The Web Of Serenity

About life

Words: Dr Rajgopal NIDAMBOOR

Life is a spiritual act — a state of activity and calm. It’s also a terrain for our many daily battles within. When you revere your mind, body, and soul, your search for life’s realities is achieved. You grow with wisdom and feel you are now just as much a part of the cosmos as nature is.

Wisdom evolves in a calm mind and body — not when you are agitated. Being serene is the gemstone in the crown of wisdom. It is the outcome of dogged efforts at self-control. It highlights a matured disposition and also empathy — to feel things with sensitivity and universal love. It connects us to the laws of the universe, its processes, and subtle thoughts.

You are calm when you understand your own feelings. All of us can achieve such a state without being Zen masters and by accepting others, their sensitivities and sensibilities. Remember, our fellow beings are just like us, our likes, dislikes or idiosyncrasies, moods, anger, and affection. When you begin to appreciate all your internal workings by the action of cause and effect, you will also reduce your annoyance, worry, and lament. You will now reach a condition of ‘mindfully active’ quietude.

You’d, of course, say that this sense of ‘perfection’ is for ascetics — not for us, ordinary folks, for whom rushing to office, nay working from home, in the present COVID-19 ‘dispensation,’ is everything that keeps us going. It need not be so. You and I, in our own little ways, can learn to manage ourselves and learn to adapt to others’ feelings. When you, for example, offer a helping hand to the infirm, it will enhance your spiritual strength. You’ll feel that you’ve listened to the song of your inner voice.

Remember, the calmer you are — without losing your touch with the varied demands of life — the greater will be your success, influence, and strength to be good and do good. Just imagine you are manning a bank’s counter. You have a nice, friendly smile enveloping your face. Customers will quickly realise this — they will prefer to deal with you, thanks to your warm, likeable temperament. This is pleasantly infectious; it spreads happiness around.

When you are calm, you are much loved and appreciated. You are like a tree, or an extended porch, during a downpour. Nothing matters, even the ups and downs in life for a person who carries, or reflects, calm feelings. You feel comfortable in their presence — because they echo nature’s sweetness, peace, tranquillity, and acceptance.

Our ancients — saints, seers, philosophers, mystics, and others — connected balance of mind, character and righteousness to equanimity. Even in our present age, the era of upheavals, serenity is considered the ultimate paradigm of culture, the summit of our spirit, or soul. It is, again, as valued as wisdom; it’s also more priceless than the most expensive jewellery. You cannot ever compare material wealth, without its spiritual element, to a life of calm — a life that dwells in the river of goodness, under quiet waves.

Just take a quick peek at the other side of the spectrum. It saddens and troubles us, looking at the growing spectre of psychosis in young, misguided souls, who are destroying their lives and wrecking everything that is pleasant. Luckily, it is also a blessing of existence that there are several people in real life who are balanced and hold a gentle soul characteristic of the finest finished product. The best thing our youth, also adults, including elders, could do is to emulate their uplifting examples and cope with, also manage, the tempests of their agitated minds.

Dr RAJGOPAL NIDAMBOOR, PhD, is a wellness physician-writer-editor, independent researcher, critic, columnist, author and publisher. His published work includes hundreds of newspaper, magazine, web articles, essays, meditations, columns, and critiques on a host of subjects, eight books on natural health, two coffee table tomes and an encyclopaedic treatise on Indian philosophy. He is Chief Wellness Officer, Docco360 — a mobile health application/platform connecting patients with Ayurveda, homeopathic and Unani physicians, and nutrition therapists, among others, from the comfort of their home — and, Editor-in-Chief, ThinkWellness360. 

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