CREDOS : Spirituality — III

Ajay Shukla

The spiritual man is one who has conquered fear. The spiritual man understands and accepts the inevitable, and tries to find joy in the system over which he has little control. Thereby, he uplifts himself from the restricting influences of the body, the intellect and the emotions. In fact, the yogi, the spiritual man, is beyond and cut off from these factors that are limited by the fear of survival. Thus, the ill effects of negative stress can never affect a truly spiritual man. I have earlier said that without taking care of the body there is no way of being saved from ill effects of stress. This was not said with any intention to belittle the role of spirituality. The spiritual path transcends all the other three paths, and can even make them redundant if followed with consistency. However, taking care of the body is most important because it is very difficult for an ordinary man to be a true yogi. To be a yogi requires a long period of training of the body and the mind. And it is even more difficult to remain a yogi because it requires constant control over the intellect. But the intellect is very fickle in nature. There are too many allurements and distractions in this world. Since trust, faith and outlook are basically intellectual decisions, it does not take long time for a man to change his decisions and, thereby, his outlook and faith. — Stress Management