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Soul and our Duty: Sound of Silence Part-10

It is important to do our duty for soul. Our ambition to serve our soul will lead to have a divine life. Moreover,this will connect us to god, our ultimate goal. Let’s know more about this. You can also read our blog – Nature’s Love: Sound Of Silence Part-9

Soul and our Duty: Sound of Silence Part-10

The Key to Mind Speech and Body

A mind with child-like simplicity,
Speech vigorous like youth,
Conduct thoughtful and rational as befits the age.


Ambition may be viewed as an essential ingredient in the making of a life. But a man ought not to be subservient to it. Subservience implies despair and disappointment in the event of non-fulfillment of ambitions. That is, one feels broken in the heart of hearts.

Like, a feeling of the mind being weighed down, and the flame of life being stubbed out. If a person comes to such a pass, then it may be supposed that ambition has enveloped him. So profoundly that he is powerless to redeem himself from his situation.

Identifying with the Memorable

I am trying to achieve harmony with the memories of acharya Dev. Expression or presentation of the state of identification. As a result, the recollection of the person worthy of remembrance tantamounts to achieving harmony with the memories.

Devotion to Duty for our soul

Human disposition has pleasant-face, sad-face aspects. Maybe as such, a person ought not to be adrift with the current or the wind. But he has to pace determinedly-

  • with faith in himself
  • bearing in mind his duty
  • unmindful of the world’s derision
  • and without pausing to heed the world’s applause.
  • Keeping the sentiment of duty uppermost in mind, with conduct, thought and demeanor in tune. Therewith could prove beneficial.

Transgressing Sangh-enjoined Limits not Beneficial

Tirthankar Dev Prabhu Mahavir established a four-pillared Sangh. He gave the Sangh its organization. This organization envisages a clear-cut objective. All aspirants, big and small alike, may pave the way for their atma-sadhana, (spiritual self-discipline), keeping under the auspices of the preceptor. He also instituted the positions of ‘Acharya’, ‘Upadhyaya’ etc towards the fulfillment of this aim. So that the system might operate in a beautiful, disciplined way, and that all aspirants might savor the experience of atma-bhav. So, in this context, it must not be overlooked that the aspirant is mired in illusion. He is naturally prone to error.

For this, Lord Mahavir has set out the manner in which criticism might be made. Side-stepping criticism of the lapse, high-handedness, or wanton, willful transgression of ethical limits prescribed by the Sangh. But it is not at all in the best interests of the Sangh. Rather, disrupting the Sangh order tantamounts to ruining it. Such conduct leads to mohaniya karma. It is an act that distorts the true perception of reality.

Solution through Reflection with Equanimity and Simplicity

Administrative systems are often marked by novel experiences. Difficult as sustenance is of members of even a small family, if members of the many families, as diverse as forest woods, who are progressing along the path of sadhana (spiritual discipline), need to get into a state of simplicity and neutrality in order that the experience of Samata (equanimity) and veetraagta (non-attachment) might reach the depths of their thought. Experiences triggered by circumstances are sometimes perturbing. Also momentary thought might arise. But reflection with neutrality has helped resolve circumstances and has done so on a continuing basis.

Svadhyaya (Study of the Scriptures) is the Soul of Spirituality

Once food turns to juice and is digested, energy courses through the body. Likewise, in the adhyatmik (spiritual) field, the study of knowledge, svadhyaya, and post-svadhyaya reflection and meditation set off energy suffused with shraddha (faith). Shraddha intensifies.

In the absence of self-study, it is difficult to have meditation and reflection on a grand scale. Unless mental assimilation of a subject is done after reflection and meditation. It is difficult to strengthen and deepen faith. Hence, svadhyaya is the soul of adhyatma (spirituality).

Let Proficiency Accomplish work

Co-operation with the leader in his role as head etc. is a duty enjoined upon every member. The leader is offered a garland.

In Indian culture, as the exchange of garlands between bride and groom betokens feelings of mutuality of co-operation. However, they remain comrades. Also, they are companions in joy and sorrow. Likewise, by garlanding the leader, society has made a pledge of reciprocal goodwill with him.

Hence, everybody may conduct themselves with a feeling of mutuality. If it is said that the head does not take everyone along, that he is willful, then how can he merit our support, my take is that he was elected to the high post on the basis of his competence, and not incompetence. If he has been elected leader because of his ability. Firstly, let us take advantage of that ability. Also, let him be given the chance to perform according to his ability.

Sometimes, the foremost among us is called upon to make instantaneous decisions. So such decision making can be based only on wisdom and capability. However, if it is urged that a wrong person has come to be elected at the helm. Even then he cannot be left to himself. Lest his incompetence should move him to commit something untoward. As it becomes necessary to keep around him constantly.

Right path- Soul and our duty

Just in case he strays from the right path, a course correction could be done. It would be right to keep to the road, but even if he shifts to the sidewalk, do not forsake his company, for you will get a chance to reflect when he hits a roadblock. It would be your apposite duty then to make him aware of the right direction and path.

Hence, one entrusted with a task should also be given the opportunity to accomplish it.

I hope this helped you cherish your soul, also realized our duty for it.

Happy reading!

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