Spiritual thoughts are very easy to preach, and to some extent easier to understand yet they are complete difficult to practice. Spiritual thoughts that I refer to here is to practice compassion, detachment and letting go of negative emotions like Anger, fear, worry, insecurity, anxiety, hatred, grief and suffering. While interacting with the society everyone is challenged by everyday situations wherein it is unavoidable to wrestle with these emotions. It is here that the Spiritual Thoughts bring in awareness of the situation and help us to make progress on the path.
Spirituality is most used and abused word in recent times. While one section has soiled it with the narrow minded dogmas and belief, the other section is the most dangerous one it has used it to mint money. Every upcoming city in India has many ashrams which boast about conducting Spiritual Awakening Courses. But isn't Spirituality the blooming of Inner Awareness? Is it not just to be aware that “I” came with nothing and will go with nothing?
When I know that “I” will go with nothing and this is the substratum of Spirituality why should a seeker pay to know this? Earlier this spiritual knowledge was given by an enlightened soul and every seeker would go to him, now the so called Spiritual knowledge is at our door step with a price tag with it.
Now the question is what is the seeker seeking? Is it the Spiritual Knowledge or just a solace to the restless Mind?
We have confused Spiritual Knowledge with Mind Management. Most of those who attend the various courses at various ashramas are from upper middle class and high class societies. There is lot of stress and strain they undergo during the weekdays for which they find solace if they attend those so called “Spiritual Retreats” every weekends. But Spiritual Knowledge is not so once the seeker imbibes them it opens the doors to experiencing LIFE as it is, for what it is. The seeker thus comprehend that life is nothing but a string of experiences where each moment is relished with the curiosity of a child and the courage of an explorer. This secret to experience life as it unfolds is never revealed to the seeker in the so called ashrams as they want the seeker to attend all the courses organized by them.
An individual who seeks relief from stress and strain is different from a seeker who is a mumukshu. A mumukshu needs and searches for Spiritual Knowledge while the other person wants just Life Transformation skills. The later has to update himself every now and then as he finds it difficult to accept the Spiritual perspective to living. Spiritual perspective is living with awareness. He connects everything in life to a material which is impermanent and hence he is depended on the sense of security. All his fears, insecurities and worries are connected in some form or the other to his money which is why it is difficult to stay detached.
Actually, detaching in itself is easy. What scares an individual most is what might happen when he become detached. The bottom line is that the idea of living without money is easy and simple, but the fear of living without money kills. The individual is in a dilemma and so he clings on to that fear and hence has to suffer. Detachment, clinging and fear have a very messy relationship.
Spirituality means to live free and live in a let-go! To know this does a seeker have to take a course and pay for it……..I wonder!!!!!!