Preaching appears to be a regular feature in modern forms of religion and spirituality. Religion and Spirituality can prosper through teachings and hand-holding, when there are seekers and interested people who want to know Reality. But preaching is the negative aspect of Guidance where flare is used as a selling and influencing mechanism to attract larger crowds using religion as a pretense. Preaching has less to do with spirituality and more to do with pomp and gimmickry.
Mental health is vital for smooth functioning of life and for the highest attainment of life that is god-realization. However in the modern world, there are many fundamental aspects of the mind ways that are considered normal but which are far away from normal. The 4 defects need to be understood and corrected by accepting suitable mental and spiritual discipline, if we are to progress towards the highest reality.
The Mind is the instrument that reflects life or consciousness. The constituents of life are enlivened by the functioning of the mind. Unless Mind is understood through awareness, meditation and higher understanding, it cannot be grasped. The purified mind can be engaged towards understanding the Nature of mind. Spiritual discipline is a tool that is used to reform and refine the mind.
Success is the buzz world that triggers almost all activities of the world. Defining Success in line with the general world's consideration is to simply define stress, strain, tension and worries. We have seen that the so-called great one's recognized as successful wilt and decay under pressure to perform and repeat their success. What value does such success have? It is high-time that we redefine success and consider it, in tandem with spirituality. Defining Spiritual Success is a very intelligent thing to do in these current times of worldly stress.
Enlightenment cannot be forced. One can take up spiritual practice for elevation of consciousness. Enlightenment is the end of all endeavours. It is the final resting into one's own original nature. You can get prepared to witness the sun rising. You have to make yourself available for the sun rise. You cannot make the sun rise, it shall happen on its own.
Money has its benefits. But if it overshadows the very principles that govern life, what value does it hold? Only if money is utilized for spiritual growth can it be considered of any value. Its a different thing that today money is used as a resource to corrupt the very values that hold society.
Understanding World History with Truth and fairness is the first step towards spiritual awakening. The fallacy of man is to take for granted one's freedom without bothering to bring about a course change as one is heading in the wrong direction. Our stance in the world should reflect the status of Truth so that a change within oneself can effect a change in the world.
Freedom has many connotations. No freedom can truly be realised without the realization of the spirit. Realization of spirit is the basis of true freedom. There are many aspects of material life which leads to utter bondage. Spelling those out becomes vital if consciousness is to be directed towards its final release. Only in Spiritual freedom can true freedom be completely realized and lived.
An understanding of the modes of material nature is important for understanding the levels of consciousness in which humans have existed and shall continue to exist. When the modes of material nature such as Sattva, Rajas and Tamas are clearly understood, it shall open up a contemplative mindset, which will help us in our own standing ,providing us useful tools as we go along, on the path towards the Self.
Many people feel that Spiritual discipline or Sadhana is not meant for people who have a lot more to see in life. Most people associate Sadhana with religion or faith. But there are valid and more important arguments that need to be considered for every individual, so as to follow a spiritual discipline pattern at the earliest. Interestingly, spirituality, common sense and pure intelligence are different names for the same facet.