In the High street near my office a new Tatto parlour has opened up. I must first say that I am anti this form of self decorative activity from both a moral and health perspective.
What was surprising was that not only have a noticed an increase in this type of shop but I was also astounded by the seated queue inside the shop.
The expression, ‘BEAUTY IS ONLY SKIN DEEP’ came to mind The proverb has been traced back to ‘A Wife’ (c.1613) by Thomas Overbury (1581-1613).” From the “Random House Dictionary of Popular Proverbs and Sayings” by Gregory Y. Titelman (Random House, New York, 1996).- “What you don’t see is hidden under the skin and it may be more important than physical beauty.
Another related expression is, BEAUTY IS IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER – This proverb appear to have come from the English dramatist John Lyly, who wrote in ‘Euphues in England’ (1580).
We may spend time on our physical being but how much do we dedicate to our inner beauty or spiritual existence?
Interestingly, after researching this area I discovered that some Health coaches suggest that fitness training alone is not enough, people need to also de-stress. I’m not suggesting that becoming spiritual is just another tick box. One fitness piece of advice suggested that everyone has 4 basic health needs: Physical, Mental, Emotional and Spiritual.
Emotional development is an interesting area, especially in the context of respecting each other and ensuring that we do not degrade others. Bad mouthing never helped anyone.
Statistics have shown that people who have strong religious beliefs and convictions are less likely to have health problems in the other 3 facets of their health. In addition, it has been suggested that commitment to prayer is helpful and can fight off potential illness and depression.
As I said before, becoming spiritual should not be seen as an add-on or a simple health supplement. We cannot and should not perform any tests on our religious beliefs – It does not work like that. I remember a few years ago a BBC documentary divided a group of patients and families up into two groups. One group prayed for the wellbeing of their patients and the other did not. You cannot test God !
Commitment to prayer and meditation has the potential to make us a better physical person but also remembering God. Our existence in this world is really only temporary, therefore we should aim to be fair to each other.
Hey! We leave it all behind anyway, only our soul is what we need to value and enrich.
The aim should be to merge with God. Achieving Mukti:
Mukti has two aspects—a negative and a positive one. On the negative side, it stands for having got ‘loose from’ or ‘rid of’. That essentially implies a bonded state from which a human must be freed—be it ignorance (ajnan), nescience (maya), mortality (kal), suffering (dukkha), passion (kama), desire (trishna), attachment (moha), superstition (bhrama), physical body (sharira) or the wheel of life and death (avagavan). All these spell only a perilous existence for a human.
Mukti, however, is not to be construed as escapism. It is not that a human is removed to a safe quarter in existence where no perils overtake him/her. He/She, rather, discovers within himself an unexpected power to withstand and not be shaken by any threat or danger. The security and integrity experienced are spiritual and ultimate; neither ephemeral nor circumstantial.
On the positive side, mukti signifies the fullest and truest realization of the self. The saved life is a fully human self, open and unhindered. It embodies the realization that there is no other than the self. Separation and ego-consciousness stand decimated. Everlasting peace of the eternal and infinite self transcend the make-believe world of wealth and woe, good and evil, gaiety and sorrow, wisdom and folly. See http://www.sikhiwiki.org for more on this.