Once a dog walked in to a room of mirrors, it looked at its own reflections in the mirrors surrounding it and thought it was being attacked by many dogs. It became frantic and started attacking the dogs in the mirror, it tiered itself in the act and fell unconscious.
After a while a man walked in to the room, he looked at his reflection in the mirror, saw his reflection and casually corrected his hair, saw the poor dog and took it out in to the open.
Each one of us knows that the person we see in the mirror is just a reflection. We fail to grasp the fact that the whole world we live in is just a reflection of our own self a projection of our senses. The happiness we feel is just reflective happiness and the sadness is also just a projection of our thoughts, prejudices and perspectives.
A wise man knows this and focus on realizing the true self by diverting his energy to his inner self using meditation, there lies the true happiness.
The tongue has two primary functions one is to help us to express our thoughts and the other is to enable us taste the food. Controlling tongue is very important as it plays major role in the soul development as mentioned in the ancient Scriptures.
We need nutrients is to live and perform our daily activities,and the stomach really does not care how they taste. But the tongue craves for the various tastes and says “No admission with out my permission“.This leads to unnecessary craving there by becoming slave to the sense of taste.Diet plays a key role in spiritual growth.The major goal of any spiritual practice is for the mind to conquer all the sensory organs.
Gandhiji in one of his speech said that there is lot of air and water around us.But we only breathe and drink what we need.But when it comes to food,why don’t we do same?
Adi Sankaracharya in his scriptures said that every day we get a disease called hunger and we should treat with a medicine called food implying that we should eat only the amount we require.
Conquering sense organs is not easy .It requires daily Introspection and Meditation.
A student once asked his master Swami Vivekananda what was Lord Krishna first suggestion to depressed and worried Arjuna among the entire Bagavathgeeta ?
Swami Vivekananda told that Lord Krishna’s first suggestion was Fearlessness.He first asked Arjuna to get up and stop crying.He said that the mental weakness is the worst thing that a man can have as it drives a person into vicious circle of thoughts there by leading person to failure.
So the brain focuses on the infinite worst probabilities which will never happen instead of focusing on the solution to the problem at hand.When ever fear arises in our mind,we have already half failed.So he said that not to get scared and resume further with positive attitude and Joy.
This suggestion is not only for Arjuna but for every individual.One needs to apply this in our everyday lives .
Have you ever seen a native Rajesthani dancer, dancing while a pot filled with water rests on her head?
She moves gracefully, bends, jumps and lights her face up with a lot of expressions but underneath all that show she has utmost concentration on the pot of water which rests on her head. While she does everything to please the audience, her focus is on not to spill a drop of water.
In our everyday life we balance so many things, our family, social obligations, personal goals etc. while we do all those to be the social animal ,our ultimate focus should be on the almighty, in realizing the divinity with in us.
As the great saying goes “hands in the society, head in the forest”.
Idea from a speech about Sri Sankaracharya.
The golden rule of travel, “less luggage, makes a travel more pleasure”, very much applies to our journey called life, with our final destiny is to reunite with divinity.
While on this important journey we should minimize our luggage comprising of worldly pleasures, bodily pleasures and fancies of our mind. When we succeed in doing so we are left with our Atman, the source of infinite bliss.
Once a gentleman was walking on a river bank, he noticed a fish which fell out of the water. The fish was thrashing, the gentleman had a kind heart so he picked up the fish and took it home. In his house he tucked the fish in his bed and gave it some juice to drink, the fish died.
We are like the fish in the above story, who have fallen out of our union with god, we should strive to reunite with the divine and realize our true nature. All the momentary pleasures are like the juice in the above story which would not help us reach our destiny.
Between stimulus and response,there is a space.In that space lies our freedom and our power to choose our response.In our response lies our growth and our happiness.What a meditative mind does is to increase that space for us.