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One of the biggest challenge facing us and the future generations is that of global warming & limitless plundering of natural resources by mankind. All this is due to excessive consumption on part of all of us. In a recent Kaya Kalp retreat at Katarkhadak, Guruji Rishi Prabhakar praised the virtue of a simple life. He even attributed the economic recession in the world to the excessive greed of the people of USA. I chose to investigate into this aspect of excessive consumption. Why we consume excessively ? Let us say that there resides an individual GOD ( or a NOBODY) within the confines of the human flesh. It is this GOD (or a NOBODY) which is the only worthwhile reference point. This is the point where all our identifications should converge. However, that which is the closest is easiest to miss. We thereby fail to identify with this reference point. We end up identifying with all things external. All our consumption is only a manifestation of such everincreasing external identifications. Why we shouldnt consume beyond certain justified needs ? There is a reason why renunciation or simplicity has been the very spine of Indian philosophy. A big part of Indian philosophy is based on the approach of 'neti neti'. 'Neti neti' literally means 'not this, not this'. In other words, it means 'This also is not me, this also is not me' It is through this approach alone that we relieve ourselves of all external identifications. An identification with an external object is only a device to enhance our definition of 'me'. The more these identifications fall, the narrower our definition of 'me'. When all identifications fall, our definition of 'me' collapses into the one and only primordial reference point which we earlier talked about. That which we may choose to call SOUL or GOD or NOBODY whatever we wish. It is this centri-petal collapse which is called Enlightenment. Hence in the interest of such enlightenment, we should reduce things external. Why we shouldnt consume mindlessly ? The quality of God is consciousness or awareness. The higher we rise in our sense of awareness, the closer we move to God. When we consume mindlessly , we are only caught up in unconsciousness, arent we ? It is only when we deny what we want to consume that we can be conscious , isnt it ?
. We often tend to cloak our mindless unconscious actions as 'Being natural & spontaneous'. I don’t mean to be a kill-joy but I am simply highlighting one of the ways of Sadhana. not just for global cooling or to avoid a recession. However not slapping him in return takes enormous awareness and also furthers this awareness. It is only when we deny mindless unconscious consumption. It is so easy to slap another when we are slapped by him. . right ? Denial of such mindless unconscious actions alone can bring awareness. But can we chew the bitter neem leaves without consciousness ? Hence it is in doing things which we may not initially want to do and not doing things that we unconsciously tend to do.When we have an ice-cream we are so busy enjoying it that we go with the flow. Too much indulgence or excessive consumption is just one another mindless unconscious action. that our awareness grows . but in interest of our own awareness. Let 'simple living and high thinking' be the guiding principle in our lives.. But we don’t do that. it makes sense to consume moderately. defecating in our own pants is also natural and spontaneous. but true . That way. Therefore. This is why this country has come up with many ascetic paths. crazy . that our awareness grows. our own enlightenment . We end up having it unconsciously.