Why has stress increased in modern days? | Overcoming the fear of survival

On The Wrong Runway

The human species of the current age is enamored largely with the physicality of creation. Women are interested in beautifying themselves and obsessed with their bodies, with how they look and present themselves. Man is more worried about his position and possessions and is on the lookout of proving himself to the world and to himself. This has led to chaos in the world. How can this mere outlook spread chaos may well be a logical question to ask. We shall cover this point in some detail in the current discussion. It becomes necessary at this point to explore the fundamental reasons for dissatisfaction and grow discontentment

It is a universal law that, before a living entity makes its earthly entrance, there is already provision made for its upkeep and sustenance. This is an unchallenged Vedic law, the very basis of Sanatana Dharma. Yet almost the entire human race seems to be unware about this law. Humans have glorified ways of satisfying their fundamental needs just as animals that do the very same things in very simple and perhaps detestable ways as the cultured society looks at it. The dog sleeps on hard grounds or under trees while man sleeps on comfortable beds in the comforts of his home. The dog eats directly from the ground licking its food, while man uses his hands and has more refined food (perhaps) from plates. The dog enjoys sex in the open in front of the entire world while man indulges in the same act within the constraints of his plush apartment. The dog barks or runs away if you try to attack it. Man uses arguments to defend himself if someone tries to attack him. Man tries to defend his questionable actions. Thus eating, mating, sleeping and defending are traits that are common to both humans and animals.

But it is the absence to recognize the fifth element that has added to stress and disorder to life. When the fifth element of understanding the purpose of life is not pursued by man, life starts losing its charm and man starts chewing unnecessarily, voraciously on the other 4 survival instincts of eating, mating, sleeping and defending. People waste their time and divine energy by discussing cuisine thereby lifting the pitch of the lower instincts of taste and appetite, which is also dear to animals. People of lower consciousness discuss about sex and tune into the animalistic mode. Others talk about ambition and conquer through immoral business tactic and so on, which shall excite the chakra system in the Solar plexus, thereby triggering animalistic tendencies.


Now, how would it feel if any supersonic airplane is used for travel run on narrow and bumpy village roads? The result can be more than imagined. The airplane with its minimum speed set to about 250 miles per hour shall cause casualties in the village as well as casualties within the aircraft. The greatest possibility is that the airplane shall crash in into the mud walls of local residences, thereby causing peril to the lives of many. The same is the case with the human mind and body. The human body is like this airplane and the mind is like the fuel and energy that triggers the airplane. The running of the airplane on village roads is like indulging the body and mind in glorifying the processes of eating, sleeping, mating and defending. The result is that the mind gets stressed because mind in not supposed to be soaked in lower carnal matters. The body and the mind is like the aircraft, it has to be run on a clean runway which is smooth so that it attains high-speed and takes off towards the skies. Unless body and mind are fed with subtle matters which also includes suitable diet and a healthy lifestyle, without indulging in it, the human system cannot be used to take off towards elevated matters relating to the spirit.

When man indulges in matter, it is a criminal waste of human resources. Since the human body is not used appropriately, tension and stress builds within the human system. Diseases crop up because the human system has been misused and kept engaged with inappropriate ways of living which is devoid of Truth and discipline. As mentioned earlier, as the Vedic texts mention this at multiple places, Nature has already provided the means and resources for our decent maintenance and survival. However man is so obsessed by the lower survival mechanism that he attempts to convert that mechanism as a conquering device so that he can lord over Nature. Just like the passengers of the airplane and the men in the village who get trampled by the airplane, the misplaced actions of the misdirected human “animal” not only works against himself, but also causes harm to millions of others who get manhandled by other misdirected humans.When man does that, stress is the result which Nature uses as an invasive tool to crush man. It should be realized that stress in not supposed to be managed or controlled. It is supposed to be eliminated completely. This elimination is possible only if higher realization is attained. Only when man realizes his fundamental mistakes, can stress be eliminated from its very root. Until then, he shall slowly but surely be consumed by his own incorrect ways of living.