What is the need of Spirituality?

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What is the need of Spirituality? Why can’t I just be a happy person ?

In modern times, we see youngsters work over twelve or fourteen or more hours in corporate and spend the rest of the time in restaurants or clubs or in gossip; Older folks, however, waste their time watching TV, reading newspapers, playing cards or golf, and conversing about pointless sociopolitical issues.

Whenever someone starts talking about God or spirituality, people tend to put off the subject by saying, “What is the need to know anything about God – whether He exists or not, who is He? I am not interested; I have many other things to do in life.”

But in reality, having knowledge of God is not just something that interests or intellectually pleases one; rather, it is something that every rational person must have. To understand why spiritual knowledge is necessary, we have to first understand that all of us are searching for happiness at every moment in our lives. But unfortunately, this world is a place where our attempts to become happy are repeatedly frustrated.

God is the origin of all things. The cosmos is a cosmic device that God created and built. There is no one better than Him to explain to us why we exist and why we suffer in this world. He knows why He created it, why He placed us all here, what He wants us to do, and what He wants us to avoid. He holds the key that will set us free from this suffering world and lead us to an afterlife filled with unending joy.

 

Then why not surrender to God and ask Him, “Please tell me what should I do?” Are you capable of stating with assurance, “I receive what I want” and “I don’t get what I don’t want”? All other buses come and leave besides the one we are waiting for when we are waiting for a certain bus. What else are we left with but to give up? We might come to the realisation that “I am not God—the ultimate arbiter of events or things, not even of our local buses. He is the one who determines our level of happiness and misery in this life based on our past actions.

Napoleon Bonaparte was so well-known during his era that Paris has a statue of him with the inscription, “Napoleon is France, France is Napoleon.” One cannot always be a hero, despite the fact that one may be pleased of having accomplished many wonderful things in life. Napoleon spent the final years of his life imprisoned on the island of St. Helena, where he was forced-fed horse excrement and held by the neck with a sword. 

Napolean Bonaparte

Napolean Bonaparte

Chris Reeve in the movie Superman

Chris Reeve in the movie Superman

Chris Reeve in Paralyzed Condition

Chris Reeve in Paralyzed Condition

In the same-named film, actor Chris Reeves played Superman. He pulled off some remarkable and amazing acts in this movie that caused people to revere him like God. He was thrown off a horse in an accident in 1995, leaving him permanently neck-down paralyzed.

So while it may be fun to imagine ourselves as Superman, the reality is that we are powerless ants in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. The sole child of one of the wealthiest men was on an island doing study on tribal cultures when he was eaten alive by cannibals. He was being followed by a boatload of aides, but they arrived too late. The shocked Rockefeller declared, “From today until death, I’ll have no peace,” after learning the tragic news.

Mohammed Ali in his peak days

Mohammed Ali in his peak days

Mohammed Ali, the well-known and essentially unbeatable heavyweight boxing world champion, referred to himself as “The Greatest.” He then developed Parkinson’s disease, which rendered his hands useless and prevented him from even lifting a cup of coffee. He said, “Yes, I am the greatest – the greatest fool, because no one can claim to be the best other than God,” when someone brought up his previous catchphrase, “I am the greatest.” And the Vedic history is also filled with such incidents.

Muhammad Ali sits in a wheel chair

Muhammad Ali sits in a wheel chair

And the Vedic history is also filled with such incidents. Why do even people with such outstanding personalities suffer from problems? God is the source of all existence, and by getting to know Him, we can discover a lasting solution to all of life’s issues. We have the intelligence to wonder, “Why is everyone suffering? ” only in human life. Why am I in pain? What did I do wrong?  Is there no permanent solution to these problems? Should I cry in vain and die in pain? Or can I do something about it?”

The first aphorism of the Vedanta-sutra says:

“athato brahma jijnasa !!”

  Now that you have achieved a human body, you should inquire about the Absolute Truth !!

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