By Baba Shuddhaanandaa Brahmachari
What is the true purpose of our body in our Spiritual Path? How can we find time to slow down and meditate on the wondrous miracle, the body, where our Spirit resides? How in our busy day-to-day life can we make time for ourselves in order to keep our bodies properly tuned? What can we do when illness strikes, to heal and return ourselves to health and balance?
Your body is the most beautiful temple or cathedral ever created on earth. I have traveled all over the world, seen the most magnificent cathedrals, the stunning temples of South India, but I have never seen one like my body! A temple or a church vibrates as long as the deity or the Lord is presiding inside. In the temple of the body, the deity, the Lord, is ever presiding since we took our first breath.
We talk of renunciation: many people torture the body in the name of religious practices, but why should we torture this most radiant gift? The only thing that you and I have to do is to destroy the “wrong identification.” We need to become aware that I am not the body, but my body is my residence. That is enough. It is not to torture the body, but to light the lamp of awareness that my Beloved lives in the body.
Just close your eyes, become intensely conscious of your body, and gradually the light of consciousness will awaken the sleeping Beauty, your Beloved. You are beautiful not because you are handsome. You are truly beautiful irrespective of how you look only when you separate yourself from the body and then perceive the Divine Light within. This is like creating a little distance from the mirror so that you can see your entire sublime image. Put your face right next to the mirror and you can’t see yourself!
Love your body, as you love a beautiful church or temple, but don’t forget all the pains you have taken to reach the temple or the church. You haven’t traveled just to see the temple or the church, but to see the Deity or the Lord within!
To appreciate what a miracle your body is, deeply contemplate in your mind on who is responsible for the trillions of cells that make up your heart muscles, beating together in absolute rhythm? Who is coordinating the neurons of your brain that keep sending messages and signals to the countless cells of the most intricate machinery in the world, your body? While in the womb of your mother when you were growing, who took care of you to build this most wondrous child of Light? Did you ever contemplate the blinking of your eyes as the greatest miracle? Did you ever quietly follow the rhythm of your breath? Did you ever think how the brain functions, and how the trillions of the cells of your body join together in celebration of harmony and symphony that is your LIFE? To me these are true miracles that we miss at home while searching for petty miracles on the roadside. Don’t forget you are the biggest miracle that is possible, for you are the Observer and the observed, the Center of Universal Consciousness.
The best way to keep your body properly tuned is to always follow the path of moderation. Follow a daily routine, respecting time, and always go by priorities. Don’t rush and don’t allow anyone to know that they can use you. Respect everyone, but always remember your time and your priorities and your discipline in life. Don’t do things that you don’t want to do and then put the blame on others saying that others are forcing you to do it. Give yourself enough time to enjoy each of the gifts of the Mother Nature and time to honor and care for your body, the temple.
Just understand what you want to achieve in life and don’t rush. Do one thing at a time, relax, pause and let the power of the distilled mind manifest the material realities. You will be happy and at peace. As long as you are worshipping your friendly mind, you are fine. The insane world will not distract you even with its repetitive invitations. This is my experience I am sharing with you.
We don’t know when we will be called to pay the toll for the use of the body in this lifetime. But we all have to pay that. One of the biggest challenges a Soul can face is when the physical body is ill. First think that once you are done with all the tests, the biological and pathological environment of the physical body would come to light. These will be assessed and taken care of by both the physician of this world and the Physician of the World Beyond.
Then, if possible, just move within, closing your eyes, watching your breath and then be your Self. Watch the pains and agonies that the body is going through from within, but remain separate. Fill the body and the mind with the presence of your Spirit and heal it with thoughts of Health and Healing.
Remember, you are God’s child, surrendered; hence there is no space for fear! Just heal yourself with all the Positive light of visualization. As you humbly pass through every moment, the Universal intelligence in every molecule of your cells is releasing the hidden healing energy! You are healing yourself through your humility, with all Glory to the Divine Lord. Your body is an exquisite miracle!