Each 'Choose-day' we will investigate the process by which we can reassess our activity and interaction with the world of plurality and become more congruent within our personality.
KINDLE LIFE. We continue exploring points raised by HH Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda-ji in the publication of this name. Remember, you can purchase, (very economically!), the book from Chinmaya Mission Publications or if you prefer, the Amazon Link. Thus you can read Gurudev's words directly and bring your own voice to the discussion.
Chapter nine is titled THE PATH OF PERFECTION. Gurudev utilises the teacher's prerogative of reiteration. We are reminded that the physical body is nothing but a vessel carry the mind and intellect within. Also, that the mind and intellect themselves have varying quality according to our vaasana-s, those habits and tendencies which are 'native' to us. Further, that nothing is 'written in stone' - we can reshape our inner selves through the guidance given by philosophy and religion.
Colouration of our personality is further affected as a result of our indriya-s; the senses. We have constant input via sight, sound, taste, touch and smell. The mind-intellect duo work on that input and instruct the body to perform output in response, via the organs of action (tongue, hands, legs, anus and genitals).
Wise minds or ancient times, in conjunction with Divine guidance, developed methods by which we could wield self-control and regulate our lives to gain maximum benefit not just in this life, but in preparation for existence outside the physical. To live according to such principles is to seek the path of perfection. All faith systems have an understanding of this; that from the cradle to the grave everything we think we 'own' is nothing but detritius; that all we are born with and all we can take away is the essence of "me", that core being of awareness. The only unchanging aspect of life is the 'me' identity. Which, if we are paying attention, raises the question of WHO IS THIS I???
The human-being alone of all creatures has the wherewithal to understand the place of things and circumstances and take action to minimise the effects they have upon his or her psyche. To get the best out of the world, we need to be balanced and complete in our personality. Our emotions must be controlled and our mind and intellect equipment purified and clarified through appropriate contemplation and practices.
We have all experienced and observed that there are things called 'natural talents'; some things we are brilliant at and other things which can defeat us, whilst our siblings or mates will have different propensities and skills. Similarly we note that in different and trying environments everyone will react and manage in different levels of capability. Some appear to float above the trials and tribulations, others may be embroiled but manage nonetheless, and yet others seem almost to drown in the situation. That which separates these people is the conditioning of their mind and intellect. That in turn is said to be determined by the vaasanas with which they were born. Yet those very vaasanas can be researched by the person and the negatives rooted out, replacing with and strengthening the existing positive tendencies.
Vedanta provides the 'mirror' in which we can see our make-up and educate ourselves on the reality of things. Only when we can see and be fully aware of the blemish can we take action to eradicate.
Often we can point to society and blame it for negativity. What we must always bear in mind is that 'society' includes us and is a representation of the balance of the mentality and intellectual application therein. If every individual in a society was working towards the noble goal of Self-Realisation, we would indeed have the ideal world. Sadly, this is not something that can happen because each individual must live out its karmic debt and thus we have the tapestry which creates the texture and pattern of our world. All that we can do is ensure that ours is one of the brightest threads. If we can find other bright threads to link with so much the better. Perfection can be spread, just as gold can be spun. It begins here.