1. Modern Professionals
While most professionals do well in their chosen careers, their spiritual growth and finer family aspects are often somewhat troublesome. Firstly, the traditional religions do not speak modern language. Secondly, a logical and practical connection on peoples’ own terms is missing. Many professionals of today are turned off because of this “disconnect”. In today’s environment, people are pressed for time and want information streamlined.
How will hearts open up if minds are not convinced first? Traditional religions expect faith without giving clear explanations or understanding. This is so contrary to the life process today. People have become good customers. They want to see sound reasoning and results before they place their trust in any system.
There are some who choose to follow their religion mechanically or for social reasons. There are others who short-change themselves with only intellectual understanding and miss out on the deeper experiences of the spiritual journey. Spirituality starts where religions end. Spirituality is the result of applying the values and principles that religions talk about. For one to grow in the “Spirit zone” the mind, heart and spirit must be transformed first.
This system eliminates this predicament by explaining the spiritual and worldly connection in today’s terminology. The method used is familiar to today’s professionals: Pictures, Graphs, Charts and simple language. The attempt here is not to change someone’s religion. On the contrary, members are encouraged to make their own faith work. This becomes easier if one understands the principles and building blocks that are common to the world’s great religions.
2. Religion & Spirituality
Spirituality begins where religion ends. A good religion educates one in the basic building blocks of our spiritual and practical dimensions. When we understand and apply those good values, we start to see the transformation in us. Unfortunately, some religious groups get distracted by political or factional sub-goals. As a result, they hamper growth to limited, narrow boundaries. Our spirit dimension, however, is unlimited. First we go through the mind transformation followed by that of the heart. When our mind and heart have become healthy and when we connect with the Divine, we grow into the Spirit dimension.
If compared to cooking, comparing scriptures is like fighting over recipe books. The spiritual journey begins when we start tasting food and have some good experiences. The spiritual journey begins when one enters the Zone of Spirit dimension. Short of this measure, sometimes spirituality is defined rather loosely. Once you enter the realm of spirit, the tell-tale signs are the “Fruits of the Spirit”. To mention a few: Peace, Joy, Love, Kindness, Creativity, Humor, Synchronicity, Psychic development, ability to heal self or others, clairvoyance, clair-audience, etc……. To each one of us, Spirit gives different gifts, to be used in service of others and God.
3. Success & Spirituality
Success as generally defined limits itself to material possessions. They include money, house, car, titles and fame, etc. Still, there are many “successful people” who might be miserable or unhappy. This becomes obvious when you get to know them up close. This is not an argument in favor of poverty but an attempt to look beyond the physical dimension. Sooner or later we recognize that humans have more than just a physical dimension. Whether one searches the scriptures or only the human psychology or philosophy, it becomes more than obvious: We also have a mind, heart and spirit.
Looking at “Success” with this knowledge, one realizes that society today is only focused on the physical and mental sides. For many “successful people”, the emotional and spiritual dimensions are left underdeveloped. Thus, the common definition of success proves to be incomplete or hollow. True spirituality gives us a better and mature definition. It defines success as useful and developed in all four dimensions. At the same time, one must be cautioned against pseudo-spirituality. It focuses on developing the emotional and spirit dimensions while ignoring the physical and mental sides of us.
4. Yoga & Spirituality
Yoga, as known in the west, is mostly associated with physical postures which is only an eighth part of the complete Yoga system.
Spirituality is one’s journey into the realm of spirit, which is one of our important dimensions. All great religions refer to this spirit side of us. Not be confused with religion, ones spirit journey starts as a result of the successful application of religious values and practices.
5. Science and & Spirituality
Typically, science and spirituality seem to be in opposite camps. Traditional religions and the mystics have not seen eye to eye…and they still don’t. They can not communicate unless they use the universal language. Narendra, being an engineer, never left the scientific and practical side. His experiences were explained to him in this language. It is not that a rainbow can be broken into small fragments for a mad scientist’s lab. Once we admit a human’s rational and experiential sides, we have laid a foundation for communication. All spirituality was explained to him using the medium of graphs, charts and pictures. One’s individual experiences will and should always be subjective. But the reasoning steps that take you there can and should be logical and repeatable. This is where science and spirituality become part of a bigger & cohesive existence like two separate hands being parts of the same body.