Way to Lasting Happiness.
Human beings are either dis contended with their lot or find fulfillment in worldly life. However even those who are happy are not considered evolved from the spiritual point of view. Some people find that the agenda they purse with great vigor seldom give them satisfaction afterwards, let alone lasting happiness. Scriptural knowledge considered by spirituality evolved as lower knowledge must be utilized as signboard for gaining spiritual knowledge. Often a devotee gets doubts about moral values, which are prescribed for attainment of lasting happiness. Such recommendations are universal and not diktats of one’s personal deity or school of thought; rather, each individual can follow any spiritual practice of his choice for attaining liberation.
Just as wealth, health and creature comforts were important to human beings so too was spiritual knowledge crucial to realizing lasting happiness. Many a time human beings feels disappointed and frustrated when unable to achieve chimerical goals sets for thyself. Such self binding shackles can vast off, if one learns to be happy with what that possess. Getting rid of addictive bad habits and cultivating the company of people who are noble in thought, word and deed are the means of self empowerment in spiritual life.
Discrimination between right and wrong is feasible only when the mind is evolved. Only a preceptor can guide an aspirant in spiritual quest. The Katha Upanishad recommends one to “learn wisdom at the Master’s Feet, since the path is hard to tread as an edge of a knife.” While God incarnated primarily with the mission of establishing righteousness in the world, HE also manifests from time to time as preceptors with the aim of showing humanity the path to everlasting happiness.
It is for this purpose that great Saints such as Adisankara have appeared on this earth with twin objective of kindling latent devotion in human beings and to spread HIS message of virtuous living through Hymns and Texts which helps to dispel ignorance as well as overcoming ego. While lectures and guidelines are universal, every human being has to achieve this objective only on self effort. Once foundation of good conduct become a way of life, the human being learns to discriminate between worldly pursuits, which are merely temporal in nature and Spiritual goal which gives eternal joy and self-realization.