Basic principles of Spirituality
There are as many paths to God as there are people
When undertaking spiritual practice it is important to bear in mind that each individual is different and so what works for one person may not work
for another. When climbing a mountain each climber thinks his way is the only way. But when he reaches the top of the mountain, he realizes that there
were an infinite number of ways that could have taken him to the top. Likewise there are as many paths to God as there are people.
If five patients were to go to a doctor and each was suffering from a different ailment, then giving all five the same medicine would not result in
each of them being cured. So also each of us are different and hence the same spiritual practice cannot be recommended for all. In a spiritual context
each of us is unique across the following parameters.
What are those parameters?
The composition of the 3 subtle basic components (Trigunas) i.e. whether they are sattvik, rajasik or tamasik by nature.
The five cosmic elements (earth, water, fire, air and ether)
The degree to which different aspects of spiritual practice have been completed in prior births.
The different accumulated account, destiny and wilful action that each one has.
A person may also adopt a certain path depending on his temperament.
So, as members of this ATS forum, who are we, really, to tell each other they are mistaken?
I know I've done my share of postulating here.....
and have been less than gracious from time to time. Knowing that I have done so reminds me that I'm human.
I really, really want to find/read/hear something that rings absolutely true for me. I know it's possible. I don't
know in what form it
will/has come, if it will be a "feeling" , a vision, an "inner voice", dream, etc. I have come across some folks on here who have contributed a
But nothing has shaken my conviction that we each have to find our own way --- our own path through the vast, scary forest. If we only keep moving,
true to self, we will emerge in the meadow beyond. But no one can walk it with us, really. They can shout directions and best wishes from their
own paths, but....
in the end, we are physically alone, and I really believe we each have to travel that path, our personalized Spiritual Path, with only that unique
guiding light that passeth understanding.
It's a rocky, hard road. Just wanted to let you -- the forum team here -- know, you all do
help me in my journey. Nevertheless, I am
convinced I must walk it on my own. Each of us must.
And, I'm sure that as long as we are trying, it will be okay.
Peace, and Brightest Blessings,
to all of you