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What Then?: You may have conquered the whole world, but if you have not conquered yourself: what then?

What Then?: You may have conquered the whole world, but if you have not conquered yourself: what then?

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What Then?: You may have conquered the whole world, but if you have not conquered yourself: what then?

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16 mar 2020


Tatah kim? What then? Adi Shankara asked this question years ago. What then? Making this soul-searching query his starting point, Dada J.P. Vaswani takes us on a journey of introspection and self-discovery to uncover the purpose of this, our human birth.

After acquiring degrees, amassing millions of dollars, gaining approbation and applause of crowds, man passes away like any other man. He does not— cannot— carry with himself his degrees, his wealth, his prestige and power. What is the purpose of life? What is its goal? Are you living your precious human life meaningfully, consciously, purposefully?

If you have ever asked yourself these questions, this book will help you with a few enlightening answers. It will show you that there is more to life than existing at the mundane level of material pleasures and possessions!

Come, discover what is next on your life's agenda, with Dada, the practical philosopher to show you the way!

16 mar 2020

Sobre el autor

Dada J. P. Vaswani is the author of over 200 self-help and inspirational titles, including the bestselling Daily Appointment with God and Why Do Good People Suffer? One of contemporary India’s leading nonsectarian spiritual leaders, his books are filled with enlightening anecdotes from world traditions and practical wisdom that helps many people to start living confident, fulfilling, and connected lives. Dada, as he is known to his admirers and followers, has held audiences with prominent world leaders, including the Dalai Lama, Mother Teresa, and Pope John Paul II. As the spiritual head of the Sadhu Vaswani Mission, he has been a tireless advocate for animal rights and non-violence for the past half century. Visit him online at www.sadhuvaswani.org. One of India’s foremost spiritual leaders, J. P. Vaswani is the author of more than two hundred inspirational and self-help books, most of them bestsellers. A scientist-turned-philosopher, he is widely admired all over the world for his message of practical optimism.

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What Then? - J.P. Vaswani


Where can I Find the Answer to my Questions?

A man may fulfill all his desires…..WHAT THEN?

He may realise all his dreams…..WHAT THEN?

He may reach the peak of success…..WHAT THEN?

He may acquire name, fame, pleasures, money…..WHAT THEN?

Life has been described as a series of challenges which man must face, take on and overcome. Most of us deal with the problems thrown at us as best as we can. We seek solutions; we try and work out answers to questions that vex us.

The seeker is a much loved figure in Hindu mythology. Our ancient scriptures are full of the stories of young devotees, jignasus, who persistently seek the truth against all odds. We have the young Nachiketas in the Kathopanishad, for example, who spurns all the boons and riches that Lord Yama showers on him and demands that he be told the truth about after-life. We also have the young lad Satyakama in the Chandogya Upanishad, who is determined to attain Brahma Jnana. He courageously seeks the discipleship of Sage Gautama, whose ashrama is filled with boys of high birth and social status, humbly confessing to the Guru that he is the son of Jabala and that he does not know his father. Both the young men attain to the truth they seek.

But most inspiring for many of us is the story of the young prince Dhruva.

Dhruva was the eldest son of a king called Uttanapada. As the eldest child, he should have been the closest to his father’s heart and next in line to the throne. But the child was destined for a greater life!

Dhruva’s father had two wives. Suniti, the older one, was gentle, mild and virtuous. She was Dhruva’s mother. Suruchi, the younger one, was proud and beautiful; she was the king’s favourite. She had a son called Uttama.

One day, the two princes were playing together. Suddenly, Dhruva wanted to go and sit on the lap of his father, the king. The little boy ran up to his father who was seated on the throne, and climbed joyfully onto his knees. The king, too, embraced his little son gladly and lovingly stroked his hair.

Queen Suruchi just happened to witness this little incident. Being a proud and jealous woman, she was incensed to see Dhruva on the king’s knees. She rudely pulled the little boy by the ear and pushed him away. Get out! she screamed in rage. You have no right to be seated here, on your father’s lap or on his throne! That is a position meant for my son alone!

Dhruva was deeply hurt. What made him really sad was that his father, the king, who was infatuated with his younger wife, said not a word in defence of his son.

Dhruva ran to his mother. How is it that my father’s lap is not for me? he questioned her in anguish. Tell me how I may obtain his love, so that no one can push me away from my rightful place.

Suniti was a pious and devoted woman, as well as a loving mother. She said to her son, My dear child, look not to your earthly father or earthly mother for comfort. Turn instead to your Divine Father; for He alone has the power to grant you your heart’s desire.

Dhruva’s heart was moved by his mother’s words of wisdom. He went into the tapobana (a forest of meditation), in order to find God through the practice of austerity and devotion. As luck would have it, Maharishi Narada came to meet him there. Tell me of the Lord who can grant me my heart’s desire, the child asked the sage. In love and kindness, Maharishi Narada described the effulgent and radiant form of the four-armed Maha Vishnu with eyes as brilliant as the sun, the sacred shankh and chakra in his hands, the mace and the sword at his sides, His divine presence inspiring awe and ecstasy simultaneously. Once this form was clearly etched into Dhurva’s mind, Maharishi Narada taught him the sacred mantra. Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya, and thus, young Dhruva was initiated into meditation.

For Dhruva, it became the taraka mantra that would enable him to have a darshan of the Lord: Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya! (I offer salutation to the Lord who is the All-Pervading One!) For days, this five-year-old child sat in meditation of the Lord. Hunger, thirst and all bodily demands were laid aside. As he uttered the taraka mantra repeatedly, his consciousness was uplifted and the Lord appeared to give him darshan.

Dhruva had left the palace with a longing to take his rightful place on the throne and hopeful that he would one day come to occupy a prime place in his father’s heart. But the Lord’s darshan wrought a tremendous transformation upon his soul. The constant repetition of the mantra had kindled his highest aspirations. With folded hands and head bowed, Dhruva said to the Lord, I want neither the reins of power, nor the pleasures of this earth. I want Thee and Thee alone!

The Lord so blessed Dhruva, that he was transformed into the most steadfast star on the horizon- the Pole Star. The boy, who had been pushed away from his father’s knee, became the Beloved of the Lord. As the Pole Star, the Dhruva -Nakshatra, he shines on steadily, not moving from his place, come summer or winter!

Dhruva is indeed, the shining example of bhakti yoga!

Is your life being frittered away by details? Between Chintu’s tennis classes and Ritu’s dance classes, mother’s kitty parties and ladies club meetings, between the teenager’s Facebook and Instagram encounters, between the father’s television news and business meetings…do you feel you are missing out on something?

Are you focusing on meeting targets and deadlines and on rapid growth and instant financial gains? Do you feel you have given your life to making your business/organisation/ institution successful and you don’t really have the time or energy to give to anything else?

I know that many of you lead very busy and hectic lives. I know you are totally involved in all your worldly commitments. But at the end of the day, when the hectic rush of appointments is over, take a pause, and ask yourself, What Then?

If I were to pause to ask myself abstract questions, my work will spill over into the next 24 hours, said a brother, when he was told to ask himself, What Then?

Fair enough! I do realise that 24 hours a day are not enough for some of you.. But… somewhere in this hectic game, are you losing the essence of life?

Essence of life? Essence of life? What’s that? some of you may ask.

I know it’s only an expression, a fanciful metaphor. But if like me, and many others, you believe that there is a certain significance, a meaning to human life, well, that is what I was referring to: the purpose or the goal of life.

Wouldn’t you like to determine for yourself the goal of your life?

Discover the Purpose of Your Life: Silent Reflection

Many of us grow up with a strong conviction of what we want to be and what we want to do with our lives. But this is not the same as discovering the purpose of our life! The latter is a far more profound issue that can only be resolved through deep introspection and continuous self inquiry. You cannot ask others what you should do with your life; nor can you blindly choose and follow role models.

The point is that no one can teach you the purpose of your life. It is only your own inner voice which can tell you what you should do with your life!

The truth is that we know instinctively that there is a higher purpose to our life than eating, having fun, making merry and growing old. But our inner quest for meaning is often distracted by the shouts and shows of the material world and its constant demands on us. We need to withdraw into silence to rediscover or rather uncover this clarity of perception which is hidden behind veils of maya, of worldly illusions.

Choose a silent corner and sit comfortably: focus on your breath. Be at peace, at one with your inner self. Here is a preliminary series of questions that might help you to understand and go deeper within

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