The Art of Living
The real fountain of joy, peace and love is within. This is only a theory in
the mind until experienced, but a necessary theory to diligently
investigate to give more meaning to life. A mind that does not interrogate
the mysteries of life and death lives a life full of fear, ignorance and
sorrow. It is an uninteresting and mechanical life to say the least.
In the art of living, the flower of life should naturally blossom to give out
the fragrance of joy, peace and love.
So, why should I interrogate the very cause of life? Because all our
actions are based on causes. Why do we act the way we do? Whether you
are a realized soul or an ignorant materialist, we all have to act. That is
the common denominator. There is however, a propelling
motivating desire behind every action that fuels the action. Without that
focused desire, action does not bear the desired fruit. The art of living lies
in balancing every action to the benefit of an individual’s best interest.
Desire for experience is the very cause of life but experiences are never
ending as one experience follows another. Experiences come and go but
that ‘experience’ is not me. I am conscious or aware of that experience
that comes and goes. While that experience comes and goes, I am myself
present constantly without changing, as a witness, who is aware of that
experience. So who am I? “I” is “Pure Consciousness” or “Pure
Awareness,” who is Absolute and unrelated to any experience, object
It is this investigation that will get us out of the wheel of life and death –
“samsara chakra.” What is this samsara chakra? Every action has an
effect. Our scriptures say that when we act without attachment to our
actions and renounce all fruits of our actions then we will get off this
wheel of life and death.
The main ‘take-home point’ here is that we all have to act since life is
movement. Everything is kinetic and yet the only static is our
consciousness, which is all pervading and therefore, where can it move?
All that movement happens on the background of the static,
consciousness and stems from the power of the energy that is also part of
the consciousness, like the power of the magician, who wields his power,
and creates so many illusions. So by the power of the energy,
Consciousness creates the external world of illusions with its own material
Once we investigate the true essence of ‘I’, we realize that life is a matter
of a balancing act. It is like walking on a tight rope (consciousness), and
balancing ourselves on the tight rope of consciousness making the right
choices, and activities (the act of walking on that tight rope) that keep us
from excesses and deprivations as we go through life, so we don’t fall into
the deep abyss of illusions.
We can make life a beautiful dance as we balance our body, mind and
spirit with the right yogic practice of sustaining our determination to
exercise control over our mind, life force and our senses. To be able to
sustain our understanding and concentration on our true essence
of consciousness is a boon by itself, for it is the ‘director’ of all our ctions.
To connect the dots of our desires, thoughts and actions is finding true
integrity in everything we do. When we do so, our life is like a beautiful