WHAT IS SPIRITUALITY?

 
In the Indian tradition, the meaning of the word "Spiritual" is quite different from religion as commonly understood. Spirituality is free of any dogma or creed. Spiritual experience is an experience of the spirit or spiri-tual consciousness or the consciousness which pervades the entire cosmos including all human activities. For instance, from the point of view of our ordinary conscious-ness, each human being is different from every other being, human or non-human. But from the point of view of spiritual consciousness, each one of us is a point in the ocean of consciousness, the thoughts, the desires, the emotions, etc., of each being appear to be waves in the ocean of the spirit, each wave waxing and wan through each point of the cosmos, each point corresponding to each being. The movement of a particular wave of desire through a parti-cular point gives the impression that the associat-ed person has that particular wave of desire which she/he thinks originated in her/him. Further, the power of a person depends on the cosmic forces of which she/he has conscious or unconscious control. Consequently, there is no hard barrier between individual human beings and the cosmic powers called as devas, including the Supreme one. Once we understand the unity of the universe, we can more easily answer the question, "How to im-bibe beauty and harmony in every aspect of our life, i.e. harmony and beauty in the thoughts and feelings, harmony and beauty in every outward action and move-ment, harmony and beauty in the surroundings? Some proponents of different religions believe that, 'the faith itself will show the way' • • 
 
 
 
Source: Sri Gurusarvabhouma Magazine, Mantralaya
 
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