How should a sadhak, spiritual aspirant, lead his life? A real sadhak will properly discharge his duties in the relative and spiritual worlds; and between the two worlds, there will be a happy blending.
In the external world there needs to be an ‘objective adjustment’, and at the same time there should be, in the psychic world, a ‘subjective approach’. Furthermore, never forgetting that human life is an ideological flow, a spiritual aspirant needs to always move towards the supreme ideology. We have been moving in this direction since time immemorial and, through this process we have reached the present stage of humanity.
But that does not mean we should be the cause of misery for those animals who have taken shelter with us today. On the contrary, we should have a merciful attitude towards them. We need to carry out our duties properly in the external world and ensure no being is mistreated. In the physical sphere, the rights of all should be protected. Each and every human being should be guaranteed the basic necessities of life: food, clothing, medicine, shelter and education. I won’t exploit anyone, and I will not allow others to exploit me.’ This is the spirit of proper objective adjustment. And while this proper objective adjustment is maintained, work must continue in a progressive way.
We need to remember that our existence is not only a physical one. It is animals who are primarily concerned with the physical world, who struggle merely to survive. Those animals which live in jungles are constantly confronted by the fear of tigers, lions, bears, elephants, snakes, crocodiles and a host of other ferocious creatures; while those which have surrendered to human beings, such as goats, sheep and cows, are confronted in the last moment of their lives with the fear of being slaughtered by a human. Animal life is less secure than human life.
Today, most of us face difficulties in maintaining an objective adjustment with the physical world. As we have not yet been able to build an ideal human society, we will have to first concentrate on providing everyone with the basic requirements of life. To enable society to progress spiritually, people need to be given sufficient scope and time for spiritual practices. he subjective approach is to first withdraw the crude mind gradually from the external world and merge it in the subtle mind, and then to merge the subtle mind in unit consciousness. When unit consciousness is merged in Cosmic Consciousness, a human being is said to have attained the supreme fulfilment in life.
In the present world, we face such tremendous difficulties in maintaining our objective adjustment that we cannot afford to give any time for the subjective approach. That is why it is essential to build a healthy human society as early as possible, so that each and every one of us gets enough scope and time for spiritual progress.
Ananda Marga Dharma Maha Sammelan is being held from November 19 to 20 in Sagar District, Karnataka