Spiritual Healing - 1; Guest Blog by Dr Ferda Kaleagasioglu

Dr Ferda Kaleagasioglu, based in Istanbul, Turkey is a pharmacologist, acupuncturist & hypnotherapist and is presently an author and researcher.

Why do we Live on the Planet Earth?
Did you ever look at a brilliant star in the night and wonder how many light years distant it is?  How did you feel about the immensity of the universe?  Amazed? Filled with admiration? Curious? Lonely? Frightened? Then did you think over and maybe reason the meaning of life?
At a funeral or after recovering from a severe disease, in brief when faced with death, did you say to yourself how short the life is and tomorrow may never come.
Did you stop for a moment and observe the non-stop rush dominant in our daily lives? From birth till death, we are trapped in this automatism based matrix.  On certain occasions, we become aware of the surrounding matrix but we forget thereafter, drifting into worldly responsibilities and goals. As we move towards our goals hence interact with each other, we see that happiness fades away and gives way to mortal emotions like misery, ambition, despair, lust, disappointment, anger, envy etc.
I believe that the purpose of life is to be happy. From the moment of birth, every human being wants happiness and does not want suffering. Neither social conditioning nor education nor ideology affects this. From the very core of our being, we simply desire contentment. I don't know whether the universe, with its countless galaxies, stars and planets, has a deeper meaning or not, but at the very least, it is clear that we humans who live on this earth face the task of making a happy life for ourselves. Therefore, it is important to discover what will bring about the greatest degree of happiness.”
-          Tenzin Gyatso; The Fourteenth Dalai Lama
Today’s capitalist civilisation depends on never-ending consumption.  We have to produce and spend more in order to keep the economy alive. In spite of inevitable pollution of the nature, we are enforced and manipulated by ads to consume more. We continue to seek self-gratification from material pleasures and external sources. Unfortunately, contentment following external gains does not last for a long time, because in this competitive world, we fear to lose what we have or we are not satisfied any more with what we own or for some other reason.  
In order to resolve this troublesome search, we should evolve our comprehension about the meaning of life. The planet earth serves as a school, where we do need and use our egos for self-evolution. However human being is a composite of body and mind. In other words, matter and spirit serve as vehicles for learning on the planet earth and only by uniting material and spiritual realities, we can evolve. Unless we had enormous potential to evolve, no such school would be available for us. Therefore our duty is to expand our separated consciousness into the universal consciousness, through the pathway of “attaining self-knowledge”.
As the Turkish folk poet and Sufi mystic Yunus Emre says (*):
Knowledge is knowing science
Knowledge is knowing yourself
You don’t even know yourself
How is that you read?
True science is based on self-knowledge, only through which we can continue our evolution. In order to graduate from the World School, we have to complete our worldly tasks. In the light of Unifying Knowledge, we need to learn how to love and respect all life on the planet earth.  
(*) English version by the author
References:
2.      Arıkdal, E. Yaşamın Amacı Kendini Bilmek Ruh ve Madde Yayınları 2. Baskı, 2003
3.      Keskin, İ. Yunus Emre İlahi Aşk Şiirleri Türk Edebiyat Vakfı Yayınları, 2009.
Note
Turkish version of this series can be read from July onwards at the following site

Brief Profile
Ferda Kaleagasioglu is a doctor of medicine. She worked as an academician at Istanbul University and then at various senior executive positions at multinational pharmaceutical companies. Her current fields of interest are integrative medicine, quantum physics, consciousness and spiritual healing. Her medical approach is “Primum non nocere”.

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