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What do you as an enlightened being endowed with full infinite wisdom have to offer the world?
If you’ve ever seen the Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu, you might have witnessed it for yourself in the presence of the sadhus. It’s no secret what is occurring when a wicker bowl is passed around at a church. The industry of spirituality is begging. Spirituality, as observed, is performance art, evidenced by the strange costumes and posey. It is a book deal as evidenced by the popularity of spiritual self-help placebos. In this manner, churches and sacred places are simply museums of idolatry, where a man reads aloud and waves a book that was perhaps once relevant thousands of years before, all at the cost of our own dignity and whatever change we have in our pockets.
Most of my friends consider themselves spiritual. They are good company. They are accepting of others, and laughter is a prerequisite. They are charitable and charming and seemingly indifferent to what others think of them. It is pleasant to be around them in play and sensuality. If you find yourself at a large music festival, or a party, find the spiritual people and be with them. Get close to them. They are, in the universal and particular sense, great lovers.
But they are most important the exact times they are not being spiritual, when they get out of and get over themselves, actively engaging in life.
What does it mean to be spiritual? Who cares, really. Observe a so-called spiritual person, their output, their expression, and evaluate accordingly.
The idea that your conception of spirituality stands above another’s only pleads my case.
I don't attend a Mega church for entertainment, I don't participate in Wednesday evening Church activities. Because there is so much out there to learn and decide for ourselves if its great or stupid and religions have taught their followers to have a horrible historical habit of using curiosity as a weapon for being accused as not having faith.
You call spirituality "stupid". How arrogant can you possibly be?
I love the charge of arrogance, because a certain amount of arrogance is necessary in order to call someone else arrogant.
Yes, I know people who consider themselves spiritual. They are fine people. I don't see a problem here.
originally posted by: LesMisanthrope
a reply to: pl3bscheese
In short: get over yourself.
Meditating is clearing the mind and that helps people have better concentration so that when a person speaks to them they can be fully paying attention taking in every word without distraction; so that is one of the things people who meditate offer to the world.
Finding truth within means Spirit rather than body. It's about love and generosity rather than only focusing on pleasing the body with materialism. It's about asking yourself "how can I give from my spirit and help others?" rather than "what can think person do for me? sex? food? money? etc." It's about finding that space within rather than focusing on the body, that calm gentle space of peace , acceptance, and love.