Your triple responsibilities: the real meaning of religion and spirituality

Your triple responsibilities: the real meaning of religion and spirituality


My Guru spoke, having born as a human being
you have triple responsibilities to execute. One, he said, you need to take
care of the physical health of yourself so that if your body is healthier it can
give you happiness and it can be very helpful, a beautiful chariot to live and
move in this world, this is possible. Whereas we all understand the
limitations of the physical body, after some time when the aging process happens
it will become old, it can lose its health and become ill and one day it
will die, also whatever it is. But, however, as long as it is available, our efforts
to keep it as healthier as possible so we need to undertake such exercises and
about food also, these two things are important to keep the body healthier.
So if we are doing this, the first responsibility is executed properly. Now,
after the physical body we have a mind. So we need to take care of the health of
the mind also properly. Health of the mind means it should be able to give you
happiness at all times and it should be under your control. Means you should be
able to stop the mind when you want to stop that one and when you want to think
you should be able to think. When you are thinking also you should have overcome
selfishness and narrow mindedness. Selfish means considering this
physical body as yourself and then always act upon only for the selfishness
of this physical body and your inability to be considerate to others in
this world, in your surroundings or anybody else other than yourself. So this
we call it as selfishness. So you should overcome this selfishness and narrow
mindedness. If you are thinking that you are this physical body,
your thinking will also be like a small-minded, narrow-minded. You won’t be
able to show grace, magnanimity real friendship all this things to others. You
will always be acting upon your selfishness,
whatever that you imagine you need for this physical body. You will be able to
overcome this if you undertake proper exercises.
Meditation is one such exercise, this is done. And now, the third responsibility is
when you are able to uphold moral values. Moral values, it’s very difficult to
define 100% exactly. However, a basic definition is this consideration to each
other. Your ability to consider about others. Like I told, if we are hungry, all
of you will also be hungry. If I want happiness, all of you also want happiness.
So this consideration to each other. If the entire humanity is able to execute
this, how beautiful the world can be, you can imagine. Now, I will come to the point
of religion and spirituality. So today very often it is natural for the younger
generation particularly and many others also to be averse about the word of
religion. Instead of talking about this thing, suddenly if I tell, ‘I want to teach
you all religion, come’, you may not like the idea. ‘We don’t want any religious
teachings, no, no, no, no, we are not.’ However, if I explain to you what religion means. I
also used to think as a student, we went to school, college, everywhere. We had a
lot of thinking. ‘Why were these religious practices given to us by our forefathers
or our ancient people or whoever were the founders of these things.’ What
was the reason, what is the basic idea that they wanted us to perform religious
duties. So in my due course of onward journey toward spirituality, what I understood is, religion means, I tried to find out in the dictionaries also, this religion
word is taken out from the Latin word meaning obligation. Means, obligation, you
are obliged to do these things so you have to undertake these exercises. You have a
duty, that’s why you have to take. The three, triple responsibilities I
explained is the basic idea of giving religious practices to human beings. So a
religion is actually a phenomena where various exercises are prescribed so that
you can keep your physical health, mental health and moral values upholded at all
times. Then only you are a religious person in my opinion. Other things are all
rubbish that we try to misuse, misinterpret, all these things have
happened. That is where people have lost faith in religious things at all. The
younger generation, modern educated people don’t want religion at all. Instead, I tell
youngsters, this is what religion means. You are upholding your physical health
then mental health. Try to be a perfect human being. Like my Guru always told, ‘Try
to become a perfect human being first, becoming gods and angels comes later,
that is afterwards. Means, when you are thinking in the mind, you should have
overcome the selfishness of the physical body. You should be able to consider of a
larger cause in action, in thinking, at all times. Not to show it to four people
and then when we go behind, we behave something else. That should not be. So
thus when you are able to behave like this then your mind is healthier. If you
are not behaving like this properly, consideration to each other in this world.
If you are totally selfish and you are thinking, you are talking, your behaviour,
then you are mentally ill in my opinion. So then, when your mind is ill you are
unable to uphold moral values, the third responsibility. Consideration to each
other again. So if you are upholding all these three, imagine, you are the right
religious person. The rest is all a rubbish thing. Well, in recent times, more use of
‘spirituality’ has come into effect. When people saw the ‘religion’ word has
been misinterpreted, misused, so people are becoming averse. So they have started
using spirituality. Means study of yourself as that infinite spirit.
Infinite means, basic clue I will give you – your own mind. Your own mind is so
infinite. You cannot show your mind to anybody. In its form, in its shape, in
its colour. Nobody has seen the mind in naked eyes but everybody knows they have
a mind, based on the thoughts and visions. So from the worldly point of view, mind
means it is a bundle of thoughts but if you go further deeply, means through the
practice of meditation when you are able to clear all the thoughts and visions,
then the mind regains its pure form of consciousness and energy. Try to watch
that one, you will know how infinite. The same thing I told, amongst the millions
of thoughts, you have one thing which is not a thought – consciousness of your
existence. When you are able to zero in on to that, watching that after getting
rid of all thoughts and visions in meditation, you will be able to
experience this yourself as the pure consciousness then you will understand
how infinite it is in form. So this infinity is also known as
spirit form. Some people call it as soul, Atman and some people call it as
immortality, eternity, all these things, so many terminologies have been used but it
is infinite to be precisely more understanding of what it is. That is the
infinite form. So this is what triple responsibilities are, how it is connected to
religion, how these exercises like meditation and all these things are
actually part of these exercises prescribed so that you can uphold your
moral values, keep your mind healthier, know yourself better and try to keep
your physical body as healthier as possible.
Now you think whether you would love to be a religious person or not, from this
point of view

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