Going Beyond Sorrow

MAN always wants to go beyond sorrows. He does not wish to experience any kind of sorrow. In the Sushupti or deep sleep state, we are not aware of anything; but only on waking we are able to understand that we slept well or that we were in a state of joy. Sushupti is a state where we are filled with ignorance of our true nature and we are not aware of our true nature. Consequently, when we wake up we are back to our old selves. We experience the usual joys, sorrows, miseries, etc.

The same person after living a life of continued and long spiritual discipline attains Samadhi (the superconscious state), where he is aware of his real nature. This state is in contrast to that of Sushupti. Therefore when he comes out of that super conscious state, he becomes an enlightened person.

Therefore it has been told that if a fool enters the state of Sushupti he will come out as a fool only, whereas the same fool when he enters into superconscious state (Samadhi) he comes out as an enlightened person.

There are various types of Sadhana. The sadhana one chooses will depend upon one’s temperament and the stage in which one exists. We have to start our journey from the point where we are in. This has given rise to various paths or modes of Sadhana. This is certainly confusing, particularly for beginners since their mind is in a state of vagaries. When the mind becomes pure and concentrated, one will be able to know the right thing.

However, to attain this process of purification, one can take the help of an advanced or enlightened soul. Such a person we call  Guru (spiritual teacher). He will be able to give a proper guidance and tell us the methodology to be followed.  We have to have utmost faith (Shraddha) in his words and instructions and follow the same without doubting  his instructions. When this is done for a long period without any break, one can reach the stage where one will be beyond all sorrows and  realize one’s true nature, which is called Atman.

Man’s desire to go beyond all sorrows is because of the innate nature of the Atman which is ever blissful (Ananda Swarupa),knows no misery or any such thing.

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