Why most people approach various Swamijis to have mental solace and more prosperity in their life and follow the Swamiji's advice to achieve all this in an easy way, when God is there in the universe to redress them. Is it due to fear in life or anything? Are all Swamijis all incarnation of God. Please clarify. – R Rengan
When our Self-knowledge or belief is low and the Path to a happy life is not clear, each one of us needs a Preceptor or Guide or Guru. It is very clear that there are Gurus of various types and each one of us has to choose the most appropriate person to follow.
The ideal situation could be where there is complete Self-Awareness and this would mean that one would find always the right person / event / circumstance leading one on the correct path. However, when in Ignorance and when we have a doubt or fear, it is ideal to find a Guru or Guide who will lead us to the right path. Since all of us have God within us, a Swamiji is as much an incarnation of God as we are, the difference could be whether he has realized the Truth and experienced It. However, irrespective of how the other person is, if we have a complete faith and trust in another - his / her words of advise, then we can be sure that what actions we take in full faith and trust is the action that is meant to be taken irrespective of the result of that action, i.e. whether it leads to what we want as an outcome. Therefore, what matters is not whether one seeks advise from another out of fear or other motives but the sincerity and faith we have in the other person's words.
While dealing with certain issues in life, I feel very confident and comfortable, but in certain other areas I experience a total lack of confidence. Should we focus to overcome our limitations and aim to become a perfect human? Or, is it better to stick to our strengths alone and avoid the hurdles (since we are weak in tackling such issues)?
When can we say that our life is complete/perfect/total/successful? Does the term “Saturation” has to do anything with life? Kindly give your opinion on the saying “To live a man's life”. – Arun Kumar V
This is a very practical question and I may not be the right person to answer this. However, as a general point, we can say that every weakness or limitation is something we have allowed to be imposed on ourselves. Rather than judge by the outcome alone, one needs to look at the process and how one has approached a situation.
In practical life, it may be ideal initially to focus on our areas of strength and grow them till they are well embedded and many in number. However, if it is required for one's evolution, one will be made to face circumstances which will require one to move out of one's limitations.
It is at this time that our courage, perseverance and most importantly willingness to face even negative consequences will enable one to evolve quickly. In short, if possible we can try to stick to our strengths initially but when circumstances demand every effort should be made to evolve out of our limitations without fear of the outcomes.
A very simple answer to second part of the question would be when one is always Happy and making others happy to the extent possible as well. As we go along, we may need to define Happiness but for now we can say the ideal state is when one is permanently Happy. (Bliss)
I am not able to understand the context of how saturation is brought in here. For now, I would say if in reference to desires we never reach that stage and even in reference to Happiness, one may only reach that stage when in Bliss always.
Always, every word can have a meaning only in context, so ‘to live a man's life' in the normal context may mean to achieve something, be successful (and seen so by others) etc. in the spiritual context, a human being has the choice to use all the faculties in their command to turn inward and therefore it may mean to exercise this choice.
Is 'being spiritual' an experience or an orchestration of one's approach/behavior through comprehension of spirituality as a concept? You refer it as an experience and at the same time there are expressions which are suggestive of how one ought to be.
When you said exercise is for the body and meditation is for the mind, more so to go beyond the mind; what lies beyond the mind? Do we need a Guru when we set off on a spiritual pursuit? – Shobhana
The presence and awareness of the Spirit within has got to be only experienced as has been rightly stated. However, many of us are in different stages of Ignorance of that Spirit Within and therefore a sharing of the path chosen by one to evolve to Awareness of the Spirit can help others decide what practices or even path they want to follow in case they are interested to pursue experiencing the Unknowable. In fact, the Upanishad clearly says ‘That which cannot be understood by the Mind or described by words'. Therefore, words or articles are only experience or observations being stated in words and it is up to the reader/listener to practice & try and experience for oneself.
Beyond the Mind, there are two stages i.e. the All experiencing Over Mind and above that would be the Spirit within us. However, a practical answer which all of us can experience (even if only for a few seconds / minutes) would be Happiness of different levels which would be Bliss when we are anchored firmly in the Spirit. Finally, I do not know but I think that all of these may still need to be recognized through the Brain and the nervous system.
Therefore the Brain and the Mind should not be confused (one is the instrument which recognizes the experience and the other is a state of consciousness).
I think I tried to explain this part of your question in one of my earlier articles titled ‘Practical Life and Spiritual Path'.
There may be a few who will reach the goal on their own but in most cases a Guru or more relevant to modern times, a Guide is needed to enable one progress without too many doubts on the spiritual path. I can say that once our aspiration to follow a spiritual path arises and strengthens, the right persons will come to guide us. It is not necessary that these persons need to be ordained as Gurus (by ourselves or others or by themselves!) but what is important is, that person must have experienced Happiness through the path he/she guides one in.
My question is how to overcome fear and attain the will and is there any mantra for overcoming the fear which is already inhibited in the mind. Will it affect the mind and the whole body? – Venkateswaran S
There seems to be unfortunately no quick-fix solution to develop the Will and overcome our limitations.
The first and foremost requirement is to have a strong Aspiration to change, not worry about why we are not different but rather, have complete faith that things will change when the time is right. Till then, keep attempting to overcome and whenever there is a failure, pray to the Lord of our choice with more fervour and devotion.
The other method could be to force the situation by acting (if at all possible) but if done without preparation, the fear may bounce back with renewed vigour later. One practical way is to meditate, calm oneself and keep the Mind as quiet as possible. During that time the Mind would realize it has no room for fear and the possibility of that being a permanent state may arise.
If the question is whether fear affects the body (Mind it does as we can see), in normal cases only through increased stress, but if excessive it cannot but affect as both Mind and the Body are totally interrelated.