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Monday, July 28, 2014

THE HEART'S MALADY

Sadness. At some point or other nearly everyone suffers its symptoms. Fatigue, difficulty sleeping or concentrating, appetite changes, listlessness, restlessness, hopelessness, even thoughts of death.

Mental disorders have reached epidemic proportions, affecting some 60 million Americans in any given year. Chief among them, depression is a major cause of "lost years of healthy life" worldwide. Two-thirds of people suffering from depression do not seek necessary treatment. And those who do are often consigned to the psychiatric ward or clinician’s couch, loaded with psychotropic medication whose side effects are worse than the symptoms they treat, and branded for life with a condition for which the medical establishment says there is no cure.

But this is untrue.

Sadness is a symptom of a spiritual crisis afflicting humanity as a whole. It is not a sign that something is wrong with you, but that something could be profoundly right!

Overcoming depression - not with drugs or talk therapy, but by turning the attention inwards, from the unreal to the real - is an essential step in the fulfillment of your destiny and the purpose of Earthly existence. It is by going beyond the source of sorrow, the mind, that you realize the bliss which is your true nature. The Vedas say:
 
“Even as a mirror with dirt begrimed
Shines brightly once it is well cleaned,
So too the embodied soul, once it has seen
Self as it really is,
Becomes one, its goal achieved, from sorrow free.”
 
The Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism) tells us this:
 
"The greater you are, the more you need to search for your self. Your deep soul hides itself from consciousness. So you need to increase aloneness, elevation of thinking, penetration of thought, liberation of mind - until finally your soul reveals itself to you, spangling a few sparkles of her lights.
 
"Then you find bliss."
 
How to do this? Strip your body from your soul, as if you do not feel that you are clothed in matter at all - you are entirely soul. By sitting in silence and achieving the calm of deep sleep while conscious, you achieve conscious immortality, which the Bible calls Holy Spirit.
 
Meditation, oneness, Self-realization, Holy Spirit. The names may be different, as are the religions that propound them, but the state is the same. It is who you are, and the Earthly life is the place to realize your true nature, and the time is now.
 
It is said that in this quest for the Self that lies within, a teacher can be helpful, as are books. But most important of all is your power to turn your attention away from the world of the senses and in quiet concentration fix your awareness within. Be as you are.

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