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Seeking Knowledge Of The Ultimate Truth Of Life – Gian Kumar
It all started twenty years ago, when my life was satiated with material comforts and luxuries. ... Questions started troubling my mind ... about seeking new directions. ... After all, every phase of life requires a change. Questions like—who am I? Where have I come from? And many more, led me into reading and research, seeking knowledge of the ultimate truth of life. Having finally found the answers, I realized the need to share with the world, my findings, in the form of twenty articles, each linked, yet separate ... many thoughts leading to the same path ... life, spirituality and God. I sincerely hope these articles will help you seek, and discover, your own answers.
It all started twenty years back as I was galloping along in my life, earning money and being concerned with only materialistic comforts and wealth. Then, questions began troubling my mind, in which direction should I lead my life? After all, every new phase in life requires a change. Where should I go, either towards religion, luxury or the various intoxicants of life? Why should I seek any other direction and drift away from the current ecstasies ...
... that life was offering me? How does one go about having a sound mind and body? Who am I? Where have I come from? Question after question kept pouring into my mind, from where the research commenced. Slowly, step-by-step, I started to climb up the tree of life, in search of knowledge of truth, where one discovers one's true intentions, and now, writing articles for you, to opine what this knowledge is all about.
Upon reading the various articles in my book, you may realize how much research one requires to acquire knowledge that reveals truth, defined and identified your way, and whether truth is subjective or objective, relative or absolute. Success in finding the answers to most of my questions led me to write these articles. Since they connect many thoughts on the path to realization, I could not combine all of them under one title. Right or wrong, these have settled as Truth in my mind, and will remain so until I learn to transcend further into this subject.
Spiritualism, Spirituality or spiritual practices have their own connotations with different meanings for different people. It may connect to religion, science, philosophy, psychology, and personal development. It may also depend on the intensity of your needs and beliefs in evolving spirituality. What is important here is what you consider as true, dedicating yourself blindly to lofty spiritual ideals through million-dollar enriched spiritual gurus, with the quest for reaching heaven, money and love, or awakening to your own realization of truth and its values.
Traditionally, as we see now, many religions have regarded Spirituality as their own authority and an integral part of their practices. Spirituality is to develop an individual's inner life with a larger reality into a more comprehensive self. Religion is imbued with various beliefs and superstitions bending towards any one supernatural God. Alternatively, we notice that scientists, physicists and neuroscientists today consider science and spirituality to be complimentary, not contradictory, to the extent that they are even trying to learn more about how the brain functions during reported spiritual experiences.
As Daniel Patrick Moynihan said, "Everybody is entitled to their own opinion, but they are not entitled to their own facts." I truly believe that some spiritual practice is essential for personal wellbeing. Today, as we all know, unless we understand and manage our own thoughts and emotions, we cannot be balanced, calm and happy. This science or knowledge of obtaining the truth, how to manage the churning of our thought processes, is the content in most of my articles, to the best of my learning and experience. This realization of knowing the truth within your inner self is to me, the enlightenment I wish to seek in my life, rather than devote my time to praying, chanting or believing in some mystical consciousness.
In the enlightenment section in Wikipedia, Mandukya Upanishads states:
Enlightenment is a state of freedom from the ignorance that causes suffering. There is no necessity to attain mere belief in God, but it is necessary to have profound knowledge of the truth that lies behind the concept of the word God. The idea is not to know God as a different being but to know, one's own real self and its essential nature, which is the self of all. The preachings of religion make a person dependent on priests, temples, idols, blind faith and dogma, and dependence on these is a habit of the lower mind. Such crutches may be useful at a certain stage for some people, but they do not lead one to ultimate truth. A dependent mind is not free, and without freedom, enlightenment is impossible. Religious dogmas are full of beliefs and myths that do not satisfy the human intellect and that bind believers to a narrow view of life and human potential. Such preachings instill more fear than love in the hearts of masses.
Therefore, as you may notice, my endeavor throughout my various articles has been to seek the ultimate truth hidden in all of us, irrespective of the source or belief, as long as I can understand the meaning of how to self-realize, without having to follow any blind faith in fantasies of religion or otherwise. Such a journey will awaken the truth in me about realities of life in totality, where there are no paradoxes, dualities, illusions or egoism.
What you might notice in yourself, as I have, is that when you know the truth, it shall set you free from bondages in life. Your behavior will change for the better; your mind will no longer be dependent on autosuggestions from the past or nervous emotions; your mind would be under your control with the clarity necessary for correct behavior, leading you towards the natural flowering of your personality. This knowledge of being true to yourself is going to change the way you are, your mannerisms, your personality and probably your life.
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