The truth of life lies in self-awareness or enlightenment. Only he who is inwardly awake is living in the real sense. The life of an unenlightened person is nothing more than a state of deep unconsciousness or coma. There is no meaning or purpose in such a life.
For this very reason, the essence of holistic refinement of the body, mind and soul can be encapsulated in one small word `enlightenment’, i.e. to become awake and perform all actions with full consciousness.
Our activities have almost wholly become mechanical. The body has learnt some movements and memorized some set patterns and paths. Our entire life, almost ninety percent of it, remains in a state of non – consciousness. This non-consciousness is our bondage. The major part of our conscious being, the `greater’ mind remains immersed in darkness; only a very small portion of it is visible on the outside.
Unless this unconscious mind is made conscious, unless the whole of it gradually becomes filled with light, enlightenment will remain incomplete. The process of the awakening begins with the spirit of enquiry. Only those who enquire or seek deeply, and whose seeking is genuine are able to tread the path of Self-awareness. It is this seed of enquiry that sprouts forth, grows, and gradually leads to awakening. One should continually reflect on the meaning and nature of life. Reflect on the present course of life that we are mindlessly meandering, and on the actions which we are mechanically performing.
Enquiry explains to us the meaning and purpose of life, empowers us to discriminate between the right and the wrong, the virtuous and the vicious, the purposeful and the purposeless. In short, it makes us conscious and wakeful. In the state of wakefulness, we are able to cognize our strengths and potentials. We can also overcome the psychological and material obstacles which had prevented us from actualizing our potentials, from giving proper expression to our talents, and from experiencing the pleasure of a meaningful existence. It is this very depth and intensity of awakening that becomes self – awareness.