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The man and the powers
If you ever lament you did not make it big in life or look for charisma that will change your life or hope against hopes to prove your might someday, well, understand that the powers you seek are illusory - your real strength lies in self-realization.

ANIMALS HAVE raw power. They use it to conquer other animals. Compared to animals, man is a weakling. He, therefore, depends on external powers to intimidate others. Weapon power is easily the most complementing to a man’s weak stature. It helped man establish supremacy over all other beings. The saying, ‘He who wields the lathi gets to keep the buffalo’, tells how weapon power changed equation between man and man. Nevertheless, weapons are not a welcome in a civil society. The power of knowledge derived from books is more acceptable as man’s powers. Knowledge of different subjects often establishes a man’s strength and supremacy. Educated people easily subjugate the illiterate ones by their knowledge. The men of letters generally occupy higher positions in the society.

Money power undisputedly is at the top among man’s powers. Moneyed men are acknowledged all over the world. Money makes the mare go is an old saying, meaning with money you can piggy-ride anyone. Even men of letters appear small before the wealthy men.

Statute books are another source of a man’s powers. Statutes provide absolute authority and thus create some of the most powerful men and women in the world. No one can defy statutes. Even the moneyed men appear to beg before the men empowered with statutory powers.

Religious scriptures are yet another source of a man’s powers. The scholars of religious scriptures are held high in esteem. Even ordinary people appear to draw great inner strength from reading the religious scriptures. Holy men command respect from the entire cross-section of the society; heads of states, members of parliament, members of judiciary, corporate honchos, and people on the streets.

Interestingly, all the above powers have been created by man himself and yet these powers rule over the man. Gaining these powers is not every man’s cup of tea. People may struggle for powers all their lives and yet fail. Palm readers, astrological chart readers, face readers and tantric, etc., promise help for them, but fail. People practice mantra reciting, praying, wearing gemstones and observing other rituals to gain powers but fail. No one knows whom the destiny would take to the higher echelons in the corridors of power and authority.

Sometimes, there have been spiritual masters, evolved high in their consciousness, who have experienced the truth of life or ‘God’. They live in an eternal state of bliss. They have the wisdom to guide others out of distress. However, can they read into the past and the future of people’s lives? Can they change the destinies of people? Do they have any supernatural powers?

If you ask Osho, the master of all spiritual masters, there is no supernatural power. Osho himself never demonstrated any. On enlightenment, the very question of subjugating other men drops because you realize there is no other. He advises people against seeking supernatural powers when practicing meditation. As for worldly life, well it is just a play, play it on in whatever capacity life likes you to play.

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