spiritual advancement for better life

P.D. Padmasiri By P.D. Padmasiri, 29th Aug 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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There are violent conflicts between states. All this happens due to moral decadence and breakdown of human values because nature of mind changes the world. In other words, man-made disasters, some other forms of natural disasters also occur due to human mental pollution. Inner peace and spiritual advancement can conquer all.

Lethal "gifts of science"

It is no doubt that the humans of the modern era are fortunate in being born at a time when the light of knowledge is shining with considerable luster. It is therefore an insult to our human dignity that we are utilizing that light not to improve our mind but to annihilate ourselves along with our environment. Without having moral ideals, science poses a danger to all mankind. Science has made the machine which in turn gains control. The bullet and bomb are gifts of science to the few in power on whom the destiny of the world depends. Meanwhile he rest of mankind waits in anguish and fear. On this basis it is also of paramount importance that all the media available in modern times, be mobilized to save lives and civilization. In today’s context, man has conquered the world and gained supremacy by the onset of technological advancement all over the world, but, it is more apparent that his mental attitude is not yet changed. There has been outward progress from bullock cart to supersonic jet but mentally, the individual has not changed at all. On the one hand, it is this same man who has done miracles to conquer the world to make this world a safe heaven for all and on the other hand, he makes this world a virtual hell fanning hatred and anger in its haste to produce atomic bombs, heavy weaponry, missiles for the destruction of all human kind. Not does a single day pass without a war or any calamity being hit in press.

Violent conflicts and human intelligence

There are violent conflicts between states. There has not been and never will be real happiness in the world without peace. All this happens due to moral decadence and breakdown of human values because nature of mind changes the world. In other words, man-made disasters, some other forms of natural disasters also occur due to human mental pollution. The disastrous consequences of these events bring upon the world multitude of issues. In this context the religious way of life plays pivotal role for the cultivation of humane qualities that guarantees human dignity and also give credit to human intelligence as the only way forward. To most people a wealthy person, community or nation is one that is well off or rich in the sense of possession those things which contribute to material welfare. The word wealth originally meant state of well being (weal) but by usage became more and more to refer to those things which generally promote physical well being rather than he state of mental well being itself. This wealth consists of an aggregation of substantive things, which contribute to well being, and these things are called economic goods.

Success is a related concept

In modern economies, the ownership of wealth has become more indirect and is often represented by stocks, bonds and other such instruments of ownership. Wealth therefore is often thought of as consisting of these instruments, their money value, or even money itself. According to Buddhism wealth can be acquired, but one must family and the less fortunate beings. Sadly in many developed countries, wealth is sought after as the ultimate goal, not as a means to promote spiritual upliftment. When a person pursues wealth at the expense of all other consideration, then it is wrong. On a national level, when governments are prepared to destroy the environment in the name of progress, the citizens loss their confidence in life. Success is a related concept. We can be successful in anything we do materially. But we should never lose sight of spiritual success. Once we know the material success is subservient o spiritual progress we can seek both with understanding.

Immoral way of life

It is mentioned in the teachings of the Buddha, that man’s immoral way of life and his mental pollutions, such as hatred, cruelty, jealousy and impatience cause natural disasters. On the contrary, when radiating compassion and mental purity, love and sympathy develop in the mind. It is said that the natural law of cosmic energy functions smoothly. So we can change the world by controlling the mind. Therefore we should understand the paramount importance of mastering our minds spiritually with better perception and knowledge to identify ourselves who we are and what knowledge is. In reality, the quest for knowledge knows no boundaries. There is no limit to pursuing knowledge, because knowledge is clearly different from “feeling sure” about what exists or about the course of events. Since notions such as community, group and tribe are illusions of the sensuous mind, we arrive at a conclusion that all humanity is one and that its members should not be subjected to discriminatory treatment at all. Spiritual advancement should have 3 fold objectives at last. Firstly, It helps gain peace and happiness in this life. Secondly, it helps to have a contented and fortunate life thereafter, and thirdly, it helps achieving the ultimate aim of life: everlasting happiness and supreme bliss.

Spiritual and material impulses

We cannot overshadow eternal truth that lays in Buddhism which shows the path of peace, peace not of the grave but of the living, peace from out of deep understanding and proper appreciation of the realism of life. Peace can only be permanent if it conquers evil and brings about a true harmony between spiritual and material impulses of man. Therefore with the proper spiritual guidance, the mind can be directed to work for the benefit of all living things.

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Conflict Resolution, Conflicts, Inner Peace, Material, Materialism, Mind, Mind Power, Physical Development, Spiritual

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author avatar P.D. Padmasiri
I am from Weedagama, Bandaragama, SRI LANKA, HR Manager by profession and have 17 years of experience in my chosen field. I am interested in writing on Buddhism, Spiritual advancement, Nature etc.

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author avatar Retired
29th Aug 2011 (#)

Interesting....thanks for sharing....

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author avatar P.D. Padmasiri
29th Aug 2011 (#)

Thank you very much for supportive remarks. Best regards, Starrleena

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
29th Aug 2011 (#)

"We can change the world by controlling the mind." - so very true. Thank you for this P. D.

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author avatar Retired
29th Aug 2011 (#)

The mind is a place which is governed by thoughts and the foundations of those thoughts find bearings in the past that manifests in the present bringing repercussions into the future. The light is seen by everyone in this world but only those who choose to walk in it would show the same in their deeds, actions and manner of speech. It is devoid of religion and anyone can attain it although religion does play an important role based on upbringing.
The beauty of your mind is reflected in the colour of the Aura you emit to the rest of the world to either attract or detract people and other fellow mortals around....

Nice one!!!

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author avatar Sheila Newton
30th Aug 2011 (#)

Oh, what a great piece. Or should I say 'peace'. Oh that we all thought like you do.

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author avatar P.D. Padmasiri
31st Aug 2011 (#)

Thank you Sheila for comments. Yes mere mention of that great tragedy is still likely to trigger in many more years to come. We lost 60000 people at a fraction of a second at that fateful day. Best regards

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author avatar Songbird B
25th Sep 2011 (#)

Beautifully well written, informative and insightful article, P.D.

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