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Spirituality - Its flip-sides
« on: May 16, 2012, 10:08:29 PM »
Spirituality is a great boon for one who has landed into it due to past good deeds. Spirituality is a life teacher. Spirituality transforms one into a human being from an animal with baser instincts (though I would still say, today animals are much better). A person comes to spirituality after he undergoes various difficulties in life by way of social problems, economic problems, relationship problems, Identity crises, exposure to crimes, or (rarely) through genuine devotion (carried forward by way of Karma or family set up) and many more.

Spirituality or devotion to God first makes one really alive, loving and caring. One learns about Dharma. Spirituality develops or brings forth the love, compassion, within us. Devotion to humanity is devotion to God. Spirituality opens the third eye, that of discrimination or viveka. It makes one courageous to face the Truth as it is. Not just  facing the Truth, but completely accepting the truth as it is, is the hallmark of wisdom of a spiritual person.

But there are a lot of flipsides to “spirituality” which people fail to recognise. What  usually happens is this -  the spiritual person begins to attend Satsangs and develops affinity towards fellow “spiritual people”. Unknown to them, these qualities of Culture, Dharma, mistakenly create a standard or benchmark in their mind as to what is good and in keeping with culture. As life progresses, the “spiritual man” begins to categorise every event in his life, every person he meets in his life, based on the benchmark of the "Dharma, and culture" he has imbibed out of attending a few Satsangs. Whenever he comes across people who are different in nature, the mind reflects, “this guy is so unevolved, he does not know Dharma or have any culture”, and a sense of hate arises in the spiritual person, because he has preconditioned scales of what culture, dharma, etc are. Pause for a moment to ponder please  ...Does our Dharma teach such hatred based on "culture"?

It is not Spirituality, if it teaches us to show kindness only to spiritual people. Showing kindness to a kindred spirit is tantamount to giving alms to an already rich man. To show kindness to one who is “barbaric”, (even if he actually be barbaric) is indeed real spirituality. That is giving of alms to a poor and needy soul, feeding the hungry of the soul.

Spirituality when misunderstood and misused creates too strong an impression of what is right and what is wrong. Perhaps, it is only due to this that social barriers and inequalities had evolved over the years. The Sense of what is right and wrong is purely based on personal experiences, and certainly spirituality isn't this! There is a great difference between 'Dharma' and 'Right'. The first lesson of true spirituality would be to teach a man to refrain from sitting on judgment on a fellow human.

It is only the flipside of this humbug “spirituality” that has dominated the last millennia. True spirituality is pure and never imposes anything on anyone.  It is this unfair domination that has contributed to the hate, differences and inequality, caste barriers, etc...

Imposing on others in the name of spirituality, spiritual knowledge, a knowledge of what is right, how things ought to be, etc...all these have truly cost humanity a lot. There is a popular saying among agnostics and atheists, 'in the name of Love and Religion, more lives have been killed, more wars have been fought'! It is to a certain extent, a true statement. How spirituality can turn a person violent without even his being aware of it!!! This generally unnoticed aspect of spirituality is entirely responsible for the widespread antipathy towards spirituality that is so prevalent today.

It is really sad to see that true spirituality resides in an isolated corner these days.

True spirituality is simply a recognition of that 'principle' or sameness in all, in evil, good, bad, dirty, clean, beautiful, ugly, filthy, neat, excellence, corruption, etc... It is only when one has a strong feeling about what is right and wrong, that he creates hate, irritation, frustration within himself and the same is reflected externally.

The world is verily the reflection of our own self. What is within is reflected outside as it is.

In Mahabharatha, there is a parable which stands testimony to Yudhishtra’s  inherent greatness when compared with Duriyodhana. One day Duriyodhana is summoned and asked to bring one good man from the earth. In the evening a disillusioned Duriyodhana returns, grumbling about how there isn’t one decent man left on the face of the earth. The very same day, Yudhishtra returns, shaking his head in utter dismay, genuinely unable to spot ONE BAD man, on which endeavr he was sent!! Each saw in the world what he found himself to be. Much as Duriyodana tried to rule the kingdom and prove his supremacy, it is proven beyond doubt that he must have been a tormented man, unhappy with himself on the core level. While Yudhishtra was intrinsically happy and contented even when he was in the forest, divested of the kingdom and the honours of a princely life!

This would be the greatest test of true spirituality – when one is unable to judge or condemn another human being, unable to hate, regardless of how different or even obnoxious he may be, it is only THEN that the individual is truly spiritual.

Every incidents that may result in raising our temper is the biggest grace of Guru, every people who test our patience are verily our Parama Guru. External divisions exist only for our upliftment alone. All sorrows, pains and worries are the greatest of Grace of Guru.

Prostrations to Bhagavan
॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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Re: Spirituality - Its flip-sides
« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2012, 10:16:45 PM »
Thank you, Sri Nagarajji! Indeed spirituality cannot be explained to anyone who is not prone to it. Just as we cannot realize the great devotion and spiritual magnitude of Persons like Sri Bhagavan, Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Yogananda or Saint Francis of Assisi.
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Re: Spirituality - Its flip-sides
« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2012, 10:53:16 AM »
Spirituality is a great boon for one who has landed into it due to past good deeds. Spirituality is a life teacher. Spirituality transforms one into a human being from an animal with baser instincts (though I would still say, today animals are much better). A person comes to spirituality after he undergoes various difficulties in life by way of social problems, economic problems, relationship problems, Identity crises, exposure to crimes, or (rarely) through genuine devotion (carried forward by way of Karma or family set up) and many more.

Spirituality or devotion to God first makes one really alive, loving and caring. One learns about Dharma. Spirituality develops or brings forth the love, compassion, within us. Devotion to humanity is devotion to God. Spirituality opens the third eye, that of discrimination or viveka. It makes one courageous to face the Truth as it is. Not just  facing the Truth, but completely accepting the truth as it is, is the hallmark of wisdom of a spiritual person.

But there are a lot of flipsides to “spirituality” which people fail to recognise. What  usually happens is this -  the spiritual person begins to attend Satsangs and develops affinity towards fellow “spiritual people”. Unknown to them, these qualities of Culture, Dharma, mistakenly create a standard or benchmark in their mind as to what is good and in keeping with culture. As life progresses, the “spiritual man” begins to categorise every event in his life, every person he meets in his life, based on the benchmark of the "Dharma, and culture" he has imbibed out of attending a few Satsangs. Whenever he comes across people who are different in nature, the mind reflects, “this guy is so unevolved, he does not know Dharma or have any culture”, and a sense of hate arises in the spiritual person, because he has preconditioned scales of what culture, dharma, etc are. Pause for a moment to ponder please  ...Does our Dharma teach such hatred based on "culture"?

It is not Spirituality, if it teaches us to show kindness only to spiritual people. Showing kindness to a kindred spirit is tantamount to giving alms to an already rich man. To show kindness to one who is “barbaric”, (even if he actually be barbaric) is indeed real spirituality. That is giving of alms to a poor and needy soul, feeding the hungry of the soul.

Spirituality when misunderstood and misused creates too strong an impression of what is right and what is wrong. Perhaps, it is only due to this that social barriers and inequalities had evolved over the years. The Sense of what is right and wrong is purely based on personal experiences, and certainly spirituality isn't this! There is a great difference between 'Dharma' and 'Right'. The first lesson of true spirituality would be to teach a man to refrain from sitting on judgment on a fellow human.

It is only the flipside of this humbug “spirituality” that has dominated the last millennia. True spirituality is pure and never imposes anything on anyone.  It is this unfair domination that has contributed to the hate, differences and inequality, caste barriers, etc...

Imposing on others in the name of spirituality, spiritual knowledge, a knowledge of what is right, how things ought to be, etc...all these have truly cost humanity a lot. There is a popular saying among agnostics and atheists, 'in the name of Love and Religion, more lives have been killed, more wars have been fought'! It is to a certain extent, a true statement. How spirituality can turn a person violent without even his being aware of it!!! This generally unnoticed aspect of spirituality is entirely responsible for the widespread antipathy towards spirituality that is so prevalent today.

It is really sad to see that true spirituality resides in an isolated corner these days.

True spirituality is simply a recognition of that 'principle' or sameness in all, in evil, good, bad, dirty, clean, beautiful, ugly, filthy, neat, excellence, corruption, etc... It is only when one has a strong feeling about what is right and wrong, that he creates hate, irritation, frustration within himself and the same is reflected externally.

The world is verily the reflection of our own self. What is within is reflected outside as it is.

In Mahabharatha, there is a parable which stands testimony to Yudhishtra’s  inherent greatness when compared with Duriyodhana. One day Duriyodhana is summoned and asked to bring one good man from the earth. In the evening a disillusioned Duriyodhana returns, grumbling about how there isn’t one decent man left on the face of the earth. The very same day, Yudhishtra returns, shaking his head in utter dismay, genuinely unable to spot ONE BAD man, on which endeavr he was sent!! Each saw in the world what he found himself to be. Much as Duriyodana tried to rule the kingdom and prove his supremacy, it is proven beyond doubt that he must have been a tormented man, unhappy with himself on the core level. While Yudhishtra was intrinsically happy and contented even when he was in the forest, divested of the kingdom and the honours of a princely life!

This would be the greatest test of true spirituality – when one is unable to judge or condemn another human being, unable to hate, regardless of how different or even obnoxious he may be, it is only THEN that the individual is truly spiritual.

Every incidents that may result in raising our temper is the biggest grace of Guru, every people who test our patience are verily our Parama Guru. External divisions exist only for our upliftment alone. All sorrows, pains and worries are the greatest of Grace of Guru.

Prostrations to Bhagavan

Hi Nagaraj

On a lighter humorous note,  nowadays  it is not that spiritual people can have ' i am holier than you ' feeling.

Only the material , (if not barbaric) and violent masses look upon these spiritual people with a doubt that the person may be insane.

Nowadays  no one cares the views of this 'minority' spiritual group.  The majority material masses dance over,  think they are the rulers of heaven bending the universe like a bow.  They only think 'spiritual' people are lazy ,  useless things in the fast moving www era.

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Re: Spirituality - Its flip-sides
« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2012, 02:09:28 PM »
Dear Nagaraj and others,

The problem is that spirituality is mistaken as 'reading and knowing about spiritual matters.' It is not.  Spirituality is understanding
and merging with godhead.

Arunachala Siva.