The science of Knowing and understanding the nature of Existence
is such a general disagreement about what constitutes the spiritual or
spirituality. But because none can agree at least in the Western world, the
fallback position is judgement and morality based on
beliefs that are
impossible to substantiate.
Perhaps we need to revisit the meaning of the word as 'moving in accord with the
spirit of life' whereas many who have a spiritual hankering plunge in to the
esoteric and occult, the phenomenology surrounding the spiritual?
Image: Akshardham or Swaminarayan Akshardham complex is a Hindu mandir, and a
spiritual-cultural campus in New Delhi, India. Also referred to as Delhi
Akshardham or Swaminarayan Akshardham, the complex displays a millennia of
traditional Hindu and Indian culture, spirituality, and architecture.
Yet while the West wallows in its moral and economic quagmire, spiritual
traditions from the east continue to thrive and inspire a relatively small
number of people to find a genuine peace and happiness that that endures
regardless of external circumstances.
Spirituality is not a question of faith or belief, it's about knowing, about
recognising one's self as part of this amazing environment that we inhabit and
doing what it is required to get along peaceably not only with other people but
all of life. In contrast, the religious people while recognising some basic
truths such as our need for food, for companionship and reproduction have zero
respect other forms of life and indeed people of a different class.
The religious have created a world of morality and judgement coupled with
bigotry based on their own self-centredness and self-importance which in the
modern era has given birth to neoliberalism and removed all controls from the
financial systems that have come to govern our lives. This will result in
increased social divisions, the rich getting richer, the poor getting poorer and
the justification for endless war leading to an anticipated extermination of all
life on earth.
"It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society"
~ Jiddu Krishnamurti
The religious and believers while they know that they have body and mind only
believe they have a soul so body and mind becomes central to their existence.
Further than this, they have institutionalised and enshrined this ignorance in
their churches and mosques with a hierarchy designed to prevent the believing
population from knowing the absolute truth and feeding them morality.
In contrast, those who are recognised as being spiritual see themselves as
indistinct from all life on earth. There is knowledge that our bodies come from
the earth, they are stardust
and while body and mind represent physical nature, the soul is most important,
not as something to believe in, but the aspect of self that is most important to
know. Instead of believing in the soul, the spiritual person seeks to identify
her/himself as a soul with a body and mind.
The religions are political movements preoccupied with managing people's beliefs
for economic and social control, and in some ways it's rather like farming with
every individual having some social or economic value that can be made use of.
In contrast the spiritualists require no churches and no priests yet there is a
great tradition of sharing and passing on the aggregated wisdom accumulated over
many millennia which serves to guide people to know themselves as spiritual
Belief systems are fragile and over the past ten thousand years of history many
have fallen by the wayside or as in the case of Buddhism that once held sway
from the Caspian to the Pacific, the swords of Islam exterminated tens of
millions of people and those who survived were forced to become Muslims. In
contrast the spiritual traditions of India survived not only the
colonialists, they are sprouting
all over the world because they represent rational step-by-step practices with
technologies that give verifiable results and the individual's following these
rough guides come to know peace, happiness and joy.