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Controlling Quality of Life


The supreme self is beyond name and form, beyond the senses, inexhaustible. Those who realize the self are forever free from the jaws of Death.”

— Katha Upanishad

The epic ramayana describes the spiritual dimension of Hanuman. His faith was so great that he crossed the perilous sea in one leap merely by repeating the name of Rama, the great mantra of hidden power. Devotee Hanuman when asked about his relationship with Lord Rama said: “Physically I am the servant of the Lord; mentally I am part of HIM; and spiritually I am one with HIM.” That is an ideal description of any devotee of any form of God in any religion.

This power can be further explained in the life of Mahatma Gandhi. The Mahatma was standing on the floor of the House of Commons for nearly two hours. He did not have a book. He did not have a file. He did not have a scrap of paper. He didn’t even have a secretary. Yet, with scanty clothes, he pleaded eloquently the cause of 300 million Indian people. Today we find cabinet minister after minister come with a retinue of secretaries, files, books, papers to support their arguments. The House of Commons was greatly influenced by Gandhiji’s unaided spontaneous eloquence. When he finished, journalists asked: “How is it that you don’t have a book, file, assistance and yet, you succeeded in speaking for two hours on the floor of the House of Commons?” Gandhiji’s secretary Mahadev Desai replied: “What Gandhi thinks, what he feels, what he says, what he does, is all the same.” That is complete integration of the Individual.

Imagine a patient in an intensive care unit of a hospital entirely on a ‘support system’ including the ventilator to breathe. That is our condition today. When the support system is taken away, we are no more. The Chandogya Upanishad says: “Like strangers in an unfamiliar country walking over a hidden treasure. Day by day we enter the world of the Divine self, while in deep sleep, but never find it, carried away by what is false.” In fact, the support system is meant for those who need assistance because of their isolation and separateness from the Lord. Those who are with the Lord don’t need any support; they can extend support others.