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When I go deep into the life histories of the great people of exemplary character who dedicated their lives for the cause of the truth, including even those who were believed to be the incarnations of the God, we find that all of them sacrificed all what ordinary human beings could never have thought of sacrificing, went through excruciating conditions of painful penance and fiercely struggled against the tyrannical ways of the people with greedy and violent minds. None among them, without exception, targeted happiness and peace for himself; they lived for nothing but only to make others happy.

When I try to fish out something worth reading out of the voluminous mythological literature, I find that the God, whom the man has always tried to elevate to some unapproachable heights above the seven skies, was often found walking holding the hand of some poor and lonely fragile old man in a stinking narrow lane. I find it extremely difficult to disassociate such impressions of mine about the God, His incarnations and his selfless followers from the concept, the theory and the practices of spirituality and religion.

The ‘Sadhya’ (the thing that must be achieved), the ‘Sadhan’ (the tools needed to achieve what must be achieved), the ‘Sadhak’ (the one who tries to achieve what must be achieved) and the ‘Sadhana’ (the rigorous efforts needed to achieve what must be achieved); they all lie the circumference of the wheel of human life moving with the propelling force of constant and undiminished experiencing of the pains of others as if they were one’s own. The spirituality and religion target realization of the God, the ultimate truth, which, in fact, is ‘the thing to be achieved’.

PROMOD KUMAR SHARMA
[The writer of this blog is also the author of “Mahatma A Scientist of the Intuitively Obvious” and “In Search of Our Wonderful Words”.]

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