Our values and aims today are temporary and are created by some politician or cultural leader who does not believe in realisation. So, the only way to escape from sorrows is to reach back to the One, and Self Realisation, which we lost in hundreds of years.
For a very long time, our definition for the physical world was based on visibility. Later, scientists discovered that the physical world includes subtle things. But ancient Bharateeya seers spoke of many dimensions beyond our senses in the universe. Today, we can safely conclude that the physical world is a phenomenon of visible and non visible things. Modern debates in science these years, are about life in other planets or anywhere else in the universe. But Bharateeya wisdom says, there are many places with conscious bodies.
Politicians and cultural leaders always think about the future of societies and their prosperity. But some things would always happen and their plans go awry, for which they blame others. The societies and citizens always wait for some revolution to instantly transform them into some dreamland. Usually, they are quite happy debating about their dreams in building a prosperous future. But ultimately, nothing happens. Science and technologies divide life into scientific and non-scientific or people are living rationally or irrationally. They refuse to accept anything that happens in life without their logical definitions. Such egos of intelligence have always held back humanity and opposed reality.
From time immemorial, men who were considered crazy or mad by their respective societies have lived in many parts of the world, and prophecies declared. People could not understand what these prophecies meant or the realities behind them. But later, when such ‘mad men’ from various parts of the world were observed to be talking about a common reality, people started accepting a supreme power behind the functioning of the universe. Thousands of years later, science is now talking about a nucleus, an energy centre around which things revolve. Ancient seers knew about energy bodies beyond human sensory perception that can help us overcome many of our limitations. They developed methods to control and use such beings and their powers. These are today known as ‘supernatural’. Bharateeya realised that everything in the universe were created from a single source and that each and everything in universe are controlled by Him. Actually, modern physics is based on this notion of such a pivotal point, a nucleus. What is the rule and how to control these powers, the answer is, deity worship and many kinds of yantras and mantras. But our Vedas divide knowledge into vidya and avidya, and the actions for sreyas (spiritual advancement) and preyas (material advancement). For the sake of vibhut is (perceivable results), our ancestors started worshiping deities. This was to acquire power to overcome ignorance and oppose the universal obstacles easily. In reality, they were using a more advanced and powerful technique to improve knowledge which is more advanced than the modern science, because it is the result of the study about the ‘supernatural’ or a much subtler ‘dimension’.
But later, desires and ambitions took control of the worshipper, and worships were meant only for the fulfilment of these desires. We forgot our destination and stopped practising to reach God. Realisation was reduced to a talking point. Purushartham (dharma, artha, karma, moksha) are the base for a family man. Now-a-days, people believe that their karmas are perfect. But that which starts with dharma and aim for moksha is the real karma. We forget the word moksha, because we do not want to give up worldly pleasures.
So we say that the way of preyas (for the worldly pleasures) and deity worship and sadhana for achieving these, are spirituality. In reality, these are purely physical things. If our aim is God or Realisation, that is spirituality and everything else is based on avidya that is not spiritual. Actually, the society lost sight of the aim, and live only for the worldly pleasures that can be derived from supernatural (or deity worship) in the name of spirituality. This is the real problem that we are facing now and it makes us a generation with no aim or values. So, the only way to escape from sorrows is to reach back to the One, and Self Realisation, which we lost in hundreds of years.
Harish (The writer is a founder, BPM Therapy concept)