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    Spirituality

    Everyone is spiritual by default.

    In our day to day discussion, people talk about being spiritual and non spiritual.

    Usually those people are considered as spiritual who are:

    -God fearing (or God loving)
    – Who perform religious rituals
    – Who go to places of worships

    And non spiritual / materialistic people are:

    – Those who do not care much about God talk
    – Those who run after pleasures of life
    – Those who accumulate assets

    Sometimes spiritual and non spiritual also used to differentiate right minded & wrong minded persons respectively.

    But in reality everyone is spiritual by default. No one is out of realm of nature and nature is self governed by single universal energy system called by various names like Supreme Consciousness or God.

    Now since everyone is spiritual being part of nature, all that can happen is that the individuals may be in harmony with this supreme consciousness i.e. God or in conflict.

    Harmony is identity of Yog (Union) and this is order. In this one identifies with whole and then lives a life accordingly. Whereas conflict is disorder where one see oneself as separate being and lives a life of self centered selfishness.

    Result – In first one lives in peace with cooperation with others. In second one is always at war to win so unhappiness for self and others.

    It is up to you, which way you wish to move on.

    Simplify spirituality

    Real spirituality is simple because God is simple. God has never asked anyone to pray in a particular way for a particular amount of time or donate a particular amount of money. Religions present around the world were supposed to do two things.

    1. Help people in self realization and awaken real spirituality to ‘find’ God.
    2. Help world by promoting harmony and human values.

    Both stands defeated.

    Unfortunately as we see around there is lot of pomp & show in the name of religion, it has become big business. Real spirituality is lost in the religious chaos. People may be doing hours of prayers or meditation, going on pilgrimage, donating big amounts but there is no true realization. There is confusion, chaos and negativity. Millions of articles and discourses of spirituality serving no purpose. Worse they are inflating spiritual ego – a false feeling of being spiritual. No where to go.

    Real spirituality is simple as God is simple. Real spirituality means becoming one with God. And for this one has three options.

    1. The path of awareness (Gyan) – Rightful awareness through rightful thinking. Think of entire creation as one, this will make action rightful and generate peace, compassion and love for all ultimately leading to state of self realization.

    2. The path of action (Karma) – Do rightful action or deeds.Be just to self and others as if all are one. This will make awareness rightful ultimately leading to self realization.

    3. The path of surrender (Bhakti or Worship) – Surrender to God, shed your ego. This will make both awareness and action rightful leading to self realization.

    One can follow any of the path. In worldly life it may not be possible for one to follow a single path. In this one can do following:

    1. In mind follow path of Gyan – Add good knowledge, righteous thinking and become aware.
    2. In soul follow path of Bhakti – Surrender to God and let the love of God flow.
    3. In world follow the path of Karma – Do all your practical life action, your duties including work, relationships, earning money in rightful manner.

    God is right there inside us and every where. All religions, all spirituality revolves around these three paths. The only caution is – Do not get lost in chaos. 

    The real spiritual growth

    What is the real spiritual growth?

    Why even after years of meditation and other practices, there is no growth?

    Why people are not ‘happy’ inspite of spirituality?

    There is no spiritual growth. People only gather so called spiritual words but nothing happens. All that happens is spiritual arrogance. You start feeling spiritually grown but where is the ‘growth’.

    The answer is simple. No one can ‘teach’ spirituality.

    Intellectual growth is through ‘knowledge’.  You can gain spiritual knowledge by reading or listening.

    Emotional growth is through ‘feeling’.  You can gain spiritual feeling by meditation.

    And…

    Spiritual growth is through ‘realization’.  Spirituality is and can only be realized. It comes from within.

    Let it happen, naturally and spontaneously. 

    Spiritual investment and spiritual opportunity

    People are wise to judge investment opportunity – stock market, gold, real estate and what not. We let go no opportunity. We even value ‘opportunity’ of good sex. Another opportunity we look for is to have something for free.

    But what about the most important opportunity – the spiritual investment opportunity ! Returns are big and fantastic.

    We either take this for granted or do not care at all. What a miss…..

    Understand the importance of human life. Realize the importance of spiritual investment opportunity. Do not waste this wonderful opportunity. It is not bad to have pleasures, earn money, eat good food or have good sex. But do not let all this spoil this wonderful spiritual investment opportunity. The real opportunity.

    There are different types of spiritual investments. One is to replace impulsive thoughts, feelings and acts of selfish nature with thoughts, feelings and acts of welfare of self and others. Second is to pray and surrender to supreme consciousness and meditate. Doing one’s duty sincerely is another type of spiritual investment. Benevolence is a well known type of spiritual investment.

    And the returns are plenty:

    – True happiness, calm and peaceful mind
    – Positive mindset
    – Positive energy system
    – A developed and powerful mind
    – Stronger innerself
    – Safeguard from mental and physical illness
    – Immunity from negative energy, negative happenings and negative people
    – Higher success, best of self potential, positive ‘luck’ and destiny
    – Realization of truth and self
    – Oneness or Yog with supreme consciousness or God

    If living a normal life, doing all that you normally do and having all the fun of life, you can still achieve all this by making day to day small spiritual investments then why to miss this wonderful opportunity.
    Start investing now………

    World is fooled in the name of God

    What a sorry state. World is so successfully fooled in the name of God. World is full of temples, mosques, churches. There are discourses by preachers of every religion attended by masses and watched on TV by large population.  But what is the outcome. Religion has become a big business. Huge amount of money is donated to these religious place, to these preachers. Some social work is done but that is nothing compared to amount of money that goes to them. World is suffering from poverty, there is no food / water / medicine for huge population. But these so called religion places and people sit on such huge amount of money unaccounted. This is fraud in the name of God. Is this what religion or spirituality is all about. Ask yourself honestly.

    This must change. These so called religious places and people should get registered as NGO (Non Government Organization) and be properly accounted completely towards social welfare. Donation boxes must be sealed and opened in front of audit agency. Money and articles collected must be used for social welfare through reputed NGO’s.

    The preachers must know that they hold responsible place and must not say or do anything to divide society. God is one. Any thing said or done which can spread disharmony is definitely against God.

    The entire purpose of places of worship and of preachers is to promote sensible, meaningful spirituality among human beings to create sensible, wiser and better human beings and to create better humanity for a better world where all live in harmony. Unfortunately these places of worship and preachers have failed to do so. It is time that all human beings including preachers honestly do some introspection. We must try to become sensibly spiritual rather than madly religious. God does not get tempted by how many hours you have spent in prayers, how much you have blindly donated to such places, what all pilgrimage you have done. Do not try to fool God. All that is required is to have genuine love for God in your heart & soul and attitude of fairness & compassion for others.

    Spiritual foolishness

    How difficult it has become to find ‘normal’ people. Sensibility is an impossible task. There are ‘material sinners’ or ‘spiritual fools’.

    World and life are usually divided into two – material and spiritual. It is said that some are driven towards material world and succumb to Vikrati (disorder) of Kaam Krodh Madh Lobh Moh. And those who are on spiritual path must give up or fight these Vikrati for realization of truth and God. And most ‘bad’ thing according to them is sex.

    Stay away from sex. Don’t even look at it, there should be no thought. Sad and strange, people are told to give up sex even in married life or told to stay away from marriage or relationship. Their spiritual realization is so weak and fragile that sex will destroy it. What a shame !!

    There are too many spiritual guru and spiritual sect around the world which will show you the way and teach you how to fight and win these Vikrati. This is as if they ‘know all’ and are realized souls. Blind showing path to blinds. These so called guru and sect have failed to do any good in this world. They have even failed in helping disciples becoming better human beings or rise in spiritual journey. All they have done is to have big empire, huge following, even more huge money, big pomp and show. And to prove good they talk big spiritual words and do some charity to prove goodness. End result is also big zero.

    Reason is simple. The path shown is wrong. Material sinners to one extreme are attached and surrender to temptations of Kaam Krodh Madh Lobh Moh and spiritual fools are reversely attached to Kaam Krodh Madh Lobh Moh by fighting them hard. In the end both are two sides of same coin. They fail to understand it is not their whimsical impulse that will help them in living a sensible life and true development, it is the Dharma, the path of righteousness which will help them in correcting the Vikrati, the disorder and lead to ultimate truth, the ultimate consciousness.

    These guru and sect are intentionally making all this so tough and complicated. They appear ‘God like’ to people. They have numerous stories too in their support. People out of ignorance and fear surrender to them.

    In reality none of the Kaam Krodh Madh Lobh Moh is a Vikrati or a disorder. Real Vikrati or disorder is the attachment to them and reverse attachment by trying to fight them out of life.

    Path is simple. Just identify your whimsical selfish attachment and use of Kaam Krodh Madh Lobh Moh. Use them sensibly and appropriately according to Dharma for welfare of self and others. This is what Geeta has told to be in moderation. This is the real path shown as Dharm Arth Kaam Moksha.

    Honesty is the key. Be honest with yourself, identify your weakness. Gradually attain the state of Dharma using Kaam Krodh Madh Lobh Moh in right proportion, in right manner, at right place and towards right purpose. This will help you in true spiritual development and supreme consciousness. Having sex, eating good food, wearing good clothes, making a good house or enjoying life is not a barrier in spiritual growth. On the contrary they are necessary and helpful.

    God has created everything. Look at the beauty of nature. How can God expect you to become dull and boring away from everything? All that God expect is to raise your consciousness from narrow minded selfish I to Dharma. Spiritual foolishness of fighting away everything is as bad as surrendering to material temptations. Be sensible.

    This is the essence of life, this is Yog, this is realization. God is right here, God is every where. God does not see you as sinner. God loves you. Of course what you sow so you reap. If you harm others, bad result will follow. That is not punishment but merely a result of deed. God is not cruel. God has given you sensibility to use Kaam Krodh Madh Lobh Moh in right proportion and create a good life and also rise higher in spiritual journey.

    This world is a lab. Lab of good and bad, right and wrong. Do not worry about lab. God will take care of it. This lab has given you an opportunity to create balance and harmony. Even if you wish to help mankind, bring a change within yourself. Just commit to path of Dharma. Make God your guru and surrender your whimsical selfish ideas to God. God will guide you what to do, how to do and for what. Your consciousness will grow to supreme consciousness and that will be true Yog true Realization – the Nirvana.