Thursday, 1 January 2015

Go Inward

|| योग: कर्मसु कौशलम् ||

Mananeeya Ekanthji here places the philosophy of life in very very practical terms. Unless, one starts going inward, questioning oneself, the life doesn't become purposeful. Here the karyakartas are made to observe various wonders in the nature and find for themselves the answers to various questions. He says :
After fulfilling the crude desires, man looks around him and studies nature and applies his mind to it. He observes that everything in nature is conforming to some definite principle. It is not by an accident that the world exists. There is order in nature. The sun rises, the rivers flow, the trees grow, yield flowers and fruits and mountains preserve their steadiness. The vast solar system has the same type of arrangement as is found in an atom. The whole tree with its manifold potentialities is incorporated in a very small seed and the whole universe in an atom. The wide variety of natural phenomena indicates that there is a plan behind all its movements and if it is a plan, it must have a purpose behind it. We also do not understand why scorpions should be there or why serpents should exist. We feel something odd about such a fine-smelling and beautiful flowers as rose having thorns.

Eknathji expands the horizons of understanding of karyakartas. My understanding could be limited and that is why I may not be in a position to understand the cause - effect relationship behind each and everything. Be meditative and dive further deep into the questions and discover for yourselves. And, so he says : If we do not understand it does not mean that there is no purpose behind all this. There must be some definite purpose behind everything in the universe. It is a cosmos and not a chaos. We fail to grasp the purpose behind the small insects, flying round the lamp and jumping over it committing hara-kiri. As a matter of fact, we are ignorant. The more we try to learn, the more our ignorance comes to light. There is a purpose behind this plan and nothing is purposeless. Thousands of unexpected mysteries stand before us when we try to solve one mystery. Thus, in this universe all existing things have a purpose to fulfill.

Having generalized the thinking process, Eknathji straightway comes to the individual and makes them to find out whether their existence also has a purpose. He says :
If that be so, what is the purpose of my existence? Recognition of such a question is a remarkable and significant landmark in the growth of man. What is the goal of my life? What is the meaning of my life? Such questions are the most vital questions; all other questions so far discussed or thought about are merely secondary. Till this question is not recognized, man, even though an adult and possessed of high education and abundant wealth, is like a boy who believes that it is the tap that gives water. But when he grows up and has become intelligent he starts the queries from where the water comes and going backward to find the source of the water reaches the Himalayas from where the river Yamuna originates and flows bringing all the water for the towns and the cities on her banks. When questions like why, wherefrom, for what purpose and to what end arise in man's mind he is on the right path. If we can imagine the moment when man first became conscious of his own self, we feel that it was the first landmark in the evolution of man.
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