There are so many external pressures in the modern world, especially for young people. The demand to succeed has never been so intense and immediate.
When we have the awareness of “Why am I here? What am I trying to achieve?” in every moment, along with love in everything that we do, it epitomises and signifies heartfulness.
I don’t believe that we should drop all worldly endeavours and head to the mountains for leading an ascetic spiritual life. That is neither responsible nor practical for most people. At the same time, when we become too materialistic, our spiritual life suffers.
The spiritual and worldly aspects of life can be integrated masterfully. Not doing so is like a bird trying to fly with one wing. And that will be a tragic situation, leading to frustration, stress, anxiety, tension, and even depression.
We are always in chase of the ephemeral. We want to grab things, rather than become something. That is ambition versus aspiration.
In aspiration, we want to become someone that everyone is proud of. It is an act of becoming.
Ambition, on the other hand, will only make others jealous. Others can even be friends, but deep down, we know that they are with us because of such-and-such a thing. That will again be a cause of frustration.
When we become something internally, it doesn’t matter whether other people recognize us or don’t recognize us. We are our own authority.
In today’s world, where so many people are struggling to establish themselves in society and in their organisations, the inner guidance from the heart is very important.
Everyone is chasing happiness, and there is nothing wrong in it. Can you be happy if you are restless? You have to be at peace to enjoy happiness. How can you be at peace? When there is harmony. How can there be harmony? When you have a contemplative mind. How can you have a contemplative mind? When your thoughts are focused. How can you have focused thoughts? When you calm your mind. And that can happen only with meditation.
Join the dots – meditation promotes happiness. Indirectly, meditation will lead us to a state of inner happiness. A happy mind is more creative and productive. And that is just the beginning…
Kamlesh D Patel is the fourth spiritual guide in the Sahaj Marg system of Raja Yoga meditation. He travels extensively and is at home with people from all backgrounds and walks of life, giving special attention to the youth of today. www.heartfulness.org