What is “self”?. We can compare “self” to the light come from an electric bulb, for that we need to have the outside object(Bulb - Body), inner substance (Tungsten or LED etc.,- Mind) and the power (electricity - Soul). Like this, “self” is a construction of body, mind and soul. If either of these is not found, self is nowhere. Self is just an emission of light according to the characteristics as the bulb of produced and illuminated until it is switched on by the operator. Many philosophies include heart as a separate dimension of self. But it is an interrelated medium between these entire three dimensions that is body, mind and soul. It is affected by either of these either physically or emotionally.
Discovery of “Self” is a lifelong spiritual pilgrimage that we tend to find out the truth questioning of “self” such as What we are, Why we are, Where we are and how we are through the insight or wisdom which is an external source provided by the Almighty. Every creation is created by God for some purposes. Considering our body, our hairs and nails are also made for some purposes. We must find out the truth for what purpose we are in the World, what are the inbuilt features within me, what I gain from the society and what should I give back to the society.
“The purpose of life is to discover your gift. The meaning of life is to give it away”. - David Viscot.
In the Worldly life, we travel through different interests, different ways, different mind-sets, ideologies and different methodologies. As well, the journey of our life gives us pains, learning, knowledge, experiences and guidance in various environments. Self- awareness is the main component of the journey examining our thoughts, our speeches, our actions, our feelings, our preferences, our emotions, our ethics & values, our belief and our self-esteem. What we develop inside and what we learned from outside constitute our belief, our vision, our goals, our characteristics and our personality traits. As bible says, “For every tree is known by his own fruit. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.” (Luke 6:43-45)
Our hope and dreams are built according to our long-term thought which may make us cherish or perish. Keeping the trust on good will keep you good. Keep questioning yourself
1) How I was? (To develop or to destroy)
2) How I am? (To sustain or withdraw)
3) Where I am? (In the right path or not)
4) What I am ? (As a creation of God)
5) Who I am? (Purpose of my life)
6) What should I be? (My vision and goal)
7) To whom I am accountable? (Personally & Socially)
8) Why is this? Why not this? (Cause and effect)
9) What I should think, speak, act and perceive?
10) When should I speak and act? (Wait for the time)
11) Whether I am right and wrong? (Check with others)
12) What are my core strengths to benefit me and others?
“Let us test and examine our ways, and return to the Lord!” (Lamentations 3:40)
“When I think on my ways, I turn my feet to your testimonies;” (Psalm 119:59)
“Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!” (Psalm 139: 23-24)
“Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.” (Proverbs 4:23)