The Snail's Sixth Sense
Have you ever tried touching a snail? Did you notice how it instantly curls up within itself, and stuffs itself into its shell? That's because a snail is extremely sensitive. So sensitive that it builds a shell that's sometimes heavier than its own body, and lugs it around its entire life just so it can have its shell handy when it thinks it needs to hide. It's a survival instinct. In this article, I'll talk about how and why humans build similar shells around themselves, how we can learn to shed them, and how we can all learn to become a little bit closer to becoming a Sthithaprajna. A Sthithaprajna, in the Bhagavad Gita, is described as a person who has the emotional stability not shaken by adversity, situational stability of steady wisdom, perfect self-control over turbulent senses, a tranquility free from attachments, and a oneness with the universe.