— M.N.Raju
We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.
— Buddha

Among the various religions of the world there are several theories, sayings, practices, beliefs about the importance of body, in order to obtain Moksha or reaching God’s presence by soul. Some of the religions, even advise the mankind to discard body and elevate the mind to allow soul to get eternity. Some more religions say that body is needed for the soul to get into eternity, but they ask you to minimize the needs of your body. Lord Krishna tells the real purpose of body and mind, in the Bhagavath Geetha, the way, one has to elevate soul’s journey to eternity. He speaks about this journey as “Dharma” of man. The word “Dharma” has no other equal word in English. The word “Dharma” has a very broad meaning in Indian contest. It is not only indicated and told about aspiring Moksha, but it is a life’s day to day journey. According to Krishna’s teaching one has to value his Dharma in every step of life, from birth to death, in every word, in every action and in every thought.

Dharma of life is
Life of Dharma

Towards that Dharma body (physical and subtle bodies) helps the mind (conscious and sub-conscious minds) to direct the soul to reach its goal of Dharma.

Hence, it is necessary to take care of body and it is essential, since the body is the visible mind and the mind is the invisible body, which in turn helps the soul to reach the eternity.

How does body help you in your journey of life?
There are four stages in the life. They are:-

1. The first stage is from non-being to being, from spirit to form, from invisible to visible. This stage is the formation of body and mind for soul. It is from nothing, it is from invisible spirit to a solid body, working along with the mind. It is becoming a solid state of energy and is becoming a vehicle and an abode of soul (God).
Where did you come from? It is a mystery. Where were you some thousands of years ago? It is a big mystery too. An energy produced the particle that became who you are. Little protoplasm was the first particle that shifts to become foetus – a baby – a toddler – a child – a young man – an adult – an old man.

2. The Second stage is from being to ambition, from visible to ambition.
a) Khalil Gibron said:-
“And your body is the harp (a musical instrument) of your soul, and it is yours to bring forth sweet music from it, or confused sounds.
b) H.W.Longfellow said:-
“Life is real, life is earnest and the grave is not its goal; Dust thou art, to dust returnest was not spoken of soul.
c) Rabindranath Tagore said:-
“God loves to see in me, not his servant but himself, who serves all.

3. The third stage is from being to non-being, from visible to invisible. It is a “U” turn During this stage, life makes a U-turn and gets ready to go back. Slowly the body starts its evening journey. In its third stage, the body undergoes major changes and the wonder is that the mind does not get much effected during this stage. Moreover it gets more enriched by knowledge and wisdom. Of course soul is always changeless

a) You begin to shift from doing more to doing less
b) You leave the spot-light and function from shadows.
c) You believe that you are connected to spirit and wisdom.
4. The fourth stage is meaning – it is to understand the meaning of spirit
. a) It is Home-coming.
b) All ego stuff loses its power. The feeling of superiority, great, rich, poor, old, young etc are levelled in this stage and meaning welcomes all
c) About Home-coming: The Vedas spoke about it many thousands of years ago.

The Bhagavad Gita said about it 5000 years ago.
Buddha said about it 3000 years ago.
Lao-tzu said about it 2500 years ago.
Jesus said about it 2000 years ago.

The seed becomes a tree. The tree gives more seeds and dies. Again a new tree, after continuing its life through, comes out from the new seed. Man is also similar. His death is not an end, he has already left new life in the form of children. Death is also not an end, one is born again in a new wonderful body.

About the Author
Shri M N Raju, the Chairman of MNR Group of Institutions, is a prolific writer and critic. He has published several articles in literary magazines across the world. His book Two Billion Heartbeats that talks about his philosophy and his life, has been published by Jaico Books and is widely read and acclaimed by authors and critics alike. He has won several national and international awards for his contribution to Indian education and healthcare sectors.

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