We are all constantly trying to be someone, be recognized, become important in others eyes. This takes a lot of effort. We want to be number one, famous, considered someone people want to know and be around. At least this is what we think we want. I know in my own life, when I’m speakingRead more about Searching For Value[…]
Almost everyone is trying to be beautiful. Some people are working very hard to try to make their body as beautiful as possible according to the standards of their culture or sub-culture. Some people are trying to become attractive through improving their mind, personality, behaviors, or talents – or through increasing their wealth, fame, or some other opulence. This desire to see ourselves as attractive is so prevalent, that it is difficult for us to imagine ever not wanting this.
Just look at the almost endless amounts of cosmetics, dress and looks enhancing product which directly harm the environment!! So taking care of earth is all connected with ourselves and how we live in the earth. Unless we are peaceful within we cannot have peace outside and hence the earth will remain in trouble.
We will often cause ourselves so much suffering and unhappiness over the course of our lives in the pursuit of beauty and in the fear of being unattractive – but rarely do we ask the question, why?
Why do we feel the need to be beautiful – either by our society’s standards or by anyone’s standards? Why do we seek perfection in beauty even at the cost of sacrificing the earth and its residents?
If we look deep within, we will realize that we unnecessarily endeavor for many things and goals which we really don’t need. Such over endeavoring leads to imbalance in natural and social systems. For example, some are after wealth, some are after power and so on. So a corporation run by people who have truly unlimited desire for wealth, do everything they can do earn more and more wealth. Sometimes and often in the process cause lot of problems in social and natural systems. Whether it be cutting millions of trees and so on.We have unlimited consumption desires, so the market forces are working to satisfy those desires. Thus most damage are really because of both the demand side and supply side. If we don’t use plastic then surely corporations will be forced not to use produce them. If we don’t eat ham burgers then surely big fast food chains will stop producing them thus reducing drastically the environmental damage that happens because of that.
The root cause is the inner greed or craving which we all are trying to satisfy in the material dimension. Since the world is only so big, and our desires and infinite, so we will eventually end up destroying the world and this is what we are currently in the process of doing. If we don’t take drastic corrective measures then very soon, the whole planet will be in a very bad state and thus impacting all living entities.
So how do we solve this inner emptiness or problem of craving, which is the root cause of all problems and issues? The answer is 2 fold. First is we have to understand our real nature. 2nd is that we have to find out how can we satisfy our inner craving or how can we be deeply peaceful and live in harmony. If we consider ourselves physical bodies then surely we will believe that if we satisfy our bodies, then we will be happy & satisfied. But there is no evidence or logical conclusion that we are the body. This enlightening video by Jagad Guru explains in depth that we are not the body.
Global warming, polluted rivers and air, acid rain and so on, we hear a lot of these words recently from the mass media. How bad is it really? Are things really getting out of hand or this is just some marketing campaign to satisfy someone personal ambitions.
I carefully spent some time digging around to see whats really happening to the environment. I can safely conclude that we are heading towards a disastrous future. The media campaigns are showing only the tip of the iceberg, its lot worse than that currently. We are already in trouble, we better act or else it will be too late. Here are some of the recent data about the status of the environment of earth. Get ready to be shocked and surprised. Its really scary, whats going on. I will focus on main elements of the environment, so it will be easier to understand.
Just few days ago World health Organization (WHO) recently released some data that more than 7 million people are dying every year because of Air Pollution!!! Isn’t that far out? People are dying because of air pollution. 1 in every 8 deaths happens globally because of air pollution. Do i need to say more as to how bad it is recently??
Nowadays, the world has become very fast paced, with people rushing to daily jobs, changing multiple roles and basically absorbed in busy lifestyle. There is hardly any peace inside, people even know it and state they are looking for real happiness but they can’t seem to find it.
The problem starts in misunderstanding that we are the material bodies and happiness can be achieved by satisfying the demands and the needs of the body. But is it really the case, if yes then why there is so much unhappiness, frustrations and quarrels in the world, where everybody is really trying to serve their bodies and extended bodies. The western world has loads of material comforts but still arguably the most unhappy people reside in these countries with plenty of social and individual problems.
So what is the issue here? Why are not everybody happy and satisfied within.What is the missing element? what are the answers to the modern problems in mankind. Have we missed some critical things in our quest for happiness?
If we look into ancient scriptures and bonafide texts of wisdom, we will find that there is sufficient evidence that we are actually not these material bodies. Real lasting happiness can only be achieved by focusing on our real identity and not trying to satisfy the endless demands of the body.
This video lecture by Jagad Guru Siddhaswarupananda Paramahamsa explains the real nature and definition of life. He clearly explains the real nature of the life and how the material body is distinct from life itself and cannot be identified as living organism.Life is distinct from matter.
For complete understanding of our real nature and its real function,watch the full identity series.
Once we know our real nature and function, then we can easily know how to be really happy and satisfied. The path to happiness is very clear once we understand our essence. Going back to timeless wisdom from the scriptures, it is said that the meditation on the holy names can give one inner happiness and contentment. What we hear is very important and it influences our consciousness and the mind as well. When we focus on hearing transcendental sound then it has a purifying action on us and thus enabling us to gradually experience peace and get clarity on actual situation of life. the more we hear the sacred sounds, the more we begin to taste lasting peace, contentment, and experience our anxieties being washed away from us.
Here is a beautiful chant by Jagad Guru Chris Butler for you to hear and meditate upon.You will gradually feel the security and comfort in your heart by hearing this.
If you take a break and just ponder over what’s going on in this world, you will gradually realize that the environment is getting badly abused and polluted. There is no stoppage to it really.In spite of so many environmental protection groups, changes are very tiny compared to the damages done on large scale to nature.If this goes on for a bit long, then things will get so bad that this whole earth will become a barren desert where not many living entities can survive.
If not for us then at least for the sake of our future generations, we should try to improve the condition of the earth and its natural resources. We can selfishly exploit the earth like this. The consequences will be catastrophic and damaging. The change has to start with each individual entity and then the whole masses will start to change their behavior and attitude towards the nature and its resources.
Will you be the one who will take the necessary steps to improve the earth and its environment or will you just go on watching the brutal exploitation of the earth. Reading the newspaper and saying that things are going bad, its far better to take some practical steps to change the environment and protect it sanctity. Conservation and preservation of nature is not only the work of the government but of all individuals who stay on the earth and enjoy its resources. So lets start with some practical steps on how we can gradually improve our environment and preserve it usefulness.