Transforming oneself

Power of transformation

Learn how an individual starts a gradual process of transformation by changing his relationship with himself.

There is no person in the world who would not like some sort of change for the better. People want to change their lifestyle, their eating habits, professions, relationships, country of residence, religion, fashion statements, political ideals, spiritual ideals, etc. All this is a sign of life – which a person does not want to stagnate or wants to improve for happiness. On the other hand, there are people who want other people or society or communities to change. So, we find philosophers, religious heads, politicians, teachers/professors, social workers, philanthropists etc. who are instrumental in bringing about a change in people’s attitudes, ethical principles, political ideals, etc.

There are three agents of change in the world – the power of religion, the power of science and the power of politics/rulers. All these three work at both the individual level as well as at the level of society.

Need for a holistic approach

At the individual level, every human being born on this earth is moulded or transformed by his or her mother, father, teachers/professors etc. Not only do the mother and father sustain the child’s physical needs, but also the needs for education, love, moral support, and instil in the values to make a better human- being. The teacher transforms a person’s intellect and imparts knowledge to earn an income, and thereby a status, and hence, some sort of happiness in future. In India, there was a custom to offer a child to a guru for blessings, or salvation, or liberation. A guru generally moulds or transforms a child’s religious, spiritual and ethical values by imparting knowledge. So, clearly, we can say that a person is changed by his relationships.

In Rajyoga meditation, the individual starts a gradual process of transformation by changing his relationship with himself. Instead of taking a view-point that “I am this physical body”, a person becomes more aware of the fact “this is my body” and hence, the “entity” which says “my body” is *distinct* from the body; this *entity* which is the master of the physical body can also be called the *self* or the *soul*. It is a living, conscient being with mind, intellect and personality traits whereas the physical body is a non-living thing. The soul is the ruler and controller of the five physical organs (eyes, nose, skin, tongue, and ears) and performs actions through these sense organs.

So, in Rajyoga meditation, not only does a person change relationship with himself, but, in effect, he changes the view-point of his own self-identity. Dr. Deepak Chopra has emphasised that in order to bring a lasting change in one’s life, one should work at the grassroots – a person needs to change his view-point. In Rajyoga meditation, a person adopts a spiritual viewpoint with himself, with the Supreme Soul, with his immediate family and with the world at large.

Though relationships change a person’s viewpoint(s) at an early age, a person might want to bring about a transformation when he or she faces insurmountable problems – personal, professional or due to some external circumstances.

A need for a change is experienced when there is some pain experienced. The deeper the pain, the greater is the need for transformation at the fundamental level. But, one need not fear transformation. Change is a law of this world. All political systems, all kingdoms, all religions, even nature undergo change. A very simple example is that the weather also gets changed cyclically. A very hot summer heralds a bountiful monsoon. Through Rajyoga, a holistic spiritual education, a person gets empowered to think about his own innate potential and virtues and thus gradually improves his IQ (intellectual quotient), EQ (emotional quotient) and SQ (spiritual quotient).

Generally, people want to do meditation for a variety of reasons – some want relaxation, some want power, some want solitude – but above all the deep desire of all human beings is to live a peaceful life. In Rajyoga, a person recognizes that peace does not lie in possessing worldly objects but, the person himself is a soul and the innate nature of a soul is to be peaceful. The basic mantra of Rajyoga is Om Shanti – “I am a peaceful soul” – which tells the person to look for peace within himself. This seemingly simple way is a powerful way to progress in life for only a mind filled with peace can think about solutions to the various problems one faces. And, a transformation at the individual level changes the whole world because all human beings want inner peace.




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