When it comes to sharing good, the mind immediately reaches out to it with no second thought. In a similar manner, when it comes to removing the bad or negativity one carries within, there is no hesitation and one immediately lets go without any resistance within. Each one of us is willing to gain something better with more goodness; however, we might not know how to get there. The mind wishes to enjoy the fruits of goodness, the positive and its associated happiness. It wants to avoid the bad, the negative and the consequent unhappiness. How can one gain only good fruits in life? Is it really possible to experience this in one’s life?
Fruits are the final outcome in the growth cycle of a tree. As we all know, merely sowing the right seed does not yield the desired fruits. What is equally important is the caring and nurturing of the plant. If one sows the correct seed, but does nothing further to nourish and look after the plant, one should not expect to receive or enjoy the fruit. Similarly if you are looking for opportunities, positive responses and happiness in life, you need to take adequate steps to care for and nurture the seed sown within you.
One of the essentials of the ‘Self’ is ‘Knowledge’ – ‘True Knowledge’. Knowledge here refers not to the knowledge of the world or creation, but about ‘You’ – the ‘Self within’. Hence, true knowledge is ‘Knowledge of the Self’. It is that knowledge, which helps one realise their true nature. It is not just information as seen in the current context or understanding of science. Rather it is that knowledge which transforms a being. Mere information confines one within the boundaries of fixed notions and ideas whereas true knowledge liberates one, by transcending oneself beyond notional boundaries. Therefore, I say that real freedom is ‘internal’ and not ‘external’.
There is no criteria or level for individuals to attain, to be able to gain and practice true knowledge. One cannot say that he or she is not worthy or does not qualify to practice it. Such wrong concepts stop one from knowing the ‘Truth of Life’. Once, it happened that the son of an outcast mother, Jabala wanted to attain true knowledge. He couldn’t, as neither he nor his mother knew the name of his father or the caste he belonged to. He requested a highly renowned sage of that time to accept him as his disciple. Upon hearing his request, the sage inquired of him about his father and caste. The young boy truthfully told the sage that neither he nor his mother knew the name of his father or his caste. This brought a smile on the sage’s face. Without hesitation the sage accepted him as his disciple. He explained that only a true aspirant or seeker can speak this bitter truth. Hence, do not tie yourself down with a false assumption that the search for true knowledge is only for a few and not meant for you.
I advise you not to run to read the scriptures or spiritual books in order to search for true knowledge. You can practice it in your life. All you need to know is that you are a student in the world. See yourself as a student of life, a passionate and determined student; one who is willing to learn for the growth of his ‘being’. Even an atheist can follow this path. Divinity does not differentiate between dis- believers or believers of God. Anyone who is a true student of life will receive this reward. It is that simple!
When the mind is influenced with events or false notions, it tends to deviate from the real nature of the ‘Self’. When one moves away from the Sun, what one experiences is the opposite of light viz. darkness. When one starts doubting the ‘Self’, they find themselves in a confused state of mind, not knowing what is right, and might even think that they are orphans in the school of ‘Divine Creation’.
The sad part of human life is that it takes years and years to realise this. It is in these moments of difficulty that one starts searching for the path to salvation.
‘True Knowledge’ focuses your mind on the Source of all Creation – the Self. Anything which moves your mind away from the Source is not true knowledge. The more you walk on the Path of Knowledge, the closer you move towards the Source. With each step, there will be moments of liberation within. These are unique stages of transformation which one goes through, though not necessarily in any sequential manner. You would notice significant changes within; but would not be able to pin point them precisely.
Your individual consciousness starts experiencing higher states of consciousness. As you grow in this state under guidance, you would notice the self expanding further – into the Universal Consciousness. Soon you realise the truth of your existence and merge into the vast ocean of universal unconditional Love, a Divine union of truth, love and bliss.
So walk on the path towards the ‘Source’ – with ‘True Knowledge’. Be there to receive it!