Every human being is a spiritual being blessed with the power to live with a spiritual power and transform their life.
The five energy vampires: No matter how much ever skill or talent you possess, you will not be able to perform when you have any of these mentioned five defects (which I would like to term as energy vampires): health, depression, fear, doubt and worry, anger & guilt. Out of these, only one is physical and the remaining all are mental. Moreover, health is the only point that can be related to animals since they also suffer due to various external factors. The remaining four is a possibility only in humans.
Health: No one can ever blame anyone for not having good health. Instead of taking self-responsibility, they blame the society, neighbours, the leaders or anyone for that matter, for not being able to focus on their health. We fail to understand that it’s our inability to focus on health-despite knowing that it’s the essential and fundamental resource to achieve anything you want in life irrespective of your past performance, skill or talent. I want you all to follow one simple thing in the area of health. I am not insisting you to start doing what is good for you, but I am insisting you to stop doing what is not good for you. If you don’t have a clear reason to utilise your energy, it simply means you are wasting it. Don’t involve in any action without having a clear explanation of “what I am doing and why I am doing it”. This will help you to cut down the wastage of energy which will not only help you to maintain a good health, but also help you regain the health that you have lost.
Depression: Depression is nothing but a feeling that you are not able to do what you want to do (which you are capable of doing). This factor will not only suck the energy that you have gained but also directly affects the immunity of the physical body. Depression also occurs when you lose your loved ones. Among these two areas, one has no control over the second one. It’s a known fact that everybody has to move away from their physical body to the journey of the soul, but still our mind will not accept the fact immediately. This is where the spiritual practice helps you to accept and understand that thinking about what you have lost or thinking about what you are not able to do is not going to help you in any way, rather it will only spoil the existing goodness of life.
Fear, doubt and worry: These three factors are a possibility only when there is an unfulfilled desire. There is no such thing called desire in an animal’s world. We human beings can never leave without a desire. We may call it by different names like focus, goal or vision. I am not talking about financial abundance or physical possession. Let’s talk about simple desires like a parent wanting their children to score good marks. Anyone wanting to enjoy comfort like a car, own house, etc. is a desire. No human can count their desires or exactly tell how many are fulfilled or how many are unfulfilled. But they know that they have a fear for life, uncertainty about the future, or worry about the past. All these occur because of unfulfilled desires. With right meditation and clear vision, you will gain the power to manifest all the desires. This will also give you the ability to remove all the unwanted desires. From then on, your full focus will be on your desires and to make sure that they are fully fulfilled. This is possible only through conviction which can be experienced only by meditation. Or else, in spite of having the ability to enjoy the desire, you may live without worry but you may have fear and doubt about the future. Many unexplainable fears and doubts will remain in the mind which can be eliminated only through the right form of meditation.
Anger: When all the above factors are understood, this is where one lives without anger and guilt. Anger is nothing but the active form of fear and doubt, and every doubt and worry is the passive form of anger and guilt. The first thing you need to understand about anger is the reason for it. There is no use of controlling anger without knowing the reason. When something is not happening as per your expectations, or when you are not certain about your future, you automatically express anger. The reason behind every anger is, again, health, depression, fear, doubt and worry.
Guilt: You being upset with something or someone which is affecting you is called anger, but you being upset on your own self is guilt. Guilt is purely connected with the past. It is either what has happened to you or what you have done to someone in the past which is affecting you in the present or is going to affect you in the future. This is where the knowledge about the soul and karma gives you all the power to face the guilt because with this knowledge, one can understand that no matter how many mistakes you have committed in the past, you can still remove the effects of the past karma and create a life you want to live in the future by doing something in the present with full conviction and consciousness. This is possible only with the spiritual power.
One has to understand that spiritual life doesn’t mean renouncing the practical world; rather, it is a lifestyle alteration in which you gain spiritual power to remove all these five defects. In the present world, the word ‘spirituality’ has got a polluted meaning. In reality, the eternal truth of spirituality is not running away from life; it is rather having the ability to win in every aspect of life. Therefore, I want all of you to understand that the above five defects can affect you at any point of time if you don’t have the immunity to resist them. Meditation with clear vision is not only a spiritual practice, but is the immunity for a good life. So, tell yourself that no matter how bad your past was or how big your problem is, with the knowledge about self and the practical science of karma, every human being is blessed with the power to live a life free of these defects and achieve unimaginable success in every aspect of life.
Wishing you a life full of peace, success and happiness.
Atmayogi Shri Aasaanji
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