We go through life, through it’s peaks and crevices, those unbeatable moments of blissful completeness where life is a perfect union of everything good in the world, and then those dark, unforgiving depths, lying at the bottom, probing further to see what lies beneath. We’re on a ride in a chariot of thought, emotion, feelings, chemical reactions inside us whatever you want to call it, all stemming from nothing but a simple choices. A simple choice, that’s all it takes to change your life starting with your state of mind. The chariot driven by our choices propel us to heaven for a brief view of how majestic life can really be while on the flip-side it can crash into hell’s gates just to show you how bad things are down there. Of course I really don’t believe in heaven and hell, this is just an analogy, perhaps another birth, a higher dimension, another world as based on the various “Loks” or worlds written and spoken about in the Bhagvad Gita, we don’t really know what happens after we die. But the thought of a new life and and a new world is more exciting than some imaginary heaven and hell.
We tread our way through life’s divergent paths, in our own ways, unravelling things one step at a time looking for indications and signs to show us the way but we are looking in the wrong place. In the words of Steve Jobs “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.” The past is very valuable although we are forced to shun and discard it because of our unpleasurable experiences in them, there was a lot of good too but we overlook that. We must embrace the past. We must simply acknowledge and embrace it just as you would embrace a friendly guest who comes to your home and then after dinner say goodbye to go on with your life. We must learn from the past, there is nothing else it is there for. It doesn’t exist, except for the remnants that you have as images of it, which are stored as memories in your brain, theoretically, it doesn’t exist anymore. So why should you feel things like regret, anger, frustration. Embrace it and let if go. Thoughts and feelings pass, let them go.
There is a lot of information available in the world in this age and time, every piece of news, every quote, spluttered all over the internet like the millions of stars in every corner of the cosmos, everything you read in some way, ends up as a justification for you to fortify your ideologies. And, there is not truer fact than that ideologies limit your thinking. It just simply doesn’t allow you to grow. It doesn’t allow the flexibility and open-mindedness of a free thinking state of being in a quasi-righteous world. There is always something that you have an opinion about and a judgement and verdict about. No matter how more or less informed you are. That’s just the way we are as human beings. We hold on to our convictions like they define us, but again that does more harm than good. You don’t grow, you don’t discover, you don’t expand your thinking.
Immanuel Kant wrote in his essay “What is Enlightenment” that “Enlightenment is man’s emergence from his self-imposed immaturity. Immaturity is the inability to use one’s understanding without guidance from another. This immaturity is self-imposed when its cause lies not in lack of understanding, but in lack of resolve and courage to use it without guidance from another. Sapere Aude! [dare to know] “Have courage to use your own understanding!”–that is the motto of enlightenment.”
That is only possible in today’s world if we spend enough time by ourselves, in contemplation, in experience, in living, without the interference of restricted thinking of those around us, no matter how near and dear they are to us.
“Question everything” Do not be content with another’s perspective, another’s thought process, another’s knowledge gained through his experience. Formulate your own. Not through your convictions but through your experiences, through your time by yourself. Living in one with the grander scheme of things and by delving into your own subconscious, the mind-at-large.
Forget these societal tags and words given to describe you or the free thinkers. They are misjudged as outcasts because they offer a unique perspective and this cannot be digested by the rest of the thoughtless masses. C.G. Jung — ‘Thinking is difficult, that’s why most people judge.’ Be free from other’s judgements and perceptions of you and be the best version of yourself. You are not your thoughts, you are not your feelings or emotions, you are only your soul. The eternal aatma.
Those around you are programmed and cultivated to obey, by carefully thought out and planned propaganda and a structured system designed by men in power, masquerading in a created(man-made) hierarchy. They are only powerful when there is a vehicle to determine their power or their superiority like the man-made modern necessity of money(paper currency). But true power lies not letting it affect you, in un-abiding, in disobeying, in questioning, free-thinking.
Aspiring economists are taught – Capitalist, Communist, Marxist, etc. Young children priests are taught – Hindu, Muslim, Christian etc. Yet these are simply ideologies highlighting further deep flaws in our “created” structure of society and modern governance. They want us divided, they want us arguing and fighting over inconsequential information. They want us distracted. So that they may plunder to amass wealth(monetary here). But what they do not realise is that their graves remain the same as ours. They cannot take wealth(monetary here) with them. We are the same in the end, we go back to the earth and matter from which we came, from which we were formed, billions of years ago.
Real wealth is only that which is left behind by you that can stand the test of time. So that you may be remembered and thus so live eternally. What it is for you to leave behind so that future generations remember you is for you to figure out.
They want us to “obey” and “follow” and not “question”. The subdued are easier to be tamed. We are able to create artificial intelligence and life itself in rapidly advancing world, yet these “systems” “rules” and old ways of manipulation and subjugation are not eradicated.
The only way you truly grow is by breaking free from these constructs. By developing your own thought and free way of thinking, independent of any ideology, state, country, religion, social status, or wealth(monetary here).
Thus I urge you dear readers, to “Question everything”, “Jaago” in Hindi or “Awaken”. Awaken Within, feed you curiosity, find your purpose and duty, Dharma in Sanskrit and search for answers to your curiosities through inquisitive questions and find the answers for yourself from your experiences while of course using the guidance of those who lived in the past. “Lean on the shoulders of giants”, the ones who left works behind, the ones who understood, tap into their knowledge and learn. They will give you a better understanding, but you must find your own meaning.
So redefine what you truly believe in. Redefine your own meanings of wealth, success, purpose, duty, love. Do not look around, look only within. It must resound with your soul.
Master yourself. Seek within, before seeking around and find all the answers within yourself. You were born whole.
I leave you with three quotes from a realised soul, I sometimes don’t agree with him but most of the times I do.
Set yourself free.
– Gaurav Krishnan