Question: I have two questions to ask…
1. Is spirituality real??? I mean are spiritual people real in their experiences or are their experiences just hallucinatory. I mean I heard that swami Vivekananda said that it was a hallucination story when Ramakrishna paramahamsa said about kali. But when he put his foot on Vivekananda he felt the room was rotating and so on…was he hypnotized or was it his hallucinations???
2. I feel that being a family man is really satisfying for anyone. But I saw some people who are married have wealthy situation but still leave their wife, children for spirituality. They say it is entanglement or suffering or dhukka.What is that I mean I don’t understand.I was with family in child hood and now with my family I feel happy???Even siddartha was a prince beautiful wife ,luxurious life but still left them.May be he saw a old man,corpse etc… Everyone seen them in thewir life….i mean I don’t quite get it…
Or am I wrong correct me ,,,If???
Answer: Yes, spirituality is AS REAL AS YOU ARE. If a scientist goes crazy in pursuit of some scientific theory, we admire him, praise him as a role model. But, why do we undermine/disapprove a yogi who dwells into the science of mind? People ask for proof, but they don’t even pursue it deep enough to understand even the basics. It is like asking to proove a science theory, while not wanting to learn/understand that very science…how it possible then? Read Patanjali Yoga sutras, or the ‘Raja Yoga’ by Swami Vivekananda in his complete works, you’ll understand the science behind it. How you understand spirituality depends on your level of spiritual maturity.
People fall into 4 categories:
1. People who are totally ignorant of spirituality (or maybe very little knowledge/belief. they think it is not relevant in/to their lives anyway). They don’t believe anything exists beyond what is perceivable with the 5 senses. For them spirituality is waste of time. Their priority is wordly accomplishments and they spend all their life in the pursuit of wordly pleasures.
2. ‘Aarthi’ and ‘Artharthi': Strongly religious person seeking God’s help either to save him or for fulfilling his wordly desires…but not really seeking God for God’s sake. They are either ‘begging’ or ‘bargaining’ with God all the time. They are happy in their own little world of religion…don’t seek to change and are strongly fixed on what they believe in…they are NOT open to listening to anything which opposes their understanding of God.
2. Jignasu/Seekers: Their minds constantly seek answers to many questions which the physical realm cannot explain. They are not satisfied with whatever science can explain…they start suspecting that there is something more and beyond what the senses can detect…so they go on a quest. This is the category where people REALY start exploring even crossing the boundaries of religion. It would be a true blessing to find the right guru at this stage in order to stay on the right path.
3. Jnani or masters. They have complete knowledge of the Truth.
There is nothing wrong with falling into any of first 3 categories…it is just where they are at. We are all jeevas who are going through this life-death cycle knowingly or unknowingly shooting towards the same final goal…only difference is each one is at a different stage. All of us appreciate/enjoy a ripe fruit; however, we cannot hate the little raw fruit for being like that and say that raw fruits must not exist…it does not work that way!
Different people embrace spirituality at different levels because of what they are internally. A person is not ALL what you know or see of him just in this life alone. He is sum total package of innumerable past lives. It is his total vasanas, karmas(prarbdha most relevantly) and most importantly how far he has come in his spiritual journey is what differentiates one jeeva from other. Just the sight of a dead body triggered vairagya in Prince Gautama, while it does not impact us as much because we are not there yet. When it take 100 blows to break a rock, it is not just the 100th blow that breaks it; you have to take into consideration all the 99 blows too!
It is foolishness to think sanyasa is farce or is wasting one’s life. There is one whole chapter on ‘karma sanyasa’ in Bhagawat Geeta. It is the next stage following ‘karma yoga’. Why does one pursue grihastha ashrama? for happiness…right? when one reaches a state where they realize that true happiness is not in this temporary wordly pleasures, there is no necessity for them to hang on to all these wordly objects and relationships. It is called ‘vairagya’…please note, it is neither hatred towards physical pleasures nor it is depression. It is rather a dispassion. It is like how a toy is so dear to a child while it means nothing to an adult who matures beyond it. When vairagya is reached, nothing can hold/bind them. It is like how a fruit automatically drops off from the branch when it is ripe enough…no one can stop it. What is the purpose of karma and bhakti yogas? It is nothing but sadhana for reaching that state of detachment…they are like training wheels. Just like you get rid of training wheels after learning how to ride the bike, you can drop the karmas thereafter…it does not make sense for them to stay involved in karmas because their source of happiness is elsewhere. Even if such people do karmas it is out of compassion/love or because it is their duty. As per our scriptures, a person seeking to become a sanyasa must seek permission of his parents…that too only when he is mentally deemed eligible for it…but absolutely not until that stage of maturity is reached.