What Holds us Back from Fully Manifesting our Potentialities?

A human being as an embodied soul is not as insignificant as he thinks himself to be. He is the highly evolved creation on earth of the Supreme Creator. Not only does he stand at the head of all other creatures, his achievements are also amazingly extraordinary. Nature’s wealth lies at his feet.

The animal kingdom is under his control. His bodily configuration is not only unique but his senses are also richly endowed with qualities of spreading joy and bliss all around. There is no other creature who has got such a unique body.

His mental faculty is marvellously creative. Where other creatures can think of only self-preservation, a human mind is capable of making the best use of the present by learning from the events of the past and planning the future. He is endowed with two invaluable gifts of spirituality and science, which make him capable of accessing anything in the mundane and the divine worlds. With these unique gifts of the

Creator, considering oneself to be insignificant is ridiculous.

The cause of this sense of inadequacy and insignificance is lack of willpower.

Due to lack of self-confidence, a person tries to seek the help of others in order to solve his problems, to get rid of his difficulties and to avail of favourable opportunities. But who has the time to rush for his help?

One gets success in one’s aim only when one stands on one’s own feet and, believing in one’s own capabilities, tries to move forward resolutely with the available resources and intelligence. It must be clearly understood that the willpower is the greatest force in this world. It is a superbly powerful magnet, which attracts every desired object towards itself.


Know Thyself

It is but natural to enquire about the name, village, address, etc. of a person with whom one has to travel or whom one has to accompany for some time. This acquaintance gives freedom from worry and at the same time paves the way for depending on mutual help in emergencies. A total stranger looks suspicious. Ones own entity always remains with oneself. Its physical and mental aspects are so close that they remain with the self round the clock whether one is awake or asleep. Wife is called by many epithets like life partner, better half of the husband, two bodies-one consciousness, etc. but, she too remains with the husband for a few hours that too at some distance from him.

Children come near once in a while for specific purposes but they are considered ones very own and one has to share their pleasures and pains.

A person is always worried about the future of his children and, as far as possible, plans ahead for it. It is strange that our inseparable instruments of expression like the body and the mind, which are always there with us, are neglected by us. Seldom one enquires about their purpose.

The soul has embodied itself in the material plane with some purpose. Do we understand the purpose and consciously and resolutely pursue it? Whenever a bungalow or a vehicle is given to an officer, he is told that these are to be used for official purposes and not for personal work.

If any officer defaults and rents out a portion of his bungalow or uses his vehicle for private purposes, it would be considered immoral and willful infringement of the rules for personal gain and will attract suitable punishment. Human life is precious. It is a unique, artistic creation of the Creator. Such a boon is not available to any other creature on the earth. No other creature is endowed with the faculty like the human intellect, or with two hands with ten fingers that can be creatively and dexterously used? Which other creatures have the ability to stand erect and walk on two feet? Who is capable of earning their livelihood and accumulating the surplus for later use? Which other creature uses clothes and houses? Who else other than man possesses the wisdom to develop an organized family and social order? Whose senses possess such sensitivity? Who possesses the intricately fashioned living garment like the human body?

The fact that a human being has been blessed with special faculties sets him apart from other creatures. Thus it becomes evident that human life has been given to us for some specific purpose willed by God.

We must concentrate on clearly understanding this purpose and then live life in the light of our true identity as a spark of Divinity. If appropriate efforts are not made to know our true selves through the special faculties and instruments gifted to us for this search by our Creator and we squander away these divine gifts in sense-gratification, it would be a betrayal of our spiritual inheritance leading to endless suffering and pain. In order to get started on this pilgrimage of self-discovery, we will have to wake up out of the stupor of self-forgetfulness  Maya.

Here is what Mahayogi Sri Aurobindo has said about self-effort in the path of self-discovery in his marvelously inspiring words: “In all that is done in the universe, the Divine through his Shakti is behind all action but he is veiled by his Yoga Maya and works through the ego of the jiva in the lower nature. In yoga also it is the Divine who is the sadhak and the sadhana; It is his Shakti with her light, power, knowledge, consciousness, Anand, acting upon the adhara and, when it is opened to her, pouring into it with these divine forces that makes the sadhana possible. But, so long as the lower nature is active the personal effort of the sadhak remains necessary.

The personal effort required is a triple labor of aspiration, rejection and surrender- an aspiration, vigilant, constant, unceasing- the minds will, the hearts seeking, the assent of the vital being, the will to open and make plastic the physical consciousness and nature; rejection of the movements of the lower nature- rejection of the minds ideas, opinions, preferences, habits, constructions, so that the true knowledge may find free room in a silent mind,- rejection of the vital natures desires, demands, cravings, sensations, passions, selfishness, pride, arrogance, lust, greed, jealousy, envy, hostility to the Truth, so that the true power and joy may pour from above into a calm, large, strong and consecrated vital being, – rejection of the physical natures stupidity, doubt , disbelief, obscurity, obstinacy, pettiness, laziness, unwillingness to change, tamas, so that the true stability of Light, Power, Anand may establish itself in a body growing always more divine; surrender of oneself and all one is and has and every plane of the consciousness and every movement of the Divine and the Shakti. In proportion as the surrender and self consecration progress the sadhak becomes conscious of the divine shakti doing the sadhana, pouring into him more and more of herself, founding in him the freedom and perfection of the divine nature.

The more this conscious process replaces his own effort the more rapid and true becomes his progress but it cannot completely replace the necessity of personal effort until the surrender and consecration are pure and complete from top to bottom. Note that a tamasic surrender refusing to fulfill the condition and calling on God to do everything and save one all the trouble and struggle is a deception and does not lead to freedom and perfection.” (From: The Mother p.8-11) ________________________________ When American philosopher Thoreau was on his deathbed, his aunt came to meet him. She asked whether he had apologized to God for his sins and whether he had prayed for peace.

Thoreau smiled and said that he had never in his life diverted from the path of righteousness, as far as he remembered and that he had never infringed the Divine principles, hence there was no reason for him to tender an apology to God.

Source: AWGP

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Some Thoughts on Religion and Spirituality

  • Spirituality is the science of consciousness; and religion is the art of living.

  • Spirituality is the ‘knowledge’ aspect of creation; and religion is the ‘activity’ aspect of it.

  • Spirituality is idealism; and religion is the method of imbibing it in real life.

  • Spirituality leads to self-realization; and religion shows the way to attain it.

  • The focus of spirituality is the Supreme Spirit; and that of religion is the individual soul.

  • Religion is the sadhana (ritualistic modes / methods / traditions) of uplifting the human consciousness. The ultimate aim of all the methods of sadhana is same.

  • Religion is a sky which is open to all to fly in their own way irrespective of caste, color, creed, nationality, etc.

Those, who know the essence of spirituality and follow the righteous path of religion, are sure to achieve the boons of peace and prosperity at the individual level; and contribute to social harmony at large.

– Pandit Shriram Sharma Acharya

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Buddha Quote

Buddha Quote

The mind is everything.

What you think you become.