1000 petals by axinia

the only truth I know is my own experience

3 questions about YOUR spiritual practice September 23, 2007

Filed under: innocence,joy,personal,Religion,spirituality,thoughts,world,writing — axinia @ 2:04 pm

 

There are three simple but fundamental questions that we can ask, to learn whether a spiritual practice is true of false.

1) Does the practice aim to enslave you or to set you free? Are you expected to labour as an apprentice for ever, or are you expected to become a real master of yourself and so liberate your true spiritual being?

2) Does it give you control over the whole of your subtle system? Not just a sensation here and there, or a limited set of spiritual powers, but a complete, interlocking and verifialble toolchest of techniques and guidelines which deliever consistent results every time you use them?

3) It is a business? Are you asked ot pay money to progress in your spirituality? Is there a hierarchy of practitioners, and a document which claims to certify your ability?

Real yoga (union with Divine) does not seek out celebrity practicioners or try to glossily market itself to entice more followers. It is not trendy or fashionable, is not sold through smart advertising and smooth talking sales pitches, does not charge significant sums of money for progress to new levels of experience, does not promise enlightenment for a fee.

Real yoga comes from the ancients forests of time. It is differencial, humble, quiet and hard working. It makes no promisses and tells no lies. It has no quick, glib answers, nor does it sell itself with slick organisation and designer brochures.

Real yoga is within you, locked in your subtly system, and when you find it, it is your success that is the triumph, not the form of yoga or the Guru that took you there.

Self knowledge is the gift at the top of the tree, the ultimate personal achievement.

from “Meditation” by Nigel Powel

 

16 Responses to “3 questions about YOUR spiritual practice”

  1. Sunshine Says:

    at times, i feel i am enslaved to the practices of the belief i am in of which it makes me unspiritual. at times i feel it is a duty or responsibility rather than having the freedom to do things at heart.

    wish to know and practice real yoga — though i really haven’t tried even once. but would love to.

  2. axinia Says:

    dear sunshine – if you wish, your true desire will be fulfilled one day! desire is a great power, and sooner or later it brings us there… all ym love to you!!!
    PS. – it is great that you recognise these things about your belief system.

  3. Jak Says:

    pretty good system you have there. i like it. i am one of those growing outcasts who kind of defines their own religion, but at the same time cannot define it in a satisfactory way to others. i like to bring in spiritual practices from other religions believes and incorporate it into my system of spirituality. ill have to give these questions some time to see where i fit.

  4. IGOR RUFO Says:

    its very interesting your koments

  5. GrantTLC Says:

    I’ve spent twenty-one years exploring spiritual ideas, looking for something that at first I couldn’t define…I rebelled against traditional religion early – I left the Christian church to escape precisely the feeling of being chained and controlled by ideas I didn’t care for and couldn’t reconcile. Wind forward a few years of hopeful agnosticicism and then Spiritualism entered my life. Since then I haven’t looked back; it gave me the freedom to choose to act according to how I felt inside, not because some higher power demanded it.

    But recently even that has changed…I read A Course in Miracles and, Jesus aside, found that the central message of everything being an illusion – even the higher realms – made more sense than anything I had read previously; the only thing that makes any sense in this world/universe/plane…is action taken to awaken from the illusion and return to our true state at the side of the creator. Is that what you would call ‘Real Yoga’?

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  11. Darlita Says:

    Mmmm… my roommate says the same thing you have written here. I especialy like this part:

    Does it give you control over the whole of your subtle system? Not just a sensation here and there, or a limited set of spiritual powers, but a complete, interlocking and verifialble toolchest of techniques and guidelines which deliever consistent results every time you use them?

    What would accomplish that I wonder?
    D.

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  13. Indian Fakir Says:

    tell me about it !

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