Nowadays there seems to be a crisis, disappointment & conflict of duality at every step of life. How do we deal with this? How do we prevent the self from becoming pessimistic or disheartened? Today the great modern disease of human consciousness is all about looking outward to find means to derive happiness without examining inner self, the values, attitudes and motives; relying and depending more on the external signals & hoping for the best. However, in practicality life cannot be created with such hopes, as there are no short cuts to achieve happiness. In today’s world no individual and nothing can create a permanent state of well-being within us, as it is our prerogative and responsibility. The external factors can contribute, guide and inspire us but ultimately our life is what we make out of it. True happiness or a lack of it does not come from external things but from what is inside oneself. For example, money is not the means to happiness nor is it the cause of one’s unhappiness. In reality it is our own attitudes and values that determine the use or misuse of external instruments, whether that is money, a person, an event or an object.
A life that has value and is worthy of living is only possible when there is a reflective examination through which there can be illuminating change. so, to reorient our consciousness, we would require a consciousness based on self-knowledge i.e. the knowledge of the spiritual self which creates self-respect and a positivity, enabling us to gain a right perspective on life which in turn would help us to deal with any kind of negativity in a balanced and less painful way. Accordingly, with positivity we experience inner strength to cope with external issues affecting the sense of balance in our life. When we are more positive towards self, obviously we would express the same attitude towards others and in all situations.
Inner strength also comes when we interact with others in such a way that love, peace and happiness are honestly expressed and experienced. The pivotal point is “honesty” because there cannot be a sense of fulfilment through falsehood, imitation or duality expressed through attitude. Hence the need of the hour is to live a life based on “Eternal Spiritual Principles” that would allow us to keep a positive attitude towards the self and others, thereby making our life a joyful rather than conflicting or a bundle of confusion. Spirituality is not a system or technique of worship or ritual, it is in essence, knowing how to lead a life, and through this knowing there is happiness. A spiritual person is the one who has found that spark of eternal reference within, which gives him or her not only deep contentment but also a sense of purpose.
The first prerequisite for spirituality is a life that functions appropriately and thinks and cares about one’s self in most decent way. Thinking and caring about one’s self in inappropriate way creates too much dependence on others, too many needs, too many demands, too much possessiveness. So the right way to proceed is to first examine one self and then acknowledge the positive & the negative traits within us. By doing so, we get the courage to change whatever needs to be transformed without any kind of fear and, without pretense. The basis of successful change for betterment is to understand the attitudes, feelings and motives which drives us for the change by accepting the original positivity of the self, the immortal goodness of the soul. It is this goodness of the self ,that forms the foundation of our dignity as human beings. The expression of this original goodness in our life is what is called divinity which makes us truly human. So let us awaken the expression of the divine within us to live a fulfilling joyful life amidst all chaos & crisis around.