For many among us, the questions of the universe, of creation and of life and death, are too remote from our everyday lives. This is because we are too entrenched in grappling with the day-to-day issues — What job should I pursue? Who should I marry? Where should I send my children to study? Questions that face us at our life’s end seem irrelevant to the here and now. Can the unlimited wisdom of our empowered soul help us face life’s daily trials and find our purpose in life as well? Let us first define “unlimited wisdom”. It is not the intellectual knowledge that we learn from lectures or books; it is consciousness. God is described as being “consciousness”. Our soul, being the same essence as God, is also consciousness. It is a “state of knowing all that is to be known”.
When we access the divine wisdom, we reach a state of all-consciousness, one in which we know the answers to life’s mysteries and our purpose in life. The soul is not just a lofty goal to be pursued and obtained by philosophers and seekers only it exists for the everyday person to discover, the person seeking to eke out a living for himself or her family, the person trying to be amoral in a challenging world, the person struggling to find meaning in chaos. The soul is nearer to us than we think and is aware of our day-to-day, mundane existence. Often we are confused about why we are here and what is to be learned from our everyday existence. Whether or not we are aware of it, there is meaning to our life and all that happens to us. Whatever happens to us has a reason.
If we could tap into our soul, we would see life as more than a string of meaningless events and would find a lesson and message in all that occurs. Those who have tapped into their souls look at life from a refreshing perspective. Rather than be tossed about on the sea of life, dashed by every wave, they watch their life like a movie with subtitles, in which the words at the bottom of the screen let them know about the happenings at the spiritual level. They may still experience the turbulence, but they observe them with the inner knowledge that there is reason and purpose behind a particular situation. When we can look at all that happens to us through the eye of our immortal soul disturbing events become like floating clouds in a clear and calm sky.
Our equanimity is preserved when we realise that every cloud has a silver lining and peace, joy and love will be in our lives again. We should try to still our mind to hear our soul through meditation. Meditation opens up a whole new world for us. Through it, we can gain entry into a world full of bliss, light and love within. Let us not confuse the mind’s intellectual wrangling and endless analysis with the soul’s wisdom. When we listen to the wisdom of the soul we can face the challenges of life with confidence and strength because we know the why’s of all that happens.