Designer Spirituality

The word spirituality flows from the word ‘spiritus’ which means breath, i.e., breath of life. The traditional image of being spiritual is changing. It is because the form and nature of ways to connect with oneself keep changing with time.With time, spirituality in different forms is becoming more and more popular. The modern gurus are charismatic motivators, speaking in English.They emphasize on what the youth desires, i.e., making life better with modern facilities.

Spirituality is the art of being in touch with the Supreme Power. According to the ancient sages, Yoga was considered to one of the best means of spirituality in nature. Its purpose was more than physical fitness and just relaxing out. It has to do with the realization, through direct experience of the pre-existing union between Atman and Brahman, Jivatman and Paramatman, and Shiva and Shakti, or the realization of Purusha standing alone as separate from Prakriti.

Have you ever heard of these: Tamarack Wellness Center, Bikram’s Yoga College of India and the Dharmalaya Yoga Center? These are the names of some established colleges in the West, which offer classes such as kids and family yoga, mom and baby yoga and teen yoga. Yoganetics, Medieval Yoga, Yogilates and Aqua Yoga are a result of savvy marketing or a natural evolution of the practice in the West. Techniques like vibrational entrainment technology, biofeedback and progressive muscle relaxation are used to relieve people from substance abuse, clinical depression and anxiety. Imagery, or Guided Imagery, is the use of pleasant or relaxing images to calm the mind and the body. By controlling breathing and visualizing a soothing image, a state of deep relaxation can be achieved. ‘Stone Therapy’ is an exclusive ‘vascular gymnastics’ of the circulatory system. It improves work of lymphatic and immune systems, normalizes body functions and assists your body in self healing. Dr Sampooran Singh, at the International Conference on Science and Spirituality in Modern India, 2006 in New Delhi observed that a communion with the Divine, the Eternal, the Infinite, the Life Field is now taking place.

Music is a universal language. ‘Music therapy’ is one of the most effective ways of controlling emotions, blood pressure and restoring the functioning of the liver. Disco Yoga created by Crunch Fitness, incorporates disco music and disco balls with traditional Yoga poses. Amritanadamayi or Amma says “Materialism and spiritualism are not different from each other. If you know one, you know the other…Live like a picnic without forgetting your own home.” Sri Sri Ravi Shankar opines “Spiritualism has more to do with love, compassion, and peace of mind, calmness and creativity.” The youth can be seen interested in consulting psychic healers, buying books written by holy teachers and watching their gurus’ programmes on television.

Developing physical therapy programs, focusing on the physical aspect alone is insufficient to bring peace of mind. The other reason, apart from its physical emphasis is the object behind resorting to such methods; it is not peace of the inner–self, rather portraying them as a status symbol. Indian spirituality is still re-inventing itself.

Shri Shrivatsa Goswami, one of the pontiffs of the Radha Raman Temple at Brindhavan, has characterized spirituality as the ‘science of love’. Looking at life around us and the experience of birth and death, if we want to be spiritual, one way could be to seek detachment. Realizing, that life is nothing but an attempt to look at the quest for the truth and having realized the truth, behave and conduct ourselves in such a way that we achieve whatever goals we set before us.

Bhumika Sharma

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