Headed out to New Mexico on a road trip with a friend, looking forward to being in nature after so much time in the city/suburbs. Can’t wait to practice yoga and meditate on some new literature I bought, including the famous Bhagavad Gita. Till then! Namaste.
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Beautiful Song, I wanted it to be one of the first things I posted on this new blog so I could share one of my daily sources of strength with you.
Have you ever stopped to consider what exactly is the purpose of your life? Or what will make you happy in life? If you’re anything like I was, it didn’t really cross your mind much. What with the busy and distracting lives we lead, its easy to get caught up in just living.
However, the truly terrifying thing about the society in which we live is not the apparent lack of this exercise in self reflection, its the answers people give to it. If you do stop and think, “What is the purpose of my life?” or “What will make me happy?”, there are certain messages that have been tailored for you to latch onto by our materialistic society.
They all boil down to two answers: Happiness is a commodity, and your purpose and worth can be measured in gold. How often do you find yourself thinking “If only I could get that new Iphone, sportscar, gym membership, game, I would be so happy.” Only to find yourself unfulfilled when the item of your desire is sitting right in front of you? The old saying, “money can’t buy happiness” does actually carry weight, but not for the same reasons you may have always thought. Likewise, it is commonplace for people to measure their worth and purpose as a human being by linking themselves to their job or profession. “I’m a lawyer, I help people. That is my purpose.” Being proud of what you do and attaching ones sense of being entirely to something like a job are two different things. More on that later.
The point is that, for a large part of my life, I thought like you think about the world now. But, as you will find as you persist in our materialistic society, or may have already found, our current system is broken when it comes to providing fulfillment. I was unsatisfied with myself, with my life, and with the world going on around me. I was lethargic, a pain to be around, and a drain on my own energy and the energy of those around me. I sought answers from every angle. I took anti-depressants, I started working out more often, I tried to eat better, I went to church more often, I read a dozen self help books. I was still left wondering what the point of all of it was. I was doing it all for myself, but I felt empty inside.
The answer came to me from where I least expected it. An old friend of mine lent me a copy of his book The Upanishads, which he had picked up somewhere on his trip to India. The Upanishads(OO-PAN-i-SHAHD-S) are a collection of ancient teachings passed down by the Aryan and Veda people of the indus river valley that form the basis of the Hindu religion. Please don’t stop reading there, just because I used the “R” word. I was skeptical of how some book that was 4000 years old could possibly help me understand my situtation better, but I gave the book a chance because my friend had insisted that it changed his whole outlook on life. The ideas in the Upanishads are universal, that much is clear from the beginning. Much of the content felt directly relatable to me. It spoke to me in a way that no book had ever spoken to me beofre, on a deeply intimate level, because after all, the book has everything to do with find who YOU really are. Intrigued by the book, I have set out on a lifelong quest to better myself by means of consciously controlling my desires and focusing my attention on what really is important to me in this world.
The facade of materialism was sloughed away from my eyes, and now I hope to do the same for you. I can’t recommend buying a copy of The Upanishads enough, for your own sake, and at least for the knowledge, you should. Also, taking notes as vigorously and often as possible is a great idea. I will be focusing much of my attention with this blog on its content and how it changed my life from a hectic groping through a dark and narrow passageway into a sunlit journey through space and time. More to come on The Upanishads and my discovery of eastern culture, particularly the importance Yoga has played in my journey. Namaste.
"Those who depart from this world without knowing who they are or what they truly desire have no freedom here or hereafter." -The Upanishads
As a person acts, so he becomes in life. Those who do good become good, those who do harm become bad. Good deeds make one pure, bad deeds make one impure. You are what your deep driving desire is. As your desire is, so is your will. As your will is, so is your deed. As your deed is, so is your destiny.
—The Upanishads (5)