Spirituality has been in vogue recently. It is the next big achievement people wish to flaunt in their ‘curriculum vitae’ or course of life. While we see ourselves and so many others joining the spiritual revolution on earth we all go through various stages in awakening to be either one or more of the below at any point of time (please note this discourse is not about judging the awakening level of others but for self introspection and personal awakening of each reader):
Type 1: Spiritually Dead. Only interested in material world, daily chores, routine, work, success, money, gossip, other people, celebrities, glamour, fame, fortune, pleasure and avoidance of pain. At this stage we have no interest in knowing the truth or questioning reality. Blind to the suffering and pain of others and often to our own we merely exist in a cold reality we call life, always looking for something to entertain ourselves with. We all have been at this stage at some point of time, or even now.
Type 2: Spiritually Asleep. At this stage we want to know truth but only through other people or books. We are either seeking scientific proof, or worshiping gods and goddesses through rituals and rites, or dreaming of a supreme being who lives in a fantasy realm of heaven with his angels, saves the world, carries our judgement of earthlings, fulfills apocalyptic prophecies, sends his messengers to preach his word..and so on…unaware that we are the God we all seek. We surpass this point only by looking within ourselves and discovering our own inner power. Religion can be spiritual if it is open to self-realization. An outer path is not really a spiritual path.
Type 3: Spiritually Dreaming. At this stage we are dancing in ‘maya’ or illusion, dreaming of past, present or future, trying meditation techniques, performing energy work, visualizing ‘chakras’, talking to apparitions or voices of spirits or angels, connecting with other worlds or dimensions, searching for relationships, using law of attraction for achieving more, repeating chants or affirmations, positive thinking, having a positive aura and so on which are necessary steps in awakening. Unfortunately a lot of people only get lost in the play called ‘the world’.
An outer display or illusion of spirituality is not necessarily about really being good on the inside but on how to use spirituality as a means to an end ‘for getting’ what we want while ‘forgetting’ who we are. There are far too many people who are being enchanted by false spiritual gurus who only put on a fascinating show. Operating at this stage we are actually Type 1, only in a ‘spiritual’ mask generating various illusions of spiritual success or grandeur. We graduate from this stage only when we return to our own inner self instead of merely being lost in the outer world of spiritual ‘success’. This is not to say that people who are outwardly popular or flaunt their spiritual beliefs are not really spiritual from within. They can surely be, however the point is that we must not be lost in the outer glamour and must focus on our inner personal ethics and realizations.
Type 4: Spiritually Awake. True spirituality is beyond illusion of seeking more, wanting more, calling for God to save you, worshiping deities, having spiritual objects around you, being good at yoga, having tattoos, playing with illusion through magical thinking, displaying your amazing spiritual powers or controlling reality and people through your mind. All these are dreams and not awakening. Looking for anything ‘outside’ or ‘in your mind’ to make life more fulfilling is illusion because we are still in the mental ‘matrix’, creating our own illusions and attracting only illusions. We are all awakening right now.
So What is True Spirituality beyond all the illusion?
- It is not science or intellect
- It is not religion or worship
- It is not ‘maya’ or mind power
- It is not about relationships
- It is not spiritual fashion
- It is not worldly success
Spirituality is not about seeking love but feeling love within
Spirituality is not about being powerful outside but being heart-centered
Spirituality is not about attracting outer things but inner fulfillment
Spirituality is not about knowing the world but about knowing yourself
Spirituality is not about philosophical awareness but personal practice
Spirituality is not about seeking creator but being a loving creator
Spirituality is not about being positive on the outside but being truthful within
Spirituality is not about judging, but about knowing ourself