I have heard and read about many famous international personalities such asSteve Jobs(co-founder of Apple) and Mark Zuckerberg(Chairman and CEO of Facebook).They went to the Himalayas in Uttarakhand to learn spirituality under the patronage of ashram gurus and yogis, soon after which they became very successful, renowned and wealthy personalities. I was embarrassed to know that foreigners understood the importance of the spiritual powers of gurus and yogis in the Himalayas, but despite being a native of Uttarakhand, I never understood their role and significance.
For around fifteen years, I conducted extensive studies, research, investigation, and interacted with many Himalayan yogis and ashram gurus. During my stay at the ashrams in Rishikesh, Haridwar and hills of Himalayas, I interacted with some renowned international personalities and came to know about their real-life experiences. On the condition of anonymity, they agreed to share their enlightening experiences for the benefit of global readers and citizens. Finally, I found secrets to spiritual peace and material wealth, ways to inculcate virtues and values, and methods to eradicate vices such as greed, lust, and addiction.
The materialistic way of life is that of enjoying the pleasures of the five senses,and ignoring spirit, intellect, and virtue. Materialism considers enjoyment as the final objective of human existence. It believes neither heaven nor hell. It does not seek liberation, and doesn’t believe in reincarnation.
As per Charvaka, the illusion of the soul is due to a particular combination offour elements-earth, water, fire, and air. Maybe through a chemical process generating wild thoughts and dreams in the mind, humans were led to believe that they were special on earth and needed values and ethics, which, indeed, are mere phantoms created by a diseased mind.
Charvaka’s philosophy declared that religion was a means of livelihood for the priests, propagated by kings and politicians to fool and rule over the innocent.
Sage Charvaka, said to be one of the chief disciples of sage Brihaspati, was impressed with the materialism philosophy. He promoted and spread it among Devils. As it is easier to be addicted to vice than virtue, addiction to vice spread like fire in a jungle and reached ordinary people; it became their lifestyle. People who used to earlier worship natureor deities soon inherited vices which still exist in modern society.
Marketing experts, public relations (PR) agencies, event management companies and psychoanalysis expertsencash the consumerist mindset. They kill our intellect and reason with the help of glamourised events and celebrity advertisements. People thus become slaves to harmful products. Once addicted, the person suffers in in terms of health and money. On the contrary, MNCs selling such products become richer and treathumans as mere products who consume their products.
In mythology, sage Brihaspati, the teacher of Devtas or Deities, propagated the materialism philosophy, that is, ‘eat, drink and be merry’ among the Asuras or Devils so that they may spend their lives in material pursuits and ruin themselves without giving any trouble to deities.
To lead a virtuous and peaceful life, the being must avoid jealousy, anger, hatred, selfishness, gossip, expectation from others, comparison with others, and criticism of others. It is important to have empathy and sense of brotherhood to live in harmony with other beings. Such mental and spiritual development can occur through practice of Indian spiritual principles.
India must consider including principles of spirituality from ashrams in Himalayas in degree courses and MBAs, given that stressed executives from international corporations have sought solace in these holy spots.
A spiritual immersion course may be made part of higher education, degree courses and MBAs as students, from this point forth, head towards a very stressful materialistic world. It is important to prepare future leaders with a spiritual mindset so that generations to come don’t lose sight of what is essential during material pursuits.
(Based in Uttarakhand , the author has been a commodity trader for over two decades.The article is based on his latest launched book ‘Greed Lust Addiction’ in English and “LaalachVaasana Lath” in Hindi)
Friday, 29 March 2019 |Ravi Dabral| Spiritual
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