The life is a journey to be the owner of our senses but we live our whole life in the slavery of them. We are taught how to look at the outer world without paying even least attention towards the inner sides of us. The life, we are living, is not being lived by us, actually life is being driven by the forces of five elements; Lust, Wrath, Greed, Attachment and Ego dominance of them, act as a trap making us helpless. With the absence of self awareness, life even becomes automatic and mechanical.
Suppose a person used to go to office daily with his bag, and one day he has to take a Lunch Box with him , you would be surprised to find him back without Lunch Box. Now question arises how someone could forget to carry Lunch Box back. The answer might be something else if you ask to the person concerned, but one thing is clear that the Lunch Box is not the part of his daily routine. This is the Mechanism of life.Our senses respond to the stimuli outside as governed by the hidden elements inside us. Suppose a person wants to get rid of greed but he can’t, as soon as opportunity appears, his deep rooted greed gets activated automatically making the person helpless.
A monkey is caught in trap due to greed otherwise it is hard to catch. A large animal like Elephant slid to trap owing to dominance of its lust. Birds are caught in net as they don’t know about trap , they only see their food scattered . Wherever we go, whatever we try to do, hidden trap is lying every where and interestingly we can’t see this as we get blind with the activation of hidden vices inside. In our house, we often see rat trap, a piece of bread is put in the trap, a rat doesn’t see trap, it sees only a piece of bread inside. Traps are unimaginable suffering for all those who encounter it.
These five elements enslave our body and put it on auto driven mode. Though we can’t see them with naked eyes, but results of their functioning come to surface with different forms of sufferings.
We never say I do anger, infect we get angry and the mechanism of relieving, as suggested by Psychiatrists, is to become aware of our angerness. A good number of examples are there of so called religious preachers those who teach the people how to tackle with the vice “Lust” but they, themselves entrapped in lustful activities, becoming the Head Lines of NEWS. The whole advertising industry is working on this formula. How can we deny the exploitation of people, made by some companies in the name of doubling their deposited money? How many people are there who become prey to so called Love (Attachment)and faced emotional crises in their lives? The World has faced the Wars and mass destruction, initiated by the arrogant Dictators. Surprisingly, we know clearly about above mentioned stuff , even NEWS are there to endorse these unlawful businesses, yet we get entrapped. Then question arises, “How is it happening?” The presence of unrestrained secret forces, working in our innermost, is the only root cause of this problem. This process puts us into Trap and unfortunately we hold something and someone responsible outside. Instead of looking inside and mending our ways, we try to repair the World outside. It gets even more worse when we start finding solution again outside, without realizing the root cause of our problems lying inside us.
I remember a story of a lady saint who was finding her lost needle out side of her home in the full moon light. She was old enough, so for sympathy sake, some of her neighbors came out to help her out. It took a lot of time for all but they couldn’t find. At last one of them asked lady saint,” Where is your needle lost?” She replied, ” Inside the home.” Every one got mad and asked ,”why are you finding outside then, you should find your needle where it was lost.” She smiled saying that this was what I wanted to teach you all. I came out due the light of Moon as there was dark inside my home. So this is the story of all of us. We often find ourselves out side where as we are lost inside. Actually, the troubles , we encounter in our life , are not coming from somewhere else and no one is responsible for them, these are the consequences of our deeds. As we know, our deeds are governed by Five Vices. We usually spend the whole life finding faults with others and get upset. Here we commit blunder, this is wrong formula and with it we get astray, With this type of life, we get upset and treat the others same way. We create toxic environment surrounding us and become easily prey to some kind of mental Disorders.As Guru Nanak Dev Ji Says;
Dadda: Do not blame anyone else;blame instead your own actions.
Everyone wishes others move according to him.We often say someone’s behavior is intolerable. Is it possible to change everything or everyone as we like? Answer is “NO”. We can’t change every one but with mending ourselves we can be able to change the world. As Guru Nanak Dev Ji says:
Now main issue is, “How can we be at Peace?” In the Saloka of Baba Farid Ji , I found a befitted answer to this question as;
If you reform yourself,you shall meet me, and meeting me, you shall be at peace.
Whatever we wish for that is inside us, searching outside is the confusion of mind. As Guru Arjan Dev Ji says;
I have quit searching outside; The Guru has shown me that the God is within the home of my own heart.
Now let’s consider it another way. The Five Forces are Evil only when we are slave to them. As soon as we explore ourselves,we recognize our root, We learn the right uses of these forces, we become owner of our life. With our awakening of deep sleep, awareness leads us and trap becomes clear to us.Coming to Conclusion, Trap is Nothing; It is our Ignorance.
Let The Ignorance Fades Away and The Awareness Shines The Path…