As per the Times of India Report on the annually commemorated World Heart Day, a mindboggling 72 per cent of urban Indians are vulnerable to cardiac troubles. Shockingly, the symptoms are increasingly evident in younger ages. It doesn’t take much guesswork to figure out that mounting levels of stress are responsible for this state of affairs.
Undeniably, ‘spirituality’ the singular antidote to young lives spiralling out of control—is the main casualty in the gladiatorial arena of modern-day work cultures and lifestyles that demand more and more from the individual—irrespective of the cost.
Contrary to popular perception, spirituality is not only for old ones, nor it is related to any specific religion. It is a state of being that urges the individual to make peace with himself and the world. It is an attitude that makes us believe in the timeless values of hard work, patience and persistence.
A thesis that allows you to retain your self-worth, despite the fact that there’s always going to be someone richer and smarter. A belief that asks you to pause for a breath every now and then, and asks yourself: just how much is enough? At what price? Is a hefty bank balance at the end worth having my family life and my own health disturbed?
But in an all-pervasive materialistic atmosphere where ‘greed is good’ and short-cuts to success is a prevalent practice, few people have the time to listen to that inner voice that says: “relax, take it easy. So what if you haven’t got all you wanted, right away? Tomorrow is another day. And systematic planning backed by a clean action plan that takes into account your dignity as well as that of others— will take you to the right place.”
As the old and the wise have always said in different ways: anything that’s worth having—be it a professional success or a meaningful relationship—-cannot be gained in a jiffy. Simply put: there is no such thing as a free lunch. If you want something, be sure it is exactly what you want. Decision making is easy, provided there are no contradictions in your value system. This state of acceptance of the pros and cons of a situation with grace and a smile — is what spirituality is all about.
The legendary scholar and perhaps the world’s first articulated management guru Chanakya’s words ring ever so true today: “The happiness and peace attained by those satisfied by the nectar of spiritual tranquillity are not attained by the greedy persons restlessly moving here and there.”
Just as your body needs nourishment in the form of wholesome, well-balanced meals at regular intervals, your heart requires the dose of inner peace to be healthy. To that end, both educational institutes and corporate—ought to introduce the individual to the concept of spirituality—at the very outset.
Not only will it bring about a healthier work culture, it shifts the spotlight on the things that count: human relations, team spirit, empathy towards others, better tolerance and virtue of patience and most importantly the peace of mind.
Acquiring that spiritual bent of mind may not be simple initially, but once it becomes a habit, life becomes much simpler. Professionals in their mid-thirties need not die untimely deaths, and India will truly ‘shine’ in the clean glow of spirituality.