The Roots of Suffering
In Vedic philosophy, life is seen as a journey through four stages: Baalya (childhood), Brahmacharya (age of learning), Grihasta (Age of householder), and Vanaprastha (retirement). The latter stage, Vanasprastha, is dedicated to preparing for one’s inevitable departure from the world, away from the attachments of relationships, wealth, power, and position. It is a time for deconditioning the mind to connect with one’s true self, Atmana, by transcending the limitations of the mind or Mana.
Understanding the Mind
Why, you might wonder, is the mind the epicentre of our suffering? According to Vedic wisdom, all pain and suffering in life are exclusively rooted in the mind. Even physical pain is filtered through the mind’s lens. The mind is a powerful force, shaping our experiences and existence, and as the Rishis suggest, “Pleasure begets Pain, and Pain begets Pleasure.”
The Excruciating Pain of Helplessness
There exist various forms of pain, more complex than science or medicine can fully recognize. Among them, one of the most agonizing is witnessing the suffering of our loved ones. Whether they are bedridden, enduring sentences, or making choices that lead to inevitable despair, this pain is excruciating. Often, there seems to be little we can do, leaving us to burn in the fire of helplessness.
Enter Yogic Counseling
In moments of profound suffering, what can one do? Medications and addictions may offer temporary relief, but they ultimately lead to a life in ruins. The only sage choice, then, is to decondition the mind. But what does that entail?
The mind becomes conditioned throughout life, and these conditionings exacerbate our pain. For many, seeing loved ones struggle with physical ailments triggers a conditioned belief that life is only worth living with a normal body and perfect health. It is these conditionings that intensify our suffering. Deconditioning the mind is a profound journey, and Yogic Counseling offers a structured path to achieve this. This ancient practice is not merely counseling; it is a transformative process by the realization of the self and then deconditioning the mind.
In the revered texts of Yoga Vasistha, Vyasa’s Mahabharata, and Avadhoota Gita, we find discussions between enlightened beings and individuals struggling with their minds. These texts reveal the timeless wisdom of how the mind can be our greatest enemy or our truest ally.
We Are Always At Peace. The Mind is the Problem.
In the quest to ease the suffering of our loved ones and ourselves, Yogic Counseling stands as a beacon of light. It provides a path not only to decondition the mind, but also to transcend the limitations that intensify our pain, and to rediscover the eternal happiness within ourselves by knowing, understanding and realizing Atmana.
In this age of modern challenges and ancient wisdom, embracing Yogic Counseling is not just a choice; it is a profound act of self-healing and compassion. Let us embark on this transformative journey to heal our hearts and minds, and in doing so, alleviate the suffering of those we hold dear. Yogic Counseling is the timeless key to unlocking the shackles of suffering and finding true inner peace.