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HR 311.08 - 05
Attaining Spirituality with Knowledge, Intuition and Wisdom
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8- 05: Understanding what is Spirituality in Hindu Dharma
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A Basic Quest for Realization of the Supreme Powers
 
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Spirituality is the basic quest for seeking the Eternal Reality. The seeking of this truth is dependent on the knowledge one gets by intensive study combined with one's Intuitive wisdom. Swami Sivananda says that philosophy will take you to the gates of the realm of eternal bliss, but it cannot allow you to enter that realm. Intuitive Wisdom or realization of Truth is necessary for entering into that holy land of everlasting joy and ineffable glory. Swami Vivekananda says "Religion without philosophy runs into superstition; philosophy without religion becomes dry atheism." Questioning and analysis of the teachings is an essential part of the Spirituality in Hindu Dharma.

There is always a great doubt and a constant question in everyone's mind in their search for spiritual realization. As a child, we often blindly followed the path taught by our parents and worship the way they do. As we grow up to be teen-agers, some of them may get doubts about a supreme force or in the way they are taught to practice the faith. Some will question if there is a supreme God and why we cannot see that. If there is one God, why do we pray to so many forms of images in Temples? Many people continue in this simple form of Bhaya Bhakthi or Mooda Bhakthi of a Tãmasika.

Questioning and analysis are acceptable in our Sanatana Dharma for clearing the doubts. Often, in that age, they start reading several books from several teachings of different faiths and practices. Some may be drawn into alternate paths and some political movements and their teachings also. Slowly but surely everyone gets an answer by themselves or from others. Here, when they start seeking their path with proper Spiritual search for the truth, they become truly religious. Some of them who refuse to seek the answers may remain non-believers or just agnostic. Some people may violently react to others practicing alternate paths also. Normally, in Hindu Dharma teachings, these types of reactions are discouraged.

Hindu Dharma accepts the freedom to have alternate thoughts. Often, we hear from some well-educated friends, some community leaders and many societies that they do not believe in a supreme creator as a supernatural controlling force. They are the Atheists or Nãstikas; better still, some call themselves as rationalists, looking for scientific explanations or proofs for every statement in the religious beliefs and traditions.

Wayne Dyer says: "In the Scientific world, if you see it then you will believe in it as a fact. In Spiritual World, when you believe in 'IT' you will see 'IT'" in its true form. Knowledge becomes essential before criticism. Ignorance cannot be an excuse for raising objections to the customs and traditions. Studying the books and learning the true customs and traditions become essential to get this knowledge and wisdom.

 

 

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Chapter - 8: Realization of the Supreme with Rituals & Prayers ~Lesson - 05~
 
Lessons: - :~: 8- 01 :~: 8- 02 :~: 8- 03 :~: 8- 04 :~: 8- 05 :~: 8- 06 :~: 8- 07 :~: 8- 08 :~: 8- 09 :~:
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