We human beings are blessed not only with the ability to see, hear and eat, but also to enjoy in every possible sense. This is our highest blessing.
Human life is not a punishment, it is your ultimate blessing!
Today, every single human being is living out of unhappiness, which is not acceptable. This, in spite of us having the power to live a life which we can never imagine; by nature, God has blessed us with an unbelievable, unimaginable life. But the sad fact is that you have created a world which has become unliveable for humans. It is okay if we are not living that unimaginable life, but it is not okay to live in a condition totally unfit for us and for the coming generations. I can list out global problems which nobody can disagree to. For example, global warming, pollution and other current problems of our planet Earth-which is gradually getting damaged only because of our activities. Yet, we deny all those and boast ourselves to be developing in all aspects. When we talk about discrimination, disputes due to religion, nationality, family problems, etc., where are we really heading to? Instead of focusing on fixing existing problems, we give importance to unnecessary mental ego and other related problems like racial discrimination, conflicts within nations and other nations, etc. As a spiritual teacher, I would like to insist this again and again that being human cannot be taken for granted; it’s a blessing beyond imagination. Wherever I travel, I make my students realise this ultimate truth.
Knowledge about the self: The real problem in our life is not global warming, pollution or war between nations. The main reason for all our problems is the lack of spiritual wisdom. Many confuse the word spirituality with religion. Spirituality is the knowledge about the self. We humans are blessed with the power to learn. Learning is never considered as a power, but one has to understand that anything that you do has to be learnt. Basic reading, writing, cycling, swimming, etc. are done not naturally, but by learning. Next is the power to educate your own self. The entire world is making use of it. This can be called as an era of self-education which is sometimes spoiling the existing generation with too much of unwanted education. We need to realise that we can never fix the existing problem. So, what you can try is to at least stop creating new problems and address on finding a remedy for the existing problems. This is possible not with your knowledge about technology or expertise in any field. The fundamental thing is to have the ability to have knowledge about the self.
Be a source of happiness: Self-education is important, but what is more important is education about the self which is not found in any educational system in the entire world. And we still tend to believe the world will change, which will never happen. Failing to understand this is like pouring petrol on fire. The world will keep accumulating more and more pain and problems which we can’t imagine. Instead of living a beautiful life, you will end up living a life filled with disasters. Decide yourself. What can you do to change the world? For that, understand every single human being is a brick in the wall called world. The wall can’t be raised without a brick called human beings. Each one of you has a major role to play. You can take care of yourself to become a source of happiness for you and for others. That is possible only when you realise the power of the self. Failing to understand this, your mind will keep thinking about that which you are missing in life. You will never count on the blessings that you have in life.
Treat every aspect of your life as a blessing: I would like to insist on a small metaphor which happened to one of my students. He was diagnosed with a major problem in the lungs. They suspected it to be cancer and suggested a biopsy to confirm. He is the breadwinner in his family. He had two choices: one, to go for the treatment and live longer, and two, not to go for treatment and die earlier. It still was not promised that he will live after treatment if the diagnosis proved to be lung cancer. Despite all blessings and prayers, nothing worked at that moment. He still gained energy to believe that something will happen right and went for the biopsy. Surprisingly, he learnt from the doctor that it was not cancer but just a spread of fungus. Though this was a rare medical case, it could be treated and he was assured of a healthy life once the treatment is over. He broke out screaming that God is present and that he understood the value of how much he was blessed. I asked him a question. “Did you ever feel blessed before you came to know about the condition of your lungs?” I wanted an honest answer. He replied, “No”. I explained that he went through a situation where he was about to lose life and once it was confirmed that he was not going to lose it, he was feeling it as a blessing. “As you failed to enjoy the blessing before this condition, don’t forget to enjoy the blessing called life,” I said.
Rather than thinking about what you don’t have in life, focus on the blessings that you have. It can be as simple as your ten fingers, or your ability to see, hear or to have food that you want. Start feeling happy and thankful for every blessing that you have. From now, treat everything as a blessing and I promise you that you will be blessed in every aspect of your life. It’s your choice to understand, but if you understand it, I personally promise that every aspect of your life will change from now and forever.
Wishing you a life full of peace, success and happiness.
Atmayogi Shri Aasaanji Aham Brahmasmi !
Atmayogi Shri Aasaanji is a non-religious, contemporary Spiritual master and the founder of the Atmayoga Foundation (Institute for Inner-Science and Self-Transformation) www.atmayoga.in