A friend of mine, a ‘sorted’ young fellow in my opinion, once said something to me that tickled me to tears at first. But as I sat thinking one day, the depth of his words struck me.
“We were sent on Earth to become Dalai Lama, or try to come as close to being the great Lama as possible, but what are we doing instead? Toiling. Breeding & Dying. What I mean is, where’s the spiritual aspect of being a human in any of what mankind is indulging in?”
Nothing I have heard, I feel, is closer to the truth than this. The world is spiritually lost. Hence the chaos & turmoil. Most, if not all, our problems can end in a single day if we awaken our spiritual selves & realize the true meaning of the gift of human life.
While all this sounds great, I must confess, the simplest sounding things in life are the toughest to achieve. Especially if, there are demons of the mind that you must first battle.
In my research around this, I discovered a startling fact. Most people who pursue spirituality are simply trying to fill a void in their life. They are gripped by depression & are simply trying to free themselves of it’s clutches. So of course, I had to dig deeper in the world of Spiritual Coaching.
This is when I got to know, a lot of people have, for years, followed spiritual gurus who either do nothing more than rob people of their money, or lead them astray to a world of self-indulgence, urging their followers to unleash their most carnal instincts by somehow confusing them into believing that an orgasm is the same as enlightenment or that group orgies & free sex is the truest form of spiritual expression when nothing can be further from the truth. There’s a reason Monks follow celibacy. The goal is to gain complete control over all of our senses & instincts & not letting them consume us.
I felt the connection between depression or any other mental disorder & the quest for ‘spiritual awakening’ was very confusing & people had already made a business out of leading others astray by telling them that their depression & sense of skepticism or disillusionment is a call for ‘awakening’!
While nothing is better than an attempt to embark on a journey to ‘Nirvana‘, for most of us, simply leading a happy, fulfilling life is satisfactory enough & I feel, in making this a reality for people, The Sabhyataa Foundation is doing a splendid job.
The Sabhyataa Spiritual Group is a team of Spiritual Coaches who intend to create awareness among people. With the goal to help as many people as possible, to rid their lives of stress and depression, with the use of spiritual tools, and a vision to spread contentment and harmony.
Sabhyataa Foundation is the brainchild of a management professional who worked in the education industry and has been practicing spiritual upliftment techniques since she was only 13 years old ! The phase of her life in which she suffered depression herself and could emerge only because of the practice and ‘sadhna’, made her realize that unlike her, there are many others out there who are struggling silently with depression and have not the slightest idea how to heal themselves. This was when she decided to create awareness about how life is entirely a reflection of our own thoughts and how a change of perception & a connection with our spiritual self can manifest changes we want in our lives & those around us.
This Non Governmental Organization does not intend to promote God or propagate any religion. Their aim is to spread awareness among people that being depressed does not mean being mentally unstable nor does one need heavy pathological sedatives.
There are many programs & workshops that ‘Sabhyataa’ hosts around the year. Here are just a few that have gathered a good response from within the community.
‘Tathastu’ – The Spiritual Training Program
This is what they call an ‘Enlightenment’ program which focuses primarily on synchronizing the heart, mind & soul through chanting & meditation.
The workshop aims to help people with depression, anxiety disorder, OCD etc. So far, more than 36 such workshops have been conducted by the organization for women & children, 17 for Police workers , 2 workshops for various Women & Children Crime Cells & all have shown commendable results.
Katyayni is an annual fest organised in which they provide a platform to entrepreneurs and artists ,especially patients of depression, mental anxiety etc, to promote their art or creations & boost their morale & sense of self by the appreciation & even sales they achieve!Rendezvous
This is a counselling session for people struggling with issues like stress depression identity crisis etc
In conclusion, your guide in improvising your mental health should look like ‘Sabhyataa’. True spirituality can only be realized with a healthy mind. And that, is the stepping stone to ‘REAL SPIRITUAL AWAKENING‘. Win your own mind. You’d have something in common with Dalai Lama. Isn’t that really going some?
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Dedicated in humour & knowledge to my friend 'Nik'