(A collaborative post: Rishika Jain from https://theetherealunicorn.wordpress.com/
and Parneet Sachdev from https://timelessmind.org)
Our heart, which is our emotional bundle, feels a lot. It loves and it carries pain. When it comes to choosing, it seeks to discover ways that will, somehow, attract to us, pleasant emotions. We, as humans, run after happiness, by searching for pleasurable feelings. Choices made only to obtain such emotional experiences may not always be right.
In line with the focus on pleasure, our heart develops cravings for materialistic things like cars, wealth etc. This is where the question “do we need this?” arises.
Our mind, which is tasked with the job of discovering ways to fulfil the cravings of the heart, works to find such material objects. As this quest grows, poison of “greed” enters our mind.
This is where our soul comes to our rescue. Our soul is something divine, one with the universe. It can discern greed.
This brings us to the all important questions.
Is desire really poisonous?
Is the killing of all desire the key to salvation?
If yearning of every kind were so poisonous, we would still be in stone age. It is desire which propels human advancement. It is an inherent power inside every human. The wish to create, the aspiration for excellence.
What then is the poison which leads us astray?
It is the darkness.
The inability of our conscious mind to connect with what is the subconscious mind. Inside each one of us lies the infinite power, within the subconscious, referred also to as the “Naam Kalaah”, “Aad Paraa Shakti”, “Chi”, “Ki”, “Zat Allah”,”The Holy Spirit” and by many other names.
The food of our soul is the awakening of this omnipotence. Our heart and mind, though they yearn for eternal joy; they try to find it outside, in the material.
Whereas, the treasure lies inside.
The journey to peace and happiness is not in the muddle of the material, but it is a voyage to the resplendence of the inside world.
So, is there a solution to greed? How to end hatred?
When I connect, in profound surrender to the omniscience inside me, I understand the true nature of things. This is meditation. In its depth. This is the meditation taught by the prophets. The Yoga of surrender.
Once I fathom that I am the creator and I can have all I want, then greed, hatred, jealousy cease to exist. I realise the oneness, the unity of the creation.
Then, the heart, the mind and the soul beat as one.
Infinite, abundant, timeless.
(I must thank the brilliant Rishika for her ideas and her contribution. She is a young person with amazing maturity; complemented equally by her outstanding expression. I look forward to working with her in future as well)