translate into MOKSH and NIRVANA. So remember the desire of liberation and salvation itself will take you away from it.
Upanishads and Tao-Te-Ching point towards dissolving totally in every moment of life and becoming “KAIVALYA” – The absolute. This oneness, wholeness and being integrated freeze you from discrimination and dimensions. No high and lows, black and white, weak and strong, happy and sad etc.
Lao Tzu says in the Tao: Arrive without moving. If you want to rise above, then take the lowest position, even the biggest journey is decided by walking one step at a time. Here, I would like to write Gautama Buddha’s insights, “STOP” disrupt the pattern of mindless moment of life bring the awareness to the present moment, time and time again.
One Russian philosopher George Gurdjieff, had introduce an activity based on this philosophy…STOP-STATUE! Freezing in the moment, one thus discontinuing from pre-conditioned psychological patterns of behaviour and neutralizing the past. This sets one on the course of Here-Now. Being and Becoming, giving rise to DHARMA- ARTHA and KAMA. And you will be surprised constant practice of this also dissolves our KLESHAS. Because Kleshas are nothing but living our lives driven by the shadows of our past, feelings, emotions memories and habbits. And for the longer period one remains in the STOP position or PAUSE position cutting of all activity and shutting of all senses…itself is liberating.
The only religion of Mankind should be freedom – liberation – and have an objective less individuality. The known and the knower should be one phenomena and one should be completely alive in the process of knowing. This delivers us from the circles of life, from the circus of life and from the suffering of life. So being an indivisible Duality which we call, “THE INDIVIDUAL” is the way forward. The path of the pathless is the path of ultimate way.
LIBERTY INITIALIZED…MANKIND MICKEYMIZED!!!
Published in The Speaking Tree