Being Physical, Intellectual and Spiritual, All in One Time and at One Place   2 comments


Material Intellectual Spiritual

Any normal and sensible human being initially starts his/her journey of life with physical plane and later on, takes up intellectual and eventually moves to spiritual by the various lessons they learn from their interaction with the world and the experiences they have through it. All men/women differ in their level of mental caliber and in their power of discrimination and that’s the reason why they drastically differ from one another in terms of the time span they take in order to elevate themselves.

There are some who totally discard both their material longing and intellectual prowess after reaching the highest state of spirituality.

There are some intellectuals for whom spirituality is a total abhorrence and always strive with their intellectual prowess for material enrichment and expansion, and derive satisfaction from it.

Still there are some for whom both intellectual and spiritual planes are total anathema to their perception of life and drag on their lives only through their physical plane and find their own happiness out of it, and can’t dare to think beyond and never dream of more brightful world.

My head gets dizzy when I contemplate on such things as,

why only spiritual at the cost of physical and intellectual?,

why only intellectual at the cost of physical and spiritual?, and

why only physical at the cost of intellectual and spiritual?, and

how can all these be made into a perfect blend?

Being raised in an environment of the highest ideals and healthy discussions of the pure Guru-shishya parampara/tradition, I got myself initiated into the spiritual path at quite an early age not because of some external didactic or hypnotic or indoctrinating influences, but purely on the basis of my subconscious affinity with the greatest tradition of the world/universe which is found only in India in its purest and heightened form. So I commenced my life’s journey when I started feeling (with) my conscience, through the spiritual plane unlike those of my age who enjoyed in/through their physical consciousness.  It was a big struggle for me to come down (or may be going up (as per the material standards), as I couldn’t exactly make out) from my spiritual consciousness to the pure physical passion and from there ascending up to the intellectual heights.

Let me be more candid and emphatic here, I’ve seen men/women of the highest order and yet with down-to-earth perception of life, from whom I started getting solace for my ever inquisitive and impatient mind which had always been struggling to find out the way through which all the planes that our mind perceives can be fully compensated with one another and be struck a proper balance. I bow my head to those greatest souls I have practically seen, for whom all the planes, physical, intellectual and spiritual are strikingly equal and they never showed the smallest of the small difference or discrimination among them throughout their life time. Moving from one plane to another, for example, from physical to intellectual and from there to spiritual and vice versa, and from spiritual to suddenly physical is a child’s play for them. They carry the most primordial self which they are very much aware of, in their ordinary human bodies like ours and can make it resonate at will, with the ordinary selves (self or soul always is one. The difference as we see is only through our perception or the level of awareness, and this perception differs from one person to other because of the surrounding layers of the strong mental impressions born out of our experiences of physical interaction with the world both outside and inside) of ours. Blessed are those who have reached the highest spiritual state and yet retained their childlike innocence. Intellectuality is never a conscious attempt for them, it’s rather a free flow without any cognitive or contemplative brooding and analysis.

I always make it a point to visit such noble souls whenever I go to a new place and try to get connected with them spiritually through my physical interaction of touching my head to their lotus feet and the holy sandals.

We are all totally misinformed and misguided by the modern pseudo-intellectuals of our society that spiritualism is only for those who totally renounce materialism, and by some spiritual quacks that spirituality is to be attained by compromising our intellectual reasoning and analysis. These are far from truth and sheer baseless arguments.

Spirituality without going through the litmus test of intellectual reasoning and analysis can never survive and the intellectuality without spiritual motivation cannot stand. It’ll collapse like a big house of cards at the slightest disturbance.

Intellectuality is to make our material life pragmatic and sensible and spirituality is to make it meaningful and insightful. Material is to manifest the both!

 

 

Being in a state of equanimity, and enduring whatever come, whether it is hot or cold, good or bad, praise or criticism, is tapasya (penance or austerities).

The universe is in one body. You see the sun, moon, stars, mountains, trees but you don’t see GOD, which is the life of the whole universe. 

~~ Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

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2 responses to “Being Physical, Intellectual and Spiritual, All in One Time and at One Place

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  1. Keep learning and continue the journey of Karma with Dharma for Moksha

    • Thanks for your comment brother. I feel being on the journey of Karma with Dharma in its true spirit itself is the Moksha. It’s only possible for those who have attained the Moksha. Moksha is not something which can be attained somewhere or some time later. “Journey of Karma with Dharma”, really a great idea easier said than done.

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