SAMSKARA

Vedic Articles
  • Man milyaan ro melo, chitt milyaan ro chelo

    When hearts unite– true harmony

    When minds agree – true disciple for a master

    -Marwari Saying

  • Sanskar or the training of the mind is an important aspect of human conduct. It is the cornerstone of our practical life and the brand of the individual. These impacts are the bases of one’s future actions. That is why our philosophy has so much emphasised the needs of the psyche. Human life has been adorned with sixteen sanskars, beginning with birth and ending with death.

    Some traits of mind accompany a person from birth. They are inherited from previous births. Modern psychologists also endorse it. They have gone farther in their research than their Indian counterparts. They believe that the past memories lapse with the event of birth, but the newly acquired ones persist with the individual all his life. As the child grows, the teachings imparted to him by his parents overpower these impressions and he becomes oblivious of these imprints. The gradually accumulated impressions during his life viz. his concepts, presumptions, social norms and practices form a cover over his mind. His primordial nature becomes blocked.

    As the inherited genes from the mother and father also exist in his personality, they also have their impact on him all his life, in respect of the formation of his personality. The relation of the person with his parents persists for his entire life. The researchers in the region of energy insist that the aura that the person holds has a very special relationship to that of his parents.

    A new persona emerges from the life that he spends in the surroundings of his parents, friends, kin and society. The individual labours under this overwhelming burden all his life, lest he should be discounted by society. He tries his best to show his acceptable conduct to society. This imparts to him new effects and shaping forces.

    The person carries the impact of the preceding seven incarnations that his personality displays. As the opportunities arise during his life, these effects attract them. Certain effects further accumulate and others are dropped. The subconscious mind of the individual catches the impact of these impressions. As the occasion favourable to these arises, the previous memory imprints remind one of his earlier actions. He behaves in the future in accordance with these earlier experiences.

    One thing deserves to be kept in mind – the basic nature of man remains concealed all his life. He has no inkling as to what made him appear on the stage of the world. This basis of his life remains invisible, generating restiveness in return. This is the cause of the perennial restlessness that we suffer. He is keen to show some performance but the new personality disallows it. The fundamental persona shuns all restraints. He seeks to assert his independent existence. That makes our philosophy a potent concept with its assertive role.

    All the actions and reactions that ,we witness in social life arise from this struggle of man. The contrast between the original imprints and those that we obtain from others exhibit a tug of war in a negative or positive direction. It inhibits the natural evolution and virtues stalking the characteristic growth that he had the potential for. In certain beings, the recurring blasts of opposing trends wipe these impressions away. This awakening arouses them to their fullest growth. The creative aspect of man comes into full play. He recoups the capacity for independent thinking.

    It has been our tradition to attempt to comprehend the essence of life. While practising introspection, we are required to examine our own self regularly. This is the mode whereby we focus upon the core of our beings in due course. He can purge his impressions of the past. He can realise his integral nature through creation. As the veils snap, his principal and native energies arise. His utility for society emerges for everyone to see.