Being Spiritual

What does it take to be spiritual? Does it mean we have to wear ochre robes? Do we have to give up our jobs and work for the greater good of humanity? Do we have to move to the Himalayas? Well, we could. But there’s no guarantee it would make us any more spiritual.

 

Before we get into “being spiritual”. What is spirituality in the first place? If we were to put it in one word, it would be shantih, peace. Spirituality is about finding that shantih within oneself. It is the process of understanding what we seek outside, that shantih, really lies within each one of us.

 

Being spiritual,therefore,is about studying the laws of life, assimilating, internalizing, experimenting and finally, living them. Since every person is unique, each one has a different path to that shantih. What works for one, may not work as well for the other. Thus we have to discover our own paths to our goal of peace. Our responsibility is to unearth our God-given talent, develop it and dedicate it towards a higher goal. For the well-being of the family, the company and the nation. Above all, we must dedicate our talent to that unseen Force that blesses every breath we take. This is what makes our lives spiritual. We don’t have to do earth-shattering things and change the world. We only need to change ourselves.

 

Most people run away from spirituality thinking they have to give up the comforts of life when all it takes to be spiritual is the giving up of our negativities.

 

To be spiritual,we must focus on improving ourselves. We should dedicate our actions towards a higher ideal, develop a sense of identification with others and constantly think about and apply the laws of living.

 

Questioning and introspection are great ways to remain focused on the spiritual goals we set for ourselves. They help us become more aware of what we do and more importantly, enhance the availability of the intellect in day-to-day situations.

 

What we’re trying to say is that there is no ‘one size fits all’ formula on the spiritual path. What works for one, may not work for another. Each one has to find his own way to that shantih within. The goal is one, but there are as many paths as there are people. The means may differ, but the destination remains the same for all of us.