It needs a very high level of intelligence which is not common like common sense that a person who has suffered a lot in his /her life is capable of directing his energy towards betterment of other people. Very few sensitive and sincere doctors, social activists and writers on word press are an example of it.
When they are working for others betterment there is a ray of hope for them too. That is to embark upon journey in search of the “self”, the one who suffered a lot and now engaged in others betterment. It is within and constant this is true because whenever one looks behind one can remember oneself as a child, adult and now fully grown. Only with reference to a constant one can measure. Units of measurements are based on this principle. Still one finds this too that it is always with him/her even in dreams!
There is a story told by first Indian mystic “Ram Tirth”, who visited first time to USA.
A person was informed in his office about a news and hearing that he left his office immediately. Seriousness of the information can be experienced from changes in his face and sudden sweating of his forehead.
When he was just about to leave the exit door the postman handed over to him his much awaited lottery ticket worth a Million dollars, still he has received it and kept it in front pocket by folding carelessly and called a Cab so as to reach early nearest metro station.
When he was about to leave the Cab at station he saw a famous actress he wanted to meet at least once in his lifetime as he was a great fan of her acting, but this time he just passed a glimpse over her and left to Metro station to catch the train.
When he reach his home, firefighters were busy extinguishing the fire but still it is out of control and he checked all family members including parents are there standing outside except his 5 year old son.
He requested firefighters to save him at any cost and prayed to God to pay all the insurance amount from his house and lottery ticket to Government’s relief fund or other social services.
Here the question is that “Why he is himself not trying to bring back his child?”. When he is ready to lose everything for him then to whom he is saving? What is even more important to him than child, money and dreams etc?
It is the “self”.
Another question is that how much time of his life he has devoted to actually find that self?
Most people agree that we spent lot of our time in trying to fulfil our desires and raising our family, while we are ready put up on stake any moment when it comes to saving the “self”!
This search begins with asking question “Who am I?”
Its true answer can only be found by a person who is just born, because after that all that happens is part and parcel of conditioning by the society. That is why Jesus said that only those who are like a child can enter the kingdom of god.
Society or this conditioning is a necessary evil too and useful too. Useful because only a person out of jail can only understand meaning of freedom, while all those roaming around outside are also free, but the joy is missing. So to add joy to your life, this conditioning is necessary but since it is extremely difficult to come out of it naked and see your “Self” as it is, so it is an evil like drug addiction or bad habit.
Before embarking upon a journey in search of this self, some important characteristics of it are worth knowing.
First characteristics of it is invisible. Like God exists everywhere so it needs to be invisible because visibility will limit one to at one place. So is the self it exists in everyone. Only in human being it is available and accessible too.
In animals and tress experiments have proved that there is a faint feeling of self. In them it is available but not accessible. In future scientists may find it in dormant state in materials too.
Second characteristics of is that it is eternal like God because if God is present in one time on our planet then it is difficult to him/her to be available to people of other time or century.
Third characteristics of it is very important to understand. It is accessible to every human being in a very peculiar way. Same as design of our iris, used for identification purpose. Word “Propos” is formed due to this uniqueness and all words derived from it bear the same root meaning like Proposition, Purpose etc.
This peculiarity wrongly imposed on body is the basis of forming Ego.
All through our life we goes on enhancing our ego in a peculiar way but that becomes the very root of all pain, suffering and difficult time of our life. So to find “self” first of all one needs to peel, like peeling of onion, all the layers of ego one has deliberately placed one after another whole through the life.
Greatest obstacle is the knowledge one has gained and pain one has suffered i.e. past.
Those who are on the path of helping others have embarked upon this journey but still remembering it will hamper their journey. Only by dropping one’s past only one can move forward. So the one who is on the path of helping others, it is important to forget about all sufferings etc. Forget all sufferings and pains as it has never happened to you, because you are not body but “Self”, it is due to your mistake that you imposed it on your body, without actually knowing it or say in ignorance. Never ever even inform anyone about it to others.
Once this true “Self” is found you will come to know actually this is the case! It really never happened to your self but to body! All pain or suffering was due to this wrong interpretation of self in our body.
This is not abromal that due to one’s misunderstanding or imaginary perception the result are real. This happens when we take a rope as a snake and run or jump in fear. When we know that actually it was a rope the fear is gone and so is with its memory too.