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The Biggest Lesson of My Life

What is inside is outside.

Our circumstances are the shadow of our inner state of being.

Our life is not a smooth sailing boat in tranquil water. Rather we encounter turbulent waters and storms frequently in the path of life. Everybody encounters. But instead of breaking down, if we realize that each turbulence and chaos brings with it the potential for evolving, for growth, challenges can be turned in to victory. A seed sprouts in to a sapling. A caterpillar breaks its shell to become a butterfly. So hardships are a part of life which brings learning. But this wisdom I have learnt in a hard way.

After graduating from an engineering college I was not getting any suitable job.it was a recession period and job crisis was prevalent at that time. Throughout I was a confident and good student in my educational career. So it was a great setback for me. Gradually I was falling prey to depression.

I started taking medicines but to no avail. But when I was at the verge of total breakdown, and was not able to become mentally stable, one family friend came to my rescue. He said you have throughout your life till date was in pursuit of education and always looked outside. Have you ever bothered to look inside? I reflected ,yes I spent my childhood and youth in the pursuit of education for career as most of us do. He told me now you unlearn and try to grasp whatever I am telling you, and start a new journey by looking inside.

Thus he started giving lessons on yoga. I started with different Yogasanas. Gradually I started feeling better and in control of myself. He told me first you calm your mind and free it of all worries, tension desires and focus on the studies for preparation of the exams for getting selected in a suitable and befitting job. Just don’t think about the results. Just be in the present moment and prepare. Along with that, daily morning and evening I practiced yogasanas and meditation. Gradually I stopped taking the medicines and got back my composure. After six months I got a good job as a Control and Instrumentation engineer in a modernized Thermal Power Plant.

If we change ourselves, our circumstances will inevitably change also.

Thus began my inward journey. I started studying different Buddhist and Hindu philosophies .The one philosophy which was life changing for me was the philosophy of Buddhism that teaches the principle of “Oneness of Life and Environment.” When I was a failure I usually blamed my parents, misbehaved with them, blamed the government blamed my circumstances .Actually I blamed my problems, my sufferings and pain on things outside myself ……..other persons, circumstances which were beyond my control. The principle of the “oneness of life and its environment,” however, demonstrates that the causes of our joy and sorrow originate within us. When we base ourselves on this principle, seeing our environment as a reflection of our inner life, we are able to take full responsibility for our lives and in this way become empowered to solve our problems and create positive outcomes in the situations in which we find ourselves.

In Hinduism The Yajurveda Reveals, “Yatha pinde tatha brahmande, yatha brahmande tatha pinde”.

That is –“As is the individual, so is the universe, as is the universe, so is the individual” or “As is the human body, so is the Cosmic Body, as is the cosmic body so is the human body”

A Mind & Chitta of an individual is a part of the Cosmic – Mind & Chitta ; you must understand that your individual Mind & Chitta is part of the Universal Mind & Chitta and that actually there is only Universal – Mind & Chitta . Individual Mind & Chitta should not be brought into Consideration at All.

The Matter & Mind & Chitta should be properly understood by those who meditate according to Patanjali’s Yoga Darshan. For most people , Matter is Inert and Mind & Chitta is Active, but matter is the State of Mind & Chitta where Mind & Chitta is subtle state of Matter i.e “Scientific Proof of Vedanta Version : “Yatha Pinde Tatha Brahmande”(Universe & Human Body is Homologous).”

We must clearly understand that Matter and “Scientific Proof of Vedanta Version : “Yatha Pinde Tatha Brahmande”(Universe & Human Body is Homologous).” are two different States of “ONE – REALITY” i.e. Universal Consciousness”.The Centre Core of Mind & Chitta as well as Matter in each CASE is frequency, Vibration & Energy i.e. SHAKTI (Divine Power of God).

Everything General & Abnormal happens inside the Mind & Chitta, nothing happens outside. Behind the Divine Body is the Mind & Chitta, behind the mind & chitta is the Universal Mind & Chitta, and behind the Universal Mind & Chitta is the Universal Spirit or Consciousness.

Whatsoever it is Very Very difficult (Illusion) for people to realize that there could be anything beyond this Body, Mind & chitta (mind stuff, psyche).Whatever our state of mind and chitta inside is manifested as matter, as circumstances , as events outside. We attract the same frequency of people and circumstances in our life as is our state of mind and chitta.

The insistence on an inner focus and exploration has always been the sole principle of Hinduism. One of the most unique concepts found within Hinduism is the belief that the entire universe, in fact everything that exists outside our bodies also exists inside our bodies too (in both a figurative and a literal sense). The reason why this is believed is because the Vedic conception of the universe is comparable to that of a fractal. A fractal is known for its self-repeating nature and the universe as described in the Vedas is mentioned as having the same patterns reproduced in all levels of the cosmos. Thus, the Upanishads boldly declare, “Whatever is in the macrocosm is also in the microcosm.” The microcosm is oneself and the macrocosm is the universe. The macrocosm is as the microcosm and vice versa; within each, is the other and through understanding one (usually the microcosm), you can understand the other. The jiva (individual soul) is nothing but a kind of mirror of the universal soul (Brahman) – each individual soul contains the cosmos as a whole.

According to Buddhism, everything around us, including work and family relationships, is the reflection of our inner lives. Everything is perceived through the self and alters according to the individual’s inner state of life. Thus, if we change ourselves, our circumstances will inevitably change also.

The principle of the oneness of life and its environment clarifies that individuals can influence and reform their environments through inner change or through the elevation of their basic life state. It tells us that our inner state of life will be simultaneously manifested in our surroundings. If we are experiencing a hellish internal life state, this will be reflected in our surroundings and in how we respond to events. Likewise, when we are full of joy, the environment reflects this reality. If our basic tendency is toward the life state of compassion, we will enjoy the protection and support of the world around us. By elevating our basic life state, we can transform our external reality.

As Nichiren Daishonin writes, “If the minds of living beings are impure, their land is also impure, but if their minds are pure, so is their land. There are not two lands, pure or impure in themselves. The difference lies solely in the good or evil of our minds.”

So I feel that our educational system should be modified. Instead of only teaching Maths, Science and History, or different subjects a study of life changing philosophies should be introduced at a tender age. So that when the children grow up and face the world, they are equipped with the tools to face challenges, turbulence and chaos in life. If I was introduced to such philosophy twenty years earlier I could have sailed my boat of life in a better way.

A education system which creates value and THE CONSCIOUSNESS (Self- Realization) based Education is the KEY to Creating a World Free of Mental Tensions, Problems and Suffering, a World characterized by Unconditional Love, Peace & Prosperity, Harmony and Fulfillment i,e. Frequency, Vibration & Energy.

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