One's personality is both a composition and reflection, but if I have to choose one of them, I will choose reflection as the "self" is more important to me than "me". One's composition may change, walking across the cultural landscapes and climbing the social ladder but one's self is tied to one's reflections. The fun part is that reflections are not bound to "Time-Space" barriers ( it is not time-space) and respective mental constructs, which have grown so thick over ages, that they had reduced the image of humans to Sisyphus, rolling different sizes of boulders on hills of different heights.… As the name of this Blog indicates, knols are my perspectives on topics of interests, sweet/bitter experiences or just doodling :)
Saturday, December 3, 2011
Spirituality is real individualism
It is an open fact that spirituality is expressed in forms of wisdom but how spirituality is practiced? How can one communicate with his spirit? There are many different forms of spiritual movements which are based on different forms of believe but all have some common aspects and that is, “Bodily needs are barriers to spiritual experiences. Human experiences rely on five senses and five senses have limits which confuse us to levels of deceiving”. To maximize feelings and experiences to more precision, it is required to control the bodily needs to required needs or to do justice to bodily needs along with meditations.
An individual asked a spiritualist, “What do you expect of illiterate persons to meditate and think to. For example, what a shoe maker has to think and meditate about?”
“Certainly, everyone meditate and think through his work, profession and knowledge. A carpenter can meditate and think best with wood works, metallurgist through metals and a philosopher through philosophy” replied the spiritualist.
Hence meditations and controls of bodily needs to just needs to maximize the experiences and feelings to precisions of senses are common to all and to reveal how they are. As the level, scope and dimensions of every individual are unique to individual, so spiritual experiences are also unique to individuals hence spirituality is the real individualism. The divisions that individualism are anthropocentric or human-centered and spirituality is God-centered is a fake division as human is creation of God so humans are expression of creation and are related or linked to God. When we say realize yourself as you are, in fact we are realizing the creation of God. On contrary we communicate to God, in fact we are linking to ourselves as our communications are circling around ourselves. Hence realizations, expressions, communications, acceptance, etc are ending to the same goal.
Wisdom is the product of realizations, communications, etc to self and God irrespective of the starting points. How are we certain enough about the spirituality as a face of wisdom? Spirituality is product of reason and practice. We can call it spiritual dialectic just like Hegel’s thesis, antithesis and synthesis, the spirituality is a synthesis of reasons and practice. What we are calling reason, is the principles to which a spiritualists are bounded while practicing spirituality. Why a spiritualist practice bounding to certain principles? It is just like a game where players, play under certain rules to be judged. In spiritualist practices, one is bound to certain principles to judge himself or know what he is? Certainly one is not so shallow that could understand self just by certain choices but one can understand self when one start an adventure of self. All the principles which make the practice, rational are based on calculated discipline which is justice to self and society. One can call it natural morality, which measures behaviors. Here the self become evident by resisting the natural morality. Keeping all these in view, the spirituality becomes an adventure to discover self but not randomly. It is an adventure under reason and by practice. Similarly, knowledge is ability to judge so adventure in discovering self make the judgment strong so the spiritual become a source of wisdom and wisdom is a level of spiritual experience. Judgment, discovery and synthesis are core of wisdom and tools of spirituality. Spirituality’s motivation is love but it is not a blind love. It is a competitive love based on principles to discover self.
Conclusion: Though, spirituality is driven by love but is based on principles to discover self. As self is unique to individuals so we can’t delineate the spiritual experiences. What is certain is that we can benefit from its products and that is wisdom.