In the previous post, we talked about four main objects of human pursuit. How can we pursue these goals effectively? With the help of Sharira, Mana, Buddhi and Atma, we can attain the highest goals in life. These four features body, mind, intellect and soul are to be cared for. In Bhagvad Gita, there is a beautiful simile to explain the importance of these four aspects of human life. The body is a chariot and the soul is a traveler who visits the Earth to gain experiences and attain knowledge. Heartfelt desires set the motion of the chariot. Intellect is similar to reins that steer the chariot in the right direction. It is the responsibility of intellect to discern between right and wrong and pursue only those desires that are aligned with one’s life purpose, or one’s dharma.
Body is the primary means of attaining goals in life. It should be looked after properly with healthy food and appropriate lifestyle. Similarly, mind can be nourished with positive thoughts and feelings. It should not be let loose with uncontrollable desires and licentious yearnings. Mind creates bondage and freedom. Mind is the cause of all sorts of attachments and aversions. Intellect plays an important role in human life. It reins the wandering mind and leads it on the right path. It steers clears of all the hurdles and helps us to reach our destination in life. Total harmony among body, mind, intellect and soul is essential to attain highest goals in life.