The Need for Spiritual Transformation

Today we have every Tom, Dick and Harry talking about corruption and the morality associated with it. Especially the young minds are so full of zeal and vigor but are as clueless and directionless as ever. Apparently, everyone wants to kick out corruption and witness a change in the society. 

Being corrupt is not exactly about a person's instinct to seize money. It is more about the unwillingness to give what comes in the way. 

The moment a news channel talks about a scam, we become hypocrites and start our bhaashan about morality - If all this money could be distributed among the poor, India would become a rich country, blah blah blah and blah blah.

Seriously! Talking about distributing money to the poor? My ass! How often do we do that? If we take our own example, We all graduated an year ago. Every month we all pocket bundles of thousand rupee notes but do we ever think of donating atleast 500 bucks to someone else? Even if this monthly earnings grow from thousands to lakhs after a few years, we will never be ready to give away even a minute portion of it to anybody else. Forget donating, Some are ready to submit all kinds of fake bills just to save few hundreds from being taxed. Why? Because we are not willing to give away the money that comes in our way. I am not trying to judge, I am just portraying the real picture here. Selfishness is innately built into the psyche of the man today. In a smaller scope we call this unwillingness to give as selfishness and at a global scope we call it being corrupt. It is as simple as that. 

All this debates about morality and corruption are just pointless. If you are willing to change the world, change yourself first. A cliched sentence yet veracious. The world is in a dire needs for transformation, Not just a psychological or moral transformation but a spiritual transformation. Because a psychological or moral transformation would apply only to a limited context i.e corruption in this picture. We have other problems and social evils to deal with which makes it impossible to seek for transformations in every aspect of living. 

On the other hand, a spiritual transformation happens at a very global scope covering multiple aspects of man's living. Morality is intrinsic to spirituality. This is what perhaps the spiritual leader Sathya Sai Baba did to his followers. I do not want to comment on his Godman status but about how much he managed to influence his followers into service for humanity. Frankly, I've never known much about him before. It is only after his demise, I learnt of his gargantuan feats of supplying drinking water to a whole state, educating the poor in villages by arranging for educational programmes, supplying food for thousands of victims troubled by natural disasters, building super speciality hospitals to provide free medical service to people below the poverty line, building schools, universities that encourage students to purse foreign education on the grounds of Indian morale and spirituality. One should read the India Today magazine that was published the week after his demise. 

I must admit, Upon learning about his life I was quite amazed and thought to myself, Even if I dedicate my complete life writing spiritual or inspirational articles, 95% of the people won't give a damn for it, the rest 5% might give a damn and forget it. But this man, my goodness! He came out at the age of 12 into the public, announced himself as a Godman and established a cult amassing crores of followers all over the world influencing them to serve the mankind following the principles of truth, righteousness, peace and love. I do not know about others but I was quite convinced that he is made of REAL hero material. 

I lost my senses in awe when I came across few of this cult's young followers in Bangalore. People in their early twenties walking out on weekends to outskirt villages of Bangalore to take up teaching the poor, People in their late thirties who dedicated their lives completely for this service without encouraging the thought of marriage. Honestly I was perplexed by their passion. 

Anyway, this post is not to propagate his cult. I think I got deviated. I only want to emphasize on the need for spiritual transformation. As I mentioned above, morality is intrinsic to spirituality and hence a spiritual transformation would only lead to a better society. For it is only a feasible way in which one can imbibe morality on an other. There is a spiritual side in all of us. There is divinity in all of us which is why we respond to an evil in the society like corruption, in the first place. We just don't give the divine part of us enough room for it to influence our living. Once we start giving importance to the spiritual side of us, it will continue to grow like a virus. It will first change us, then change the world around us.

4 Responses so far.

  1. This is a powerful topic and I think you have conveyed the idea of 'practice what you preach' very well. First things first, people are selfish by nature. It is only "how selfish you are" that varies. Spiritual transformation will certainly lead to a better society but it may not necessarily impact the pragmatists. In this way, although spiritualism may be a promising means of achieving a more moral society, it makes me think what the other factors could be.

  2. I think our inclination in life/ any aspect about life is the conclusive result of our developed mindset. Without the convicting power of the word of truth and the guiding power of the Almighty (and bringing into picture our spirituality), these days standing up against the world even for a noble cause is tough. We praise God because when temptations come in our way as He is always faithful to deliver us from sinning by providing a way of escape. Definitely, there is a need for spiritual transformation as it influences mind- sets and once we can take full control of our own life, we can attempt to bring about a change in the world.
    Nice write- up Vamsi. :)

  3. @Divya Ravi Spirituality doesn't exclude out anybody even if the person is a pragmatist or an atheist. It is for everyone. That's the reason why I made sure that I never mentioned the concept of God or religion, I emphasized about spirituality which has got to do more with changing the inner self within our being :) As I said, divinity is in everyone of us, most of us don't realize it.. There isn't a single mind which doesn't connect to the (inner) Self and hence it applies to all. This is where one has to stop believing that spirituality is only for a specific set of people :)

  4. @Divya Mohan I do agree with what you've said DM but again, we don't really have to stand up against something and try hard to change somebody else. If we change ourselves first, the change in the people around us will follow automatically. :)

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