Spiritual Topic: Faults That Lead to Bondage > What is Problem and its Source

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"Why are you so engrossed in worries? Why are you afraid of some one? Who may kill you? The soul is immortal; it neither dies nor takes birth."

"Why do you cry? What did you lose? When you were born, what did you bring along, which has been lost? What did you produce which has been perished? It is here that you gained and it is here that you lose. The man comes to; and goes from world, empty handed."

"The present is here and now, the past is irrecoverable and the future will be good. Don't fret over the past and don't be worried about the future. The present is going on."

What is a Problem

Problem/Pain/Misery is nothing but an alarm system that indicates that something is not in balance. What is the pain of lost objects, changed relationships, shifting emotions and thoughts, and deteriorating bodies telling us? One possibility is that is simply how life is. We arrive here, strive to obtain whatever we think we need, and suffer pain in the process. End of story. That doesn’t make much sense though.

e.g [ If someone felt pain in his foot, and the pain alerted him to an infection, would the person simply say, “Well, that’s the way it goes—have a foot, get an infection.” The infection would spread through the leg and kill the person. That’s not ration-al. The person would use the pain to identify an issue in his body that needed attention. He would see it as a problem that needed a solution. Life’s pain is telling us that we are perceiving our relationship to things, people, feelings, thoughts, and bodies incorrectly. ]

These pains indicate that we are not body, we are Souls which is immortal. The source of all pains is Ego (I am-ness). We are dependent on things, people, feelings, and bodies. We identify with them and are attached to them. When they go or change, we feel pain. These attachments, along with ignorance, are the source of the fear of death.

All problems can be solved because all these problems are self-created. As we are responsible for creating our problems, we have the power to be freed from these very same problems. If people become miserable, it’s because they want to be miserable, they want to create misery for themselves, there is no remedy. Cleansing the mind, purifying the mind means not being negative, being positive, being realistic, being subtle, being practical. Don’t condemn yourself if you fail. When a child starts walking, it falls many times. That does not mean that the child will not get up and walk. We have all fallen many times in our childhood but we are walking today.

All the problems that we face are because of our mind; which in turn is equipped as per our karma. We should go beyond the mind and karma by doing our duties skillfully and selflessly and remain non-attached. In case of any conflict and/or problem, ask yourself three questions: "Could you let it go?"; "Would you let it go?"; "When?"

It is found that people cling to their problems, negative experiences, and limiting thoughts and beliefs.  When you tell them that all they have to do is let the problem go, and it will no longer be a problem, they often refuse to do so.  They will enumerate for you all the reasons why they can't let go of the problem.

3 Types of Problems

There are 3 types of problems in this word:

  1. Problems of Mind (Aad): These are the problems of Mind and is the root cause of all other types of problems. Some of the mind problems are: Desire, Anger, Greed, Attachment, Ego.

  2. Problems of Physical Body (Beyad).

  3. External Problems (Upad): e.g not having enough money, tension of food etc..

 
Source of Problems

The source of all problems and bondage is Mind (Kal Niranjan) and Maya (Illusion). Mind is an obstacle for the ignorant, and a means for the wise. It is the cause of both bondage and liberation.  It is the mind that is in direct control of the thoughts, senses, breath, and body. Maya helps mind by covering the truth from us with poison and then displaying something different.

Mind is always suffering with Asha (Hope), Trishna (Cravings), Chinta (Worries). It is a bundle of Trishnas (cravings). It comes in the way and creates many problems. Our mind is never free; it is always filled with some object, some idea, some thought, or some emotion because of its previous karma. It is always going through samkalpa and vikalpa (opposing sensations) all the time. Shall I do it, or shall I not do it? Conflicts arise in our mind because we do not know how to decide things on time (due to clouded buddhi).

Mind has its limitations and works within certain boundary; Information received via senses is shallow. Even during the waking state we are not properly utilizing the conscious mind because we remain either in the grooves of the past or in the grooves of future imagination; we do not know how to use the present. The conscious mind derives its thinking from un-consciousness and sub-consciousness; information from un-consciousness and sub-consciousness can help us in a better way but there is nothing in un-conscious and sub-conscious that we have not seen thought, felt etc.

As long as we remain within the fields of our conscious and un-conscious mind, we can never enjoy life. Enjoyment comes when we are free from fears and we will be free from fear only when we go beyond our mind. Our total mind wanders only within the boundaries of its own. We can go beyond. Mind is the fastest vehicle in this world, but it cannot run faster than the Soul because Soul is everywhere.