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Spirituality Made Simple. Thursday's Homily for the Devout 19, to the Lovely (Misbah 786)

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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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Rungs on and Nature of the Path

There are numerous tiers or rungs, on the ladder of Spirituality and more than a thousand ways to worship. Each soul will choose a way which is conducive to its nature and calling and rightly so. Love is not the way that says this Path is right or wrong, as It is ultimately inclusive … all-embracing.

Whichever Path one takes, however, would still be like a section of the same river, leading to one Ocean of Consciousness, which humans call by many names, that is to say, Allah, Brahman, God or more. All different names for the Absolute –a perennial Entity, the Divine Ground from which all things came, live and have their existence … our Bliss or Delight (Sat, Chit, Ananda)

The Road Ahead

Spirituality is a very long road to travel. One which is known as the way of the cross by some in the West and the razor’s edge, in Yoga. Yet it needn’t be so, for as one develops, one learns the spirit of patience, gratitude, forgiveness and acceptance, and as such, the way of sacrifice becomes sweet. Nevertheless, it is a difficult Path. My spiritual teacher, Sri Chinmoy, describes it like this:

“Life’s perfection-road is very long, but the journey is richly rewarding.” – Sri Chinmoy.

“What is sacrifice? It is the discovery of universal oneness…for him who is embodied, action is a necessity, action is a must. Man is the result of a divine sacrifice. It is sacrifice that can vision the truth and fulfil man’s existence. In sacrifice alone, we see the connection and fulfilling link between one individual and another.” – Sri Chinmoy

The great Sage Sri Nisagadatta Maharaj says: “Give yourself to the Divine and the whole universe, will work with you.” This has been my own experience.

What is Spirituality?

Spirituality comes in numerous shapes and forms, all valid in their own ways. They have to be, as Spirit is everything! There’s nothing outside Spirit (Consciousness), and so whatever the Mother creates, including Lucifer, has a purpose. Nevertheless, in context to this article, I am only taking you to the river, so you can have a look at least … see if you are thirsty, that is all.

There comes a point in life, when each seeker begins to ask himself/herself/or other humans, the question of who am I? Why am I here? What is my purpose? After these significant questions, the seeker begins to look for something Higher, different and discovers, either through inner experience or Grace, that he/she/other humans, are souls manifesting or expressing themselves, in a human body.

I can feel the breath of Love in roses, even as they kiss my sacred Heart

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The Soul

The soul is part and parcel of a Higher Truth or The Absolute, and the body is the Temple, instrument or vehicle that it uses, not the other way around. Sri Krishna’s lofty sutra in the Bhagavad Gita, can be paraphrased as such:

“As a man casts out his worn-out garments and puts on new clothes, so too, the soul, casts off its worn-out body and takes a new form for manifestation.” Sri Krishna speaks here of reincarnation, but He makes it clear that we are souls. Sri Chinmoy says this more clearly:

“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.”- Sri Chinmoy

Sri Krishna continues: “Weapons cannot cleave the soul, fire cannot burn the soul, water cannot drench the soul; wind cannot dry the soul.” Bhagavad Gita. So, we see that the soul –you, are immortal.

The Goal of Life

“Your special mission, which is the fulfillment of your divinity - is not outside you, but within you. Search within. Meditate within. You will discover your mission.” – Sri Chinmoy

“Life is for the absolute satisfaction of God the Creator and God the creation. The meaning of life is to become inseparably one with God the transcendental Bliss and God the universal Peace. The meaning of life is to achieve unconditional self-giving and a self-giving will, at God's choice Hour, in the unhorizoned blossoming of God-becoming.” – Sri Chinmoy

Put simply, the goal of life, is to know God, fully, consciously, ceaselessly and unconditionally … to become one with this Higher Spirit or Consciousness, to re-discover our own true state of Bliss.

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Some Necessary Tools.

Whichever scripture you read, would speak of rules/instructions/commandments. They all include prayer, both verbal and silent, or perhaps we can say that they all include spiritual practices/Ibadah/worship.

Some we know: devotional prayers (Salat), chanting, breathing, dance, visualizations, meditations … adherence to Dhamma (Righteousness, duty, the inner code of life). Yet Ibadah or Worship is really life itself, the act of being conscious of Allah, in everything around us, within us and all we do. (Omnipresence)

Adherences to virtues can really help us: showing empathy (Reverence) for life, looking at things from another angle/view. This helps us not to judge. Selfless service expands the Heart (The spiritual Heart, not emotions), and will make us more receptive to the Divine Light or God’s Mercy (Grace) It also assists us with receptivity, so necessary to Grace and yet, it cannot be forced.

Our duty is to work and the fruits of work will appear naturally, at God’s choice hour. Gratitude to God, to man, for our lives is a great blessing and perhaps the greatest in spiritual living. It is the life-breath of God/Allah.

This article is getting long and so I will finish now. Here are a few tips: -

  • Make a shrine/alter/puja at home or where convenient. A table, cloth, candle and flowers, plus a picture or deity of your choice, should be placed on it.
  • Sit comfortably on a chair with your eyes half-open and practice focus/concentration, on the object of your choice. The candle flame is a good one.
  • Posture should be straight – allows the energy to travel up the spine – relaxed and with no strain on the shoulders or eyes. Practice in and out gentle breathing and keep the focus on the flame. One can also visualise or practice mantras with closed eyes. But Meditation is a conscious awareness of Something higher, deeper … not sleep. Do what feels best for you as a devotee of Light.
  • Summon the Light in your visualizations, and throw out the negative with the out-breath, drawing in Love or Peace with the in-breath. Do this for 15 mins early a.m. and last thing at nights. In the beginning, nature will help when its most tranquil. Om Shanti!!

Rabia of Basra

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Wisdom from the Seeress

"I was born, when all I once feared, I could Love." - Rabia of Basra

"How long will you keep pounding on an open door, begging for someone else to open it?" - Rabia of Basra

Rabia of Basra

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Comments

manatita44 (author) from london on March 01, 2021:

Chuckle, Mary.

Happy for you. God is blessing you with more time now. Sweet!!

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on March 01, 2021:

Each day is a growth in consciousness. I'm happy with this pandemic as I was able to growing my spirituality.

manatita44 (author) from london on February 25, 2021:

Bismillah! De nada. No hay de que.

Don't mention it.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on February 25, 2021:

Thank you so much for your kind words Manatita

May God bless you always.

manatita44 (author) from london on February 25, 2021:

Sukhran Habibi.

Allah is the Creation. We cannot love Allah without loving the creation. St Paul of the biblical scriptures, puts it like this: "How can you say you love God, whom you cannot see, unless you love man, whom you can see?"

I spend time with you, because you show much promise for one so young. You bend like the yielding tree and offer your leaves, flowers ... fruits. May Allah continue to bless and guide your life.

Yes, the Disciple and the Master, are like a tree and its branches. Both need each other. I need Allah for my Realisation; Allah needs me to express His Light and beauty in Its creation.

I feel honoured that you came. Jazak Allahu Khairan

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on February 25, 2021:

That is so beautiful dedication to me, every single word of the article made me feel so special. I was stuck in those beautiful quotes. you really honoured me manaita. I have no words to express, how good I feel.

Your kind words and affection towards others is very great.

I would say that "When we receive God's love, we are enabled through that love to love others." (this is for you)

Here I will mention a Hadith( hadees the words said by Prophet Muhammad PBUH)

A man once asked the Messenger of Allah:

“What people does Allah love most?”

He(The Prophet Muhammad) replied: “Those who are most useful to other people.”

Thanks for the lovely tribute.

You Honoured me a lot

and many many thanks to everyone who commented here

Yes Bill doesn't know me, so I will follow him now

I appreciate your effort Manatita

Jazak Allah

kind Regards and Blessings

manatita44 (author) from london on February 25, 2021:

Peggy, I just noticed. It's under Religion and Philosophy --Inter-denominational beliefs and Practices. That can sometimes be a problem. I sometimes unsubscribe there, as I get hundreds of emails to deal with. (This is note 2)

manatita44 (author) from london on February 25, 2021:

Sometimes, I respond to a comment before I'm notified. The process can be a bit like a mobile text. Most you see straight away and others take a while.

Glad you enjoyed it. It is a favourite thing of the Seers to say, many streams to the same Ocean, or many roads to Rome. Paths differ, according to the 'bent' of the devotee, but the ultimate destination is the same.

What's crucial is the 'inner hunger.' Without ambition, we cannot have Bill Gates and Warren Buffet's of this world. In the same way, when intensity is missing or weak in Spirituality, the road is still the same, but the journey much longer. Gratitude.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on February 25, 2021:

I enjoyed reading about spirituality and all the ways it can happen. There are many paths one can take. I have never believed that there is only one way. Enjoy your day today! For some reason, I did not get a notice of this article but found it in the feed.

manatita44 (author) from london on February 25, 2021:

Thank you, Pamela.

So happy you liked it! Your sweet comment and sentiment to Misbah is noted. Gratitude.

Assalamu Alaikum, my Friend, Rosina.

Much Gratitude ... much! Your kind sentiments to Misbah is noted. Sukhran.

Rosina S Khan on February 25, 2021:

Great prose about spirituality with lots of wise quotes. An excellent tribute to Mesbah! Thank you for sharing, Manatita. Blessings to you both.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on February 25, 2021:

This is an excellent article about spirituality. I love all of your suggestions. This is a lovely tribute to Misbah as well. I very much enjoyed reading, Manatita.

manatita44 (author) from london on February 25, 2021:

Thanks Bill,

I will encourage her to visit your super-excellent writings. Misbah is a young, energetic, loving and charming woman, with a love for writing, a touch of reticence and an adventurous Spirit. Thank you once again for being the first to grace this devout piece.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on February 25, 2021:

I do not know this person, but any friend of yours is a friend of mine. As always, a lovely tribute from the heart. May peace and happiness follow you both always.

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