Insights from India: The Soul is Eternal, Hence Don't Grieve


[Mindful disclaimer: I am neither in the possession of truth, nor do I have – as they say - monopoly on the truth. Everybody has to seek and find what’s true for them. I am just another soul on the path of Truth (with a capital T) – whatever that means. While I travel down the long and lonesome road of life’s ups and downs, I have chosen the art of writing as my tool to dig deeper, in hope of finding pieces of clues that will help me solve life’s mysteries. Like a transpersonal archeologist, I am digging deep, working on making sense of the fantastically puzzling questions that revolve around the meaning of life and human existence. I am looking for clues to human existence that will shift our consciousness and help us see things through different, more loving, compassionate, forgiving and kinder lenses. So that we may not only transform our own being, but humankind collectively.]

Photo taken by Bob Bowdon

Photo taken by Bob Bowdon

When I journeyed to India I was looking for a reset button, a piece of enlightenment and some healing. The true healer is one who can relieve suffering and I found amazing gems of wisdom during the almost two weeks I spent in this to me foreign, yet strangely familiar country that is also one of the most spiritual places on planet Earth. While I was there I discovered an amazing teacher and healer, Dr. Satyanarayana Dasa, who is also referred to as "Babaji".  

Listening to his lectures was a healing experience beyond anything I have ever experienced thus far. He truly relieved me of my own grief in my heart that has weight me down over the past year (I cannot even fathom how my heart is still alive and beating. It is a pretty robust thing, our human heart, is all I can say. :D) I want to share some of this wisdom I brought back with you. Hopefully it will serve you in the same ways that it has served me.

There is no reason to grief. When our hopes are not fulfilled we feel sad. That is what we call grieving. We grieve the loss of a job. Or a relationship. Because our hopes and dreams of the perfect situation haven't been fulfilled.

However, whatever material goods you’ve got or not – in truth, it is not related to you. When we grieve and become depressed, we are without energy.

But that doesn’t make the problem go away. We have to identify the problem and solve it. If it is a real problem, you can solve it. If it is not, there’s nothing you can do anyway.

The law of life is: you are born, you will die; you are born again and die. And so on. Therefore, you should not grieve over the inevitable. What is the use to lament or grieve? It is the law. Just accept!

You can’t stop aging, but your soul is eternal. The truth is: most things are not in your control. And: there’s simply nothing you can do about it.

It’s good that you don’t have control, because you can’t interfere with the divine. Trust that a higher power is watching over you and this energy knows much better what’s good for you than you’d ever know. Surrender to the Divine. Om Namo Narayani means: I bow to the Divine Mother. Make it your mantra. Because mom always knows best.

Next time you grieve, no matter what it is – a relationship, job or money, the loss of a loved one - become aware if this: is it under your control? And if it is not: don’t grieve!

Depression is a misuse of our intelligence. Many problems we create ourselves. Or we blame them on others. We become the victim and we give away our power. But that is not intelligence; it is not connecting with the divine and your higher self.

So in essence: never get too attached to the material world. The soul is the battery of this body. Without this body you as soul, you couldn’t function. So be grateful for this vehicle, which carries you through life. And always remember that when you die, you won’t take anything material with you. Instead reorient yourself, your principals and what you make life about. Because what you will take with you are the lessons learned; the spiritual wisdom acquired and the love given and received.

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