-- What it is
SPIRITUALITY: ITS NEED
Wheresoever one may turn, one finds
extreme tension, anxiety and suspense prevailing everywhere. The root cause
of this universal chaos is restlessness in individual minds. Man has made
tremendous progress in various spheres of life, but unfortunately has not
cared to know anything about the spirit within and is altogether ignorant
about it. He has unravelled the mysteries of the starry welkin, sounded
the depths of the seas, delved deep into the bowels of the earth, braved
the blinding blizzards of snowy Mount Everest, and is now out exploring
space so as to establish interplanetary relations, but sad to say, has
not found out the mystery of the human soul within him. He has always ignored
the question of questions and has studiously avoided the vital issues of
life regarding self-knowledge, or the knowledge of the soul, as of no consequence.
A person may possess all the riches of the world, but if he does not know anything about his own soul, it is all in vain. The ultimate purpose of all knowledge is that one should know oneself. A Muslim divine, in this context, pronounces:
"The be-all and end-all of knowledge is but one,What a pity it is that we have made wonderful progress in all walks of life, but woefully lack self-knowledge, in the light and life of which we actually live and have our very being. By ignorance of the vital reality in us, it is no wonder that we have made fools of ourselves. Christ also spoke of the same thing: "What does it profit a man to gain possession of the whole world and to lose his own soul?"
That one may know the real worth of one's soul,
Thou knowest the value of everything else,
But what a folly that thou knowest not thine own value."
"O seekers after God! you have lost God,In such a sad predicament, Master-souls come into the world, from time to time, to lead the erring humanity. Their message is one of hope and not of despair. They come not to break the law but to fulfill the law-the law of Redemption through Grace. They have unbounded love for all the religions and utter not a word against any. On the other hand, they try to reorientate all religions alike, transfuse fresh blood into their anemic vitals, resuscitate the decaying nerves and tissues, infuse a glow of life-impulse and to restore them to the high pedestals from whence they have fallen. They simply give the correct lead and point to the right path, which lies within and not without, the path that is the most ancient (Sanatan) and is coeval with creation itself, and which is the most natural (Sahaj). It is the Path laid down by the Creator Himself and is not man-made. They tell us that God exists and that all religions, as made by man, have one object only: an approach to God.
You have lost Him in the very whirlpool of the senses."
"Together do the two dwell in close association, in the same abode.In other words, it may be said that the bride (soul) and the bridegroom (God are lying together on the same bridal bed, but have not, through the ages, seen each other's faces.
But strange as it may seem, the two have never conversed with each other."
"On the one and the same bed lies the beloved, but woe betide the spouse that snores deeply while the consort watches over her all the time." --Suhi M.5All religions, in course of time, unfortunately, lose sight of the original idea and become just a code of social conduct or at the most a compendium of ethical and moral principles. Saints, therefore, do not interfere with fossilized remains of the religions, for many, of necessity, must conform to and live in one or the other social order. They point to the original common ideal of all religions: the Inner Path leading to God, and tell us how to reach God.