Its 1:00 Am at the time of this writing and the urge to put the thoughts on my Mac is not letting me sleep.
Ever since I started this blog initiative I have been bombarded with questions as to what this blog/website is about, What’s the idea behind it and why the hell am I so serious about what Consciousness and Subconsciousness is and why I want people to know about it and make their lives better from this Knowledge. Once I engage in conversation with people regarding this subject and pitch to them the idea and its relevance, people develop a keen interest to my talk and are blown away with what I have to say about the subjects of Consciousness,Subconsciousness,Universe and Law Of Attraction. At the end of most conversations the question I am asked about the Most is :
How is Consciousness related to Spirituality’ or ‘ Is getting into Higher Consciousness a way to attain Moksha’.
I have to admit here that I expected such a response and I do understand the point of view they are coming from. The reason for this question is that people don’t really understand what Consciousness is. I thought for a while how well can I address this Question. As I was thinking about it I remembered Two stories which I read couple of years ago and I thought sharing the same stories would help people to see the bigger picture of things and would allow them to relate and learn from it. I would definitely address the question in more depth in a different writing. For Now enjoy the stories that I am about to share.
This is couple of years back and I was going through some serious troubles in my personal life and it screwed me up big time. Desperate times call for desperate measures. Coming from an Hindu Indian Ethnicity I was no stranger to Astrology or Numerology and how the planets Play a role in your Life here on Earth. Among all my diggings to find a solution for my troubles , the thought to read Gita ( The Holy Book For The Hindus) entered my mind and it was really a strong one. Out of curiosity I went on the internet and searched for the benefits on reading the Holy Book. I came across the following Story and it didn’t only told me if or not I should read the book it taught me a lesson for life.
The Story Goes like this:
An old farmer lived on a farm in the mountains with his young grandson. Each morning Grandpa was up early sitting at the kitchen table reading his Bhagavath Gita. His grandson wanted to be just like him and tried to imitate him in every way he could. One day the grandson asked, “Grandpa! I try to read the Bhagavath Gita just like you but I don’t understand it, and what I do understand I forget as soon as I close the book. What good does reading the Bhagavath Gita do?”
The Grandfather quietly turned from putting coal in the stove and replied, “Take this coal basket down to the river and bring me back a basket of water.”
The boy did as he was told, but all the water leaked out before he got back to the house.
The grandfather laughed and said, “You’ll have to move a little faster next time,” and sent him back to the river with the basket to try again. This time the boy ran faster, but again the basket was empty before he returned home. Out of breath, he told his grandfather that it was impossible to carry water in a basket, and he went to get a bucket instead.
The old man said, “I don’t want a bucket of water; I want a basket of water. You’re just not trying hard enough,” and he went out the door to watch the boy try again. At this point, the boy knew it was impossible, but he wanted to show his grandfather that even if he ran as fast as he could, the water would leak out before he got back to the house. The boy again dipped the basket into river and ran hard, but when he reached his grandfather the basket was again empty.
Out of breath, he said, “See Grandpa, it’s useless!” “So you think it is useless?” The old man said, “Look at the basket.”
The boy looked at the basket and for the first time realized that the basket was different. It had been transformed from a dirty old coal basket and was now clean, inside and out. “Son, that’s what happens when you read the Bhagavath Gita. You might not understand or remember everything, but when you read it, you will be changed, inside and out. That is the work of Krishna in our lives!”
Our Minds are also like that coal Basket. Its Dirty , it has its doubts, questions and loves to hear and practice only the things that it knows for itself, rejects beliefs and doesn’t acknowledge idea new to it no matter how true they may be.
If we apply this learning in our lives we would see more fruitful results manifesting in our lives leave aside just the question of how learning about consciousness and subconsciousness will change your lives. It is good to question but you also need to acknowledge that if you are seeking an answer for something which is not known to you or is of little knowledge to you , the person from whom you seek the answer from is on a different and most of the times at higher level of knowledge then you. And for an intelligent person it is up to him to not just buy the words and the teachings of the other person but to practice its learning and see the results for yourselves.
Consciousness is very simply Awareness. Being aware of your true identity, aware of your surroundings and being able to see the things for what they are in their reality and to let go of the glasses of illusion of this materialistic world. Everything takes time and getting aware about your consciousness and then making an effort to raising it takes time and an open mind to indulge in practices to achieve it. And in this process you will discover you Answer to the question:
How is consciousness related to spirituality?
You attain Spiritual Consciousness on your path of Awakening towards Higher Consciousness
Now the other questions that always comes to me is ‘Dude what have you got yourself into? You should be out their partying in Clubs , Hanging out at south beach, Grabbing dinner with some Spanish women or at least swipe right on Tinder.’ I always choose to smile back at them and think nothing of their opinions.
As a human it always becomes a pain in our minds as to what opinion others have of us. After the tender age of childhood we start to live by the rules of the society and our innocent consciousness adapts to the beliefs and patterns of the society. For me it came naturally ” Not giving a damm about what others think or what their opinions are”. But this is not the case with everyone.
The following story should free you from this trouble:
Story Of Lord Shiva, Parvati And the Bull
Once lord shiva and his consort, Parvati, were travelling with their vehicle – the Bull. The Lord had taken the form of an old man, while, Parvatiji remained young and beautiful. On the road all passers-by looked on with amazement at this odd couple of an old man and a young woman.
On the way, Shiva said, ”Parvatiji, my dear, please sit and ride on the bull durig this journey.” She obeyed and mounted the bull while Shiva walked alongside. The village folk and other strangers bitterly criticised, ”What a selfish woman! She is young and healthy and yet she chooses to comfortably ride while forcing the old man to walk.” Shiva changed his mind. ”Parvatidevi, the people are mocking you. It is wiser that I sit and you walk.” So saying, Shiva sat on the bull’s back. Further along, other strangers came with sharper comments, ”O look at this mean, bully of a man. He’s fat and robust, and evil too. He enjoys the ride while forcing this young and gentle lady to walk on foot.”
Hearing this both of them climbed the bull. At least, this would ward off the criticisms. But they were gravely mistaken and no sooner had they come to the next village, people sneered and jeered. ”Look at this nasty couple. Both of them have mercilessly climbed upon the bull. They’ll kill the poor creature!”
Now there was only one option left. They dismounted and allowed the bull to walk freely. They accompanied it on either side. While they walked, they met new people with new bitterness. They laughed at them, shouting ”What foolishness! They have taken a bull as a vehicle and neither of them is using it.”
Straight away Shiva told Parvati,
”Come let us do what we think is right, and live the way we want to. The world will never appreciate or see what we do as correct.”
So, no matter what you do good or bad people will always have opinions about you. And if that is the case then why not do things that you wish to do, which gives you happiness, the way you want to do them.
For me these two stories have served a greater purpose of learning and it gives me strength as well.
If you can gain on its learnings, trust me you will conquer more than half of your life troubles if not all.
And for all the troubles which remain afterwards remember there is LORD SHIVA for the rescue. OM NAMAH SHIVAYE
Stay Safe , Stay Blessed
Do good and good will follow you
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