A Metaphysical reconstructive insight into the modern-day
problems of humanity
He does not realise that it is only a myth. An individual cannot remain happy without all others around him being happy. Each individual is a unit of this creation and every one of us is strung together with each other by the invisible cosmic thread of universal consciousness just as the beads of a rosary are strung together with the thread which is not visible but is the fundamental truth and basis of the rosary. Therefore, if one bead suffers or struggles for survival, the existence of the rosary and consequently the other beads is verily threatened.
Desires - What Are They?
Uncontrolled Desires and Their Consequences
If we deeply contemplate, we will realise that desire is the sole cause of sorrow and distress. Any unfulfilled desire steals away peace and creates an imbalance within, making us restless to the extent that we lose discrimination and end up fulfilling the desire even through undesirable means. Thus, desires are capable of leading Man astray.
Most often, desires ultimately turn into greed and result in anger. It is the fuel for the furnace in which attachment, ego and jealousy are produced. Thus, out of the six enemies of Man that keep him away from progressing on the path of righteousness and happiness, desire lies at the bedrock and that is why Sri Sathya Sai Baba says, “Desire is storm, Greed is whirlpool, Pride is precipice, Attachment is avalanche, and Ego is volcano. Discard desire and you will be liberated.”
Desires and Mother Nature
Ceiling on Desires – the Only Sustainable & Effective Solution
“Desire makes man forget his real nature and reduces him to the status of a beast. It robs him of all his virtues and jeopardises his honour and reputation.”
Ceiling on Desires – How?
‘Waste not; Want not’ is the mantra given by Sri Sathya Sai Baba which is the underpinning of the concept of ‘Ceiling on Desires’.
Practising Pillar I
Practising Pillar II
The second instruction is “Don’t waste money. God is wealth.” Since God is wealth, misuse of money is evil. Practice charity by gifting away money, food, clothes, houses, etc., instead of misusing money in extravagance. Misuse of money is not only evil but a sin as well. The third instruction is “Don’t waste time. Time waste is life waste.”
God is exalted as time. He is beyond time, transcends time and is the embodiment of time. Spend the time by using sanctifying words. Do not waste time. Wasting time is wasting God. The fourth instruction is “Don’t waste energy.” People waste their energy by indulging in bad thoughts, seeing bad things, hearing bad things, and taking bad actions.
The right royal road is the following:
Do not waste Food, consume optimally
Do not waste Money, spend it diligently
- Plan your essential expenses and set a budget; strive not to exceed the set amount.
- Do not spend on things that are not needed; put an end to making impulsive purchases
- Do not spend all that you earn; put some money into savings
- Do not take loans for unproductive expenses; avoid credit cards
- Help others in need.
Do not waste Time, utilise it effectively
- Prioritise and allocate time according to priorities
- Plan properly; poor planning is a time waster
- Avoid procrastination; in doing something, the hardest task is to get started.
- Think about what regrets you might have for not accomplishing something that you ought to
- Avoid unnecessary indulgence in social media
- Allocate some time for service activities and helping others.
Do not waste energy, conserve it assiduously
- Do not leave any electrical equipment like fan or light etc. running unnecessarily
- Do not always use your car to commute. Make use of public transport, where feasible pool, the commute to save energy.
- Do not indulge in gossiping or speaking about others.
- Practice silence whenever possible and if feasible, for a day, every week
- Control and avoid anger
- Indulge in good thoughts
- See good, be good, do good
- Read good literature.
Call to Action: Individual Social Responsibility
“When there is righteousness in the heart,
there is beauty in character;
When there is beauty in character,
there is harmony in the home;
When there is harmony in the home,
there is order in the nation;
Where there is order in the nation,
there will be peace in the world.”
Though man is eager to attain peace, he confronts many obstacles in the path. Those who travel by train may be well acquainted with the slogan “Less luggage, more comfort, makes travel a pleasure.” Now, man is burdening himself with limitless desires. Because of this extra heavy luggage of desires, he finds it extremely difficult to carry on the journey of life. By such proliferation of desires, he loses his balance, moves far away from his goal, and even tends to go mad.
It is for this reason that I have been stressing the need for ceiling on desires. By limiting your desires, you can attain peace to a certain extent. You have to exercise a check on your desires and make efforts to get the grace of the divine.
Individual Social Responsibility Indicators
|Food||1. Is my plate left clean without any food going to waste after I have finished eating?|
|2. How often do I overeat?|
|3. How much of the food that I eat is unprocessed, unpackaged or locally grown?|
|4. How often does my household trash contain perished food or food items that could not be consumed|
|5. Do I share food with the needy and the hungry?|
|6. Do I keep the tap of the wash-basin open while shaving or applying soap on my face or brushing my teeth?|
|7. Do I throw water as waste?|
|8. Can I reduce the amount of water I consume in taking a bath?|
|Money||9. Do I have more pairs of shoes or other similar items than I can actually survive with?|
|10. How many watches do I have?|
|11. How many mobile phones do I use?|
|12. How often do I change my mobile phone?|
|13. How often do I purchase household appliances or electronic gadgets?|
|14. How frequently do I eat out?|
|15. How often do I purchase new clothes?|
|16. Do I regularly use my money for helping people in need?|
|17. What is the amount of money that I think I can save annually by avoiding unnecessary expenses?|
|18. What percentage of my earnings do I save regularly?|
|Time||19. How regular I am in completing my tasks on time?|
|20. Do I procrastinate? If yes, how often?|
|21. How much time do I spend daily on various social media platforms?|
|22. Do I spend time on tasks or pursuits that can be avoided or are unnecessary?|
|23. Do I allocate time for good deeds and service activities?|
|24. How much time do I spend reading unnecessary literature or novels?|
|Energy||25. How often do I indulge in gossiping or talking ill about others?|
|26. Do I spend time watching unnecessary things on TV or other platforms?|
|27. How often do I get angry?|
|28. Do I think of harming someone?|
|29. How much time do I spend praying and thinking good of others?|
|30. For what amount of time do I practice silence daily?|
|31. How much paper or plastic do I recycle?|
|32. How far do I travel by car or motorcycle each week?|
|33. Do I drive where I can easily walk?|
|34. When I travel by car, how often do I carpool?|
|35. How much of my total travel do I undertake on public transportation?|
|36. How many hours do I fly each year?|
|37. How many hours of air conditioners do I use that can be avoided?|