What is spirituality?
There are as many opinions and perceptions regarding what spirituality is as there are as many fish in the ocean, but did you know what spirituality is, is a specific state of being?
There are six fundamentals by which a person should live their life and follow if they wish to call themselves a spiritually enlightened person. Many people try and fool themselves, and they try and delude themselves by thinking or telling themselves that they are leading a spiritual life and that they are living within a conscious spiritual state. In contrast, their actual actions within this life and their actual intentions do not match that of an enlightened spiritual state.
We as humans have a very limited comprehension as to what spirituality is. Spirituality is a natural way through which you live life. Many people believe that because we are humans and because we have an animalistic side to us, we are free to explore this animalistic side and to give in to the wants, desires, and needs of the animalistic side that we have. It is important to bear in mind that spiritual awareness and awareness of the spiritual reality will not come to you if you live your life in an animalistic state of being. To be a spiritual person and be an awakened and conscious being, you need to give up and forget about your animalistic and physical desires.
It is impossible for a human being to reach a state of awareness and a state of enlightenment if they are a slave to and they are giving in to their humanly physical desires. A sense of spiritual awareness does not originate when a person lives in a more natural animalistic state of being, which is why a person needs to remove themselves from this state of being to reach spiritual enlightenment. If a person does try to justify their actions concerning their physical animalistic desires and they're still stating that they're able to live a spiritual life, they are merely fooling themselves.
To find the truth about spirituality, one does need to transcend and move past what your physical desires are. You need to transcend what you want on this earth. People tend to perceive things based on their own level of understanding. Every person's understanding is based on their experiences, needs, and the things they have to do to survive. Their level of understanding is very limited because it is based on their physical needs and their survival needs within this world. If your motivations for your actions are merely linked to your need for physical survival in this world and your desire for physical things and to attain specific things, then your actions are not of a spiritual kind. Most people base their spiritual understanding off of what their individual survival needs are and what their comprehension of life is however, in order to come to a spiritual understanding, one does need to in a way transcend and move past these survival instincts and survival needs that we have, as well as these physical desires and needs that we have to connect with the spiritual truth.
Most people's spiritual understanding is merely based on their temporary values and their temporary understanding of life. Spirituality, in essence, moves past and transcends any temporary needs, temporary wants, desires, and values that you might have. You cannot mold and shape and change what spirituality is in essence based on your personal experience that you're currently having. If that is what you do, you're merely fooling yourself. Any understanding of spirituality that is based on your current perception, your current wants, and needs is simply a distortion of what spirituality truly is in essence.
The thing is, we're all being deceived to some extent. In the bible they talk about how there is heaven and hell and how we have Jesus or God sitting on our one shoulder whispering into our ear telling us good things leading us down the right path, and then on our other shoulder we have satan and satan is whispering other stuff into our ear, and he is leading us down a separate path from which Jesus or God wants us to follow. We are given the tools to follow the right path, but we have influences in our lives misleading us and disillusioning us from what the right path actually is.
There are as many spiritual perceptions and views in this world as there are fish in the ocean. Still, there's only one ultimate spiritual truth at the end of the day. Any other understanding or concept of spirituality that is being presented to you is merely an illusion. It is simply something that is trying to distract you from the ultimate spiritual truth. Many people will think that they are on the correct spiritual path and that their path to spirituality is the right one; however, they're leading themselves down a very deep dark hole. For a person to connect with source consciousness and for a person to be fully conscious, aware, and spiritual, they do need to live their life according to the following six fundamentals that I will be mentioning. If they do not, they do not embody the essence of what it requires to lead a spiritual life.
What are these six fundamentals that you need to live your life by if you would like to call yourself a spiritual person or an enlightened being?
Karma is real, and karma exists. Karma is basically like this invisible entity that follows us throughout our lives. We cannot see karma. We cannot recognize karma when it is happening, and we're not necessarily physically aware of karma because karma is not physically comprehendible. Let's say karma is this invisible entity that follows you throughout your life. You do not see this entity. You're not aware of this entity, but this entity observes every single action and every single choice you make. This entity that follows you keeps tabs in a little notebook about every little thing you do. Every little action that you take and every little thought that you have.
What ends up happening is you might not think that a specific action has negative repercussions. You might try and justify your actions. You might try and justify your decisions, your thoughts, and your opinions based on your temporary values; however, karma recognizes the greater impact of those specific actions that you take. For example, let's say you are driving in the bushes with your car, you want to take a shortcut to your destination, and you see this field with flowers. This field is all green; this field is beautiful. There are likely a few insects that are busy living within the tiny flowers and that are alive on the ground. Still, you feel it is a better option for you to maybe drive through this field, destroy all the flowers destroy all the insects and the life that is on this field because you would like to get to your destination quicker. You might think nothing is going to happen, and there is no actual repercussion for that specific action, and all you're doing is just driving through this field, getting to your destination quicker. Karma, on the other hand, is observing that action that you're taking. Karma can see you weren't considering nature; in this instance, you weren't considering the life of nature. All you were merely thinking about was your desire and your desire to reach your destination quicker. You did not think of the impact of driving over these flowers and how it would kill the insects living in the flowers. You're merely just considering your end goal, which is getting to your destination quicker.
What will end up happening is you will receive your karma back in some form through this action. You might think to yourself that nothing will happen, and you might try and justify why you made the specific action, but karma doesn't listen to reasoning. Karma doesn't listen to your explanation as to why you did something. Karma looks at whether the action that you took was based on integrity, was based on humility, compassion, gratitude, and what was your actual intention in the end. Was your intention based on self-motivation and self-gain, or was your intention based on consideration for everything and everyone? To live life as a spiritually awakened being, you need to bear in mind that every action you take in this world does have a karmic effect. The effect that this action might have might not necessarily impact you directly immediately, but your actions have a ripple effect in the world around you. It is very important that the actions you take are based on consideration, compassion, and care for the world around you and for others because if the actions you are taking are not based on this, you are not following a spiritual path.
To reach a spiritual awakening, one needs to lose a sense of importance and attachment to the physical world, physical objects, and the material reality they have. Many people chase riches, chase money, chase physical abundance, and are not grateful for that which has already been given to them. To follow a spiritual path, one has to be thankful for every single thing that is presented to them, even if what is presented to you is not necessarily what you've desired in the first place. The fact that you are being blessed and being given something is fantastic in the first place. Some so many people don't get anything there are so many people in this world that lack abundance; therefore, every little thing you do have, you should be grateful for. If you cannot feel gratitude in your heart for the little things in your life even though you don't have the best things or the most amazing expensive things, it will be tricky for you to follow a spiritual path. To follow a spiritual path, you do need to let go of your attachments to that which you want to that which you desire, and you need to learn to harness gratitude in your heart for everything that is presented to you and given to you in life regardless of whether it was something you wanted or not.
To lead a spiritual life and have a high spiritual understanding, one needs to have a lessened sense of importance when it comes to themselves. Suppose a person sees themselves as more accomplished, more capable, more interesting, and just merely better than others. In that case, they lack humility, and they cannot lead a spiritual path if they approach life this way. To lead a spiritual path, one needs to see others as equal to them. One should not look down on others. One should not see others as inferior or weaker, and one should also not use others to their benefit. Humility, respect, and compassion when dealing with others are one of the most important things in leading a spiritual life. When a person makes other people feel inferior, when a person makes other people feel weaker, this specific person lacks spiritual awareness.
The concept of greed and the concept of accumulation goes against the laws of spirituality. If one wants to accumulate everything for themselves and accumulate all these expensive items, they lack awareness of how materialism leads to suffering in others. The reason for this is because, as you guys know, most of the money in this world belongs to billionaires, and if the billionaires had to share their money with the world, world hunger would end. Generosity is essential when it comes to leading a spiritual path. One's focus should not solely be on accumulation for the self. One's focus should be on accumulating to share and to improve the world around them. Those who accumulate to buy fancy cars, fancy houses, designer clothes, and rich items do not accumulate for a pure purpose. Their accumulation is merely focused on self-gain, and their accumulation is not focused on bettering the world around them. To lead a spiritual life, when you accumulate money or accumulate material things, your focus should not be on keeping what you have accumulated solely for yourself and improving your own life experience. To be a spiritual person, your focus needs to be on sharing that which you have gathered to improve the lives of others around you who might not have the means or the capability to accumulate that which you have collected yourself.
We must learn to forgive if we want to call ourselves spiritual people. If we are going to hold on to hate, if we are going to hold on to negative emotions within our hearts, we aren't necessarily following a spiritual path. Spiritual understanding is associated with an understanding that people do make mistakes, and along with that, there's also an understanding that every single human being, every single soul, and every single person is good in essence, they are just confused and also in essence brainwashed by their life their experiences and their thoughts. A spiritual person will not hold a person's actions or a person's decisions against them, and a spiritual person does understand that whatever a person does is merely based on their temporary experience and temporary values and thoughts. You cannot necessarily define who this person is based on that. If a person lacks this ability to forgive within their heart, they will struggle to follow a spiritual path in life.
What is your intention behind every single thing that you do? Is your intention based on personal gain? Is your purpose based on personal accumulation and more self-centered desires, or is your purpose based on creating love, happiness, and a beautiful world around you? Many people want to create an amazing beautiful life for themselves, and many people focus on merely creating only this beautiful life for themselves. They do not focus on the world around them. Suppose your intention is merely to create a reality for yourself through which you are satisfied through which you can meet your wants, needs, and desires and in which you can be happy. In that case, your intention is not necessarily in alignment with a spiritual path. To follow a spiritual path, your intentions should be to create a life that leads to happiness, prosperity, abundance love, peace, and just good things in the world around you and not merely in only your life and only your existence and experience. We are not in this world to merely live for ourselves and simply accumulate things to improve our own life experience. To live a spiritual life, it is essential to bear in mind that your actions and desires in this world should be focused on creating abundance, happiness, and a beautiful world around you for others and not just merely for yourself.