Ruzbeh N. Bharucha
I am not telling you to forsake or disrespect your body just because your true essence is the Spirit within you. I am certainly not telling you to be disenchanted or disillusioned by the world and the five senses. Just don’t get obsessed by the world and the five senses. Don’t lose your way in the many by lanes of the true path. Keep your eye on the destination but enjoy the journey.
In fact, greater the realization of you being the spirit in the body, further the respect you will accord to your body that houses this spirit. The more you understand your true priority as a human being, the more you will give of yourself to the world at large and even perform better in the material arena.
We are made of the five elements and in those five elements, the element of earth and water, are more predominant. The laws of gravity can never be discounted. The flesh has its own reasons. Parental and peer pressure to be out there and succeed has its own gravitational pull and push.
Look everywhere around you and the emphasis is on the body. Every advertisement is focused on a fitter you, fairer you, sexier you, powerful you, you being the body. Our kids are seeing all this and thus from infancy the focus isn’t on the spirit. From infancy a child is usually taught to value things that are connected to the material rather than the spiritual.
This is the way we have been brought up. In our schools and colleges, where is the emphasis on the spirit? Where is the emphasis on realizing one’s true self? Our schools are programmed to bring out a pre-packaged literate work force. That’s bloody it.
Your real value is put on the weighing scale of success. It is all about achievements in the world. Better jobs, fancier cars, fatter pay checks.
The spirit is lost in the debris and derbies of merchandising.
For most people, what one can see, touch, smell, is only real. We know the sun doesn’t rise or set, it is just the earth turning its back to the sun or facing the sun, but yet, most will bow to the rising sun and never the setting one. We are programmed to focus on the material and the obvious.
Once again, there is nothing wrong to be out there in the world and pursue your dreams. The important point is, don’t forget who you really are. The more you connect with the outside world, and equate your worth with the outside world, the less you connect with your real essence and your spirit. The danger lies here. The more you focus on your spirit and your real essence, less hold will the body and things connected with your body have over you.
A simple example, the best way to make a child stop throwing a tantrum, is to distract the child or divert the child’s attention. After a while, the child usually forgets what he or she was crying about, and gets involved in whatever it was that has now held the child’s attention. In the same way, the more you focus on being the spirit in the body, being a part of The Oneness Family, being a spark of The Great Flame, automatically, the hold your body (and all its attractions and distractions and turmoil and phobias) has over you will loosen and one day will fall away. The more you operate as I Am That and one day you will realize, I Am That.
Eventually a disciple begins to look and behave like The Master and after a while becomes one with The Master. This is what true focus and perusal of one’s priority can achieve.
Go ahead and be out there in the world but never forget your true essence…Aum Tat Sat.
Ruzbeh N. Bharucha