You may have seen some wise old folks still exuding an enormous youthfulness whereas a self-indulgent teenager looking like an aged man. Do you know that youth is actually related to your Being and not your body?
In our society, we are conditioned to think youth is related to certain age or a life stage. Nope, being youthful is the very quality of life, it has a lot to do with our inner space. Ageing is related to our inner space, the idea which we carry about ourselves in our inner space directly reflects in our body as a physical ageing.
What causes ageing according to Vedic wisdom? In the Vedic Tradition, there are a few key concepts you need to know.
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Do you function purely out of logic or intellect in life?
Let me share with you why I have moved away from living with logic to living with truth.
We are trained by schools, institutions and society to function with just logic or intellect which is fact-based. Facts are logical which is easy for our mind, but truth is beyond logic which our mind cannot fathom. That’s why we always believe facts but doubt the truth. We can use facts to support our thinking and arguments which is easily accepted by society. By and by, we begin to believe that our mind is very logical, we are a logical person. We start to make our mind the master.
I was reminded of a perfect example given by Paramahamsa Nithyananda on facts vs. truth. The fact is you can draw a straight line. According to Albert Einstein, the truth is you CANNOT draw a straight line. To find this out, let’s do a little experiment.
Draw a straight line on a blackboard; next extend the straight line throughout the city. Then extend it further throughout the entire country. Until now it will be a straight line, again extend the straight line to the next country, and then extend it to the next continent. Soon you will realise it will be a curve of the globe. If you cover one more continent with your straight line, what will happen to your so-called straight line? It becomes a circle!
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Life is a long journey which we all have to go through; we have to realize our own Presence. But this journey of self discovery has to be travelled alone by ourselves. No one is going to help us. We have to raise our self by our Self. A teacher, master or guru can only support us, but he or she can do no more that this.
To realize our own Presence is to reach the level of our being. Without touching base with our being, we will not be able to experience what life is really about. By not entering into the space of being, we miss the ecstasy of being. When we raise our awareness and turn inwards to focus on our inner space, we discover that the source of all joy lies within ourselves. This is the purpose of human birth – to realize the divinity within us.
However, there are 9 obstacles in life known as maya (illusions) which divert us from our true mission in life and prevent us from experiencing our Self, our presence. They are:-
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