Our Soul’s Sole Purpose

18th century Swedish scientist Emanuel Swedenborg observed that all of our unhappiness, depression, anxiety and disappointment within ourselves emanates from our lack of understanding who and what we really are: we do not perceive ourselves as Spiritual Beings first, who are presently learning by adopting a human experience second.

If this is so, then what has distracted us from our divinity? If reincarnation is repeated until the soul’s missions are fulfilled, what is it that obscures our spiritual journey and delays our soul’s sole purpose?

In our physical daily practice at Tirisula, our masters teach us to strive in spite of our sensory reactions; the pain in our limbs during Asanas, the distractions to our eyes in the room, to our ears in the noise of the traffic outside, to our noses as we inhale our own musky adrenalin. If we were to apply this focus, this Bhakti, to our daily lives, would it make us more in tune with our awareness of our soul’s journey? Would it allow our bodies, temporary vessels for the soul’s manifest in this particular incarnation, to work in harmony with our greater purpose?

If the theory proved true, life’s distractions in all physical and mental forms might become passing cars as we are encouraged to envisage them in meditation. Regardless of whether or not we consciously connect with our soul’s purpose, at the very least we might learn to be still. In stillness, as in meditation, we find ourselves closer to the truth, not by ignoring the many elements in our stream of consciousness, but by acknowledging them with a calm and nonreactive gaze. After all, they will still be there when we return.

In our physical form, as functional human beings, we learn to juggle many distractions in life, often applauded in our abilities to ‘multitask’. We compete for success in outcomes, results, tangible achievements, from the abstract popularity in social media to the medals, awards and monetary prizes of recognition. With each milestone we seek the next, never satisfied, always rushing with the quiet knowledge of time and its limitations. Is this the soul’s education in experiencing a human life?

If our souls leave our bodies when we pass and seek a new home to continue the journey, then it is impossible to say that we are human beings experiencing a spiritual life, because that would imply that we have found spirituality, but not everyone has. Therein lies our discontent perhaps. It is possible that we are indeed spiritual beings experiencing a human existence, that our unhappiness is due to our lack of awareness in connecting with our soul, our individual truth.

Sarah Yong
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