What is Spiritual Life - how can I lead a spiritual life
What is Spiritual Life?
We all heard about spiritual life. What is spiritual life? Spiritual life is a life that connected with the human spirit, rather than the body or physical things. Spiritual has another meaning also. That is "connected with religion". We are not talking about the religion.
A man born on this earth has two life which goes together. When he lead a physical life, the spiritual life goes along with it. Many of them understand this. But very few find the true meaning of spiritual life and enjoy it.
Physical body is in constant need. There are three thing that guide the physical body. Girl, Gold and Glory. Sexual drive is the first and foremost thing that drive a man. As a child grows he becomes physically active and wanted to fulfill his desire of the body. He does many things to fulfill this desire. Then comes the Money part. To lead a healthy and wealthy life we need money. To earn or generate money we do many things. The main focus of our actions leads to gaining money. Then comes the Glory part. We wanted to be appreciated by our fellow beings. The main focus and related actions are mostly aimed at gaining these three things i.e. girl, gold and glory of an ordinary man.
In order to lead a good spiritual life, it is important that physical needs are to be met. A good family and nice income and good reputation in the society will fulfill this requirements. A good wife can fulfill your sexual desire. When he goes more of it outside the marriage leads to conflicts and leads to unhappiness. Likewise income generated through legal and genuine source is good and it will give happiness. When someone use illegal methods to earn money, it leads to unhappiness and unpleasant events. That is the way through which the sorrow enters into the lives of human beings.
For gaining spiritual growth one should not abstain from all these things. No need to live a solitude life. I am not forgetting that while abstaining all these physical things many enjoyed the spiritual life. But more fulfilling is to lead a spiritual life while enjoying all those things which are made for us.
The desire to attaining more than enough of the physical needs leads to spiritual emptiness. Human beings are designed to lead a balanced spiritual and physical life.
We give more priority to our physical growth and we ignore the spiritual growth. Learning about God and following rituals are mandatory in many homes around the world. Most of the people belonging to a religion and learn spiritual matters in their early age though spiritual institutions.
These efforts are good and helpful to learn about spiritual matters. As long as they teach the spiritual matters, they learn. But after their studies, they do the rituals and forget to implement that spiritual truths in their daily life.
How can we lead a spiritual life?
Spiritual growth starts with the self desire to grow. Self desire to correct oneself is the core of the spiritual growth. A constant endeavor to correct self behavior is the basic need of the spiritual growth. You can gain spiritual knowledge through the direct revelation from the source of spirit ( you may call it God, creator, omnipotent or omnipresent etc.) or you can learn it from the one who received these truths from God and pass it on to us. Jesus, Moses are examples of such persons who received spiritual knowledge from God and pass it on to us. Jesus taught us a good number of principles which we can adopt and practice in our daily life to grow spiritually.
You don't have to go to the forest or a lonely place to attain spiritual wisdom. It is available in the calmness of your living room or your back yard of your house. No need to visit a church or a holy place. It is available for everyone those who desire for it. We know about the first person who attained full spiritual growth. Enoch! Walking in close fellowship with God. He was the first know person who attained full spiritual growth. He was having a wife and children. He was leading a normal life. Still he maintained fellowship with God. That means he lead a fulfilling physical and spiritual life together. We have a spirit within us. It wants to walk along with the creator. It always wants to do right. But our physical needs and ambitions keep us away from the truth and justice. Our physical surroundings are a source to mold us to become spiritual. Surroundings will provoke you to turn to the physical world.
When you lead a spiritual life, others will start to take undue advantage from you. Which may case you to think over continuing your spiritual life. That is the testing time. Many will fall away and do what the world does as majority leads a physical life. You may think "How foolish I am to follow these teachings of the spirit". Do not give up. (Don't worry, spirit will compensate all those loses at the due time.) That is the time of testing. A time will come people started to respect you and stop taking undue advantage from you. People throng around you for advice and guidance. But this state of spiritual life is available to only those who are willing to correct themselves and lead a steady growth in different areas of their life. You need to control your physical desires.
Self awareness is must to lead a spiritual life. Constantly we needs to watch our thoughts and actions and control it. Our thoughts and actions may divert us from the spiritual path and go to the physical path.
Spiritual growth means attaining oneness with the God, The creator. The creator created us to lead a fulfilling life while knowing his desires for us. There are two kinds of spirits. One is evil spirit which lead us in the direction of physical pleasures and make us do evil things. It is the easy life. If we follow that spirit, it will lead us in to sorrowful events.
The good spirit wants you to do good. It asks you to do good. Spiritual life seems very tough for those who do evil. But it is the most easy life. If you learn to do the just and right thing, it is very easy. Do not do evil when you come under the pear pressure or majority pressure. Forgive others, do not lie, do not murder, do not cheat these are some examples of the advice of good spirit. We need to improve different areas of our life. When we improve our life as per the requirement of spirit, the creator will start to communicate with the spirit within you.
We know Enoch enjoyed a good relationship with the Creator. Noah also enjoyed a good relationship with the creator. Then we know about Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, Moses. They all had a spiritual side in their physical life and communicated with the creator through visions, dreams and sounds. Spending time in mediation is a good way to communicate with the Creator. When you close the physical eyes, your spiritual eyes will open. Waiting for the spirit is practiced over the years. We know about the descending of Holy Spirit at the Pentecost where 120 people were praying and waiting for the spirit.
Benefits of leading a spiritual life.
When we grow and ready to receive the message from the creator, the
Creator will communicate with us. Ordinary people will see visions,
signs and dreams, hear sounds of the creator. And will do mighty
things under the direction of the Creator.
Even in this modern age, there are people who constantly communicate with God. Prophets are there who receive message directly from the creator. They do this communication to warn people from the coming danger so that ordinary people can escape from it. They guide people to the way they should go which will build their faith in the creator and lead a peaceful life. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. Ordinary people can do mighty thing to turn others from the evil ways.
Evil spirits are also there. Many people are able to communicate with the evil spirit. They use the evil spirit to do harm to others.
But the good spirit will not do any harm to people. If it does, it is for the right purpose of guiding and leading them in the right path and keep them away so that they do not do any harm to good people. If you are tormented by an evil spirit, you need to go to a person how enjoys good relation with the good spirit as the victory is always belongs to the good spirit. Evils spirits cannot do any harm to people who enjoy good relation with the good spirit. The good spirit lead and guide us in the right path.
Why there is no faith in the Spirit?
Many are not able to correct their ways and lead a spiritual life. And those who are not able to experience the spirit will say that there is no such spirit and laugh at those who enjoy spiritual life. But those who experience the spirit knows what is a spiritual life all about.