What is Spiritual power? (The Spiritual Awakening) According to me, it is that inner awareness and the capability to awaken our minds from the ignorance that we are solely body and mind, and nothing more.
That something more, which we become aware of at some point in our lives, is the spirit. It provides us with the insight of knowing beyond our five senses, of the physical world. We are all endowed with different levels of spiritual, psychic and physical fields of energy which give us the ability to evolve and transform into our unique individualities.
The Upanishads of ancient India called the spirit ‘Brahma’ or ‘Brahman’, which encompasses the universe and remains constant, indivisible and intact. Therefore the relative forms of the body/mind keep changing, but the spirit, as the witness, continues to watch in an absolute, unchanging manner.
The essence of spiritual recognition and consistency in whatever we perceive is revealed only if we are consciously aware of our own self. Aware energy is that primordial spiritual power, which takes the mind beyond sensory perceptions into perceiving the unknown intuitively and creatively but spontaneously, without analyzing. It is free and self-sustaining, dealing with areas of consciousness beyond the limits of personal identity.
This, as we understand it, is the power of the spirit. As the absolute cosmic energy, while manifesting in the mind, it awakens us, making us conscious to experience life. It shows that everything we know, personal and the impersonal, God and the devil, absolute and the relative all represent zero when considered in their oneness. Meaning until and unless the material and the spiritual merge back into their point of zero in oneness, there will be no solace.
The inner being is spiritual and the outer is mental. Both the spiritualist and mentalist are ignorant as long as they are separate. Our individual name, fame and knowledge have no spiritual meaning unless we dissolve with all as one to become aware and conscious and experience to realize this whole in its entirety.
I have been repeatedly saying that the mind can either be a friend or a foe, depending on the use we put it to. It is for us to choose, either in the reality of the present moment or back into past emotions and experiences. If we fill the mind with negative thoughts life becomes a burden. All achievements seem beyond reach, magnifying the stresses of daily living. If on the other hand, we think and act on positive thoughts, life becomes more fulfilling. Try and focus inwards and reap the rewards simply by watching through our spiritual mind (The Spiritual Awakening).
Acquiring spiritual bliss may not be within everyone’s reach; however those who are sincere in their efforts can achieve this objective by delving deep within and finding ways to overcome their shortcomings to lead fuller lives. It is imperative that we appreciate the gift of life we have been given. We must correctly balance our material wealth with spiritual wisdom in order to attain comfort for the body, peace for the mind and joy for the spirit.
A paradox is a statement or proposition that seems self- contradictory, yet true.
We live in a world of paradoxes, where things are seldom what they seem. This occurs in most aspects of our lives, since our existence is dependent on dualities in opposites. In order to define or understand anything, we have to rely on its opposite, and relate it to something meaningful. So what is real or good for one may be unreal and bad for the other. Life would have little meaning without experiencing both. The cycle of birth and death itself is a paradox; where death is not the end, but beginning of a new cycle of life. This is where paradoxes come in confusing and making us imbalanced and inadequate.
We as humans have been blessed with the power of choice. This blessing is also a curse, because choice creates conflicts. Material life makes us choose between any two duals, discriminate through our intellect all that will provide comfort and security in self-interest. Hoping this will give us everlasting health, wealth and comforts. In fact the more you have, higher the insecurity.
Do not try to always differentiate between what is good or bad, beautiful or ugly, but think of them as one, just as nature has meant them to be. Then you are in unison with nature; you will have a balance of both – material as well as spiritual.
In this concrete world of ours, with a life full of egocentric minds, we need to be aware and conscious, otherwise we are bound to deplete our energies, becoming mentally and physically weak. Spirituality guides us that even if you have to eventually decay, live a complete life where there is capital, comfort, contentment and compassion. Do not be indifferent to any; all are required for that fulfillment so long as you exist. You may not realize the equilibrium of oneness in the absolute, but centering towards that direction shall bring you joy in peace.
As Plato, the great Greek Philosopher said, “I am the wisest man alive for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing.”
Throughout life we are seeking happiness in some form or another; narrowing down selfishly to only being happy when you get what you want, otherwise not. Existentially, happiness is not an activity that you may seek; it is your basic nature. The more you pursue, higher will be the agitation, anxiety and apprehension. If you cannot be happy just as you are, you will never be happy. The paradox arises because we presume that both dual characters exist as two, in reality it is the absence of one, which creates the presence of the other. Meaning it is in the absence of happiness that sadness appears; both are in fact one in their absolute nature.
The road to inner freedom is not in words; they are essentially dual. Your true nature is in the presence of your being, awareness from one moment to the next. It is always free, being the infinite timeless and formless spirit.
Excerpts from “Spiritual Power–Being and Becoming”
| by Gian Kumar