Life: The Illusory Nature of Existence
We believe that humans are fortunate to be born as human beings, the only living animals to be conscious of the world and themselves. However, whether affluent or poor, we are also those unfortunate animals continually whining and perpetually dissatisfied. In our life, there is a perpetual sense of incompleteness. We are never satisfied for no apparent reason. We are not at peace or happy in our current state.
According to ancient Eastern philosophy, our existence is illusory, only a play of the absolute spirit/energy in relativity or duality. Our perceptions shape our reality, and concepts like God and the devil are mere mental constructs without factual basis. The absolute or the organic whole is all that exists, and we, along with everything else, are a part of it.
Living as the Essence of Life
Living is the essence of life. It is a procedure, not a thing. There is no other way to achieve life than live it, to be alive. Life is not something that happens to you; it occurs within you. We often read that life comes from life. Life is matter and consciousness that defines living from non-living during birth and death. Matter in living creatures comprises from conjugation through the transference of DNA via RNA from one to another.
The Cycle of Birth and Death
There is only a beginning and no finish to life. From a seed to a sapling to a tree to many more seeds, energy tends to expand and evolve endlessly. The perimeter of this circle continues to grow, and life continues to circle without end. Death is simply the next step in life’s cycle of birth and death, continually growing and leading to additional births.
Life is nothing more than a game of illusions in which we pass through numerous stages as both observers and performers. Who and what you are is not who and what you believe you are. The mind plays this game on its own, and you, as a spectator, are witnessing it. Striving to create from nothing leaves you drained and questioning the afterlife, an illusion! When you become aware of the drama of life, you rejoice and perceive reality as it is rather than as the mind wishes you to see it.
Life and Spiritualism
We can’t relate the subject of life to anything else, such as science or religion. Spiritualism continues to exist in its own subjective space, developing on the subject of life, with science and religion as its goals for learning more. Religion strives to discipline the mind by laying down norms and conditions that connect you to community and culture, while science focuses on the physicality of existence. On the other hand, spiritualism has no beliefs or practices that link it to any additional power or field. It only requires your attention, alertness, attentiveness, and truthfulness to raise your consciousness of the oneness that resides in unity and continuity.
Moreover, physical life emerges mechanically from active matter, requiring the energy of air to breathe. However, what makes the matter conscious, providing every movement to the body and brain? The metaphysical life contains the aware universal energy, which is boundless, formless, eternal and infinite from a Vedantic point of view. When it enters the human mind can make the mind first aware and, after that, conscious of all that it perceives, conceives and executes to perform every feeling, thought, experience and action through the body and brain.
Awakening from Ignorance and Unconsciousness
We need to awaken from this ignorance and the state of our unconsciousness. Today scientists claim that the mind functions subconsciously in auto-mode for over 98% of the time. This simply indicates our ignorance about the functioning and control of our minds. It is a shame that despite advancing to such high levels in health and physical comforts, we remain unconscious and far behind in knowing and understanding our inner self – the spirit.
So, it is highly essential to know the spirit because it is the presence of who you are. It is only because of this presence that your mind understands how and where it is heading. Because of this abstract spirit, you can observe and direct your mind. It makes your mind conscious of awakening from its false reality of living in misery and suffering. You are the absolute unwavering spirit that balances the constantly changing mind and body. The spirit is eternal; life continues, whereas the body and mind appear and disappear.
Consciousness is that wakefulness, which makes the mind active and alive, without which the body and brain will collapse like a log of wood separated from its living tree. It creates that individuality that is unique in every living creature. Hence the subject of life is aware consciousness, and the object of life, which can be observed and measured physically, is the objective to experience what life is all about?
Living Life Gracefully: The Secret to Wholesomeness
Now, let’s discuss how to live life to its wholesomeness. The topmost method is to be a constant watcher of your mind and its thoughts, feelings, motives and actions. Become an impartial watcher through alertness, constantly watching your mind to make it aware, which will transcend your mind without knowing or effortlessly into higher consciousness. This is the actual secret or the art of living your life graciously. You will be inwardly aware and conscious of your intentions, attitude and character; how the mind is handling itself outwardly; otherwise, you shall remain ignorant without knowing about the same.
In conclusion, life is a complex and multifaceted concept, and its true essence can be understood only by exploring its various dimensions. While science and religion focus on the physicality and spirituality of life, respectively, spiritualism invites us to awaken our consciousness and discover the oneness that resides in unity and continuity. The spirit, which is eternal and unwavering, is the presence of who we are, and it balances the constantly changing mind and body. By becoming a constant watcher of our mind and its thoughts, feelings, motives, and actions, we can live our lives gracefully and achieve a higher consciousness. Ultimately, life is a game of illusions in which we pass through numerous stages as both observers and performers, and the key to understanding it lies in perceiving reality as it is rather than as the mind wishes us to see it.
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