Among all the planets in the solar system, the earth is privileged to host life in many forms. Among all the species on the earth, humans are most privileged, as they can host knowledge. One is repeatedly reminded that within the human is also hosted the creator. Those who do not realize that they host the creator within themselves are underprivileged. Yet, they also host, but they host all the negativities.
The body exists with the sole purpose of making you aware of how beautiful you are and to also make you realize that it is possible to live all the values you cherish and believe in. It also exists to create a world of divinity around you. Like the birds that return to their nests no matter where they fly to, it is important for the human to return too. Only then can you realize that you host the creator.
When a part of the body is stimulated, there will be pleasure. When your soul is stimulated, there will be love. Love has no end, but pleasure ends sooner or later. Often people equate pleasure with love. Only the lucky few truly understand the distinction between pleasure and love. Taste stimulates the tongue, music stimulates the ears and sight stimulates the eyes. And what stimulates the soul? Spiritual practices - Saadhanaa and Satsang - stimulate the soul! All one needs in life is stimulation of the soul. Even a faint idea of how to do that keeps life going. Every other stimulus is superficial and on the surface. The stimulus of the soul energizes and the stimulus of the body brings tiredness. Every stimulus should lead you to the Self.
Desire, awareness of the Self and action are all manifestations of the same energy that is you. At any given point of time, one of these three will dominate in the person. When you have lots of desires, you are not aware of the Self and awareness of the Self will be at its lowest. Thatís why all philosophers around the world have always advocated renunciation and the dropping of desires. When there is awareness, happiness dawns. When desire dominates, it leads to stress and sorrow. When actions dominate, there will be restlessness and disease. When your actions and desires are sincerely directed to the Divine or to the welfare of society, then the consciousness is automatically elevated, and knowledge of the Self will be attained.
When you love something, you have a sense of belongingness with it. When love is cast over the entire creation, then you are the Big Self. That is the Lordship. When no Sanchit Karm (past impressions) is left, the Self shines through. And this becomes very obvious in the presence of the Guru. But all those qualities that you appreciate in a Guru are also in your very nature. Being with the Guru is like being with oneís higher self. Guru, God and oneís own self are synonymous. Often one recognizes wisdom but sees a gap between wisdom and oneís own life. The purpose of becoming a disciple is to bridge that gap. Respecting the Guru simply means honoring your innermost nature.
[From Art of Living Universe]
Created by Sushma Gupta on 5/9/09
Updated on 12/08/11