Man is endowed with freedom and can become what he wishes to. He is actually a combo of potential with blended virtues. He is a possessor of fortune and misfortune; traits of bitterness and sweetness exist in him; carrying nectar and poison with him. And, God and animal- both dwell in him. The right and effective knowledge can teach him to make the difference and choose the one path- obviously the one which is godly.
Striving to achieve better life, better fortune and to suck nectar and avoid poison is a continuous journey through odd and ordeal ways. If it stops or is ignored, man will sink unconsciously to the level of even lower than that of the animal. Rising upwards is always hard but it is easy to slide down to the bottom. To a wise man, it is not hard but an art to rise, the greatest art backed by courage, determination and passion to reach out the life, even being in body.
It is only real and authentic education which can teach the art of rising above to achieve godliness. The genuine education sets the goal to teach the life not the ways of earning livelihood, alone. Teaching only livelihood means belittling the sacred and soulful journey of evolving life as its objective. If a man knows everything around but has no encounter with the life nor has any dialogue with it, all his knowledge is bogus. If he enlightens the world around but has kept his self in darkness, it is useless and fake.
To suppress the animality, the first worry must be to set out for seeking the self-knowledge. Faster the speed to reach the self, greater will be the decline in animality and purer will be the feelings coming out of establishing a relationship with life beyond body. Everyone is born with the sense of reaching the self to experience this supreme development but unwise nourishment and obnoxious education brings him to mat. Even the sense of worry, the feeling of meeting the life that exists in a man is positive because only after anxiousness can evolve a track to meet and realise the sweetness of confluence. Perfect knowledge with soul soothing aims can beautifully utilize this wonderful time of anxiousness in young people to take them to the self, full of life.
When the nourishment and education moves towards real knowledge, a being with humanity and humility takes birth giving low importance to his exalted self, believing that everything around is better than him. He always thinks for an ideal world much bigger than his imagination, accommodating all who even don't fall in-line of his thought and understanding. Once this is achieved, self takes the lead to live the life it is created for.
This all is achievable through knowledge beyond bracketed curriculum taught for examinations and degrees. The DNA of humanity of future depends upon the legacies of present feeders of education. If we wish to break the connection with our un-realised self to realise the bigger purpose, it is pivotal to take up the project of re-shaping and re-creating our being through strong and self actualising contours and vistas of knowledge. This is urgent. If this is further delayed, the life will turn to sick and finally die in the lap of its living body.
(The author is a regular columnist of Rising Kashmir and can be reached at email@example.com)
Box: Rising upwards is always hard but it is easy to slide down to the bottom. To a wise man, it is not hard but an art to rise, the greatest art backed by courage, determination and passion to reach out the life, even being in body