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Do good, get better

india Updated: Jun 07, 2012 22:09 IST
Aditi Bhola

What is spiritualism and why do we need it? The answer is simple: A way of life that aims at improving human lives with a little re-orientation in feelings like love, forgiveness and concern for others.

Spiritualism helps one shun a materialistic view towards life because such a view deprives a man of the sweeter fruits of life. So, if a person works on a simple rule of doing good and avoiding harm, he can assure himself a much happier and contended life. The rule: Do good and get better.

When the idea of living in the present arises, I have heard a lot of people ask, “What exactly is living in the present? Does it mean we should stop caring about the future?” I would say that life is like a travelling experience and when I say ‘enjoy the present’, I want you to enjoy the journey per se. So when we enjoy and observe the bountiful nature, highways, lively scenic beauty surrounding the journey, we are actually ‘living in the present’.

Spiritualism entails socialisation. To what extent does wealth come handy in trying times? Can it ward off the inevitable or even delay it? Can it make or break friends? A truly happy person is one whose near and dear ones love to surround him.

If wealth could do it, the poorest would be the loneliest. But I have seen my domestic help giggling and making merry with any lady she bumps into --- an old granny sitting idle in the house or an ever-nagging sister-in- law. She is the one who is the familiar ‘news channel’ of the locality.

The proof of this internal happiness lies in the fact that such persons, though poor, lead simple life without the weary baggage of materialistic trappings and inflated ego. The true fruit of life is bliss, contentment and inner joy --- the treasure much sought after throughout the ages.

A spiritual way of life is nothing but to orient our perception towards attaining greater awareness, which is a sure way to discover peace within.