Living does not simply mean dragging oneself around from day to day – from bed to work, back home and to bed again. The whole process repeats itself until the weekend comes. Then one drags oneself to some recreation in the hope of forgetting oneself – which is why recreation becomes so important. This is proven by ever growing tourism market around the world.
But there’s a better way. One’s whole life can be a recreation. This depends on one’s attitude towards one’s work. For example…
Someone once asked Swami Dayananda (Arsha Vidya), “Swamiji, do you not take any holidays? You seem to be working every day.”
Answer was: If you enjoy what you do, life is very simple. If you do NOT enjoy what you do, then you have to DO something to enjoy, which can be very costly.
Even better, any pleasure that comes out of one’s maturing process… is a DIFFERENT type of joy.
Not hurting someone, or doing the right thing at the right time, gives you joy. If not immediately, then later.
Suppose you have postponed doing something, like laundry, vacuuming, or letter writing. The day you decide to do it – and actually DO it… you find there is a joy in FINALLY having done it. Or FINALLY figuring it out. Or FINALLY discovering meaning of life.
In both examples, such joy is NEITHER pleasure nor security. This kind of joy originates not from sense instruments contacting Objects (EG: Yummy food touching the tongue, Sound of “You’ve got a pay raise” penetrating the ears, Spouse touching the skin, etc).
The joy we’re speaking of is JOY OF DHARMA. Meaning, doing what is to be done according to needs of the TOTAL and for sake of one’s spiritual growth.
Hence, living a life of Dharma, gives inexhaustible and priceless joy one can’t buy through money, nor sense instruments exposed to delicious objects.
What’s more, a Dharmic life (ACCOMMODATING needs of the TOTAL and those which support your spiritual growth)… causes one to organically lose interest in short-lived temporary worldly pleasures.
This spontaneously and gradually turns one’s attention to discovering God. The beginingless scale of rebirths, shifts from fascination of FORM to FORMLESS… as shown in the picture.
Eventually, life of saṃsārish romancing, drama, fun, entertainment… is slowly tipped over to love of TRUTH.
Thus, enjoying what one does, removes anxiety. And lack of anxiety gives Dharma a chance to be lived on day to day bases. And Dharma living – organically leads one’s attention to path of pursuing the final stage in life, mokṣa (Liberation).
Formula: Enjoyment of one’s duties > Expands/develops Dharma > Leads to interest into knowing the Final Truth
Article inspired by Swami Dayananda Saraswati