The Mind is the instrument that reflects life or consciousness. The constituents of life are enlivened by the functioning of the mind. Unless Mind is understood through awareness, meditation and higher understanding, it cannot be grasped. The purified mind can be engaged towards understanding the Nature of mind. Spiritual discipline is a tool that is used to reform and refine the mind.
Certain small areas are not looked into as we try to fine tune our spiritual practice. We often meet roadblocks and although we try to progress in our spiritual journey it is surprising to see that we have not moved an inch. Looking at praises and insults from a spiritual angle becomes very essential to take that giant leap towards perfection.
Unless one understands the structure of the Vedic scriptures, one shall be very confused about the way in which Sanatana Dharma has been configured. It is important to understand the position of the original works of the Vedic scriptures, so as to appreciate the deep philosophy and mystery of the life process, which is documented in every detail within these works.
It is important that we cultivate the right moved of listening especially when we are in the association of holy men. Association is available only because of the pure Grace of God. One should not miss this blessed opportunity A sage or a seer is one who has the capacity to alter the entire course of one's life. One has to develop the right mood when we are in such a holy association. The process of getting prepared is an important step even prior to meeting up with a seer or sage.
Lord Shiva is the personification of Sages. All the qualities that are to be seen in the life of a sage, Lord Shiva represents it to the fullest. If one were to develop devotion to the Lord, one has to first oneself to Lord Shiva and understand His mood of service. Only then can one qualify oneself as a devotee. Understanding Lord Shiva, through the tales of the RamaCharita Mansa can become an interesting and fruitful journey.
The life of sages can be eye-openers. Especially to those who seek meaning in life. For those who wish to awaken, it is necessary that such people delve deep into the life of sages from the Sanatana Dharmic tradition. It is Dharma alone that has encouraged sages to set examples for the coming generation. To take a chapter of two from the life of sages, is to give oneself the taste of elixir that grants immortality.