Living is an art. To live well a man must have an ideal or a mission in life. Life must be well disciplined and planned otherwise there will be chaos and discontentment. For living well zest, energy, health and a noble mission are essential. A life without a purpose is a life lost. It is an empty dream and ends without any charm. Life always has both sides, light and serious. It has tragedies and comedies. It has pleasure and sorrow. It has work and leisure. A person should keep up the courage to face the hardships and work for achieving the mission in a planned way. Every man that is born in this world has a desire to live well. The life has various aims for various people. Unfortunately for most of our residents, life was an empty dream without a motive. They had only a single motive…to sustain their addiction and continue, to exist for the sake of living. They had no ideals, no mission for which to struggle and fight.
But all that is changing with Shafa in their life. Shafa rarely misses a chance to improve on the overall aspect of treating our residents, be it socially, physically, psychologically or spiritually. To awaken the sleeping jeeva and the lust for life, we organized a bhajan sandhya with Mr. Dushyant, renowned practitioner of Art of Living.
We had also invited the families of the residents to be a part of the event. It was an evening full of pure joy and vivacity. As Dushyant ji with his wife started the bhajans, the residents soon joined in to sing the praise of God Almighty. Spirituality is the knowledge that allows human beings to reach their perfection, meaning the state in which their primordial nature is realized. It can be considered as a complete experimental science that can guide us toward true knowledge of our rights and duties, which exist in any authentic spirituality. From this perspective, spirituality should be approached with a scientific mindset. Our residents have to learn step by step, understand, practice, experience, absorb, assimilate, and advance until they reach total knowledge of the “self” and the laws that shape its development. Of course, this process does not end with the death of the physical body, which is a temporary albeit necessary tool for laying the foundations of our future development.
According to Mr. Dushyant, spirituality in daily life means that we should feel the Creator’s presence in all of the moments of our lives; that we should remember we are not alone, and a compassionate yet exacting Source is watching after us; and that we should strive to act in accordance with His satisfaction in everything that we do. This state of constant attention to the Source creates a positive motivation and mobilizing energy within us to have greater focus on the acquisition of self-knowledge and greater trust in our relationship with the Source. Likewise, constant attention strengthens our confidence and our sense of inner peace. Practising natural spirituality expands and deepens our field of perception little by little, to the point that we can find answers to our own questions. From a different perspective, the other meaning of spirituality is to respect the rights of others in our interactions with them—that is, to want for others what we want for ourselves. This does not mean, however, that we should neglect to defend our own rights when it is necessary to do so. Spirituality also teaches us that “evil” has no substantive existence, but rather results from the dysfunction of responsible beings such as humans. Therefore, we have a duty to fight against evil, but this does not imply that we should perceive others as being evil or to wish ill upon them. It is in this context that forgiveness and forbearance find true meaning, and tolerance and empathy become important.
These spiritual experiences are both enriching and enlightening our residents. They are now learning how to say no, how to choose wisely and lead a healthy and a productive life. Our thanks go to Mr. Dushyant and Art of Living Foundation for the spiritual uplifting of our residents.
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