Psychic equilibrium is peace. What brings about psychic equilibrium and what disturbs it? Spiritual practices will bring psychic equilibrium, and belief in superstition will disturb it. Hence, we need to follow spiritual practices and fight against superstition.
Spiritual practices: Relief from Dukha, suffering, is the main desire, and without fulfilment of this desire, peace is not possible. Nivritti, end of suffering, is of two types: Samayiki Nivritti, temporary cessation of suffering, and Atyantiki Nivritti, permanent cessation of suffering. That which helps in getting Nivritti, is called Artha, but Artha is purely physical, so it can bring only physical and temporary remission. Paramarta brings not only temporary remission, but everlasting freedom as well, from Dukha. Atyantiki Nivritti can be obtained only by Paramarta which relieves one of all Dukha — physical, mental and spiritual.
Paramarta can only be obtained by Sadhana, spiritual practices. Freedom from Dukha, Atyantiki Nivritti, can be obtained only from Paramarta, and Paramarta can be achieved only by
sadhana. In Ananda Marga, spiritual practices begin when the child reaches the age of five. From the very beginning of a child’s life, he is initiated into spiritual practices. With the advance of the child’s life, spiritual practices also advance, bringing within their scope both mental and physical spheres.
Spiritual practices of Ananda Marga do not teach forsaking the world. They teach the right and correct use of all property, crude or subtle. Our Sadhana is a systematic and scientific method for physical, mental and spiritual progress and advancement by which permanent psychic equilibrium, and thus everlasting peace, is established. Fight against superstition: The natural tendency of the mind is to become like its object. Superstition of any kind – social, psychic or spiritual – influences the mind to such an extent that the mind, due to its worries, leads a person into trouble. The mental equilibrium of one believing in superstition is disturbed, and the result is that one not only loses peace, but one is also led to do some action detrimental to oneself. This only further strengthens belief in superstition. Any ordinary incident is magnified and attributed to some bad omen, by believers of superstition.
In the social sphere there is no dearth of superstitions. Witchcraft, discrimination against widows, etc., are curses in society only due to such superstitions. In the psychic sphere, there are deep-rooted superstitions such as belief in ghosts. Not only this, but superstitions related to Shraddha, funeral ceremonies, have also bound down even the progeny of a person. In the spiritual field, also, ignorant people have been forced to do many things only because of the deep-rooted superstition of heaven and hell. For the preservation of peace, the fight against superstition is of prime importance.
The spiritual superstitions of heaven and hell and fear of God make individuals suppressed, and they lose their peace. Not infrequently due to fear, such superstitions create an undesirable reaction in people, and thereby cause loss of peace.
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