In the previous episode, we had witnessed the next important point of discussion wherein Sage Kapilaachaarya explains how our Atman is in no way responsible for the actions performed by our physical body. In other words, Sage Kapilaachaarya puts forward the point that our Atman and our “Deham” are two entities that are independent of each other. The Atman is an entity which has the capability to think, discriminate between the good and the bad, based on whatsoever reasoning. However the Atman has no capability to execute the subsequent actions that are discriminated. It is the physical body that is responsible for the execution part. Thus Sage Kapilaachaarya explains that the Atman and the physical body are two separate entities and further substantiates his point with a beautiful small story. We had left yesterday’s episode at this point and today let us take it forward. Let us witness the story that Sage Kapilaachaarya has to convey to us.
There was once two people – A blind person and a handicapped person who couldn’t walk. Both these people once had to cross over a forest to reach a certain destination. Both did not know what to do. As they somehow came in contact with each other, they make an agreement thus: The handicapped person (without the legs) decides to sit on the shoulder of the person who is blind. The blind person thus takes the handicapped person over him and starts walking. Thus, the person who is able to walk, starts walking, but it should be remembered that he cannot see, as he is blind. However, the person who is sitting on the shoulder of this blind person can see, but not walk! Thus, the person who sits on the shoulder keeps guiding the blind person as he walks through the dense forest. Such was the “teamwork” of these two people who had their own deficiencies in them. Just like how both of them complemented each other, Sage Kapilaachaarya explains and drives home the point that the physical body which Bhagawan has given to us has to complement with the Atman that we have, in crossing over the dense forest called “life”! 🙂 If we compare this small anecdode with our life, our physical body is like the person who is blind. Our Atman is like the person who is without his legs! Our Atman can guide us along the right path, just like how this person without legs is guiding the blind person. Similarly, our physical body can execute the guidance given by the Atman, just like how the blind person is able to walk through the dense forest and cross it. Such should be the way in which our “Deham” and “Atman” should complement each other, towards crossing over this “life” and ultimately reach “Moksha”.
Having said thus, both the Atman and the Deham should understand that they should do the right things by complementing each other. It is not enough thus to complement each other, but go into a wrong direction leading to worldly pleasures and attachments. The Atman should do a stupendous job of discriminating the correct actions in the correct way. Similarly, our Deham should also listen to our Atman’s words and put all of them in practice every passing day. Only if this complementing happens between these two entities, will we be able to reach “Moksha” without any hassle in between!
Looking at such wonderful explanations in our Sanaathana Dharma text, it is extremely interesting to understand how our ancient Maharishis have explained high-end spiritual principles in simple and lucid wordings, which people like us today can understand too! Moreover, it is amazing to witness Sage Kapilaachaarya talk about “teamwork” in this particular context. As many of us might know, “teamwork” is an extremely important modern-day management and leadership concept, which is directly applicable in the organization’s development overall. Nowadays, all of us talk about working in teams and functioning as teams. We’re now slowly realizing what Sage Kapilaachaarya has explained thousands of years ago! Just like our Atman and physical body work in tandem to attain the ultimate goal of realization, a task in a company is also achieved to its 100% with proper and efficient team work, wherein different people come together, (independent of each other though), working at tandem and with co-ordination.
So for today, let us understand these important words of Sage Kapilaachaarya and let us wait till the next episode to continue this discussion further. Stay tuned! 🙂