Friday, 16 January 2015

Expansion of consciousness

|| योग: कर्मसु कौशलम् ||

Having got clear idea to walk on chosen path, Mananeeya Eknathji gives the action plan, the steps to look at the things. He said :
Every individual has self-interest but this self-interest must develop into an enlightened selfishness. Physiological hunger must transform itself into a higher variety of hunger and the enlightened selfishness must lead him to share all his joys with others in the society in order to reap more joy. There are ethical laws and rules of conduct prescribed by every society to satisfy this selfishness only. But the word 'self' changes its connotation in this context. The self does not remain limited to one's physical and mental entities only, but it goes on expanding its sphere of selfishness from individual to family, from family to society, from society to nation and ultimately from nation to the whole world. Education, culture and vision offer this new sight to look at things and one realizes that real joy does not lie in the fulfillment of the physical desires. Thus, the concept of self expands. It becomes more enlightened. It rises still higher for the interest of the SELF.

Taking the epithets of our Purusharthas, Eknathji further explains this :
This can be described in short as a march from Kama to Moksha. The Kama covers all gross desires. Artha covers all the available and possible means with which we are equipped for the fulfillment of these desires. Dharma indicates the social order, the norms for the peaceful and easy development of the society, whether it is a crude or highly civilized society. All the members have to come to terms and adjust themselves to rules of conduct for the satisfaction of mutual desires. These norms or rules become more and more complex as the society develops. The Kama gives way to Artha and this leads to Dharma. But the main purpose of all the three is the final emancipation, freedom and release of man. This is the divine hunger for Moksha. Thus the whole of life's journey is from selfishness to self-realization. By selfishness we understand a person's fulfillment of his individual desires and hungers. He has little thought or cares for anybody else or even for society in which he lives. But this selfishness broadens as indicated above and reaches the highest desire for self-realization. It can be described in Sanskrit as a progress from Bubhuksha (desire for enjoyment) to Mumuksha (desire for liberation).