Our mystical quest, or spiritual purport, reflects the whole range of our life’s experiences — as they are and also what they emote in a given, or not given, context. This is also as subtle as it is pulsating, and as idyllic, as it is upsetting, like the distressing pangs of long-standing depression, or anxiety. The individual who will, to paraphrase philosopher Plato, love most whose interests they regard as identical with their own and in whose prosperity, or adversity, their own fortunes are involved, ushers in a resolute behaviour. This, as Plato again articulated, will help in some way, or the other, to improve them and augment their realities.
When we position each moment of apprehension, concern, misfortune, monotony, and disquiet, in one or more kitbags, they will offer us distinct mystical pieces of thoughtful awareness and wisdom. The point also is — stress, the stormy marauder of contemporary life, provides profound intuitions. It ‘coaches’ us to look beyond certain manifold dimensions — with a new set of glasses — from the clear visage of not just hindsight, but also futuristic reality. When our ‘attention’ is honed from deep within our psyche — with such a subtle intent — our ‘hold’ with the idea of ‘soul consciousness’ not only becomes obvious, but also crystal-clear. What’s more, we are now better equipped to beat the odds, as it were, through our new-fangled resolution, aside from celestial inputs, such as divine intervention, or blessing. The outcome is predictable — the gloomy clouds that were upsetting the applecart of our ‘mindful’ horizons earlier are transformed, in a flash, into hope and what was a desperate circumstance becomes the winning pitch.
To state the obvious — we are always predisposed to compliment the divine when things go well for us. At the other end of the spectrum, we are just as inclined to reproach the same power when we confront difficulty, or adversity, including job loss. The reality of it all is as old as civilisation — most of us forget to look at every difficult situation as a learning experience, and not so much when it relates to success, or achievement. This is primarily because learning from understanding is as difficult as measuring success — without the monetary component. This holds good for our spiritual experiences — because, wisdom cannot be evaluated with prosperity, or wealth. It resides between our two ears, just as much it ‘fills’ our mind, body, heart and soul. Yet, the caveat is, as Mahatma Gandhi said, “It’s unwise to be too sure of one's own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.”
Wisdom is a simplistic tool — it is assessed by our competence to love and receive love. What defines our wisdom is our innate talent to view the grandeur of nature around us, or the countryside, just as much as applauding the dexterity of a square-drive from the scintillating willow of ‘King’ Virat Kohli. This is also what motivational wisdom is all about — the aptitude to enter a condition of empathetic acceptance and appreciation of life’s numerous mysteries and subtleties, including our role, or purpose, in it. Agreed that it takes time for it all to percolate into the vast recesses of our mind, primarily because we are so engrossed, tense and edgy — with what’s going to happen next in our life, relationships, and career. The whole panorama is but a puzzle too — it represents a journey that guides us to meet challenges, overcome obstacles, and live life in the best manner possible — with each of us residing in a synchronous, also amplified, ‘zone’ of our own.
(The writer is a wellness physician, independent researcher and author)