Every one of us is at a particular stage of internal evolution. And there is a vast inner world which is as big as the outer-world. Because we are not aware of it that does not mean that it does not exist. Many saints and sages have proved it beyond doubt. Many times, we get amazed why did Gautam Buddha went to forest for his penace inspite of being a prince? The sight of suffering evoked this reaction in him. There are many other examples of kings and princes who gladly wore a geru robe and followed the path of renunciation. They must have seen a splendor in those geru robes which was far more enchanting than the worldly pleasures. And even after achievement of the highest, they did not come back to enjoy worldly pleasures but immersed themselves in the upliftment of mankind. Abating the sufferings of the sick and needy (poor or rich) became their major occupation.
So time and again, India has been birth place of innumerable saints and sages, India is a land of rich spiritual heritage. The romance of the West with materialism is almost over. The people in the West are running, craving for their mental peace, inner solace as they have realized the emptiness of materialism. And that is the reason many foreigners come to India in search of a Guru who will help them in their evolution. The process of evolution continues for many births. The body perishes but the soul carries all the impressions of Karmas i.e. Samaskaras. The new body is like a new cloth worn out by the old soul.
And due to this very reason many people do not feel the need of a guru or do not even go to temples or do any worships. And whose evolution is at a different level, their awareness and perception changes beyond limits and they feel the need of a Satguru. Every one has to finally reach the goal of God Realization; it is only a matter of time. Even a thief or robber has to achieve this, though his passage is zigzag and very long. In Geeta, Lord Krishna has said that whatever spiritual attainment a jiva obtains in one birth, is definitely carried to his next birth. The process of evolution starts from previous achievement onwards.
The best way to evolve speedily is to adopt the attitude of selfless service. Selfless service is possible for every individual in whatever circumstances, one may be. Loving God’s creations by heart is the best way to worship him. Selfless service purifies the heart quickly.
“Service is an expression of love. It expands the heart and widens the vision. The more energy you spend in serving others, the more divine energy will flow into you. Serve with love, kindness and courtesy. Watch for opportunities to serve.”
- Swami Sivananda