The incredible play of “Freewill”

                — Dr. Kritiranjan Nath ‘Anurag’

Out of millions of the life forms inhabiting the earth, Man can be safely called the most intelligent and the most advanced. I shall not call us the best creation; owing to our track records in killing and mutilating our fellow beings and the havoc our race has brought upon nature. Whatever be the circumstances today, it is said that God has created us – the humans after His own image. As a perfect being which is even considered as superior to the celestial beings called “angels” in many scriptures.

    What makes us the most powerful? The best of all? What is that “ingredient” which makes us so special, even though we have limitless limitations? The answer is quite simple actually. It is our own freewill. It is our ability to question, to differ, to reason, to infer and to chase the truth in as many aspects as possible. That, in simple words means Our freewill. 

      According to the scriptures of various sects, God has bestowed upon Man the incredible power of freewill. We are not conditioned, programmed or anything like that in our intrauterine lives. But the astonishing or rather the shocking point is that the “programming” or “conditioning” starts after a child is born. The family, the immediate environment, peers, community everything runs in a race to erase even the trace of humanity in the child. I am not saying that being religious is bad or a kind of evil. Neither am I starting a debate upon theism and atheism.  My intent in this blog is far more deeper than that. Being truly religious is a matter of achievement and pride. If there were truly religious people in the world, the world would have been free from all the miseries by now. Because if a person is truly religious, irrespective of the faith he or she follows, he shall never commit a crime, shall never hurt, shall help those who are in need, shall never commit adultery and shall follow his own faith keeping due regards to all other faiths. If we open any scripture of any particular sect, we will see that the above mentioned points are common in all of them. The beauty which remains latent is that although the Almighty God wants us to follow all these principles in our lives, HE has still kept our freewill intact. We are free to chose our own paths. Though our deeds shall definitely reward or punish us accordingly, which we also call ‘karma’. 

  The point is when the Almighty God did not impose HIS will upon us, who are we to impose our will on others? Records and analyses say that out of the killings and destructions in the world, most are in the name of religion. Which is itself an irony, given the virtues and deeds dictated in the scriptures. 

   No two things in this vast universe are the same. We, just like our creator are unique. It is but very normal and very likely that  we may differ from each other in thoughts and mindset. The Almighty God or the Supreme Being is an entity which is in actual sense very abstract and limitless for our meagre minds. That is the reason that we see a particular aspect of God which is not visible to others and they see a particular aspect which our eyes fail tp conceive.Both are partially correct as both are unable to see the whole truth. But no one can be called wrong. Just like the moon. Its new moon day some where, while others are enjoying the serenity of a full moon. While in some other part of the world, it is halfmoon and so on. But can we call anyone of them wrong? 

    There is a famous story of an elephant and four blind men. Once, a group of four blind men went to see an elephant. Without vision, they went on to feel the elephant with their hands. One grabbed its legs and inferred that elephant is like a pillar. Some other said its like a fan owing to the fan shaped ear of the elephant. Some grabbed it’s tail and  another its trunk. Accordingly, they all  inferred and differed from each other on what the actual elephant looks  like. Only a man who can see, understands that all these are actually different aspects or viewpoints and that the truth is far greater than this.

     This exactly is the difference between spirituality and religion. A spiritual person is limitless, unbound by the limitations of sect, caste, creed or sex, just like the Creator. A spiritual man is truly religious. The world needs spirituality and people who actually follow the religion, not extremists who can not tolerate this divine gift of freewill.
      

ARE WE HEADING BACK TO OUR ANIMAL SELVES?

                              — Dr. Kritiranjan Nath
  

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 Man is a social animal. We differ a lot from our primate forefathers. Not just in food habits or the way of living but in each and every other minute details. Today’s Man has reached the pinnacle of success in terms of Science and technology. He has travelled the world, explored new places and has even hoisted flag on the universe.

   This miraculous feat is not something which comes overnight. Centuries of continuous changes have evolved him into what he is today. The possessor of the most extraordinary mind of the universe has surely a lot to travel, much to explore and much more to win over, but side by side, a bit of introspection is also needed.  Science and Technology has armored Man with latest and extraordinary inventions.  While on one side it’s  super power has rendered us with the latest luxuries of all kinds, the other picture also shows that because of that we are even prepared to erase our species altogether owing to the nuclear power we now have.

   So, what’s the point then? Should we abandon the wonderful and amazing valley of science altogether and return to the stone age once again? Absolutely not. But one thing is to be taken care of. Science cannot be held responsible for the circumstances we face. Man creates  his own destiny, shapes it by his own will (not just wishful thinking), When this mixes with his own blood and sweat, that gives birth to a discovery or an invention. It is Man who executes and controls. But,  today’s world shows a clear picture of moral degradation. Human values make us man. They constitute us. Without values, what difference is there between us and the animals in the woods? The only thing uncommon is that they kill with claws and we with bombs! All the religions of the world speak of this same basic truth. The scriptures teach us the same lesson of humanity, of course, each according to the time, place and circumstances. But the opposite is found to be true. Our newspapers are flooded with the news of the inhuman acts of the humans all over the world. It is not at all astonishing to note that Man is counted as one of the world’s most dangerous animals. People kill each other in the name of religion. Countries are divided, Houses are burnt. People are butchered everyday. Which creator would want His own creation to be destroyed like this? In the early age, when gradually Man started thinking and exploring, He understood that he can not live alone. For maintaining the fundamental principle of life and growth he must take shelter and take proper care of his immediate environment. In earlier days, the massive beasts like Sabre toothed tiger and wooly mammoths were hunted by group of Men. Man killed them. Not just for food, shelter and clothing but also for self defense. Those hunts taught him that we can not live alone. Then he learnt agriculture and once again, the impact and need for a social system was seen. Those doctrines which we feel proud in rejecting, are actually years of experimental facts which played a pivotal role in binding the society of contemporary times together. 

   Time has changed, so has our mindset and everything around us. But the thing which still stands true is our humanity, our values. History is evident that whenever a species has lost it’s values, it’s innate distinctive characters, it has become extinct from the face of earth! The evolution due to which we are humans, of which we boast so much is a resultant of a large number of processes which are governed by the values, the morals, and the innate hankering for life and growth.

   In absence of that very hankering, the scenario of death and destruction prevails everywhere. Which makes us question…..Are we not de–evolving into wild beasts again? 

SECRETS OF HAPPINESS

​SECRETS OF HAPPINESS

Before moving even one step further in this write up lets all have an “interrogation” or a 1 on 1 question answer round with ourselves.
   How many of us can truly say that we are happy? Yeah well except the sudden glimpses of happiness( which seems more like a peeking child playing hide and seek) our world rotates around the same monotonous life.  Here are some of the secrets of happiness!

 HAPPINESS — THE MEANING

Yeah it may sound a bit stupid. Why would i discuss the dictionary meaning of a word as simple as this! We have all learnt the meaning of happiness since our childhood days. Isn’t it? When a child plays with his peers, he laughs out of pure joy! Devoid of any worries of the world. He becomes happy when he receives a gift on his birthday. A young daughter dances with joy when her father gets her a doll to play. An infant chuckles in his mother’s arm even when his senses are as underdeveloped as his brain in this stage. But gradually while growing up, it seems the meaning of happiness changes. We move away from it every time we try to grab it forcefully.

KILLERS OF HAPPINESS

Stress, Anxiety, Fear of failures are some of the many factors which block the path of happiness. We are stressed. We are afraid. We fear the uncertain future which drags us to more uncertainty in return. It is said we actually fear the fear itself. We are afraid of uncertainty. The unseen. We fear something till the time it is not done. Once it is finished we do not possess fear. 
    A student is afraid before the exam. Once he receives the question paper all the anxiety and tension subsides. The next emotion is of either joy or sorrow depending upon his or her performance in the exam.

HOW TO BE HAPPY

Happiness is a state of mind. It can never ever be achieved if some one chases it as a goal or milestone. One more thing is that Happiness is not something which we can grab tightly in between our fingers. It is actually a never ending journey which has treasures and gifts at every step we make. Sometimes the gifts are revealed in open. Sometimes we have to search a bit. But the gift remains there for us always.

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LIFE AND PARTS OF LIFE

We must understand that power points, promotions, competitive environment, success in careers all these are actually the parts of life and not life itself. To work wholeheartedly is a virtue. Executing a task gives us a sense of content but we should not sacrifice our family and personal life for it. 

SOUND BODY FOR A SOUND MIND!

As stated, Happiness is a state of mind! To keep the mind happy and healthy, we must keep the body fit for our mind. WHO definition of health states that “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well being. 
  Regular meditation and exercises in the morning gives us the energy boost to tackle the problems we have to face day long.  Meditation increases our capacity to focus and improves our concentration. Along with that walking daily in the mornings boost our life force. Studies show walking regularly improves our heart function and prevents many diseases like hypertension, diabetes etc.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT!

A healthy food is a must for keeping up a good health. Both for mind and body. Fresh fruits and vegetables, seasonal veggies all these seem to transmit their freshness to us. We should avoid all sorts of junk food or the ones containing excess of oil. Anything disrupting our digestive tract must be avoided.

IN A NUTSHELL!

Happiness is not just a single milestone. It is a multi step process. To attain it, we must work naturally without any fear, any anxiety or any feeling of return.

As said by Lord Krishna in Bhagvad Gita

“Karmanye vadhikarasteya maa faleshu  kadachanah…”


 

  That…actually is the secret or key to happiness.