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.
The world that we see around is not really the way it appears to our senses. There is more to it than meets the eye. The reality of the world is covered by the power of Maya. This Maya makes the world appear and disappear. We as jeevas or living entities view creation which in itself is a setup of Maya and hence, there is a clout that covers the real picture present behind Maya. Our understanding is clouded by Maya. It will be interesting to understand how Maya creates the imagery that we are all used to which forces us into coming to the conclusion that what we see, hear, touch, smell and taste is real. The reality cannot be further than this.
It is needed to look deeply into the stories from the Puranas, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. there is more to it than meets the eye. Lord Krishna represents Bhakti. However the character of Sri Rama is dualistic. It stands for the equal-eyed Jnana and also to the partial Bhakti aspect. If we do not see the deep philosophy of the stories of our Puranas, we shall miss out the greatest lessons of life. Looking deeper at these stories can trigger our intelligence and prevent us from committing great mistakes as we continue to live in this mortal world.
Advaita Vedanta is direct perception. If we apply intelligence through the process of directed investigation, Advaita Vedanta points directly to our Nature, our Reality, shredding to pieces the many veils of ignorance that presents itself before us as the World.
Certain small areas are not looked into as we try to fine tune our spiritual practice. We often meet roadblocks and although we try to progress in our spiritual journey it is surprising to see that we have not moved an inch. Looking at praises and insults from a spiritual angle becomes very essential to take that giant leap towards perfection.
The word sin, is most often abused as a word of convenience. If I do not like someone doing a certain thing, I would end up saying that, a particular person is sinning. He is going against the commandment of God. Its high time that we as a civilization mature and understand the real significance of the word "Sin"
Sanatana Dharma is the most advanced science, which is far beyond the reach of the material sciences which we know off. There are many dimensions of consciousness which lie far beyond the five senses which function only in the earthly platform. When our perception is enhanced through specific processes,of Sanatana Dharma we can develop the ability to travel to those dimensions.
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.
The principles of Bhagawan, Jeev and Maya are the only three principles that are behind the creation, maintenance and dissolution of the universe. Other than these three principles there is no fourth principle. If one toils enough to absorb the philosophy of these three principles, spirituality becomes easy. Understanding these three principles, one would have understood the building blocks of all spiritual life.