In one of Shakespeare’s most powerful soliloquies, Hamlet struggling with his private thoughts, asks himself,
Prince Hamlet regrets that a man who simply eats, sleeps and carries on his life as an animal does no good to anyone. He reflects that God created us for a reason, and it’s up to each one of us to fulfill it.
We live, love and leave. We seek to live peacefully, in harmony with who we truly are. We also desire to love and be appreciated by others. And for more evolved humans, to leave a legacy- to serve, add value, and contribute to others’ happiness is as sacred a need. In other words we have three aspects to our existence; our relationship essentially is with self, others, and with divinity- also referred to as God in many cultures- that transcends our matter centered routine life.
Disconnected from self
Many work hard for their family and have good friends, yet feel a vacuum in their hearts. They wonder if they have chosen a wrong career or a partner. Thinking they are not doing things that truly represents their inner most values and purpose in life, they feel disconnected from their own self.
There are of course some who do what they want but realize over time that their relationships have suffered. After all we need to love and feel loved. Despite measurable success and money, it’s love that we seek. one of the most popular sex symbols of the 1950’s rose from a miserable childhood to Hollywood stardom. She always wanted to be an actor and she did become a legend. Yet weeks before her death, suspected as suicide due to an overdose of drugs, she confessed in an interview, “I never quite understood this sex symbol. I always thought symbols were those things you clash together. That’s the trouble; a sex symbol becomes a thing. I just hate to be a thing…” She got what she wanted, but her heart remained starved of love. She felt disconnected.
The spiritual connection
Few people do manage to live on their own terms, and they also get love from others. Yet an incompleteness stares at them until they seek a deeper relationship with their spiritual existence. A divine being, also known in various traditions as Bhagavan, Supreme Lord or the Almighty is at the core of our existence. Our spiritual reality is as inseparable to us as the sunshine is to the sun. Yet we chose to be covered by the clouds of ignorance. Spiritual practices –meditation, prayer, chanting- help us dispel these clouds; they unravel the mysteries of our own identity; we connect to our eternal spiritual self and to God- our loving friend and parent. And as a byproduct we also bond with our fellow brothers and sisters on this planet.
Spiritual practice floods our hearts with love and helps us leave a legacy of love. And this legacy you leave would do more good for this planet than all the material success you could achieve. The Spanish football legend Xavi summed up life with his apt soccer quote, “In football the result is an impostor. You can do things really really well and not win. There’s something greater than the result, more lasting- a legacy”