The title of this post seems to be an attention drawing gimmick. Well, judge it at the end of the post.
Here I only want to show a simple way to become the likes of Vivekananda (Or whosoever enlightened Guru /God you believe in).
We all are so much obsessed with our bodily condition since birth that we forget our true self. Our external world is so demanding that till death, we hardly know the self as a soul and internal world of the soul.
Our social life and the importance we attach to it, our insatiable desires of our five senses, our attachment/hatred towards family members, our job/business, friends, parenting responsibilities, politics, TV, everything consumes and kills time (limited) available to us as a human life.
The casualty is our Soul, which after the death as a human body will get any one of the bodies of animals we look around with pity and sometimes hatred.
Unless, of course a few rare souls like Mahavira / Buddha or Vivekananda who would awaken during their life time and know the real self as a Soul. They are not merely bogged down in the present body conditions, which the soul has got in its ongoing journey. This awakening will make them realise the importance of human life and the mission to be achieved in this life.
Be it Mukesh Ambani or Bill Gates, all their wealth for which they are spending their extremely precious human life will remain here when the death arrives. Awakening to the realities of the self i.e. the soul is the purpose of every human life. Without knowing the self as a soul this human life loses its purpose.
This is possible when we look inward, away from the worldly things around us. Swami Vivekananda sat on a rock memorial detached from the world and absorbed in the nature and the self i.e. the soul. When you are alone and in the lap of the vastness of the nature, when all other body related thoughts are at the bottom, the soul speaks and can be experienced.
Pratyahar is the one of the eight limbs of Yoga, which means moving inward from the world of body senses. We are so obsessed with body and exterior world that we stop at Asana and Pranayama stage only. Unfortunately, our attention to our physical needs and present social priorities do not give this chance to our soul and mostly till the death.
You can try and experiment this. Go to a sea beach or on top of the mountain and be alone. Ignore the physical world, ignore all the thoughts about our present life/circumstances seek our attention. Just be with the nature and experience the nature. At this stage someone who is talking with you is your Soul. Know it, experience it.
Detachment is the word. Mahavira did it, Buddha did it and in the recent past Vivekananda did it. It is easy, but only after once we know that this is the agenda of a human life. Knowing agenda of a human life can take millions of years and many, many births but that is a different thing.
“Man should possess dignity and alertness. Only he whose spiritual consciousness is awakened possesses this dignity and alertness, and can be called a man. Futile is the human birth without the awakening of spiritual consciousness.”
Question number 1:
Can principles of physics or chemistry or maths be different for different individuals in different parts of the world?
One plus one is two is universal across the world because this is a natural law.
Any laws which are natural are universally applicable to everyone irrespective of their social status, so called caste, human invented religions or geographies.
Question number 2:
Whether the treatment of a disease for different people is different for similar disease?
Medical science does not specify treatment based on caste, religion, class or geographies.
The treatment is the same and does not differentiate for Christian, Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Jews, Jains, Buddhists and atheists. Or for Bhramins, Dalits or Shias or Sunnis. The treatment is same for everyone.
Science and nature do not have two laws based on the divisions we human beings have created based on our limited thinking and selfish motives.
We human beings or for that matter every animal is a nature’s creation. All laws applicable to us are same and unequivocal.
The real problem is; we do not know our own selves. We think the self as a body and we think the present body is the only body and life we live. Erroneously considering the self as a body makes us believe our existence is only from the birth till death. We believe the family, caste, religion, we are born in is the finest and right.
Though for everything else we change our views and upgrade our knowledge throughout the life, but the knowledge about who we are and why every life is different, we hardly try to know.
Because of the apparent differences in appearance, social status, education etc. makes us believe different rules are applicable to everyone.
However, we do not see the commonness in everybody, be it humans or animals and that commonness is our SOUL. We all are SOULs having a body. Different bodies. Everybody is different.
Why everybody is different?
Each soul is exactly similar but KARMAs of every soul are different and that is why we all bodies are different.
Why Karma of two SOULS cannot be similar?
Because KARMAs are attached to the soul by the thoughts/action/words of the soul. & these cannot be similar for two souls.
This is the reason everybody is different.
Laws of Karma are universal and natural laws and therefore they are applicable to every soul which is also natural.
We see ourselves as different bodies and hence we think rules applicable to different people are different. We do not see or believe everybody as a soul and only differentiated as body based on our Karma. Know the math of body and soul.
The science and soul and Karma are what Jainism is all about. Whether you call it religion or thinking or way of life anything but it is a pure science. Know about physics of karma.
Jainism explains how every soul become bondage of Karma and how it can be liberated and attain Moksha by the complete extinction of Karma attached to the soul. Know how a soul attracts Karma and How to a soul get rid of our Karmas & How a soul can avoid attracting Karma.
It is a science of Soul. Every living being is a soul and therefore this science is universally applicable to every soul.
Whether one believes in the laws of physics does it make any different to the laws? But if one wants to solve the problems involving the laws of physics one has to follow the laws of physics. Likewise, if one wants to know about the living beings and the laws governing them, Principles of Jainism have the answer. Principles of Jainism are a pure science.
The curiosity about the principles of soul and Karma can be initiated by asking three questions.
The purpose of human life is to know the laws governing souls as it won’t be possible in any other lives.
Irrfan is right when he says we must question the purpose of religious rituals we are doing. What is the purpose and are we achieving the purpose with these rituals? Most of the time we do not either dare or care to question the religious practices; we are indulging in and its purpose.
“What could have saved Indian society from the ponderous burden of omniferous ritualistic ceremonialism, with its animal and other sacrifices, which all but crushed the very life of it, except the Jain revolution which took its strong stand exclusively on chaste morals and philosophical truths?
Jains were the first great ascetics and they did some great work. ‘Don’t injure any and do good to all that you can, and that is all the morality and ethics, and that is all the work there is, and the rest is all nonsense-the Brahmins created that. Throw it all away.’
And then they went to work and elaborated this one principle all through, and it is most wonderful ideal: how all that we call ethics they simply bring out from that one great principle of non-injury and doing good.” (Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda, Volume 3)
Our soul has once in a hundreds or thousands or perhaps millions of years, this human body; either spend in ignorance or pursue the real knowledge.