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It would not be difficult to see that Spiritual life demands a complete transformation in our psyche. Mere change is of no help. One changes unconsciously whether one likes it or not with the changes in circumstances or time. These changes are brought about by outward forces and do not make a person Spiritual.

What is this Transformation that forms kernel of Spiritual life? We could take this statement from Gita as a starting point. Though I would like to change the word lust with imitation in the translation given below.

"As fire is covered by smoke, as a mirror is covered by dust, or as the embryo is covered by the womb, similarly, the living entity is covered by different degrees of this (imitation?) lust."

Therefore the premise is that the intelligence which is innate in all beings gets covered for some reason which has been ascribed as original sin or ignorance or as I put it blind imitation & conditioning. Of course it is not an individual decision to be or not to imitate or get conditioned but a fact of living life in a society which has inherited this conditioning through generations.

So at the very start one is not starting with a clean slate but with a psyche which is in different degrees of deformity. For a fortunate few the conditioning is merely like a covering of dust in the mirror but for most it is much more, making it impossible to enter a true Spiritual path. So for the few who do try sincerely there exists a possibility to wipe out the false conditioning which imprison man and discover the intelligence which as if lies hidden.

The mistake made is that the charge to bring about a change is handed over to the self arising or identified with the conditionings. Questions are asked and answers given from the point of view of this conditioned self which cannot lead to any transformation but a false sense of progress.

The Question then is what is one to do and this may be a good starting point.

bonya basu's picture


When such questions comes to the is the starting point of Awareness.
With Awareness only we can Transform ourself.

Pathway is....
From Self awareness....To Self Realization!!!

bonya basu | Wed, 11/30/2011 - 11:13
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Cause & Effect

Living in a world of Cause & Effect we think of a path in which one thing leads to the other. We are asked to be aware whatever that means to us or to the preacher and it is that which is supposed to lead us to the effect which we consider as "realisation". I am not sure if that is so for if realisation is an effect then it is limited and conditioned by the cause that produced it and would eventually become a cause to bring about another effect continuing the cycle.

joejo | Thu, 12/01/2011 - 04:06