From the very inception of mankind… we were spiritual from inside. In the initial phases of life when life itself was in its infancy… mankind understood little about our spiritual side. Human beings feared the creator and created hordes of gods and goddesses to pray to.
As evolved our intellect, mankind realized that we were primarily a spiritual being, a spirit. Something existed in our heart but we could not make out… what it was! As the promptings from within grew louder, more evolved human beings… sages and Rishis of yester era began invoking messages directly from God (Brahman in Hinduism).
To get in contact with our spiritual side existing in us in our heart, it was found that truthfulness played a major role. Unless we were 100% truthful, we could not hear anything from inside. The promptings of soul atman from within could be distinctly heard by those who were the most truthful in life… people who apart from 100% truthfulness also had 100% faith in existence of God.
To be able to recognize presence of soul atman within, we had to be truthful from within all the time. Even though none had seen God, yet we could recognize presence of God within in day-to-day activities of life. It was just like… as we can detect presence of a flower simply by its fragrance, we can also detect presence of God in numerous daily activities.
To know our spiritual side, we also need becoming a spiritual traveler… a believer of spirit; soul atman existed inside our heart. Unless we believed in God, existence of souls atmans… we could never realize our spiritual side. Believers of religion, practitioners of religious path (rituals) never get to know anything about our spiritual side.
Remaining truthful we could indulge in sacred text of different religions of world to realize presence of God within us. After all the spirit, soul atman existing in our heart was miniscule part of God Almighty (Brahman in Hinduism). We had to finally become a traveler of spiritual path, than a practitioner of rituals if we were to realize our true inner self existing in heart.
How important it was going to temples churches or mosques for a Believer of Spirituality
One who has faith in existence of God (Brahman in Hinduism), one who has faith in individual self… one who believes in power of truth… a sincere and serious traveler of spiritual path need not go to a temple church or mosque ever. The reason was apparent… God (Brahman) does not exist in temples, churches or mosques. All the three… temples churches and mosques were only a medium to pray to God, worship God.
If we are to realize God, if we are to realize our inner self… our indulgence in path of spirituality than religious practices was necessitated. We need to learn the distinction between religion and spirituality. We just could not indulge in rituals that carried no meaning on path of pure spirituality.
Spiritual travel demands our indulgence in chintan (contemplation) most of time. We have to arrive at cosmic truth from within. Unless we indulged in contemplation (chintan)… nothing worthwhile in field of pure spirituality could be achieved. Most human beings world over indulged in religious practices (rituals) most of time calling it spiritual.
Can we expect such human beings, seekers to gain anything spiritual in life ever?
We can fool others, but not our true inner self existing in our heart! Searching for God within takes time. It is not in one lifetime limited by 70 to 80 years of earthly life; one can achieve self realization, god realization… God (Brahman) ordained a long journey of 1.1 million manifestations in human form to reach stage of enlightenment… Mukti (liberation from cycle of birth and death) forever! Spiritual achievements always take time and we need practicing patience, persistence and perseverance of the highest order.
Right from six years of age, the moment I realized existence of an energy source within… I stopped going to temples churches and mosques. Whenever on insistence of my mother, I accompanied her to Jain temple… I asked her point-blank to show me God in the temple precincts. She always kept mum. I kept thinking… indulging in chintan (contemplation). No matter whom I asked including elders in the family… I did not get a suitable reply.
The final answers always came from within. I slowly realized that we primarily had a soul atman existing in heart which also was the absolute master and controller of human body. By letting go my ego (Aham in Hinduism)… I could take control of my body from within. I was right in my surmise. As my ego reduced gradually… I could distinctly hear voice of soul atman coming from within my heart. Remaining truthful all the time, maintaining my faith in God… overpowering ego (Aham), I could finally hear dictates of soul atman coming from within all the time.
This emboldened my belief in real self within and God. I was finally detached from all religious practices galore. I could clearly distinguish spirituality from religion. I could also see the fallacy of masses ritually going to temples churches and mosques. Probably they were not aware of their spiritual side inside… or we can say they were not interested in looking inside.
Can we experience Spiritual gains by Grace of God
Everything in field of pure spirituality always comes from within by our own efforts. Everything in cosmic system was directly governed by inscrutable laws of karma… as we sow so shall we reap, nothing less or more. There were never free lunches in domain of god. Everything results from karma performed by us in present or previous lives. Belief in doctrine of reincarnation, past life was essential to understand the meaning of grace of God.
If we ever earn grace of God, it directly results from karma performed by us in present or past.
To travel spiritual path, to indulge in spirituality… nothing was automatic ever. Nothing gets bestowed on us by grace of God. Everything results were from karma indulged by us. If we were sincere, serious about indulging in spirituality… we would definitely do so and succeed. Swami Vivekananda did not become Swami Vivekananda by grace of gurus or God. Swami Vivekananda became Swami Vivekananda sheer by his own personal efforts and desire to see God in his lifetime. His desire to see God took him to his revered master Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa.
If our karma was good in past, if we have a positive residual balance of karma from previous manifestations… then it is quite possible we go lucky in present life and are graced by God. Indulgence in positivity… good karma, positive karma in present life pays its returns. We often receive grace of God for doing so. Those who worked for welfare of mankind all the time like Mahavira, Gautama Buddha… Jesus Christ and Prophet Mohammed and also Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa and Maharishi Ramana… occasionally received grace of God (Brahman).
As everything in field of spirituality is unveiled from within, external factors do not play any role in any of our spiritual accomplishments. Reaching our true inner self existing in heart requires chintan (indulgence in contemplation) all the time. Unless we master the delicate art of contemplation (chintan), all our efforts in field of pure spirituality would never bear any fruit.
To precipitate fruits of karma performed, our indulgence in good karma positive karma most of time was an absolute must. We just could not keep waiting for grace of God all the time.
Right from stage of Mahavira (24th Tirthankara of Jainism) to Gautama Buddha, Jesus Christ… Prophet Mohammed, Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa and Maharishi Ramana… all worked for their individual self indulging in contemplation (chintan) all the time.
We can burn all traces of karma, overpower five senses and mind only when we indulge in chintan (contemplation). For burning our karma in totality, for overpowering five senses and mind forever… it was essential that we get to know the hidden meaning of sacred texts of different religions of world. As everything contained in scriptures, sacred texts could never be known literally… we had to follow path of jnana yoga (absolute wisdom) that demands our indulgence in contemplation (chintan) to realize the hidden inner meaning.
Contemplation (chintan) was the only path to digest, unveil everything that was contained in scriptures. Nothing in scriptures could be understood indulging in religious practices.
All scriptures, sacred texts form part of spirituality never religion.
Can a Guru Spiritual master impart Spiritual wisdom to us
Such a belief does not exist in field of pure spirituality. Bluntly stated, we never require a guru (spiritual master) to guide us in the spiritual journey of life. As everything in field of spirituality always comes from within, indulging in contemplation (chintan)… there is nothing that a guru (spiritual master) could assist us with. The most a spiritual master (guru) could do was clarify our spiritual queries from time to time. And this is exactly what I am doing right now.
Ever since I realized God in 1993 37 years of age… I am clarifying queries of masses through various articles essays on my different websites. It has been long about 24 years until now.
As a spiritual counsellor I do not demand anything from spiritual aspirants… financially or otherwise. I am connected to most spiritual seekers world over. I have attended to queries from above 65 countries world over. Children as young as 11 years to fully grown ups indulge in various sorts of queries! But the most important factor controlling spirituality always remains unanswered.
I repeatedly say… we must indulge in spirituality at a young age. Despite this, most leave it to aftermath of Vanprastha ashram that is roughly 75 years of age. Almost ripe in age, can such grown-ups ever achieve anything on spiritual path? All serious seekers like Mahavira, Gautama Buddha… Jesus Christ and Prophet Mohammed… even Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa and Maharishi Ramana started in search of God very young.
What was destined to be discovered, unveiled in a timeframe of 1.1 million manifestations in human form… achieving the same in a limited time span of 70 to 80 years of earthly life is nothing short of a miracle. We can achieve such a feat only by starting very young. I embarked on my spiritual journey six years of age… at 37 I finally embraced God, reached God.
In the earlier stages of life I frantically searched for a spiritual master, guru to guide me in the spiritual journey of life. This was perhaps a fallacy on my part. The moment God showed me the right path… my spiritual journey expedited multifold. As everything was to come from within… my dependence on elders in the family or outside lessened in stages!
I became a total recluse. My search for God was confined to my house, my family.
Going to a temple church or mosque was never in question nor search for a guru! I had to discover my true inner self within. Remaining truthful all the time, maintaining my faith 100% (called shraddha in Hinduism)… I could truly expedite my spiritual journey. Practicing Brahmacharya Vrata (absolute celibacy) as detailed in scriptures like Bhagavad Gita and Upanishads (independent treatises)… I could channelize sexual energy towards the only goal of life… reaching God in present life time.
Finally, distinguishing religion from spirituality… I could successfully travel spiritual path to realize my spiritual side existing within me all the time. I finally became an introvert to realize God.
By: Vijay Kumar “Atma Jnani”… The Man who Realized God in 1993 – (Ref. 171207)
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