"Often we see that external pursuits fall short of providing us with the true fulfilment that we seek."
In our quest for happiness and fulfilment, we often turn towards the external world. We believe that by acquiring more material possessions, establishing successful careers, and forming meaningful relationships, we will be able to attain a sense of contentment and fulfilment. This approach is known as Pravritti in the ancient Indian philosophies of yoga and Vedanta.
However, despite our best efforts, we often find that these external pursuits fall short of providing us with the true fulfilment that we seek. We may accumulate wealth, achieve recognition, and even form close relationships, but still find that we are not truly satisfied.
At this point, we may begin to question whether fulfilment is even attainable and whether our external pursuits are truly aligned with our deepest desires. It is at this point that many people turn inward, seeking fulfilment through introspection and self-reflection. This approach is known as Nivritti,
and it holds that true fulfilment can only be found within
, through a deep understanding of the true nature of the self.
The path of Nivritti involves a gradual shedding of the illusions and false beliefs that prevent us from realizing our true nature as pure consciousness. By practising yoga, meditation, and contemplating upon the scriptures, we can gain a deeper understanding of ourselves and our place in the world.
In this way, Nivritti provides a path towards ultimate fulfilment, offering a means for us to escape the cycle of suffering and attain a lasting sense of peace and contentment. Whether we are seeking fulfilment in our personal lives or working towards a greater sense of purpose in the world, Nivritti provides us with a roadmap for attaining the inner happiness and fulfilment that we all deeply desire.