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Tread the joyful path

columns Updated: Feb 26, 2013 02:35 IST
PP Wangchuk
PP Wangchuk
Hindustan Times
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How many of us read books and follow the “directions” given in them? I believe most of us just read to forget. But there are books that compel one to think and even try to follow them to lead a better life. One such book is Joyful Path of Good Fortune, written by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, a Tibetan monk and renowned meditation master. It promises to lead you to the path of enlightenment.

Based on the Tibetan scripture known as the Stages of the Path (Lamrim in Tibetan), the book is a guide to the essential teachings of the Buddha for good life and liberation, and gives step-by-step guidance on various kinds of meditation.

The stages of the path to enlightenment includes listening to and teaching dharma, meditation of life and death, developing the wish to attain liberation, and training the mind for tranquility and superior insight.

One should never try to avoid the idea of death as it is an essential part of life and important for rebirth. The idea of death, like the idea of life, prepares us to be humane and loving. If you forget death, you will act in “harmful, deluded ways to promote or protect our own worldly interests, and we may even resort to violence, endangering oneself and others”. This harms us in this life and beyond.

The absence of the idea of death in life makes us develop fear, anxiety, regret and many other frightening experiences in the autumn of our life. You may regret but it maybe too late to reverse the process of happenings. Peace of mind in the last stage of your life depends solely on your “spiritual mine”. When you find a ‘blank’ at the fake end, nothing but fright stares at you.

Life is a journey to earn spiritual gains in order to be able face anything in complete balance of mind with positive vibes. Only then, one can hope to attain a better life beyond this life.