Study of the Self is the Most Important

  • Posted on December 10, 2013 at 8:33 am

The job of servicing others, of course, does not earn any interest or salary.

But we have the honor to serve the sentient beings. The job itself means:

The highest reward and honor

Every aspect of a Tree gives benefit to Others

Every aspect of a Tree gives benefit to Others

Paro-pakaraya Phalanti Vrksa:

Paro-pakaraya Vahanti Nadya:

Paro-pakaraya Duhanti Gava:

Paro-pakara-rtha-midam Sariram

 

It is only to benefit others that trees bear fruits

It is only for helping others that rivers flow

It is only to benefit others that cows yield milk.

It is only for helping others that you are given a body.

 

Yogasana

A Yogasana that strengthens the body and mind

Yoga helps us strengthen our body and mind in many different ways. While it helps us develop a strong physical body it also gives the mental attributes of courage, fortitude, patience, Flexibility and Concentration to name just a few. These are like the roots of a tree and the fruits that this tree yields are the achievements of success in our lives.While we lead a life of abundance and purposeful life, we become a source of inspiration to others and contribute to the benefit of others in many different ways.

 

Our scriptures state that the  most important study in life is the study of the Self!

The Universal Law of Use states that when you don’t use it, you lose it!

 

So what is this Self? This Self refers to the “I” that we all identify ourselves with and therefore, it is the common factor. That “I” is also referred to as Consciousness. There is only one Consciousness and not multiple Consciousnesses.  This Consciousness has no form and no Name. It is formless, nameless, attribute less, infinite, unbound and stainless.  While we are all this one and the same Consciousness that we refer to as the Self, we are all manifested as the embodied human beings in different forms with different names and attributes experiencing life in our own unique way. While it  is difficult to understand this higher, intangible Truth, it is possible to understand it by starting with the known and tangible human body and the world we experience in our daily life.

 

There is a famous quote in Sanskrit,

“Sharira madhyam khalu sadhanam!”

This body is only an instrument or medium to attain Self Realizaton

 

In the Upanishads it has been stated that the body and mind are only tools we use in this process or sadhana, like a carpenter uses his tools to care out various forms of wooden articles. If those tools are not used properly and frequently, they become rusted, dull and useless. They have to be maintained in good quality to give us good service. So it is with our body and mind. When maintained well they give us better mileage and service for a better quality and meaningful life. Life is only an experience and how we interpret it or what meaning we give to it is dependent entirely on us. Thus we are spiritual beings experiencing life thru our body and mind.

I was always interested in the why and how of things happening in life. In 1983 I had a very dramatic and transformational spiritual experience. I became hungry to understand my spiritual experience and desired to delve into it more deeply for a better understanding of life. Consequently light started shining brightly on different aspects as my spiritual journey continued.

We all can stay happy and healthy only when we engage in useful activities. Like everyone else I had a 9-5 job that kept me busy. But I was really not happy doing what I was doing as it did not feed my spiritual quest. Finally, someone introduced me to Network Marketing and Internet Marketing which opened up the opportunity for me to work from home. It all began with someone showing me some health products for my health issues. I was diagnosed with Diabetes and started buying the health products that gave me energy and nutrition.

It was then that I decided I wanted to share those good things of life that helped me and that would empower the body, mind and spirit of those I shared it with.  As I started exploring for products that would help me physically, mentally and spiritually, I decided to journal my reflections and findings on my blog. 

 

 

According to the Indian Scriptures this body is made up five sheaths.

 

1. Annamaya Kosha – Food Sheath

2. Pranamaya Kosha – Vital Air Sheath

3. Manomaya Kosha – Mind Sheath

4. Vijnanamaya Kosha – Intellectual Sheath

5. Anandamaya Kosha – Bliss Sheath

 

Annamaya Kosha and Pranamaya Kosha involve the physical body.  Manomaya Kosha and Vijnanamaya Kosha pertain to the mental body and Anandamaya kosha addresses our spiritual essence.

Having analyzed the human body to its most rudimentary level, the sages of old recommended a life style that was most conducive to all these koshas. However, due to the advances in Technology and ou rmodern thinking we have adopted a very complicated life style that is not really healthy neither for our body  nor our mind. Having been exposed to the possibilities of scientific technology, it is difficult to go back to the olden life style. However, not all the changes are bad. In fact, there are many good things that we have discovered that are empowering. 

 It is my humble attempt to share the good things of life that have helped me with the hope that the information will empower the body, mind and spirit of those who need it. Please visit my blog frequently and if you have any questions or comments feel free to leave a comment.

1 Comment on Study of the Self is the Most Important

  1. Neelu says:

    Thanks a multi million Usha Prabhakar……my mind needs to be trained so also sweet chanting of shlokas with correct pronunciation and rhythm. Feeling blessed having listened to couple of Shlokas from Chapter 13 ,to be precise shlokas 8 onwards!
    THANKS for the link. Currently its not available …repeated Reloads ended with no success. Shall try anyway again later.
    Was able to read study of self though,posted on Dec 10,2013.

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