The Purpose is to Attain Oneness!
Did you hear about that latest meditation and healing course, a friend asks you. You are all ears. No sooner does she start explaining the benefits of this new course- she obviously underwent it- you are quick to add about a variety of others that you have experimented with.
The chat goes on until you are able to talk in length about the vast pool of knowledge that you gathered during these years.
Such a conversation is quite common these days. In fact, more than one would expect, one comes across people in “spiritual social circles” talking about having tried their hands at different kinds of modalities.
Nothing wrong with that!
In fact, curiosity is a trait most intelligent humans display and, as people who are constantly seeking progress on their spiritual path, such exploration is not unnatural.
The journey to explore, try various things, for many, continues for several years. I have come across many practitioners who share how they followed a certain spiritual path for a few years until they found the one they settled with. I am not an exception either and my own quest to find the right path went on for more than 10 years until I found the one that I surrendered to completely.
But for how long? Is there a time limit for us to keep hunting?
Now before we come to answering that, let’s look within. Is this search a real thirst for knowledge and progress, or have we gotten into the habit of merely jumping from one course to the other?
“Spiritual shopper,” a senior teacher mentioned this term during a recent talk, while implying those of us who hop on to one train only to leave the journey mid-way, hop off and take the next, and so on.
So have you become a spiritual shopper?
You go for a course, curiosity takes you up several levels, and soon you find yourself doing the same with another course. Your focus shifts from your spiritual progress to merely gaining certificates. You find yourself, many times, engaged in debates on which course is good and which one is not; you advocate a few, criticize others. Now, if after years of experimenting with all these, you still see little or no progress, it is time you sit with yourself and make up your mind. It is time to reflect and see if you have become a spiritual shopper.
You are similar to that student who, after schooling, opted for commerce one year, jumped on to science another year and is now, perhaps, dabbling with arts- thereby failing to pursue even one stream. How will he ever be able to eat the fruit of the knowledge gained and reap the reward of his hard work?
Master Choa Kok Sui says the purpose of meditation or spiritual practice is to attain oneness.
How will you even get closer to the goal if you fail to follow your path with one pointedness and awareness? Spiritual progress needs dedication and, according to senior teachers, it could take several years and even lifetimes of sincere practice to attain illumination.
Coming back to the talk where the teacher mentioned spiritual shoppers, he drew our attention to the necessity of total surrender. Arhatic Yogis are well aware that devotion to the Supreme Being and reverence to the spiritual teacher is the first pillar of Arhatic Yoga. To progress on our spiritual journey, we start from the first pillar.
Lucky are those who experience total surrender. The knowingness that you’ve being taken care of, the faith that all that is happening to you is part of divine guidance and a plan, the peace and calm, along with the sense of purpose that it brings, cannot be explained through words.
Explore and be aware that not much will be attained until you commit. Leave the desire to win that war of words with people on how much you know.
Just accept, trust and dedicate yourself to the path. In lesser time than you would have thought of, dedication, devotion, commitment and all the other things you struggled for would fall into place.
A total surrender to your path is your home coming.