`Ikkini 5-kakan ijō utsu jōtai ni aru koto wa, yūgaide kikendearu koto ga wakarimasu. Tokiniha chimei-tekidesu! Dekirudakehayaku sore o nagashite kudasai.'
مسلسل پانچ دن سے زیادہ عرصے تک افسردگی کی حالت میں رہنا نقصان دہ اور خطرناک ثابت ہوسکتا ہے۔ بعض اوقات مہلک بھی! اسے جتنی جلدی ہو سکے بہکا دو۔"
Swamiji says …
” The soul, which has donned our body in the form of a robe, is in a state of eternal bliss. Happy and at peace ! What is it then that makes us cause pain, grief and sorrow to the ‘physical being’ that encases our soul ?
Unhappiness, sadness, mental stress , tension ! All these words reek of negativity and pessimism – and yet, they rule the roost these days ! Depression is ubiquitous in today’s world. Positivity, optimism and cheerfulness are rare characteristics today ; happiness, joy and laughter are in short supply ! It appears that this world has become a morose place and we are scared to laugh. We are perfectly fine being sad and unhappy for hours on end , for days – and seem petrified of freeing ourselves from the shackles of depression. How can we laugh and be tension free , we wonder, when there is so much to be sad about ! With a mindset as negative as this , we do not need to look for any other way of punishing ourselves ! “
” Anything – just about anything can cause us depression. The reason according to us could be ‘excessive’ monitoring of our day to day activities , of our whereabouts – by our concerned parents ; the peer pressure of trying to be ‘cool’ could be taking a toll on us ; a reprimand by our boss and professional ambitions being nipped in the bud could appear to be the end of a dark tunnel for us ; the death of a loved one could leave us scarred forever ; heartbreak caused by a broken relationship could leave us devastated. But then can any cause , reason or excuse be greater than ‘ us ‘ – ‘our life ‘? The list can grow longer depending on our false perception and inability to deal with the twists and turns of life. Life can never be perfect and since most of us love echoing the dismal words , ‘Life is not fair ! ‘ – we end up convincing ourselves that we are the ones , in particular , who are suffering the most , in the game of life.”
” The smallest of things, events and happenings that shape out in a manner contrary to our expectations can trigger tension , negative emotions within us , whip up further mental turmoil and make us seek refuge in the gloom of dark, sad, unhappy thoughts. Nonsensical, meaningless notions that can cause us only anxiety – start giving us solace, and we deliberately allow them to reign supreme on our mind ; spend hours deliberating on them; reliving them and when we enter the most dangerous phase – the ‘dark’ phase of believing in them, accepting them and relating them with our life situations… and since we feel that we are a victim of circumstances, they gradually start making a home within us and before we know it, we have fallen prey to a disease that is taking an epidemic proportion now – ‘Depression’ !
“Depression lasting for more than five days at a stretch, can be extremely disturbing and a major cause of concern. Just try and visualize the ghastly consequence of the morbid , unhealthy, frightful thoughts that are being raised by us , day in and day out …regularly, albeit ironically, with great love and care. These macabre thoughts, unfortunately, start spreading their tentacles in the deep recesses of our mind very quickly and, at times, even when we want to free ourselves from their killer hold – tragically, it could be too late by then.”
“Nothing and nobody’s advise can make us see light and positivity during these days of suffering , that we have , in a way, brought upon ourselves. The people who meant the world to us, earlier, are of no relevance now, as we start blaming them for our ‘condition’ and the ‘situation’ in which we find ourselves. The false belief that our family can never understand us and that our friends are our foes , begin to gain an upper hand on our mind. Our logic, rationale and sense of reasoning are evicted out of the windows of our mind and we seamlessly and willingly , venture into the labyrinthine dark corridors of self-created hell, savouring every moment spent there. Is this what He had scripted for us ? “
“In our desperation to get some relief from despondency, mental trauma and mostly, self inflicted agony, prescriptions and medication come to our rescue and we start popping pills dime a dozen. They become our best friends and, before we know it , we are enslaved by them. Be cautious ! Be very careful ! The false sense of calm that these pills provide, tempt us to take a few more, and in a moment of crazed weakness, before we know it , the unthinkable can happen. Sadly, many a lives are lost , as young or old suffering with depression , at times , end up slashing their wrists or committing suicide as their level of depression increases with the intake of these so called ‘relievers’. Within a short time , a life is snuffed out voluntarily ; in complete consciousness – for no reason at all, leaving behind grieving families and friends. What a waste of a life that is gifted by God to us ! For a minute let us seiously think of a way of overcoming this problem. Rather than medication, is there any possibility that simple meditation … focusing on our Creator …getting connected with Him – seeking His Grace, could help in bringing about a change in our way of thinking…and pave the way for some radiance to brighten and light up our life? Could we try this out for a short period of time at least ? ”
“Remember…This life is God’s gift. He alone has the right to take it away from us. Nothing at all ! Neither high anxiety levels nor panic attacks, should overpower and weaken us to such an extent, that we are compelled to exercise our ‘free will’ to cut our life short by bringing it to an end abruptly. We will somehow or the other have to develop the strength ; draw it from deep within us, to fight the onset of depression , with all that we can. Believe me , we can do it . Uproot this tendency – the minute we see the slightest trace of this depressing disease, beguiling us with its illusionary escape routes. There are no short cuts in life and we, most certainly, do not have the right to cut it short.”