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Soul search

Temples, mosques, gurdwaras and churches as god’s abode mesmerise us with divinity. Our prayers and visits to these places unfold our senses to the spiritual vibrations all around.

india Updated: Dec 04, 2009 00:08 IST
Barkha Dhar

Temples, mosques, gurdwaras and churches as god’s abode mesmerise us with divinity. Our prayers and visits to these places unfold our senses to the spiritual vibrations all around.

While this solaces us, a higher and deeper state of communion with oneself is the almighty within, a silent spectator of us inside out. This inner power is the magnificence of our soul that simulates true colours from life until death. As a voice of realisation and a window to change, our soul’s beauty surrounds our journey through nobility in thoughts, truth in words, acceptance for actions and equality as service to humanity.

Laleshwari, the great mystic of Kashmir once said, "My guru gave me but one precept, from without withdraw your gaze within, fix it on the innermost self." Her verse suggests the embellishing power of our soul. For saints like Laleshwari, yogis like Vivekananda and humanitarians like Mother Teresa, soul was the force that traversed them from darkness to light.

All of us are gifted with this tranquil state at birth and have a chance to realise its opulence throughout our life. Our soul’s infinite power is a pedestal to cosmic connection and a spark for a conscious existence. Such internal ignition emanates by abandoning social discrimination, inculcating secularism, sharing abundance with rough sleepers, hugging the ones in pain, wiping the tears of the suffering and above all realising that joy and sorrow are momentary.

With humility as our hope and soul’s realisation as respite, we are equipped to promote values like honesty, truth, sharing opportunity and unity in our children. This helps them understand that a helping hand or holding hands is just as important as folding hands before God.

Invoking our soul also evokes our mind from a sleepless state to contentment and inspires us through our twilight years. Tuning in to the magical lyrics of our soul and searching the gold mine within helps us transcendent through petty desires in life. Yoga and meditation are good modes to start soul search.