Inner purity and outer culture

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Dr. Joyshri Bhuyan

Inner purity is the only way through which one can reach the purity of action. Karma is for the purification of mind. …. Karma exists to bring about purity of mind.

Theosophy is “Divine Wisdom”. It is not knowledge, and is different from the process of thought. Thought may influence what we do on a particular occasion but wisdom brings about a radical transformation in our entire life. It brings us to a depth where there is no change. And if we act from the depth, everything is right. If every one of us is a student of wisdom who is everyday trying to transform his life by greater understanding, his words will have the glow of wisdom in them.

In every man there is something deep within, which is trying to unfold itself and shine forth in all its splendour. If the question is answered at the superficial level, this unfolding will not be helpful. It is all too easy to give the expected answers. Light and truth are more important than mere worldly things, the approved answer is trolled forth from a top layer of the mind. The quick and easy answers that come from a superficial part of us, are not enough. We must put aside all external answers and search deeply towards the truth.

To reach the “REALITY”, mind must see what is subtle, what lies below the surface. If it cannot respond to the unsaid, to hints from within, it misses a great deal. The mind and the heart must become more sensitive in order to see the whole – the “Reality”.

Inner purity is the only way through which one can reach the purity of action. Karma is for the purification of mind. The word “Karma” commonly refers to that cycle of forces which is regulated by the law of cause and effect. This law gives an opportunity to the individual to learn purity. Everywhere there is energy to purify the heart. Karma exists to bring about purity of mind.

All actions exist to bring about a state of wisdom which is the awakening of the mind. The mind cannot awaken into a state of understanding, unless it is pure. Wisdom and purity are two sides of the same coin. An impure mind cannot be spiritually awake. Purity and development is more complex and difficult as Astral Body is not like physical Body. Our desires, feelings and emotions are the results which appear in our consciousness. The Astral body vibrates either in response to external impacts or to activities initiated from within.

All human beings seek happiness and try to avoid sufferings. The question is — how do we define it, be it consciously or unconsciously? Madam H.P. Blavatsky expressed the same idea in an explicit way. “No spiritual progress at all is possible except by and through the bulk of Humanity. It is only when the whole of Humanity has attained happiness that the individuals can hope to become permanently happy — for the individual is an inseparable part of the whole”.

To recognize human suffering and to see its cause and the remedy we have to look at ourselves, invariably because we cannot help others unless we can feel it in ourselves. When one really looks at oneself, it hurts, because in this case we deal with something that is real. Here we touch a sensitive point of our being. lt does not mean that hurting or suffering is the only way of learning, but that, when it occurs, it shows that we are dealing with the facts. lf looking at ourselves our tendencies are to feel secure and comfortable, we should really ask ourselves whether we are playing with some pebbles in the periphery of our being, never touching the heart of the matter or what is real in that present state.

When we truly look inside and see things in ourselves that hurt, it is often considered as a sign of point of weakness when we look at it more closely, we can see that in our present state this point of weakness can become a point of deep strength. Every single being who still has some ignorance left, whose ego is constantly trying to reconstruct itself, goes through the same experience, the same process, the same pain though with some variations, some nuances. We then see that what we consider as our experience is not something personal but universal.

The destiny of a person is to travel on a path leading to perfection. According to the Upanishads, “this spiritual path is like the sharp edge of a razor, difficult to cross and hard to treat. This path cannot be treated by others. Each man is to treat himself absolutely the way, the truth and the life.”

The Bhagawat Gita describes the wise man as one who has a stable, unshakable (sthita-prajna). He is never disturbed, agitated or troubled by slander and accusations. He always remains calm in all circumstances. lt is possible to remain undisturbed by criticism or flattery only if one does not have the least fear or desire to protect oneself. When there is no fear or sense of insecurity in oneself, one does not need a gilded identity or worldly honour. And it will reflect the outer culture.

Outer culture of the human being is absolutely necessary to reach the spiritual Path of Life i.e. inner purity.

Mahatma Gandhi said —- “Happiness is not determined by what is happening around you, but rather by what is happening within you.”


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