The title of this post seems to be an attention drawing gimmick. Well, judge it at the end of the post. Here I only want to show a simple way to become the likes of Vivekananda (Or whosoever enlightened Guru /God you believe in).
We all are so much obsessed with our bodily condition since birth that we forget our true self. Our external world is so demanding that till death, we hardly know the self as a soul and internal world of the soul.
Our social life and the importance we attach to it, the insatiable desires of our five senses, our attachment/hatred towards family members, our job/business, friends, parenting responsibilities, politics, TV, everything consumes and kills time (limited) available to us as a human life.
The casualty is our Soul, which after the death as a human body will get any one of the bodies of animals we look around with pity and sometimes hatred.
Unless of course a few rare souls like Mahavira / Buddha or Vivekananda who would awaken during their lifetime and know the real self as a Soul. They are not merely bogged down in the present body conditions, which the soul has got in its ongoing journey.
This awakening will make them realise the importance of human life and the mission to be achieved in this life.
Be it, Mukesh Ambani or Bill Gates, all their wealth for which they are spending their extremely precious human life will remain here when the death arrives.
Awakening to the realities of the self i.e. the soul is the purpose of every human life. Without knowing the self as a soul, this human life loses its purpose.
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This is possible when we look inward, away from the worldly things around us. Swami Vivekananda sat on a rock memorial detached from the world and absorbed in nature and the self i.e. the soul.
When you are alone and in the lap of the vastness of nature, when all other body-related thoughts are at the bottom, the soul speaks and can be experienced.
Pratyahar is one of the eight limbs of Yoga, which means moving inward from the world of body senses. We are so obsessed with the body and exterior world that we stop at Asana and Pranayama stage only. Unfortunately, our attention to our physical needs and present social priorities do not give this chance to our soul and mostly till death.
You can try and experiment this. Go to a sea beach or on top of the mountain and be alone. Ignore the physical world, ignore all the thoughts about our present life/circumstances seek our attention. Just be with nature and experience nature. At this stage, someone who is talking with you is your Soul. Know it, experience it.
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Detachment is the word. Mahavira did it, Buddha did it and in the recent past Vivekananda did it. It is easy, but only after once, we know that this is the agenda of human life. Knowing the agenda of human life can take millions of years and many, many births but that is a different thing.
To know more about Swami Vivekananda, read the book: Complete Work of Swami Vivekananda
“Man should possess dignity and alertness. Only he whose spiritual consciousness is awakened possesses this dignity and alertness, and can be called a man. Futile is the human birth without the awakening of spiritual consciousness.”