Is the latest technology and the comforts it brings enough to satisfy one’s life journey till the end?
Don’t you agree that we search for something that would give us peace, an inner joy that can be compared to no other and aspire to follow the path of those great souls who are culturally interesting and whom we call SAINTS.
They live among us through their quotes, songs and writings that touch the soul and bring uncontrollable tears of joy that cannot be described in words.
The word saint comes from the Greek word hagios meaning “holy, sacred or pious.
There is no religion that doesn’t talk about these respectable and beautiful souls, the saints who are like guiding lights showing human beings all the possibilities open to them.
A great 19th-century French philosopher, Henri Bergson, observed that “the greatest historical figures are not the conquerors but the saints”.
In Islam the Sufis are known to be masters in the art of spiritual purification. For example, Rumi, the most popular poet, philosopher’s exemplary writings are the final authority for many.
The Hindu saints are those who have reached that status because of their followers and mainly Hindus. Some of them like Shirdi Sai Baba are given godlike status and considered incarnations of Hindu Gods like Shiva, Vishnu after their death.
We have had philosophers like Sri Adi Sankara and poet saints like Alwars, Sri Thiyagaraja, Mirabai, Sri Tulsidas who endorsed devotion (Bhakti ) in their hundreds of songs of worship for Gods and for them music was a way to experience God’s love.
Sant Kabir emphasised the unity of God calling him Ram, Raheem, Hari and his dohas are very special and carry most valuable messages for the common man. The bhakti saints of Maharashtra including Namdeva, Jnandeva, Eknath, Tukaram and Ramdas and others have not only been philosophers, spiritual teachers and poets but have also been exponents of social causes in the lands they traversed.
The works of saints explicitly speak of lands flourishing because of good rains, those in famine and misery. Not just the generous philanthropists also the miserly have a place in their songs and Kathas.
Saints have been exponents of reform movements, scholars of the highest order and passionate, gentle in their approach of social change and the change in human minds too.
Their doctrines teach unlimited tolerance, positive reasoning, charity, goodness and awareness through love and peace and appeal to people of all religions and creed.
We can talk endlessly about Siddhars who are mostly Shaiva saints of Tamilnadu who practised an unorthodox type of Sadhana to attain liberation.
Saint John the silent lived alone for seventy six years in recollection and silence.
Saints from the ancient ages included those knowledgeable in science, astronomy, literature, music, arts, dance and medical advice, like Maharishi Patanjali , the father of Yoga.
In Christianity, a person does not become a saint unless he/she is “canonized” by the Pope or bishop before being worshipped.
Some nations have their patron saints too like St.Avila , a Roman Catholic Saint who was reformer . She along with Saint Catherine of Siena were the first women to be awarded the honour of Doctor of the Church posthumously.
In Philippines, All Saints Day is celebrated very differently from the West. The cemeteries come alive with festivals, music, candles, my food, family reunions and overnight camping in a forest of candles that light up the entire sky in an attempt to pay homage to the departed souls.
As we celebrate All Saints Day on November 1 , let us not forget
“When we are dead, seek not our tomb in the earth, but find it in the hearts of men.”
Originally published at http://charukriti.org.