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Path to liberation

india Updated: Mar 15, 2011 23:01 IST
MN Kundu

Human life is invariably tragic with divine discontent. We always look for something more and better and for that matter even the sky is not the limit. At last, if fortunate enough, we come to realise that until we solve the mystery of life through self-realisation, our search for permanent peace, security and happiness leads us nowhere.

Permanent peace lies in self-realisation, which can be attained by intense yearning or deep devotion to the Almighty. Since most of us lack that, we need to look for the way to achieve this goal.

The first step is to know that we are ignorant and to remove that we need satsang or lessons on self-realisation. Usually we are not fortunate enough to come across any overwhelming realised master. Hence we need to listen to many masters, read scriptures and spiritual literature.

The next requirement is 'bichar' or application of the sense of discrimination. We need to be analytical . What-ever we may listen to, ultimately we accept only that to what our inner self responds. Hence freedom from fanaticism must be achieved through cast iron discrimination.

By this time we realise that our real barrier lies in unending desires which keep us chained. If the mind is preoccupied with mist of desires, it cannot concentrate on the truth. But the flame of desire is the nucleus of our life. It is not possible to extinguish the same altogether. We need to replace the mundane desires with divine desire.

Our greatest enemy is our own uncontrollable mind. It invariably deludes us with false hopes of lasting happiness from material world and tempts us to escape from self-realisation. We need to lift up our mind with the help of the mind. Here 'pranayam' or life-force control helps. Practice of 'pranayam' facilitates forceful spiritual journey to self-realisation. Liberation is achieved when all these four wheels take us to the ultimate goal.