-- What it is
To escape from sorrow and suffering,
and to achieve supreme and everlasting bliss, everyone makes a headlong
dash but achieves nothing. A wise man is one who always makes a sincere
effort in the right direction and never loses sight of his objective or
ideal. In the absence of a definite goal or a target, one aimlessly and
endlessly wanders in utter darkness. On the other hand, a clear-cut destination
serves as a beacon-light that guides at every step, and each stride takes
the weary traveller nearer to the journey's end.
Mere effort, without well-directed
attention focused on the object of quest, cannot lead a person anywhere.
Object and effort must, therefore, be in one straight line before there
can be hope of success. A life of all effort with one's back to the objective
will surely achieve nothing.
"A search for a thing
in the wrong direction can never be fruitful." - Kabir
It would just mean blindfolded and endless
gyrations, like those of an ox yoked to the oil press, for he moves all
the day long with blinkers on his eyes. He actually does not get out of
the vicious circle, and so makes no progress whatsoever.
In the world, wheresoever one may
turn his eyes, one sees nothing but universal strife and unrest, creatures
feeding upon creatures, and endless struggle for survival. All this plethoric
confusion is indeed born from ignorance or lack of knowledge of the end
or aim. Human life, like any other kind of life, has its own El Dorado,
of which one can learn from the very Book of Life itself. All the sacred
texts and all knowledge of the world are nothing but the result of unfoldment
of the spirit at the intellectual centers within the human body. All inspirations
come from the soul within, the source of all knowledge and wisdom. Wonderful
indeed is the house in which we live.
God, even today, as of old, reveals Himself to the human
soul, provided it is neat, clean and receptive. This body is a veritable
temple of God, in which the spirit of man and the spirit
of God both live together, or else this body were a carcass
fit to be consigned to the flames or to the graveyard.
Shamas Tabriz, a great Muslim saint
of repute, says: "By the side of this grass blade of the human body,
there flows an endless stream of life. Hidden in the heart of this atom
is the light of a hundred suns." But alas! it is not given to man to
know the mysteries of life without the aid of a Master-soul. The entire
macrocosm lies buried in the microcosm. One has to dig deep within to get
at the untold treasures of spirituality at the roots of the soul. One who
wanders without in search of God, is but a sceptic and a heretic, and knows
not the real Truth.
"Everything is in
the body and nothing without it;
He who seeks without
wanders in delusion." - Majh M.5