Treasures of Spiritual Living

Updated on March 16, 2018
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Manatita is an esteemed author living in London, UK. He writes spiritual books, flash fiction and esoteric poetry, his favourite genre.

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From time immemorial, men and women of God have been coming into this world, at different times, to remind us of our divinity, our true Source. They have a few things in common: They all remind us of a Perennial Entity or Absolute which is called by different names – Father, God, Allah, Self and a few more as well.

They speak of a Kingdom of Heaven, a Nirvana or a place of bliss, which they say is our eternal home and without which we will not be happy. Finally, without exception, they set out a sort of prescription for us, so to speak, the adherence to which will ensure that we arrive at our destination. These are commandments, regulations or rules, or simply recommendations to practice on this journey to our eternal Home.

I will explore some of these sublime ideas and principles with you, in no particular order.

1. There is a Source and we all come from this Source of Love, or better still, are part of Its image and consciousness. This Source is essentially Spirit and so we are made in the image of Spirit.

2. The body is a necessary vehicle, which Spirit or God, uses in order to glorify Itself … in order for this divine Lila or game to take place. An invisible Spirit will remain birthless and deathless, but in order for manifestation to take place, it needs the form. That is the mineral, the vegetable, the animal, the cosmos and us, of course.

3. Man is essentially the soul, which is part of God and as such immortal. The soul is the divine spark that gives the body life and without it, we would simply be lumps of flesh. Dead, like what happens when the soul leaves.

“Has your soul a special mission? Yes. Your mission is in the inmost recesses of your heart, and you have to find and fulfil it there. Forgetfulness makes you feel that you are finite, weak and helpless. This is not true. You are not the body. You are not the senses. You are not the mind. These are all limited. You are the soul, which is unlimited.

Your soul is infinitely powerful. Your soul defies all time and space. Your special mission - which is the fulfilment of your divinity - is not outside you, but within. Search within. Meditate within. You will discover your mission.” –Sri Chinmoy

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4. Prayer. Prayer is an effort to lay hold of God Itself. As an entreaty, it reaches out to God for different things; as an act of surrender, it simply says, ‘Take me, for I am Yours.’ Prayer is necessary to expand the Heart, the spiritual Heart, without which the divine forces cannot enter.

Hence, prayer is very reliant on Love, self-giving, gratitude … all the things that soften and enriches the being, purely to prepare it for the inclusion of a Higher Light (Grace). Grace is God’s goodness and God’s mercy. This includes the constant acts of forgiveness from the Divine for our wrong actions.

Truly speaking, we cannot help anyone, we can only serve and so service is done for us, just as much as it is done for the object of our service. God-men say that we should be grateful to those we help, as they are giving us an opportunity to make progress.

Prayer is both vocal and silent. Guruji teaches that when we speak, God listens and in silent prayer, God speaks and we listen. Remember though, that Spirit is omnipresent. Where can It go? It is always here, awaiting our receptivity or an invitation, if you like.

5. Grace – that which transforms our nature. Grace is rather like sunshine, if we keep our curtains open, then the sun can come in. Many of us as humans carry the veils of ego, greed, anger, lust and attachments and their by-products of insecurity, jealousy and fear.

Now rest assured that I do carry these things myself. It is simply a question of degree. Some carry it deeper or greater than others do and it is spiritual practices that make the difference. Still, each individual is unique before God and carries his/her own package. That is why we can only inspire, not help. As the Divine gives each according to his/her own receptivity and karma – the law of action and reaction, cause and effect.

That is why Sri Chinmoy’s aphorism below, becomes so meaningful to me:

“Be kind, be all sympathy, for each and every human being,

Is forced to fight against himself.” –Sri Chinmoy.

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Grace filters our inner vessel and transforms our nature. This makes us loving, compassionate, self-giving and more willing to sacrifice. Nevertheless, it brings with this a new kind of faith, confidence and Joy. However, in order to experience this, we need to get into the water; we have to swim.

That is to say, following the way of the cross. Prayer, service, loving our brothers and sisters as well as ourselves: humanity.

6. Meditation is the highest aspect of spiritual practice. It begins with focus or concentration, but with regular and disciplined practice, it leads to a vacant, calm and serene mind … to stillness and peace. How do we meditate?

One way is to sit with the eyes open, limbs, eyes and body relaxed, back straight and to look at an object, such as the flame of a candle. This is a very common one. Concentration is the ability to focus on a particular point, to the exclusion of everything else. Once an energy is concentrated, it steadies the mind. That is why, truly speaking, unless the mind is quiet, meditation does not really begin.

Meditation is like being at the bottom of the sea, says Sri Chinmoy. On the surface, there may be a multitude of waves, but below it is all calm, tranquil, and silent. Meditation is expansive, like the sky and concentration, when harnessed, is like a bullet going towards its target. Concentration is a precursor to meditation, which enlightens the soul and becomes very instrumental in assisting it to solve its problems.

Not that the problem may be different or goes away, but seen in the Light of Meditation, the approach to it changes and so it gradually dissipates. Here is an example:

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I do not meditate one morning before leaving for work. I experience a flat tire and I begin to scream ‘why me’ etc. I finally change the tyre after much stress, and then a few minutes later I run into a traffic jam. Finally, I get to work and I am late. The boss yells at me and I have a very bad day! All I can think about is 5.p.m so I can get away and go home.

The same thing happens the following day, only this time I meditated. Therefore, I am in a great space and calmly change my tire. I become caught up in traffic, but again I wait calmly and do not fret. I am late, but when the boss tells me off, I apologise. I say how sorry I am, that I will endeavour that this will not happen again. I then explain the tire and traffic situation and the boss is pleased. The result? I have a great day!

Ok. My Hub is getting a bit long. I hope that I have given you some pointers for spiritual living. We are all His and as such spiritual brothers and sisters made in the very image of God. We need the tools mentioned and more, to become receptive to the Higher Light. Consequently prayer, meditation and a life of sacrifice and self-giving are paramount for happiness. May the omnipotent One finds us worthy. Praise be!

-Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 16th March, 2018.

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    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR

      manatita44 

      4 months ago from london

      Yes... yes, you are so right. Yet nothing happens without Him; nothing happens without Grace ... nothing happens without selfless giving, gratitude, sacrifice ... these expand the Heart, giving us the essential receptivity to receive the Higher Light. This is crucial.

      A great and noble contribution my friend.

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      Michael-Milec 

      4 months ago

      As a most solemn privilege to a God's child is communication by prayer - a heart to heart conversation. Mainly it is a family affair being empowered by trusting of His Living Word " I will grant - do - for you whatever you may ask in my name... We do dare managing natural and supernatural manifestation the power of healing or loving, having compassion or creating/producing by our hands providing "our daily bread''. Authorized by close unity in prayer, His kingdom of God is ruling within our hearts, then through us is spreading wherever we shine as the Light of his life, thus changing our very ground into a beautiful venue once again to His glory.

      Soli Deo Gloria.

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR

      manatita44 

      4 months ago from london

      Doris James, I keep being intrigued by that name. Lol.

      Yes, some see visions and some are of the emotional bent and make it up. Souls vibrate differently and not seeing visions does not necessarily mean too much. In fact they can hold us back.

      Yes, the connection is everything! God literally takes hold of you to burn the cobwebs within; to transform the lower nature.

      The first time I experienced God there was so much Power! I didn't know what to do with it and so I tried magic. It really is quite significant to have a Guru and Guru took this from me quite quickly. I never tried that stunt again. That was 36 years ago.

      I experience God as Love. It is such an incredibly beautiful feeling! Sometimes I cry as I feel a universal love and I kind of share with everyone. Or perhaps God shares on my behalf. But here's is the thing, sometimes people in my own Centre come up to me and ask if I'm ok. So over the years I've realised that not everyone has the same experience. 'Nuff for now. Read by book or at least the chapter on Spiritual Experiences.

      Note that receptivity is the key. You can enlargen the Heart through constant service, gratitude and sacrifice in one form or the other. Also, do anything that will break the ego down. It is a barrier. Lots of Love, Miz.

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      Doris James-MizBejabbers 

      4 months ago

      A very good treatise on meditation and prayer, my friend. Sometimes the two are one, depending on the purpose. I've been meditating for over 40 years now and have never experienced the visions that some people claim to get from meditation. I do experience a feeling of connection, which is probably the most important feeling one can get from the practice. I believe the feeling of peace is from the connection, at least for me. Each to his own.

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR

      manatita44 

      4 months ago from london

      Yes. That is the trick. I have met many with good intentions and a start- stop approach in my 36 years of teaching meditation.

      Consistency is a very big help! Thank you so much!!

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      Eric Dierker 

      4 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Marvelous. There is so much magnificence in our joined lives. I must become more consistent in my practice. Thanks

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR

      manatita44 

      4 months ago from london

      Yes. Some families are meant to be together and share Karmas. Good on you. Good on him.

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      Nikki Khan 

      4 months ago from London

      Thanks Manatita ji!

      This is a great hub on spiritual journey of soul and some ways of living a happier life.Meditation and prayer are so important to keep ourselves calm and thankful even in hard times.

      I always try to start my day with prayer but at evening is difficult for me as I get lazy and go to bed early.

      But my husband does in the night, kindda divided in shifts to complete day and night prayers, he says all the time.Lol.

      Thanks for such an insightful hub.

      Bless you and have a great weekend ahead brother!

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR

      manatita44 

      4 months ago from london

      Thank you.

      On the devotional path, we establish a connection with the Master. He then does what is necessary for our growth based on how receptive we are to the Light ... the Higher forces coming from within. The goal is always transformation of the lower nature with the view of finally merging in God to become inseparably one.

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      manatita44 

      4 months ago from london

      Venkatachari Ji

      Very good and indeed excellent! Prayer is essential for the soul. Thank you.

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      Venkatachari M 

      4 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      A good analysis of the virtues of prayer, meditation, and other spiritual means of life. I offer prayers daily and experience the feeling of meditation also while doing so. It gives me much pleasure and satisfaction.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      4 months ago from Washington DC

      I fully concur, Manatita, although we follow different meditating means and I see each physical manifestation as a portion of god going through a lean process to determine what exactly we, as god, are. Neither changes the truth of neither our meditating practices nor perception of our purposes. We could converse long on these maters yet their truths would never change although they could merge into the zero (0) of every whole.

      You practice "quieting the mind" meditation for maintaining your stability in a civilized fashion; I practice "causation" meditation for discovering from where things came and to where everything go, yet they both brings one into a state serenity where they unite all opposites eliminating all reasons for rejections and attachments except for continuing the task required by our journeys.

      As individual manifestations we are whole entities separated from all other whole entities while still attached by "the silver cord" of what we call god with different responsibilities in life. With there being trillions of trillions of god facets every manifestation, seen and unseen, has the responsibility of demonstrating only one of those manifested facets some of which man will judge evil and others we will judge good but that is because we don't see far enough around the cycle to see we have once been where they are. We don't remember god is complete in itself and every different entity of god is complete except for god's "silver cord."

      From that realization every entity's purpose is to be who and what they are, that is, their particular facet of the spiritual god.

      Well written, my brother, and well said.

      Aloha

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR

      manatita44 

      4 months ago from london

      Thank you, Bill.

      I'm using prose in a more direct way - like I did 8 years ago - to say what I have been saying in poetry. It is an extension, yes, but the salient points are still there. Higher thoughts.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I am not one for organized religions. Never have been. But I do hold firmly to the belief that we are all spiritual beings having a human experience, and that spiritual connection is the key to our living together in peace in harmony. I believe in what you are saying, my brother.

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR

      manatita44 

      4 months ago from london

      Good on you, Gypsy. Nice one! More Peace to you.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      4 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      Gives a most peaceful feeling and I always begin and end my days with prayer. Blessings to you.

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