We have been talking about fitness in the form of physical fitness through the posts of how to bring in your drive from within to remain fit and of how cycling can help in physical fitness & then in the form of social fitness by looking at one of great initiatives that Niraj was part of. In this post let’s look at the another form of fitness i.e. Spiritual Fitness. In this we will also discuss on today’s special day of Datta-Jayanti !
What is spiritual fitness ?
Firstly, let’s setup some ground rules when we speak about spiritual things. This would ensure all of us are on same page whilst taking decisions around the need to acknowledge and adopt the regime important for us to remain spiritually fit. These ground rules are as below:
- Spirituality to me is the faith and trust in some supreme power who is aloof from the sufferings of human beings or for that matter any other living organism.
- Spirituality can mean different things to different people
- worshipping God (Bhagwan, Allah, Christ etc. ) OR
- admiring nature as supreme GOD OR
- listening to music to cleanse your soul OR
- relinquishing tasty food OR
- cycling or exercise OR
- Luck or Co-incidence OR
- anything else
- Spirituality is religion and caste agnostic and is important for every soul in this world to derive meaning and purpose behind “who we are” and ” what is our purpose” in “this” life
As its popularly known and read on wikipedia about the importance of Intelligence Quotient (IQ) and Emotional Quotient (EQ), the concept of Spiritual Quotient (SQ) is fast emerging as the next big aspect of scientific study as it directly correlates to a person’s awareness and consciousness.
Human beings have five senses. Sight , hearing , taste , smell, and touch are the five traditionally recognized senses. Spiritual Quotient is the mental faculty which enables us to break out of the limitations that are inherent traits of IQ and EQ. We can increase our Spiritual Quotient through: awareness (also known as mindfulness), contemplation (self enquiry), and prayer (dedication). All this forms the part of our social fitness activity.
Simplicity matters a lot…
Spirituality can be practiced by different people in different ways and by no means I am trying to say that one way is better than the other. Everyone has their own way of practicing spirituality and till the time that individual derives the true benefits from it, it can be considered as a good way !
Let me elaborate in detail here with one example that I have seen. My uncle, Mr. Arvind Kulkarni, holding a senior designation in renowned MNC in Govindnagar in Nashik, is an epitome of spiritual fitness amongst the people I know in my social circle. He has worked out an arrangement with the society there and has built a small temple of Dattatraya, a combined form of the Hindu male divine trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. This temple ( a tiny one though ) has now become the most visited temple in the area.
My uncle performs all the rituals required for the deity on a daily basis in the morning all 365 days. He performs “Pranayam” and “Yoga” after the rituals in temple to complete the full cycle of his routine.
In his own words,
these 45 minutes spent everyday morning are the most fulfilling and invigorating ones which keep up the power to take on day to day challenges. Such simplicity in action yet so much grandeur in the spiritualism makes me wonder that such small things can create wonders indeed !!
Today is Datta Jayanti, also known as Dattatreya Jayanti, is a Hindu holy day, commemorating the birth day celebration of the Hindu god Dattatreya (Datta), a festival celebrated all over Maharashtra. Some pictures of the home temple are given here in this post.
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