Need of Wisdom Revolution for Spiritual Awakening The human being who is the ansha of the All-Intelligent

Supreme Being, has got and entangled in the worldly objects. He has forgotten the “True Objective of Life”, to reach a permanent state of utmost happiness by attaining direct communion with the Creator of the Universe. As long as the activities of mind are not brought under the control the spiritual awakening of higher order is not attained. A Wisdom Revolution is mandatory to build a Wisdom Society which operates on the principles of true religion, better worldliness and Brotherhood of man and fatherhood of God, wherein every individual progresses toward the True Objective of Life. This is world is a place of action where it is necessary that there should be pairs of opposites. There are two roads in human body, one takes us towards the Abode of Supreme Lord and other leads towards hell. We are free to proceed on whatever path we like. Spirit of man, after coming down from its Abode has been ensnared in three gunas (attributes) – Satogun, Rajogun, Tamogun, five tattvas (elements) – earth, water, fire, air and ether and four Antahkarans – mind, intelligence, understanding and ego and ten organs of sense – five of perception (eye, nose, ear, tongue, touch or skin) and five of action (hands, feet, mouth, organ of generation and organ of excretion) and it has been so bound down with the body and things connected herewith so it is difficult to get separated. These three gunas are visible in people around viz. those who lack sense (or Tamasik), those who have no proper sense (or Rajasik) those who have good sense (or Saatvik). Those who are Tamasik live their life like vaga bonds. They have no set object of life, nor do they care to make themselves happy. They lie down wherever they choose. They feel happy if they get food; if they get no food they feel miserable. In short they wander about in the world. Those who are Rajasik construct houses for themselves but every thing in the house is topsy turvy. Whatever leisure they have, they spend it in places of entertainment and they spend greater part of their income in useless things and lead a life of trouble and misery. Those who are Saatvik have good sense do everything in a systematic manner and always keep in view the object of their life. They work during the day and at night they rest at home. They do hundreds of things and yet they have time and leisure at their disposal and they have minimum anxieties and worries. A combination of these three guna also make a variety of personalities and characters. A true Saatvik person keeps his heart clean and pure. He thinks that things of the world are transient and of no value and puts them away in a corner. He discharges all his duties and yet his mind is always unruffled. As the lamp of love remains always lighted in his heart, there is no darkness within him at any time. He uses the broom of the holy name now and then, and so there is no trance of dust or dirt to be seen within him anywhere. If he gets an opportunity, he discharges his duties involving great responsibility, but he never appears to be worried. Thousands come to him and thousands go away, but he always remains detached and unaffected. At the time of leisure, he thinks of Holy Feet of Supreme Lord instead of playing with dogs and cats and instead of going to places of entertainment, he tries to see vision on higher planes of consciousness within his own self. Thus Tamasik and Rajasik people have forgotten the “Objective of Life” and are entangled in the worldly objects. While the Saatvik persons know the real or true objective of life as to reach the permanent state of utmost happiness and freedom from the difficulties, troubles and sorrows of this world by attaining direct communion with the Creator of the Universe. The social system or the human world is nothing but a mass of psychological defenses like pride, anger, competition, social status, victimization etc. which

protect one in blindness, the blindness that results from an ignorance of soul or spirit. In this modern social system, human beings have lost the sense for spiritual health due to influence of social needs and desire for diversity. Psychological defense mechanisms allow psychological strategies which are used by individuals to cope with reality and to maintain self-image intact. It’s all too easy to misunderstand life by confusing acceptance with tolerance, pride with holiness, and sensuality with holy love. And with the loss of spiritual health many of us today have also discarded the concept of sin—that is, that functional narcissism in all of us which serves the self, rather than others. So, instead of making life’s decisions according to personal responsibility, one makes decisions according to personal convenience. In the middle of the 19th century when psychology began, the concurrency of psychology was the study of the soul. The soul was seen as having a spiritual element and a mental and a physical element. An interesting study was done by psychologists in the 1980’s. As they questioned, to what extent are they open to humanistic ideas? It humanized psychology. It helped create a counterpoint to the animalistic models that were coming out of Behaviorism and the very pessimistic view of human nature that was coming out of Psychoanalytic thought. Maslow identified states of being called ‘peak experiences’ wherein people often have spiritual experiences. He deemed them important features of human existence. Maslow’s basic premise was that religiousness is central to the human psyche. According to David Schmit, there exists a correlation between people who have religious and spiritual beliefs and mental health and physical health. Further, he says that people who have powerful spiritual, religious values, etc. are often times physically healthier than those that don’t. For these individuals, spirituality is a living, breathing presence in their life. It’s inexplicable, it’s powerful, it’s potent, and it’s healing. So the result is they are happier and healthier! Thus, Spiritual development has close relationship with health and happiness of any person. George Bernard Shaw made a brilliant discovery: “a spiritual life is also a practical life”. Therefore, if one value spirituality, what do he have to lose? Mediocrity. What do he have to gain? Everything. The individual gets the impression of this world through the senses of eye, nose, ear, tongue and touch which give birth to intentions. The impressions on the personality also include the spiritual values one gets from observing people, following a specific religion. These intentions are prioritized based on the charterer type and triggers thoughts. Thoughts lead to broader vision and selflessness and quality of actions one takes. These actions can improve the quality of the person and the attitude and thus the reaction to the action can result in improvement of the personality. The people of the world consider worldly progress and comforts as the object of the life and have turned away their faces from spiritual practices. Meat and wine, which are great obstructions in the performance of spiritual practices, became their normal diet with the result that in spite of there being such great prosperity and pomp and show, there is so much restlessness and unhappiness. Generally desires rule over mind. As long as the activities of mind are not brought under the control or stopped and consciousness of higher order is not attained by human being, the success in spiritual practices cannot be achieved. This status of higher order consciousness can only be achieved by bringing changes within oneself by destroying the consciousness of low order so that the spirit is freed from the covers of materialism and attains self-realisation. One of the main reasons for lack of spiritual awakening of people in the society today is absence of any acceptable religion. A primary reason for the split between religion and spirituality is the increasing dissatisfaction and anger at

organized religion. While there are both healthy and unhealthy forms of organized religion, it is not surprising that so many people have upset at organized religion given the atrocities which have occurred by religious groups in the past. Furthermore, many of these atrocities have been highly publicized by the media; often in less than favorable light. However, it is still problematic to generalize the sins of some organized religion to all religious groups. Religion has become a business. People generally like such religions and religious teachings which may help them in the fulfillment of their worldly desires. When man has wealth he becomes indifferent about the True Objective of Life. One feels that everything can be achieved with the help of money. Thus it is extremely difficult to make rich people agree to make an effort to control their mind and senses and to engage in spiritual practice. The religion of the world generally speaks of both, the attachment with worldly objects and of deliverance that is Parmaratha, in fact, mostly with the objects of the world. Religion has also become associated with rigidity, fundamentalism, and definitive claims at ultimate truth. Often, this gets further associated with the judgment, hate, and anger of some of these groups. As we move into the postmodern era, many people have become increasingly suspect of claims of ultimate truth and groups seeking positions of power and authority. Again, these trends are both healthy and unhealthy. It seems rational and healthy to have some caution about groups seeking power and claims of ultimate truth, particularly following many of abuses of power which have occurred in the recent past. Religion is increasingly used to referred to the more structured and corporal aspects of faith or belief. For some, this would be may primarily be related to organized religion. For other, it may refer more broadly to the systematic or structured aspect of faith. This would include systematic theology, rituals and traditions, and views on morality and ethics. Spirituality, conversely, is typically referring to the more relational and experiential aspects of faith or belief. For many people spirituality is closely connected with religious belief, as discussed above. For others, they work hard to as much as possible distinguish the relational and experiential components of religious belief. However, as Martin Marty (see above) and Paul Tillich have addressed, if religion is viewed as the organized or structured aspects of faith, spirituality cannot be completely separated from religion. They are related to each other and spirituality would tend to flow from religion. They can be distinguished, but not separated. To fully separate religion from spirituality, they must be defined more specifically. This typically occurs by using religion to refer to more traditional approaches to religion (Christianity, Islam, Judaism, etc.) while view spirituality as referring to the more emergent trends in religion and spirituality. At other times, religion is used more broadly to include any organized approaches to religion, while spirituality is referred to personal process of faith or belief which are kept separate from any particular governing organization. Today, for most people, Spirituality and religion are much more confusing than they used to be. Through time, these terms have evolved to be used very differently than how they were traditionally used. More than likely, they will continue to change with time. For religious professionals, professionals who work with religious/spiritual people and people who are religious/spiritual, these trends can be particularly important. Spiritual awakening enables ability to commune with the Creator of the Universe,

The Supreme Lord by development of the spiritual faculties. This is possible only by following the Path of Devotion under the guidance of True Guide, who has attained that ability. True peace cannot be attained merely as a result of the fulfillment of one’s worldly desires, nor through engagement in charitable activities, nor even by reducing the number of desires, nor by turning away from the world. Human gets peace only when he gives up selfishness and shares the joy of others. True peace is attained when one’s spiritual faculties are awakened. Such peace goes on increasing day by day with spiritual practices till a state of perfect peace is reached when no desire for anything or for any experience or any condition is left. A True Religion teaches that highest aim of life for man is the attainment of true peace and freedom or liberty i.e. man should decide that his spirit should attain complete freedom from the bonds of body and mind when this state is attained then there is no pain or suffering of any kind would touch that person. He becomes absolutely free from all physical and mental troubles i.e. hunger, thirst, sickness, old age, desire, anger, greed, attachment etc. Also he has no desire left for anything else. To attain this condition, one should surrender himself to or become the disciple of a person who has attained this status, and follow His instructions. The religion of Saints deals only with deliverance that is secret and glory of the Lord and it describes the mode of reaching His Holy feet by performing the practice of Spiritual Sound Meditation. That person alone can attach proper importance to Parmaratha (True Objective of Life) whose receptacle is sufficiently large and who is always wide awake and who is not affected by the feelings of worldly loss and gain and whose heart is always filled with yearning for the vision of Supreme Lord. Human can understand the True Objective of Life only when the Supreme Lord showers His Special Grace on him. The person thinks about this only when he turns away from the world because of his old deeds and seeks betterment. The person who desires to have grace of the Lord should behave with truth and honesty with Him. The easiest and most effective way to obtain the Grace of the Supreme Lord is to offer thanks in all sincerity now and then, for the grace and mercy received in the past. As soon as one thinks of the past mercies and wishes to thank the Lord, his mind sincerely becomes humble, his connection with Supreme Lord gets internally established. To get success in spirituality what one need is : a. the special grace of Supreme Lord, b. real interest and eagerness to achieve the object and c. he must have the help of True Satguru. To improve the state, one should bear in mind the following: 1. One should not take food prepared by everybody or food touched by everybody. Food produces a great effect on one’s body and mind. Should take care that people whose ideas and actions are bad and people who are dirty do not touch, see or cook your food. 2. One should associate with those people who are superior and who are trying to further improve themselves. In their association one should be able to cover the distance of months within days. 3. One should perform spiritual practices, daily, to enable the awakening of dormant spiritual faculties; on getting success all your weaknesses and complaints will be removed.

The above needs can be fulfilled when wisdom is available. The present society which is sufferings from these ups and downs of sorrow and happiness and searching for the ways of getting rid of the sorrows to achieve state of continuous happiness will have to under go a “Wisdom Revolution”. The Wisdom Revolution in the society is necessary to remove all sorts of misconceptions from the minds of the people around the world. The Wisdom Revolution would transform the prevailing thinking strategy and the state of mind of all individuals in the world, from the state of ignorance to know the right and wrong in absolute terms to the state of total clarity as to what is right and what is wrong[4]. The transformation to the state of Wisdom Society has to follow a path of systematic approach of development of all individuals in the society through enrichment of knowledge, adherence to cohesive social goals, complete truthfulness leading to development of the social ethics and moral values. For instance, the basic concepts of living, working and social and individual development must be transformed to a state highest level where every member of the society respect each other and have perfect coordination in thought and action. Ideally, this process of transformation would be such that there is total active support in all the activities and there is no resistance from any individual or group in the society. To achieve the status of a Wisdom Society, the members of the society would be willing to adopt the new concepts and will be ready for any change in their present philosophy about the life. The Wisdom Society formulates a set of recommended actions, as listed in Table -1, to reach the state where every member of the society is satisfied with his daily routine as well as progressing internally as an individual towards the Real Objective of his life i.e. to reach a purest state where any entity, activity of this world and his personal ills and deficiencies do not trouble him in his communication with the All mighty. This will lead to absolute synergy of thought and attainment of Real Objective by all the people in the society. Table - 1 A member lives a self-governed, strictly disciplined life full of self – sacrifice, always ready for service of others with hard sustained work and behaves with utmost calm and is considerate, truthful and industrious. Each member is early riser, economical and conserves time, energy, thought, wealth, food and clothing etc., that is, everything important. Thus, A Wisdom Society enables all individuals, carry the same real objective of achieving a state of absolute contentment and real happiness by achieving a form of Purified Human, free from bondages of the worldly joys and sorrows, felt by the senses of body and the mind. To achieve this real objective, all the members of the society perform every routine activity of life, which is necessary to survive in this world, without any attachment for any object or entity of the world. Once, the transformation of the Wisdom Society is complete, all the individuals in the Society will be able to achieve the Real Objective of Life.

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