My friend Kabar posted a very interesting question on his blog:
Here is what he says:
“The deepest spiritual people that I know all have one thing in common: balance.
Perhaps balance is our most natural state and when we have that state we come into contact with our spirit?
These deep people do not pretend to be something more than they are. They are very comfortable within themselves and also very normal. I think that to be normal is a sign of high spiritual achievement. When people appear to be great or act like they are something more than they are, it is a clear sign of insecurity. If someone is great and deep that is what they are; they do not bother with trying to prove it to others. The greatness of their spirit is coming through them and they need not take credit for it.
Humor is another quality that I have seen in deep people. They are not afraid to laugh and do so often. No matter how much effort people put in to growing spiritually if they loose their ability to laugh then they are missing the big picture.”- continue reading here.
Kabar is calling out for inputs to this topic, please share your ideas on his blog or here, we both are really looking froward to your definitions!
Here is my humble try to define it:
“Your definition is very interesting and I think i know that you mean. however…you know, exactly what you give as the core qualities – balance, normality and humour – these are the basic qualities of my father, who has recently (finally!) started seeking but by all respect I cannot call him a deep spiritual person. But he fits your description perfectly! How come?
I suggest there must be some other things as well…I will try to contribute although my answer will be surely incomplete.
Basically, yes – balance is essential. Nothing is so great in someone swinging from left to right, from depression to domination.
Accepting people as what they are: welcoming everyone at heart and being patient, loving and compassionate same way to everyone…this seems to be essential. My favorite saint Hazrat Inayat Khan once stated that the real reason why people love to go and see some saints is not to get something like blessing, but to see someone who will accept them UNCONDITIONALLY.
“Glowing face” effect – it seems very important to me that the really deep person can be easily identified from the crowd just by his/her beaming, harmonious and peaceful face and overall appearance. He/she emits “THAT”. However the “glowing face” effect should not be mistaken for the charisma phenomenon, since charisma is something else.
Last but not least I would name “globality” in a person. That a spiritually deep one would have concern with the whole world, putting the enlightened attention on various world issues, and not only enjoying the bliss and peace within.”