Finding Samyama in Samsara

SAMSARA IS NOT ALWAYS SCINTILLATING. Samsara means the cycle of life, in which dualities alternate–sometime you experience happiness and the very next moment pain. It can be compare to an ocean where your soul is tosses hither and thither by the waves of duality. In the words of Buddha, everything is impermanent. Shelly in his poem Mutability writes:

The flower that smiles to-day
To-morrow dies;
All that we wish to stay
Tempts and then flies.
What is this world’s delight?
Lightning that mocks the night,
Brief even as bright.

In LIFE, one tries to fulfill himself through various means: money, pleasure, power, possessing property, enslaving people and what not; also simultaneously experience pain and sorrow. Yet he still remains unfulfilled and still longs for more. But there is no end to it if you clearly see.If this is life then is it worth living, does it matter if we die today or tomorrow as life is as good as death. BUT IS THIS ALL TO LIFE or IS THERE SOMETHING BIGGER TO LIFE. Sanatana Dharma says YES!

DO you remember this scene in Slumdog Millionaire where Salim who is Jamal’s brother fills a bathtub with money and sits in it, waiting for the death which he expects any moment. It shows the limitation of what money can do in life.

jamal salim in a tub filed with money in slumdog millionaire

Rishi Pathanjali begins his famous Yoga Sutra by brushing aside what to ordinary people is LIFE by a half sentence: Atha Yoga anushasanam/ Now begins the practices to attain Yoga. To elaborate it, the first condition for a student of yoga is sufficient life experiences–and the way out of the pain of life is yoga. Second, he should be sincere; third, he should be receptive. Then a Guru starts communication of Yoga.

The same thing is Sadhguru’s words

“Going through life in its various aspects and stages, you may reach a point where you realize that all that you are involved in, all that you used to hold as desirable and precious does not really lead you to fulfillment – and that is where the true journey begins

When you really know the pain of ignorance, then a master arises…if your longing to know has really picked up a a certain intensity within you…then he will anyway happen.”

It shows that expertise in yoga is not that which a certificate proves. It is much bigger!

It is the path of Yoga which enables one to find SAMYAMA / EQUANIMITY in SAMSARA and a person who attains it is called SWATANTRA or FREE PERSON or one who acts from his being uninfluenced by any other factors. And he experiences SAMADHANA/ peace of mind. Also, the word for health–SWASTHA is derived from it which means ‘one who is established in his self.’ I therefore think that you cannot buy health from any doctor as HEALTH HAS TO COME FROM WITHIN. Such a persons mind is settled and is not disturbed by the waves of duality in the ocean of life. It is only such stable minded persons who can dive into the DEPTHS OF LIFE and realize the PERMANENT BEHIND THE IMPERMANENT, and within the NOISE, SILENCE.

Shankaracharya in his poem Soundarya Lahiri writes:

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Tatil-lekha-thanvim thapana-sasi-vaisvanara-mayim
Nishannam shannam apy upari kamalanam tava kalaam;
Maha-padma tavyam mrdita-mala-mayena manasa
Mahantah pasyanto dadhati parama’hlada-laharim.

Those souls great,
Who have removed all the dirt from the mind,
And meditate on you within their mind,
Who is of the form of sun and moon,
And living in the forest of lotus,
And also above the six wheels of lotus,
Enjoy waves after waves,
Of happiness supreme.

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