Updated: Dec 3, 2021
Have a mind that's open to everything and attached to nothing.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
We need to have a mind that's open to new things, concepts, philosophies, ways of doing something, most importantly to new wisdom. Also, we shouldn't be biased, attached or even afraid of giving up on old harmful or useless beliefs, notions, ways of doing things, most importantly biased philosophical concepts.
This concept is emphasized by quite a lot no. of philosophers like Dr. Wayne Dyer, Buddha, Sri Shankaracharya, Sri Madhwacharya so on.
"Question every thing, assume nothing, learn the truth."
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As per the Vedic Philosophy, any theory has to be provided with proof called 'Pramana', without proof no philosophy can be accepted. In SriMan Nyaya Sudha, Sri Madhwacharya has been described as 'Shuddha Pramanaha', in the sense the philosophy advocated by Acharya has provided complete clarity on all the aspects of 'Brahman.'
Although, some of the Vedic scriptures like Kathopanishad says;
'Spirituality is beyond all logic and so is Almighty.'
We need concrete evidence to accept anything this is given by 'Pramanaha' through debates.
'The main intention of providing Pramanaha' is to clear all doubts about the philosophical concepts and to ensure that there shouldn't be void imaginations.'
Having a mind that's open to new things and not attached to anything doesn't mean you should question what have been taught by your elders about life, rituals and spirituality. But it does mean we need to understand;
'Human mind continue to be biased, prejudiced about something or the other throughout'
We need to solve our doubts about philosophical concepts or anything. It doesn't mean we should question, condemn all rituals.
We see many individuals who argue about philosophies without even understanding it & most importantly they don't scan it thorough their conscience & consciousness. Without doing any of this, they blindly follow some things, they argue, fight with others.
Personally I was the worst affected, a decade ago I blindly believed astrology, prophesies which created fear, anxieties in me. It took a hell lot of efforts to change those beliefs and induce scientific acumen within.
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Laws like blasphemy paralyzes the individual's questioning rights of the believer.
We need to be freethinkers, no thought or concept should be too holy to change your beliefs about it, because it's the question of our spiritual awakening. No one else could do this for us, we need to be clear on our 'truths'.
Albert Einstein said;
"Science without religion is lame, Religion without science is blind."
Anything we believe in must be based on scientific phenomenon. It's very easy to believe in myths. But rectifying them takes a lot of efforts. By that that would have coused max damage to our lives.
"The world is objective, we make our lives complicated by making biased, subjective assumptions about it."
"Truth is objective, we can only realize it through subjectivity."
Now a days we hear a lot about application of Vedic sciences in various fields like mathematics, technology and so on. It's called Vedic science because it's all based on science, we simply believing in biased, prejudiced notions & half truths isn't going to solve any problem.
Jesus Christ said;
'Doubts are traitors'
The main motto of being spiritual is 'To seek truth.'
"Religion is following the messenger, Spirituality is following both the message & the messenger."
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Most importantly, being Spiritual encourages scientific thinking.
As we remain as a closed mindset person we start to experience 'Spiritual Stagnation.'
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Every day we need to improve ourselves. Unless we start to think in new better ways, unless we take some actions on our new improved ideas we remain same. Remaining same is going back.
Roger Federer says;
''Remaining same is going back, when others are working hard & improving every day.''
You may be having the best idea, that doesn't mean it has to be implemented in the same way, there would be many different improved ways of executing things.
"Be ye transformed by renewal of mind."
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The secret to success lies in self improvement. And self improvement can happen only when we analyze ourselves, our actions, thoughts & bring in new ideas or new ways of improving our life.
"Different actions produce different results."
Life coaches like Robin Sharma and others suggest journaling thoughts on every day basis. When we note down our thoughts, activities of the day, we can think of improving ourselves.
"Journaling on day to day basis helps us to prevent repition of mistakes. This assists in self improvement."
"Don't believe in any thing that doesn't comply with your conscience & inner consciousness."
We need to believe in what's truth, and truth always remains objective. Don't believe in biased notions, half truths.