How to end suffering and increase our Atman Shakti?
How to end suffering and increase our Atman Shakti?
Firstly, think, “I am suffering but is anyone else suffering more than me?” And upon finding out, you may discover that there are millions of people that are suffering a lot more than you, both physically and mentally. In that case, we should consider ourselves fortunate and be thankful that God gave us a fit and healthy body, compared to the many others in this world. If you think like this, then your feeling of suffering will naturally reduce.
Secondly, when we sleep at night, we look forward to the morning. We wait patiently as the hours pass by, knowing with full faith that the morning will surely come. Similarly, it is the law of the world, that after every suffering there will be happiness and vice versa. And this happens with everyone. It continues as a cycle. Past life destiny does not stay with us all the time. It stays with us for sometime and leaves. Just like a gust of wind.
For example, when a man is riding a bicycle on a hilly road. He has to put in extra effort to pedal the bicycle up the road. However, once there is a slope, he does not need to exert any effort at all. All he has to do is to put his feet on the pedals and the cycle moves by itself. Similarly, there are three situations occurring in our lives, normal times and the ups and the downs. Sometimes life seems to be normal, sometimes difficult and sometimes very easy. These situations keep changing. This is the baggage we carry from our past life, which is our own karma.
99% of our suffering is due to our attachments in the world. In fact, a person even forgets his physical pain when he hears some good news. Suppose a sickly person is lying on the bed, and someone tells him, “Hey, your Guru is here to visit you.” Now that person instantly forgets all his pain, because of his happiness. Or “Hey you became a father of a boy.” The person will forget all his physical pain on hearing such news. It means that when you get happiness from somewhere, you don’t feel your existing suffering. The pain is still there in the body, but you somehow cannot feel it anymore.
Therefore, if someone starts loving God, his attachments in the world will reduce and ultimately he will have less feeling of his bodily sorrows. It is all a matter of our feelings. Nobody can end this world, nor can one end their physical and mental sufferings. The only solution is to stop feeling and harping on the pain. And the prime reason, why we keep feeling this way, is because we have a lot of free time and our mind is constantly focussing on our pains.
The only solution is to keep your mind busy, be it in some worldly work. When you get busy in work, your mind gets involved in the work and we forget our problems and pains for a while. We do not think about our sufferings when our mind is busy. And when we do nothing and sit idle, our mind keeps worrying about worldly matters, like “My son is sick, I have a head injury, what should I do?” etc. We tend to continuously worry. During this idle time, however, if a person were to engage his mind in God, he would not have the feeling of any worldly pain.
Thirdly, the more we focus on feeling of worldly pains and sorrows, the lower our atman shakti (soul’s power) becomes and the lower our atman shakti becomes, the more our feeling of pain increases. And in this way, the more we feel, the more our atman shakti goes down. Our tolerance levels go down too, and our feelings increase again. This process keeps getting repeated and some people may even go to such lengths that they may even take their own life. That is the level to which their atman shakti can drop. A soul can fall to such a low level.
One person who also feels the same level of pain, kept himself busy and tied up with his work and temporarily forgot his pain. He again feels the same pain after a while, however, he checks himself and gets busy with something else. Unlike someone else, say a student who fails in his school exams and now he keeps on thinking continuously about his failure. “How am I going to show my face to my father? What will my family and friends think of me? It would be better to end my life than face the consequences, etc.” He keeps on repeating this thought pattern and finally his mind goes blank, and he takes the drastic step of ending his life.
Everything depends on our thoughts. One should not leave their minds idle. Keep your mind busy in reading spiritual philosophy and thinking about God’s pastimes. Strengthen your spiritual base. Then the mind will not go to the world and think about unnecessary things over and over again. Just like a father, contemplating the marriage of his daughter, 4-5 years, even before it happens. Why all this unnecessary thinking and worrying in advance? All the problems that human beings face are mainly due to the misuse of our free time.
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*A brief introduction of Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj*
(Known by His devotees as Shri Maharajji)
The original title of Jagadguruttam (‘Greatest Spiritual Teacher of the World’) was bestowed upon Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj on January 14, 1957 by ‘Kashi Vidvat Parishad’ (a council of 500 greatest scholars saints of India). He composed divine texts like ‘Prem Ras Madira’, ‘Prem Ras Siddhant’, and ‘Radha Govind Geet’ to lead us on the right path of devotion. He also gave priceless monuments as gifts to the world which include - Bhakti Mandir located in Bhakti Dham, Mangarh, Prem Mandir located in Vrindavan Dham, and Kirti Mandir located in Barsana Dham. Shri Maharajji also built hospitals for the impoverished, the Jagadguru Kripalu Chikitsalaya in Vrindavan, Jagadguru Kripalu Chikitsalaya in Barsana, and another one in Pratapgarh. All three help millions of underprivileged to gain free access to medical care. His Kindergarten, School, and College for impoverished girls Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat Education is located in Kunda and provides completely free education.