We all desire peace and most of us want to live by our scriptures. But we all are constantly affected by ups and downs in life.
The classic example of that is, if you buy a car and it gets a scratch, it rattles you, it affects you. But, if somebody else’s car gets into a crash, it doesn’t affect you that much. If you apply that approach in life and start thinking that the things that you possess are owned by someone else then you have applied the concept of detachment.
One of the tenets of Guru Maharaj is that you don’t live to own things, but think of yourself as a guest. You think that somebody else actually owns these things, whereas you are just a user or a caretaker. And that becomes the basis of how you will implement detachment in life.
But it is easier said than done. Guru Maharaj implemented it in his life. That is applied research. How do you take some of those core concepts and apply them?
Lot of scriptures including Bible for example say ‘you should be truthful’. Very simple, but easier said than done.
So what do you need? You need inner strength for that and how do you get inner strength? That is by ‘Satsang’. This is by going to someone who actually has the strength to implement that. And just by observing how someone actually implemented it, you get confidence that you can learn some of that and apply in your own life.
You need inner strength to apply these concepts which are not that easy to implement. But then, there are these concepts like detachment, which people don’t even understand, forget about implementation. Right? So, first you need to understand, and then you need to have inner strength. Both of those things happen when you have someone who has actually got that strength. He guides you and provides you with a tool called meditation which will give you that ability to acquire inner strength.
Scriptures say a lot of things which are hard to understand. Once you understand, it’s like they become the golden rules. How do you apply those golden rules in life in today’s context, in today’s time? That’s where you become like a PhD student of your coach or your guide. They provide clarity and guidance every now and then. You exchange some notes, go back, try and come back to try again. You do this because they have demonstrated through action or they have provided some tools.
One of those tools is meditation where you start imbibing his positive energy, which gives you inner strength. So you are able to inculcate this instead of just applying this golden rules without first gaining the inner strength.
It’s almost impossible to achieve that without first having that inner strength. So the first step in for this to happen is to desires the first step to get close to a Guru. And then you have a chance of knowing and understanding the concepts first. Then you can overcome desires and avoid those other things that you shouldn’t do.
Lot of people have this misconception that if I don’t have desires then what will I do, because everything is driven by desires in today’s world.
You are trying to do your duty. It’s like desires where you have expectations versus duty, what am I supposed to do.
What’s my duty as a father, as a brother, as a fellow worker or as an employee. So we have expectations that cause disappointments. But if we focus more on duties, that’s what we should really be focused on? And if we continue to do those and you know life will change.
That’s the hard thing to do.
So there is no free lunch, right? I have heard several times from several people that Guru Maharaj’s techniques and principles and processes are simple. So yes, they are, but then it’s a relative term. It’s simpler than a lot of other things. Its simpler than other means that would get you to that objective or the goal. But it is not simple.
It definitely requires less effort, less time as compared to other means. And hence, it is more suitable for people who work, have family but it does not mean that it requires less dedication.
It’s like “what you sow, so shall you reap“. Guru Maharaj has written that we should dedicate half an hour every day morning and evening. So for 23 hours keep doing what you do otherwise. But if you dedicate one hour to this process of connecting, imbibing positive energy, meditating on it and for that time you disconnect from all other things that are surrounding, you will feel more peaceful, restful and healthier. You will also achieve that inner strength in the process which will give you almost an unprecedented ability to implement these golden rules.
Guru Maharaj has made it simpler. Concepts like ashtanga yoga and hatt yoga assume that somehow you can climb to the top of the pyramid by your own efforts.
There is another concept, find a person who is at the top. If the person throws a rope to you, you can easily make your way to the top with the help of the rope. Instead of climbing up, you are now being pulled. This process is not totally effortless, and you have to keep the grip on the rope but it’s much easier than climbing uphill by yourself. The only challenge in this method is to find a person at the top. Guru Maharaj found his Guru, Ramchandra Ji Maharaj and we found Guru Maharaj.