Depression – Modern science labels it as a sign of a severe mental illness. According to Psychiatry, depression is due to a chemical imbalance, or deficiency of happy hormones or serotonin in the brain. Depression is considered to be a sign of weakness in the modern world. It means you are no longer fit to live in the modern society, whose main motto is to earn money. Modern society reveres and celebrates people who desire more and earn money, and not those who wish to do well in the society.
Here are Five Reasons why Depression is a sign of Spiritual Awakening:
Some People Don’t connect with the Modern ‘Capitalist’ Society: In the modern society, someone who values doing selfless service is undervalued and looked down upon. On the other hand, someone who desires more and wants to amass more wealth and material goods is highly appreciated. In this modern, self-obsessed world, the people born with innate desire to serve the society will automatically feel left out or outcast or feel depressed or anxious.
So, is depression really a mental illness? The answer is a resounding ‘NO’. Depression has nothing to do with mental illness or brain deficiency, so highly claimed by the western scientists.
Depression or Dispassion is a prerequisite for Spiritual Awakening: In ancient Indian science, feeling sad or depressed about the worldly affairs or losing interest in the world was considered to be a ‘blessing’ or God’s calling. Called Vairagya, Depression or sadness, was considered to be an essential ingredient for embarking on a spiritual path. If someone starts questioning his real nature or identity or enquires about existence, it was called ‘Brahma Jigyasa’ spiritual enquiry.
Depression brings you Closer to the Truth: It was specifically written in Hindu scriptures, that Vairagya or dispassion is an essential prerequisite for spirituality. If someone remains happy in the worldly affairs, he won’t necessarily have the courage or zeal to understand the true nature of self or the world. It is only when you are intensely fed up with the world that you can have the intense desire to know the real nature of our existence. So, according to Indian ancient spiritual philosophy, depression is good for a person, as it brings him closer to the reality of his life and existence.
The Purpose of Human Life is Realize God: As per Indian philosophy, the sole purpose of human life is to realize God or his soul. But, due to delusion or Maya, we get lost in the worldly desires or creating material wealth that we lose a sense of who we are and why we came to this earth.
Spirituality is the Only Cure for Depression or Anxiety: Only spirituality has answers for the so-called mental disorders called Depression, anxiety, bipolar, obsessive disorder. In the real sense, these disorders are nothing but signs of spiritual awakening. Modern science unnecessarily gives these people medicines or puts them in mental hospitals or asylums, but the real cure is in Yoga, Meditation and realizing God or soul that resides inside you.
A depressed or anxious person doesn’t need medicines, but spiritual help, so that he can understand himself better, and heal his body, mind as well as the soul. It’s only when the soul is healed, that the person can really be at peace. Spirituality brings permanent relief from common emotional or psychological problems like depression, anxiety, panic attacks, bipolar disorder etc.
We, at Happy Yoga International Yoga School, provide specialized spiritual counselling for individuals so that they can understand themselves better, know their true spiritual requirements, and get healed. Contact us to book an appointment with a spiritual counsellor now.