What is balance and how does one achieve it?
Normally we think of balance when we have lost everything or are in a situation that seems out of all profit and loss perspective. Then we see the balance sheets and start looking for balance. Balanced is the one who lives within, is comfortable with his own self, whose mind and body are one with his spirit. He who is aware of himself is in balance and living what we call life, rest are all going with existence.
One who is able to gracefully accept the polarities in life and goes through both with samaan bhava is in samayama. Such a human neither lives in content nor discontent for he is beyond both, is beyond the identification of a man or a woman, beyond the negative and the positive. Such a person can only be a yogi, although not necessarily walking the yogic path for only a yogi can create something like balance, rest can manipulate.
Balancing needs discipline, peace, agni, samarpan, truth- these are the roots of a man. Once the roots are strong, the plant will turn into a tree, will give fruits. However, then the number of fruits need not be counted. One less or two more should both be accepted with grace.
Balance is a term that one needs to apply and imply in every sense, in the sense of the body, the trigunas, the mind and period. Once you go beyond the mind, then there is only gyana, Viveka and Ananda. That is true balance, balance of the external and the internal together.
Why is it so important to achieve it?
Unless you find that balance within yourself that creates the required awareness that stems from a sharpened buddhi and the knowledge of the freedom that you can attain within this existence; the one that leads you from matter to energy and from energy to light, you will never find meaning in life and chances are you will be living a dead life. Isn’t life or survival anyways the balance between birth and death? So why not find the real ground to hold on to?
Where do you stand in search of balance?
Nowhere, within your own self, just stay in your own shoes. Look nor here neither there. All else is external, not you. Religion will give you temporary options, so will society. The lakes and the mountains will also not give you that balance for nothing, no dimension is outside of you. Just silently travel within and Srishti will open her treasures for you. Balance will not be an issue anymore.
Can you share some stories where lack of balance brought pain to yours or somebody else’s life?
Lack of balance in my dear one’s life and then the ensuing balance- a great example are Magadhi Bam and her husband who are walking the path together as a couple. Meeting Magadhi is a story I will keep only for her to share but when it comes to her husband, Abhijit Bam, his story is one of a turnaround. A man of intelligence and versatility, he was handling a couple of businesses when we met, yet life was not in semblance. Just a month into creating a balance within both the physical and the mental planes along with sadhana gave him a new direction in life. Although it was easier for him to walk the path less travelled by many for he was a strict man of principles with a beautiful mind that saw growth and happiness for all around him. He is not just a successful businessman in his own User experience industry but is also simultaneously leading a Directorial position in an international networking organisation for entrepreneurs. The family of four is a perfect example of balanced living.
Balance requires a healthy body, a healthier mind and once both are ensured, the person is in great energy and spirit (spirit is pure joy anyways!)
Any thoughts you want to share about balance?
Balance is like the see saw. The central pole is grounded deep into the earth which means you have to go deep into life, not run away from it, face it all and still find your ground. The two seats on it are the two opposites but then what is the beauty of the lotus without the mud. And when one person around you is in balance, you automatically fall in line. Call it the Butterfly effect, the vibrations or the aura but others around you get influenced to walk a balanced life with you.
Who else is capable of creating a balance than a human who walks tall on the two legs with a head held high in air unlike animals that look down upon earth and walk on both their arms and legs?
When you say balance, notice the gap between the exhalation and the inhalation. That gap is the silence and silence, the greatest balancer.
When you say balance, seek ekagrata, one-pointedness for it is in that pointed centre that you find the Purusha within, the rest is all Prakriti.
When you say balance, only seek the Self for whatever it is that you try to balance, it comes down to the Self, the inner dimension. And that self is raw, untouched, untainted, pure, joyous, and extremely beautiful.