We experience it in the world around us, and in our own lives; the “ups” and “downs”, “goods” and “bads”. Sometimes we welcome it, though most times it comes unexpectedly and can be quite overwhelming.
But should we be affected by all this change, however stressful it may sometimes be? Should we let ourselves be taken around on an endless roller-coaster ride?
Well of course not!
So how can we go about undisturbed by the circus of life?
There it states that we are not these material bodies which are ever-changing and growing, eventually dying, but in fact, we are the constant, eternal, individual spirit soul in the body. Just as we cover our bodies with different layers of clothes, we the spirit souls in these bodies, are covered by the mind, and the physical material body.
“As the embodied soul continually passes, in this body, from boyhood to youth to old age, the soul similarly passes into another body at death. The self-realized soul is not bewildered by such a change.” – Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 2, text 13.
So knowing that we are not the body, that we are the constant person among all this change and movement, we can be more at ease. In the Vedic scriptures, there is a phrase to help us remember this: “Aham brahmasmi”, “I am spirit, not matter.” To know who you are in essence, position and function, please click here.
Whether things are going our way or not, we can always think back to this phrase and be at peace.
Having such knowledge can bring us relief when faced by difficult situations like the death of a loved one or pet. Or on a smaller scale, getting fired from work, or your sports team losing the game. Change is not always negative though; maybe you win the lottery, or get accepted into a top university, or receive a present you’ve been wishing for all year, etc. But whether it’s positive or negative, it is always going on and is inevitable.
The closest change we experience in our lives is that of our bodies. As stated in the Bhagavad Gita, our bodies are constantly changing and going through different stages, and at some point this can be scary for us.
But wait! There’s more!
Because we are spirit in essence, matter ultimately cannot satisfy us. There might be some happiness there, but it is fleeting and never enough. We always want more. So we need a spiritual “food”, something to satisfy us deep inside and make us feel at peace. And the best and easiest way to get this lacking happiness, is by attentively hearing & singing sacred sound vibrations, or spiritual sounds. We can do this alone, by doing some Gauranga breathing, or with others in a wonderful kirtan. Watch this lovely Video channel for wonderful spiritual videos to experience inner peace and joy.
Whatever we go through and do in life, we should always remember our identity and our relation to the world around us. That way we will not be so affected by everything that happens. We can just take a break, sit back and remember: “I’m not this body, this is not my home.” Then we can do some mantra meditation for relief and happiness, and start to see with clearer eyes. Here you can locate a lot of deeply motivating music for this purpose.
Share this knowledge, this truth, with your family, friends, and loved ones. With everyone around you, because they too are eternal spirit souls, and they too go through tough and difficult times. They too want to experience inner lasting peace. Everyone wants to be happy. So share this with them, and the world will be a better place with happier people. See more teachings which will affect our lives in reality.
Don’t worry, be happy.