Signs of a perfect Jnani 1) A Jnani is a truly knowledgeable being. 2) His realizations coincide with that of the Shastras like Adi Shankara..
Oneness and Duality is deeper than what we perceive. There is no difference in philosophy, although the teaching might seem to contradict each other.
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.
It is important to understand the science of Mind and Consciousness from a technical perspective. This simplifies the science of spirituality and shall also enable interests in people who think that spirituality is the occupation of recluses and escapists. This is far from Reality. Taking a scientific view about spirituality, one can understand the basic components that can help one get more meaning into life as a process.
Spirituality is all about the soul's final destination. Our journey in the higher and lower realms of existence is our search for infinite happiness. The irony of this search is that we have been going in endless circles without finding the source of this eluding happiness.
Unless the science behind a subject is understood, the subject remains a mystery. The subject shall always be a challenge. Unless the mind is applied, a scientific study cannot be carried out. For consciousness to participate and to get directed one requires the mind to get totally involved. It is the mind that grasps a subject. Spirituality is no different. Without the mind being applied, spirituality can never begin
It is important to understand the various limbs of Yoga. Unless one understands these limbs of spiritual practice, one shall not be sure or ascertained about the proper spiritual discipline that one should take up. Understanding the nature of mind and its relation to the spirit as well as the world is important. Understanding Jnana and Bhakti in that context becomes vital.
Unless one refers the teachings of the Gita, the path to our spiritual origins shall remain obscure. many times people are enamoured by spiritual experiences of ther people and regard them as someone great because of their so-called experiences of the other-world. However the Gita clearly defines the characteristics of a truly enlightened being. The Gita becomes the ultimate book of reference for the sincere seeker. Studying the Gita under able guidance can help one getting embroiled in the clasp of charlatans. Gita ithus becomes an indispensable book of reference for the true seeker.
Sages are the pivot that hold people together. They are the source which ignite the spiritual fire amongst the population. Without sages the spiritual landscape of any region shall be barren. Without them, life would not have that extra dimension, the dimension of the spirit. Unless one is blessed by a sage, it is verily not possible to succeed in spiritual life.
Understanding the Gita, is an important understaking. The Gita is not a casual document, but represents the epitome, the culmination of all Worldly wisdom. Only a person who has discovered through personal experience that the world is not worth enjoying, shall develop a deep interest in this document. understanding the Path of Action and then the Path of Knowledge are the fundamental knowledge pillars of the Gita.