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Spirituality to me is the search to know our true selves, our identity and to discover the real nature of consciousness. This quest has been the foundation of all the great spiritual teachings, and the goal of all the great mystics. Throughout the history of humanity it has been said that the self we know is a very limited form of identity. Ignorant of our true selves, we derive a false sense of identity from what we have, or what we do — from our possessions, our role in the world, how others see us, etc. And to create an identity we tend to take up things in due course of time. It has been rightly said that ” The value of identity of course is that so often with it comes purpose”.Because the world on which it is based is continually changing, this derived sense of identity is always under threat, and our attempts to maintain it are responsible for much of our “self-centered” behaviour.

As already said before, behind this identity is a deeper identity, what is often called the “true self”. This can be thought of as the essence of consciousness. Although our thoughts, feelings and personality may vary considerably, the essence of mind remains the same. If you wake up at a different time, in a different place, could you wake up as a different person? The answer is No !! We are each very different people than we were twenty years ago, but still we feel the same sense of “I”. This sense of “I-ness” is the same for everyone, and in that respect is there something universal that we all share? Yes, our inner mind, consciousness, our souls and our sense of spirituality !!!

When we discover this deeper sense of self we are freed from many of the fears that plague us unnecessarily. Frances Moore LappeI once said ” I’ve grown certain that the root of all fear is that we’ve been forced to deny who we are”. The moment we realise that a greater inner peace, an inner security does not depend upon events or circumstances in the world around us, we become less self-centered, less needy of the other’s approval or recognition, less needy of collecting possessions and social status, and become happier, healthier and more loving people. In many spiritual teachings this is called “self-liberation”.

Most spiritual teachings also maintain that when one comes to know the true nature of consciousness, one also comes to know God. If God is the essence of the whole of creation, then God is the essence of every creature, and every person. This is why the search to discover the nature of one’s own innermost essence is the search for God.

Spiritual enlightenment is a must for every human being. And as we go on with discovering our own self, we discover our strength and weakness. And thus able to nurture all the little nuances of our life, making our life not only lot more easier but most importantly peaceful and happy. A coherent existence of mind and body is the ultimate mantra of peaceful life and the only way to attain it, is through spirituality.


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