THE NEEDS FOR PROPER LIVING – BODY, MIND, AND SOUL
NEEDS OF OUR BODY, MIND, AND SOUL
Our body is perishable in its nature
Contains in it a soul, an eternal one
Which acts like fuel
Which makes the body of ours to run
Without the soul in our body, it stops its functions
When our transitory body
As a carrier has lived its utility
Like a vehicle stops its functionality
When without running energy.
We become the prisoners of our desires
When we do not exercise control over our mind and the desires
The mind goes berserk with desires gone wild
When desires and mind go out of control
These two impermanent entities conspire
To sully the permanent entity our Soul
Indeed an eternal one
Which otherwise would have been part of the Super Soul
If fully liberated from the ill-effects of desires.
During our lifetime too
We look after the exterior of our being only
But give the least think
That there is something more vital
And still more lasting
Which is inside our own body
Knowing this fact fully
We can know anything that is inside and outside of our body.
Need of it all
Is to keep our body and mind to work as a cohesive unit
For the overall health of our Soul
By keeping the mind and senses in the tight sheath
So as to ensure liberation from the rut
Of births and deaths that we are constrained to take.
Essentially, for living a purposeful life, it is important that we remain alive to the needs which are to be constantly met if one wants to live a purposeful life. For this to be a reality, we have to know and follow some mandatory requirements for a purposeful living.
The following things are needed for a living happily:-
- A home to live in where our family could reside with facilities incommensurate with the need of the hour and also according to the standard we want to set for ourselves but within the confines of our earnings which we have earned with sincerity.
- A service which gives us regular earning to meet the daily expenses.
- Provision of education to our offspring. it is not merely our life, we have to pursue the educational demands of our children. For this, we have to plan beforehand as to which college, professional institutions etc we want to admit them according to their capabilities and knowledge.
- Caring for our elders and infirm in the family. We have to take along all our family members; care for the elders who have given their everything for our upbringing.
- Good company. In life, we cannot perform all the jobs ourselves, we are constrained to be dependent on others to assist us, therefore, good company of friends and well-wishers is a must.
- Our health and wellness. For putting in our best, it is a must that we have good health. It is well nigh said, sound mind dwells in the sound body. Therefore, we have to take care of our diet, exercise our body, etc.
- Follow a spiritualistic oriented lifestyle. It is also felt that there is a need to follow spiritual life; by so doing, we can cleanse ourselves of any smut which may be entered in our system.
Fundamentally, it should always be borne in mind that we should always be satisfied with what we have earned with the sweat of our brows. Needs could be limitless but those ‘limitless’ needs could become undoing for us when our earnings do not match our need fulfilling propensities.
Besides the foregoing, the following should always be kept in mind:-
BELIEF IN OUR KARMIC DEEDS AND MISDEEDS
The karma philosophy remains working with us. What we give others, we get back in the same measure. Actions and reactions are equal and opposite. If we sow the seeds of thorns, in return, we shall get the crops of thorns only. The result of negativity cannot be positivity in any way.
NEED FOR POSITIVE ORIENTATION IN LIFE
There is a crying need for adopting such ways and means so as to always keep ourselves in the positive frame of mind even in the face of the certain grave situation. Negativity dissipates our fighting energy which is latent in us thereby putting ourselves in the realm of impossible even in possible situations. Be that as it may, an optimistic and constructive person always sees opportunity in every episode that crosses his path.
EVERY CROSS-ROAD TEACHES US A LESSON
There are chances that there is the opportunity in every crossroad of circumstance which comes in our lives without any warning sometimes. We should not take crossroad as the roadblocks but opportunities to give us the lesson in our lives. Need is to avail every chance which we garner to acquire tangible lessons.
NEED FOR CHANGE WHEN CHANGE IS NEEDED
Those who do not change according to the need of the time, they perish without leaving any sign. Those who change, as the situation demands, flow with the current and do not face any difficulty in any event or situation. Thus, it is a necessity to effect change in us whenever needed.
TO BE RECOGNISED AND RESPECTED
Everybody wants that his/her good deeds are recognized and given due approbation or appreciation. This appreciation or inspiration to move ahead despite hurdles is immensely needed.
PROPER DIET FOR ENERGY TO OUR BODY
It has been said, sound mind dwells in the sound body. If we are bodily strong, we are able to take higher responsibilities and work hard in attaining any goal that comes our way.
EXERCISE FOR KEEPING OUR BODY HALE AND HEARTY
Along with proper diet, it is a must that we should have proper exercise to keep the body strong in order to take on our commitments.
Our learning process starts from our birth till our death. In other words, our curiosity to know more about new things remains. When our curiosity about new things assuaged, desire for knowing more arises and this continues. By so doing, our knowledge is enhanced, with the enhancement of knowledge, or make it applicable in daily lives and subsequently get experiences. This experience bestows us wisdom and we are provided with the power of discrimination – a power to know the difference between good and not so good.
The informal education is learned in the family and other informal institutions such as temple, church, mosque, playground etc but formal one is learned in the educational institutions.
CARE AND PROTECTION OF OUR FAMILY
Family as a unit wherein the members who are closely related live and subsist. The earning of a family is used for the substance of whole of the family members. Here all the members are provided for, the elders and the infants are looked after. There are the members who earn for the family and there are the members who are dependent on them, they are also looked after and their necessary needs are met. The head of the family is responsible to see that all the members of the family are taken care, as required. It is in the family itself we learn the first lesson in value system besides our cultural and family traditions are transferred to the offspring.
ADAPTABILITY IN THE SOCIETY
After our educational pursuit, it is a must that we adjust in the society in which we have to live and thrive. Here again, we have to be adaptive to the situations we are placed as everything that is there may or may not be of our likings.
HUMILITY AND SELF ESTEEM
Living in the group or society or adjusting in the workplace is of paramount importance. For this, we have to conduct in such a manner that we do not lose our moorings while interacting with others. Egocentricity will not help us in any event. We have to perform our assigned jobs and conduct ourselves with humility but without losing our self-esteem. This is the need of everybody who wants to be successful in life.
FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION
Societies wherein freedom of speech and expression are not taken care of cannot progress. These are the essential pillars of democratization of the society.
FREEDOM TO EKE OUT A LIVING
Bondage of any kind causes hindrance to our personal growth and development. Everybody should be had the opportunity to eke out a sincere living for himself/herself and for his family.
TO BE SELF SUFFICIENT
A good person is the one who is self-reliant and is not a parasite on others in any way.
INDEPENDENCE TO PURSUE HIS/HER RELIGIOUS FATH/BELIEF
It is important that all should have the freedom to follow his/her own religious belief and aspirations. Nothing should be thrust upon an individual. This is also an important need.
COMMUNICATION WITH THE MEMBERS OF THE SOCIETY
For a person to live in the society, one should have the sound relationship with the members of the society. Proper relationship results when we respect the sensitivities of others.
NEED FOR LEGAL MARRIAGE – A BIOLOGICAL NEED.
In any civilized society, it is important for a relationship which has got the legal stamp on it. The sex, outside the institution of marriage, is not appreciated and is immoral.
SAVING FOR RAINY DAYS
We have to earn a living and it is not that our body will allow us to work as our body mechanism too has its own limitations. We should, therefore, keep saving part of our earning so that that saving could be utilized when needs like Medicare, marriage in the family, construction of a house is needed.
We have to take care that we conduct ourselves in a manner which is within decency and right conduct. Here ego will not help but be working in cohesion will get us through.
PEACE AND TRANQUILITY
As far as possible, we should learn to respect the others privacy and should not act in such a manner which intrudes into others privacy. A peace and tranquil environment help in the holistic growth of an individual.
The soul and the body are different. The body is transient and perishable, but the soul is eternal and indestructible. The soul wears the body like a clothe and discards it at the time of death. Baghwad Gita says that the Soul cannot be destroyed – it is immortal. It is eternal (Nitya). Also, it does not undergo any change and it is invisible.
The soul Purusha (God) and our body is Prakriti and the being gets manifested when the two unite. Our desires produce bondage of our soul. For liberation, it is a must that we liberate ourselves from the bondage of the soul. For the liberation of the soul, it is a must that we rid ourselves of the sense related desires and absorbed in the Self. The individual self is the projection of the Supreme Self only. On liberation from the desires, we achieve liberation. It is just like a wave in the sea which rises and then mixes with the sea only.
Till such time the soul attains liberation from the desires, it remains in bondage but when it is liberated after we become desireless, it mixes with the Supreme Soul and become one and feel no distinction or separation. Opinion may be any, but one thing is crystal clear that our Soul and Super Soul are one eternal reality (tattvas). This has been enunciated in Bhagwad Gita. It speaks about births and deaths subsequently rebirths according to gunas or traits including the desireless actions which we perform.
SOUL IS A SUPERIOR ENTITY
In our body, senses are great, mind is greater than senses, intellect (budhi) is greater than mind, and Self is greater than mind. The soul is the highest eternal reality (Tattva) and the senses, intelligence, mind are the realities (Tattvas). Embodied soul, cannot itself escape the body without spiritual or divine help. When it leaves the body, it goes to the higher world depending on the karmic deeds of the individual possessing that soul. It is also mentioned in Bhagwad Gita that the thoughts an individual is having at the time of death determines the attainment or otherwise by an individual soul. The liberated soul is free from the desires and free from the control of Prakriti but embodied soul is ensnared by the desires and attachments. The soul cannot be seen since it is the prisoner of our mind.
Conclusively, it could be said that for us to live a purposeful life, we have to know the needs of our body, mind, and soul. For ensuring a balance in our lives, we have to strictly follow certain principles for a happy life notwithstanding what is our present state of financial position or social status. For a balanced personality, these things are of transitory nature.