Gurukul and a Holistic Life
Everybody irrespective of their nationality or religion is chasing something or the other in pursuit of their happiness. A big question is whether one understands what they are chasing?
“Do you understand what you want?” is both a question and a hint toward the potential solution(s). Those who do understand stand a better chance of getting it while those who don’t stand a little chance for the obvious reasons.
Wholesome means a disproportionately holistic effect in comparison to efforts deployed. A wholesome life is possible when one understands wholeness. “Understanding”, “want(s)” and a connection between them are the three parts of the total solution. Each of the three parts has its wholeness and oneness.
It is the mental capacity to visualize the invisible whole. a coherent state of one’s mind and heart; undivided full attention on one thing.
Wholeness can’t be explained objectively. It’s a mental competency to treat many things as one eg a human body has several parts but is considered as one body.
Wholeness can be understood only with experience. It is the delightful taste of a delicious dish, the melody of a melodious song, the love of a mother or father, or self-less behavior displayed by almost everything in nature. One needs to grasp the concept under the watchful eyes of someone knowledgeable and trusted. Parents, Gurus, and leaders are some of the roles where wholeness is at the display.
Like the taste or melody that can’t be explained but only experienced, wholeness exists only in the mental realm of its parts and is reflected in their choice of action for the collective good that results in a holistic outcome.
Experience of wholeness gets reciprocated with oneness – a desire and willingness to be part of the whole with an understanding that attention to collective interest yields a better return.
The wholeness-Oneness duo leads to bigger and bigger success with reducing efforts. A growing spiral.
Oneness enables us to discover clues that inspire us to create the kinds of lives we long for. We learn to understand the emotional patterns that undermine our intentions. And we start experiencing and harmonizing with the powerful energies of togetherness.
Oneness is a voice that reaches out to the heart of others in our circle of care and trust. The words are personal–and the experience of embracing the understandings they hold is transformational. We come away from the simple act of reading feeling like we’ve been touched by something indescribable–and holy.
Understanding of metaphysical principles of nature and catalysts for change, Oneness transcends the mind and finds its fulfillment with rather ease.
Guru and Gurukul
Since a concept of wholeness can’t be explained objectively, it has to be taught in a conducive environment via the experience of it. Guru and Gurukul construct provided everything that it takes to gain not only such knowledge but grow in their understanding in a conducive environment designed for the purpose. It is this concept of Guru and Gurukul that acted as a foundation stone of the Vedic era.
A student gets the awareness of the variety of skills ( guru Sandipani taught 64 skills to Lord Krishna), gets the required knowledge and practice under the watchful eyes of his guru.
Why it can’t be explained objectively?
Wholeness is a competency to see many parts as one, seamless integration of its parts, whereas the objective explanation requires wholeness to be broken into constituent parts. The wholeness is lost as soon as the focus moves to its parts highlighting the seamless seams and hence wholeness can’t be explained in terms of its parts.
One needs to rise above self-interest to either experience or create wholeness. Something that Modern society considers a myth.
Consciousness, Nature, Universe is all-pervasive with no start and/or end. It extends from inside to outside, from infinite to infinite. A knowledge that connects inner nature and external nature is referred to as Veda. Veda is also the name of an Indian scripture that deals with such knowledge. Any piece of knowledge that explains a connection between the inner and outer world, irrespective of language or religion is a form of Veda. The human mind, heart, and intellect together connect one’s inner and outer nature and thus are a form of Veda.
Knowledge of Veda is a deeper understanding of how the human mind, heart, and intellect functions and connects with outer nature. A coherent functioning between these three enables a smooth wholesome connection and thus a happier life. The absence of such knowledge means a life of duality that is full of difficulties and stresses; incoherent mind and heart pull each other in different directions resulting in either of the two dragging the other one – a root cause of suffering.
It is one’s choice to pay attention to such knowledge to live a happier and easier life (wholesome) or face the struggles of life.