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The five cities in our inner world – Part 5

One morning, the stand was clean, but by evening, it was once again messy. Again, the next morning it was in order. Every morning, since then, the rack was maintained. But nobody knew who does the menial job. One night at 1.30, I got up to use the washroom and was surprised to see San, a quiet and friendly monk, clean the rack. He did that every day, and nobody ever knew it. He was content in his calm, assured service. The act nourished him and offered contentment, beyond the pleasures of this world.

Annamaya Kosha – Pleasure

Pranamaya Kosha – Protection

Manomaya Kosha – Peace

Vijnanamaya Kosha – Purpose

Anandamaya Kosha – Pure bliss

Those who seek to rise beyond the first three koshas, and consciously live in the Vijnanamaya Kosha- the wisdom body- grow as effective leaders.

Developing Vijnanamaya Kosha

The article you are reading now is an exercise to develop your wisdom and conscience.

Steven Covey speaks about our conscience body in his famous ‘Seven Habits of Highly Successful People.’ This is a unique human endowment that separates us from animals. We can see things for what they are while animals busy themselves with eating, sleeping, mating and defending.

Virat Kohli, one of the greatest batsmen in the cricket world, recently said that cricket was not the most important thing in his life.  “Cricket is a part of my life,” said Kohli, “but nothing should be bigger than life.”  He believes the larger picture always has to be life and cricket would end one day.

A sign of evolved wisdom body is the ability to see beyond the apparent; beyond the externals and live in the vast space beyond our tiny heads and obsessions. To realize there’s more to life than my present success is a sign of a mature person. It doesn’t take much time for victory and fame to make way for disgrace, especially in a world that’s notorious for topsy-turvy fluctuations in our fortunes.

The former President of India, Dr. Abdul Kalam, popularly known as the ‘Missile man’ and ‘People’s President,’ charmed the hearts of millions of Indians with his sincerity, simplicity, and integrity. Although a devout Muslim, he rose above petty differences and harmonized different beliefs and customs of a country with diverse faiths and traditions. He appreciated the Hindu culture so much that he spoke Sanskrit, read the Bhagavad Gita and even wrote a poem on Vidura- a notable character from the Mahabharata. He often said, “For great men, religion is a way of making friends; small people make religion a fighting tool.”

To be continued…

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