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The fact that you are on this page could indicate that you have questions in your mind that remain unanswered and that you are beginning to understand that you have no control over many things that have been happening in your life. 

The only constant thing in life is change. People who don’t accept this truth cannot be happy. It is essential for people to understand that all kinds of changes that a person undergoes during a Janma, are learning experiences which purify the Atman whose final destination is Moksha. Since nothing or no one is permanent, being too attached to life, to the people in one’s life, to wealth, to material possessions or to position, is bound to end in sadness and mental agony.

One Janma or a lifetime can be likened to a single leg of a multi-stop journey between cities or countries. Life through one Janma is merely a tiny part of the entire journey that the Jivatma takes before becoming one with the Supreme Divine Paramatma. (More on the page on Ishavasya Upanishad)

When things go well or when people make great progress in life, they usually like to take credit for the way they so ‘intelligently planned and managed their life’. However, when things start going wrong, instead of taking responsibility, they start blaming others, the stars or their Karma. They become victims of their damaged pride and ego, and therefore they try to live a fake life so as to not let others become aware of their changed situation. They lose control over their mind and end up doing things that are detrimental to themselves and to those around them. The weak-minded ones contemplate self-destruction in order to escape humiliation. A person who has entered this state of mind hardly has any chance of recovering automatically and hence, putting in efforts to make a course correction is the most sensible choice they can make.

In order to begin to gain control over one’s mind, it would be necessary for people to commence by understanding differentiating between their Self which is eternal and indestructible; their mind; and their body which is only a vehicle that their Self resides in during one particular Janma or lifetime. An important fact to remember is that everyone has their own Karma to balance and is in a different stage of their Karmic evolution process. Therefore, comparing people and the situations they are in would be meaningless.

People following the Sanatana Dharma need not worry about the risk of being hurled into some eternal hellfire because there is no such thing that the Dharma threatens people with. The only thing is that negative patterns continue in life until they are corrected through righteous action guided by Divine Knowledge and the ‘worst’ thing that can happen to people who don’t make the necessary changes in themselves, is that they would be stuck in a never-ending cycle of births and deaths in which they will feel unhappy most of the time. (Metaphorically explained in verse SBG 16:19)

Troubles in life set a person thinking. This thinking makes them soon realise that in reality, whoever they thought themselves to be, was only the smart and efficient trickster called Mind which has an armour named Ego around it, and that their true Self is neither their body nor mind. They also realise that all the things they thought they had done in life were actually things that happened on their own and that they had no control over them. This understanding is the beginning of wisdom as it begins to destroy the illusion called ego in a person and it puts them on a tangent to the negative cycle of life they were stuck in, thereby leading them to freedom from it.

When people face sudden debacles or other tragedies in life, the first question most of them invariably ask is the self-pity-inducing “Why me?” question.  The way to free oneself from the pain caused by this self-centred and egotistical question which is a result of a person’s feeling of entitlement is to calm down, disconnect oneself mentally from the challenging situation they find themselves in, get ready for change and be open to receiving knowledge that could come through anyone and in any form.

Moving towards spiritual discipline and imbibing the great knowledge from our scriptures that our revered forefathers have preserved and left behind for us, have a positive effect in making a mental shift towards the right attitude and direction.

Decide to change your life and take the necessary steps to usher in new patterns into it.

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