Be a Right Student
By Dr. Dwaraka Nath on 03-06-2013
Most of us are caught up searching for the perfect Master. But the question one has to ask is ‘am I the right student?’ If one is not the right student then one can never learn from the perfect Master. So let us search in us for being a right student. “What shall I do in order to be enlightened”, asked the student. “As much as you can do to make the sunrise or sunset”, replied the master. “Then what is the use of all the spiritual practices”, asked the student. “Only to make sure you are awake when the sun rises and the sun sets”, replied the master. To be inwardly awake is the quality of wise living. To search for being the right student is the right step to be wise.
There are three types of impacts – the environmental impact, the experiential impact and educational impact. Most of us are controlled and bullied by the environment and experience. But if we can bring in the quality of education in our experiences, then we will not be a doormat to situations in life. With the power of spiritual education, we can grow and learn from the environment and experience. In ordinary situations with the power of spiritual education we can have extra-ordinary insights and thus discover diamonds in the garbage of life. The situations in life can be likened to Earth. Being a right student involves one seeing what type of relationship one has with Earth or the situations of life. When you face a situation or Earth, are you responding out of love, silence or are you reacting out of anger and disappointment? To be reflective on one’s state of ‘Being’ when one meets Earth or situations of life is being a right student. Or in other words are you reacting or responding to the situation and learning to respond is a part of wise studentship. As you become aware of how you are dealing with the situations of life, you have to look little more deeply and discover that there is a distinction between the social self and essential self.
Our identity is defined by society. For example, if I am considered as a good speaker, who has given me this title? It is ‘The society’. Is it not? So our identity is defined by society and hence we are so dependent on the society. The remote control of our life is controlled by the society. This slavery keeps us in bondage and in pleasing the society. In most of the cases society controls and dominates our lives. Thus a social self in us is born. If one is spiritual, then this conflict is a spiritual problem. If we search within, we find that there is an essential self. This essential self is who we are and not what others want of us. If one can recognize this distinction and go little deeper, one operates from the essential self and keep the social self on the peripheral. This essential self has energy which unites, like love, gratitude, which keeps us in order and harmony. To garden these energies is being spiritual. Anger, jealousy creates disorder and hence not essential. Keeping the essential as one’s center, one has to deal with earth, the situations of life. So often the situations of life are disturbing. One has to learn new ways to love, new ways to learn, and new ways to enjoy those situations. By doing so one logs on to powerful self which will be supportive and not destructive.
A self which learns to love, learn and enjoy is supportive. Ego which reacts to situations does not learn and enjoy the challenges of the situations lives life as a nuisance. To discard the ego which is a nuisance value and to install the self, which is essential is a part of wise living.
So don’t get lost in search for the perfect Master. But instead be a right student. And Gita is the best philosophy to become the best student.
About The Author
Dr. Dwaraka Nath, who took his doctorate from Mangalore University in 2007 is a qualified healer in Naturopathy and Yogic sciences. The insatiable fire within, to exploit the good old Indian preventive health care strategies to its full, ended up in Mitran Foundation, dedicated to humanity.