DISCUSSION ON SPIRITUALISM, PRINCIPLES OF SPIRITUALISM, UNPRINCIPLED ACTIONS OR KARMA AND GREY AREAS IN OUR LIVES.
Adopting a way of life with freewill
Just transcending boundaries
No inhibitions of any scriptures
Selection of journey is not forced
Through some injunctions or some laid down method
These are followed with pure intentions
With purity in action
Purity in convention
Purity in perception
Adopting righteous path bereft of any inhibition
With a positive desire to excel
Not losing sight of positive attitude
Humility and compassion aplenty
Along with doling out from the pool
Of possessions and knowledge
With full trust and belief
For unity of self with that of universe
Expecting little or nothing in return
Resulting in acquiring equanimity
And eternal peace in plenty
Eternal bliss is the final outcome of all these pursuits
The impediments of all these are unprincipled actions
Malice towards others, anger and greed for others possessions
These negative traits retard
Our spiritual march any further.
SPIRITUAL JOURNEY IS A FREEWILL ENDEAVOUR
Spiritual journey is free-style endeavour – just without any inhibition, no string attached. No laid down norms followed, no methodology or particular procedure followed while we take the route of spiritualism. Whatever suitable and convenient way is good and ease with which we can follow the sojourn is appropriate for us.
First of all, we should be able to understand spiritualism. SPIRITUAL principles are based on truth, pure consciousness, pure knowhow, pure perception, pure conception, doing everything without let or fear, pure desirability, righteousness, compassion or kindness, love and renunciation without any inhibition of any kind etc. In other words, whatever the path we follow, we do it truthfully, systematically and with enthusiasm, desire; freedom; liberation; positive attitude, compassion, with a sense of sacrifice, giving away possessions in excess of one’s own basic necessities without any expectations in return, living purposefully following moral turpitude, unity of self with universe, contributing holistically for the upliftment of body, mind and soul enabling and empowering, enrichment, commitment for enduring peace and happiness besides eternal bliss.
The spiritual path is traversed with good traits like compassion, humility, gratitude, trust and integrity. Everybody would like to cultivate these and make these applicable in their lives. By doing so, we attach meaning and significance to our lives. Now love, wisdom and compassion are the spiritual principles. These add luster to our lives and make us sublime and provide peace and equanimity in our life. When inner and outer harmony manifest in the form of true understanding and acceptance, preference will align with principles dear to us.
We have to shift our focus from self centeredness to encompass more than our identity of some faith or the other, transcend things that limits — we’ve to aim for coherence. Cultivating balance leads to peace of mind. Spirituality is the movement of peace and it springs from our own inner equanimity. When our inner and outer harmony manifests in the form of understanding and acceptance, preference will align with principle. Truth wins at the end though untrue preferences may be in any dimensions.
What is good for one may be bad for others. In spiritualism there are some rituals which are not liked by some people but are being followed by some. There are the ones which has not stood the test of time such as ritual of sati is not longer followed now as was being done before hand. One believer may follow certain way of prayer while other may follow the other one. It is termed as spiritual preferences.
UNPRINCIPLED WAY OF LIFE / NEGATIVE TRAITS WHICH TAKE US AWAY FROM SPIRITUAL PATH
We know how some of colleagues in our offices steal, hide, withdraw some important document or information in order to put other in disrupt and present the same as theirs in order to earn some brownie points and in the process lower others’ esteem. We also hide tax related information so as to save some money. Or hide cash in some parts of the tax havens to earn more and escape from the tax net. Recent Panama leak has exposed a systematic crime and corruption besides tax evasion of gigantic proportion. This leak has also highlighted behind the iron curtain secret deals which are fishy in nature.
If we just ignore unprincipled behavior means we are siding with the wrong doers and it is also self-evident that our ignoring unethical transgression hardly means it will just disappear in thin air. It remains here and kicking. For its eradication some tangible steps are needed besides ignoring wrongdoings also tantamount to supporting these ignoble acts of omissions and commissions. Ignoring a danger hardly means the danger is removed from our midst.
It has been seen that if we gloss over or look the other way after seeing something fishy means we ourselves are part of this non-transparent deal. This grey area is the black spot which needs to be curbed and and loophole plugged. If there is a fishy transaction, it should be brought to light. Some may say, they were ignorant, not knowing the exact position. Others may just say why he, of all the people, should come forward and point finger? If everybody thinks so, then, sure enough, unprincipled people will have a field day all the times.
When unethical behavior such as lying, cheating, stealing, hoodwinking and other violations take place due to our own then what? When we deal with people to whom we do not know, it does not pain much but when it comes to in our own bosom friends or in our most near relations then it falls under the category of grey areas and thus is most glaring. In daily discourses we come across such ill-conceived behavior almost on daily basis.
That which goes against our conscience is considered unethical on individual’s standpoint. It may also be unethical for community as a whole. Further whatever comes stemming due to fear of our karmic force; that if I act in a particular way, it may not be good for me overall. May be wisdom also comes in the way of action and if we act otherwise then that course may not be good for all.
We usually err because of our own judgement or a situation in which we are placed. We may err sometimes because of own judgement. Or due to our deliberate negligence or may be due to following some irresponsible way. We may think it to be right course of action but other may take it otherwise. There are injunction for doing a thing like sexual immorality is considered a sin and should not be resorted to. Gray area include; drinking, smoking, gambling, dressing in a way we want, viewing any movie we like. Err, slip-up, blunder, intentional-mistake are due to situation or condition in which we are placed.
All the creations by our creator are lovable but to discriminate on the basis of religion or caste, colour etc is not good. We become judgmental about others without thinking that all are created by our lovable Creator and He has gifted all air, water, sun equally with no bias. Our conscience may say something to be in order but it is also a fact that our aptitude, faculty or intuition or judgment may not be able to decipher good from bad sometimes. Moral judgement are driven from value system. When we commit a mistake, our conscious does not permit it because we think that our actions are contrary to the moral values. Or our actions are falling under negative trait.
WHAT IS SPIRITUAL PREFERENCE
We may prefer one set of methods for our prayers which is contrary to others or may be that is not in sync with the general spiritual principles. Then what? Would we be sticking with our own preferences or shift our gear to spiritual principles which are time tested. Which way we follow in real sense of term depends on our own aptitude and our own decision according to the situation in which we are placed.
GREY AREAS IN OUR DAILY LIVES
There are in fact grey areas in almost the aspects of our activities in one form or another. There are certain way of doing something which may not be in sync with rules and conventions of the community in which we are living. But all is still not lost. There are some areas where balance is to be maintained by us. Compare the behavior of two entities; a known astrologer and a unknown bus conductor. I happen to e-contact an astrologer and wanted to know about answer to my query: Whether our hard work could change our destiny? The answer to this query was prefaced as: ‘You’ll have to pay Rs. Three thousands for every question asked! Also on a visit to my relative, I had on me Re. one less than the actual fare of Rs. 10/-. He accepted Rs. 9/- and gave a ticket for Rs. 10/-. Contrast it with the action of astrologer and the bus conductor.
There are the parents who are ill-treated by their offspring in their oldage. This is a disgrace. The children should introspect, how the parents had brought them up. The father eked out a living and the mother sweat at home. She slept in the wet part of the bed but kept the child in the dry part. How and why do the children; when they grow up just forget? Some parents also do injustice with their grown up children. For instance if two children of a parents are there, one is provided every rights of ownership of the household but the other one woefully is divested off all the possessions and expelled from home without any plausible reason or rationality. Is it justified, too? This too is a grey area in our society which requires a relook.
There is no doubt that man is errs, but in doing so, he sometimes acts unethically thus tarnishing his image not only his own eyes but also in the eyes of general public. It is double whammy since firstly the person concerned knows that his act of stealing others’ possessions is wrong and secondly when people come to know about it, it becomes all the more difficult to save his skin.
- Discriminate humans on the basis of colour. and region besides castiest attitude. The sham of racism is really a black spot and a slap on our face who tend to be civilized yet discriminate because of colour!
- To deceive others by heaping with white lies.
- Show disrespect to our older members.
- To show innocence where none exists.
- To show to be truthful where none exists.
- Drunk with pride and ego.
- Children not been taught the value system from their childhood.
- To most audaciously tell lies for gaining sympathy of others.
- Being thankless for others’ bounties to us.