Inner Peace and Environment – The Connection

Almost everyone is trying to be beautiful. Some people are working very hard to try to make their body as beautiful as possible according to the standards of their culture or sub-culture. Some people are trying to become attractive through improving their mind, personality, behaviors, or talents – or through increasing their wealth, fame, or some other opulence. This desire to see ourselves as attractive is so prevalent, that it is difficult for us to imagine ever not wanting this.

Just look at the almost endless amounts of cosmetics, dress and looks enhancing product which directly harm the environment!! So taking care of earth is all connected with ourselves and how we live in the earth. Unless we are peaceful within we cannot have peace outside and hence the earth will remain in trouble.

We will often cause ourselves so much suffering and unhappiness over the course of our lives in the pursuit of beauty and in the fear of being unattractive – but rarely do we ask the question, why?

desire to look attractive

Why do we feel the need to be beautiful – either by our society’s standards or by anyone’s standards? Why do we seek perfection in beauty even at the cost of sacrificing the earth and its residents?

The answer is actually quite simple – because we believe that our happiness is somehow dependent upon this beauty. We buy into the idea that if we are not attractive, then we will not be able to obtain what we think we need to be happy – love, honor, respect, adoration, attention, etc. We are in a very precarious position when we place our happiness in an image of our self that we must maintain in our mind. For if we are unable to maintain it, and then we will feel our very life is in jeopardy because we believe the source of our happiness is in jeopardy.

The desire to be attractive actually becomes a prison of sorts for many people. We think if only we can be beautiful, we will be happy. So we try in so many different ways to achieve this. But we never actually reach a point where we consider that we have enough beauty because it never actually brings us the happiness we are longing for.

The problem is not that we need to become increasingly more beautiful or to change our mental standards of beauty to make it easier for us to appear beautiful to our self or others. What is needed is for us to recognize that our happiness is not dependent on us appearing beautiful. In fact, is not dependent on anything material. There is no material opulence – beauty, power, wealth, fame, knowledge, artificial renunciation – that can ever bring as the deeply satisfying and completely heartfelt happiness that will truly fulfill us because we are not made of material energy.

 

According to the ancient yoga scriptures and other bonafide scriptures of the world, we are not the material body or the mind – we are eternal spiritual beings temporarily wearing the material mind and body. The gross physical body can be compared to outer clothes and the mind or subtle energy body can be compared to under clothes. Just as we are not the clothes we are wearing, we are not the material bodies we are wearing either.

Material Beauty

It is not even us that we are trying so hard to make beautiful – it is just our external coverings. Material beauty may stimulate temporary, superficial pleasure in the material mind and senses, but it never lasts for long and does not satisfy us because it never actually touches us – the spiritual self wearing these “clothes.” Because we are spiritual beings, we can only be truly happy and fulfilled through connecting with our spiritual Source.

In the ancient yoga system, the recommended method for consciously linking up with our spiritual Source and cultivating the spiritual love and happiness that will completely fulfill us is mantra meditation. A true mantra is not something anyone makes up. It is the Absolute Truth in sound vibration. This spiritual sound vibration descends from the spiritual platform to the material world without losing any of its potency. In mantra meditation, a person hears and chants or sings this spiritual sound and thus is directly linking up with the Supreme.

Through mantra meditation, we begin to taste the sweetness of spiritual happiness. And with ongoing, regular practice, our hearts and minds are gradually purified of material misconceptions. As the false ideas of self fall away, our true nature is revealed and our relationship with the Supreme blossoms.

true nature

The more we experience our true nature by hearing these transcendental sounds, the less we feel the need or desire to appear physically beautiful because we realize that our very being is situated in boundless beauty. This beauty – and the deep joy that is inseparable from it – emanates from our spiritual Source and radiates within the hearts of all living beings. Our awareness of it is awakened as we are awakened to our eternal loving relationship with the Supreme. Thus, our life becomes divinely beautiful and joyful not through artificial attempts to beautify it, but through uncovering the beauty and joy that is eternally present within us.

So let’s embrace a better and thoughtful lifestyle. In order to have a good healthy world and people, we need to start taking the little steps to be satisfied ourselves along with simultaneously making an positive impact on the planet. We have to start now or else it’s already too late for creating a better planet for us and the future generations to come. No point spending time on mindless activities which are causing havoc on the world. A wise step although done in small amount will have tremendous impact on the betterment of the world. So let’s take the journey together for an amazing world!

 

Root Problem of Environmental Crisis

If we look deep within, we will realize that we unnecessarily endeavor for many things and goals which we really don’t need. Such over endeavoring leads to imbalance in natural and social systems. For example, some are after wealth, some are after power and so on. So a corporation run by people who have truly unlimited desire for wealth, do everything they can do earn more and more wealth. Sometimes and often in the process cause lot of problems in social and natural systems. Whether it be cutting millions of trees and so on.We have unlimited consumption desires, so the market forces are working to satisfy those desires. Thus most damage are really because of both the demand side and supply side. If we don’t use plastic then surely corporations will be forced not to use produce them. If we don’t eat ham burgers then surely big fast food chains will stop producing them thus reducing drastically the environmental damage that happens because of that.

The root cause is the inner greed or craving which we all are trying to satisfy in the material dimension. Since the world is only so big, and our desires and infinite, so we will eventually end up destroying the world and this is what we are currently in the process of doing. If we don’t take drastic corrective measures then very soon, the whole planet will be in a very bad state and thus impacting all living entities.

So how do we solve this inner emptiness or problem of craving, which is the root cause of all problems and issues? The answer is 2 fold. First is we have to understand our real nature. 2nd is that we have to find out how can we satisfy our inner craving or how can we be deeply peaceful and live in harmony. If we consider ourselves physical bodies then surely we will believe that if we satisfy our bodies, then we will be happy & satisfied. But there is no evidence or logical conclusion that we are the body. This enlightening video by Jagad Guru explains in depth that we are not the body.

There are numerous mentions about our true identity in scriptures which clearly says that we are not the material body but are spiritual in essence.

So now that we understand that we are not the physical body, and belong to a different energy totally. Then we will need to find out what truly will satisfy us. How can we taste real lasting inner satisfaction. Timeless Holy scriptures have repeatedly mentioned that hearing and repeating the sacred transcendental sounds from bonafide authorities will purify us and help us taste deep happiness and satisfaction.

When we regularly hear these sacred sounds from authentic sources then we will be purified and gradually begin to experience our true essence and position. We will know more and more about ourselves and also begin to experience deep inner happiness, bliss and satisfaction which we always seek in this world. Looking for happiness in material pursuits won’t satisfy the self, since it is not material in essence. So we cannot satisfy ourselves via material acquisitions and achievements.

Hear these soothing sacred sounds by Siddhaswarupananda Paramahamsa, it will help you to personally experience real lasting satisfaction and happiness.

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Current state of Environment today

Global warming, polluted rivers and air, acid rain and so on, we hear a lot of these words recently from the mass media. How bad is it really? Are things really getting out of hand or this is just some marketing campaign to satisfy someone personal ambitions.

I carefully spent some time digging around to see whats really happening to the environment. I can safely conclude that we are heading towards a disastrous future. The media campaigns are showing only the tip of the iceberg, its lot worse than that currently. We are already in trouble, we better act or else it will be too late. Here are some of the recent data about the status of the environment of earth. Get ready to be shocked and surprised. Its really scary, whats going on. I will focus on main elements of the environment, so it will be easier to understand.

Air :

Just few days ago World health Organization (WHO) recently released some data that more than 7 million people are dying every year because of Air Pollution!!! Isn’t that far out? People are dying because of air pollution. 1 in every 8 deaths happens globally because of air pollution. Do i need to say more as to how bad it is recently??

Here is the link to the recent date by WHO on deaths by air pollution. It is getting worse. hardly anyone is paying attention to this. There are no proper air pollution control or management systems in major cities worldwide where the pollution is the most.what to speak of villages or smaller towns. So we have to take individual responsibility and do our bit for the air we breathe.

Plant more trees and use less automobiles will be the easier steps to implement now to reduce the impact on the air we breathe.

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