The Journey (Life) – some thoughts

Posted: January 28, 2012 in i_THINK_therefore_i_am, Philosophy
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Last 6 months have been very important in my life and in my understanding of life. I can clearly see that some understanding, ideas, philosophies as stand now are in complete contrast to the ones I used to hold 6 months back.

It started with an intense project with aim of starting a web based company in 90 days. In the end I could not achieve that because of some technical and financial roadblocks. Nevertheless, the project taught me great many things which are required in any business. And more than that, the greater benefit it did was to take me back onto the path of introspection. And throughout this time i.e. from end of October ‘12 till today I am into such a wonderful world of philosophy, Vedanta and life that I am much changed a person now. Standing now with more clear sense of what is important in life and which direction I should move. Though there are still many doubts and I know things would become more clear with time, but I would say that I have got the sense of which direction to take.

Some of the changed philosophies/understandings as they stand now are:

  1. It is about GIVING to ALL (karma) – your home, society, etc. (In total contrast to my previous article ‘To give or not to give’)
  2. It is about giving (karma) without attachment to result (fal/fruits) i.e. giving unconditionally.
  3. It is about giving to your best capability, giving the best you can as an individual. (So, it becomes important to find your calling, your area of interest as it is where you could most develop your skills and use it for benefit of all) – Be the best in whatever you do / choose to do.
  4. Money is not the goal. Money can’t be considered as the measure of success. (Contrast to my previous article ‘Money it’s (not) a gas’)
  5. Success (and money) can’t be pursued it ensues – Success is just a byproduct.
  6. The truth lies within. A person can by yoga (practice of either one or all – Karma, Jnana (Gyan), Bhakti, Raja) understand the ultimate truth – The oneness, The unity, The Brahman.
  7. Man is most powerful, his soul is divine and he can achieve anything. As Swami Vivekananda summarized Vedanta’s teachings:
    •  Each soul is potentially divine.
    •  The goal is to manifest this Divinity within by controlling nature, external and internal.
    • Do this either by work, or worship, or mental discipline, or philosophy—by one, or more, or all of these—and be free.
    • This is the whole of religion. Doctrines, or dogmas, or rituals, or books, or temples, or forms, are but secondary details
  8. Man moves through various levels of consciousness (find it in four Purusharthas, Maslow’s hierarchy, or any other theory) and to understand the potential within one has to move up from level of basic needs to higher consciousness. Only then one can have the will and power to understand religion, philosophy or self-realization.
  9. If we can raise the level of consciousness of people around… if we can prepare them for self-realization – we are doing larger good. Personal salvation is great but still a selfish thought. Perfect unity can be achieved only when everyone attains self-realization. (This is what Swami Vivekananda mentions in conversation with his disciple)
  10. To sum up practical application of all these:
    • Understand where your interest lies, because that is where you are happy and can achieve your highest potential.
    • Utilize your potential to the fullest to create things, do things and help people… GIVE your best without attachment to result (name/fame/money/success)
    • Help people around to reach next level of consciousness, in any way you can – sharing wealth, sharing thoughts, creating employment, imparting skills, etc.
    • Establish a link between above three.

 

Few of the things that have helped me to get to these understandings during last 3 months (Oct – Jan) are writings and references on: Purpose of life, Vedas, Vedanta, dharmashastra, karma yoga, gyana yoga, rajas yoga, life and writings of swami vivekanand, some references to Bhagvad Gita, Viktor Frankl, various self-help articles, Hindu mythology, life and preaching of Buddha, Autobiography of mahatma Gandhi etc. to name few.

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Comments
  1. Raj Shankar says:

    WOW! Lovely experience indeed. In fact in my opinion every person who does something entrepreneurial ends up in the path of realization. The truth is that irrespective of success as seen in the world, the path of the above learning will yield greater happiness.

    Being a big fan of Vedanta myself I humbly acknowledge the above learning and will refresh my little learning on the same as well.

    Great going Rahul! Look forward to a lot more readings of your experiences.

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