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Stages of Spiritual Development

Updated on August 14, 2011

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Life Stages

I recently read an article in the TOI Speaking Tree discussing the stages of Spiritual Development that the soul goes through. They were listed as given below:

Age of Innocence
Age of Disillusionment
Age of Responsibility
Age of Keeper hood
Age of Realization

Basically a new born child is the perfect example of the age of innocence. He feels that the world revolves around him and that all exist only to serve him. When the child grows up into a teenager he realizes that the world does not revolve around him and is disillusioned. Then the young adult decides that he must be responsible for fulfilling his own needs and enters the next stage of development.

The parent becomes the keeper of the happiness of his family and eventually he realizes that no matter what he does each person can not be made happy. If his soul develops further he understands that there is no difference between him and the rest of the world to love another there needs to be another. So just be the best you can, and remember everything is related and connected, no one is isolated.

That’s roughly what the article writer had to say. I felt that the chronological advance in a person’s age does not necessarily bring about the related development in the person’s soul. Why else will a grown man pout when he feels that he is not being given adequate attention? I feel that the adult may still be stuck in between the ages of innocence and disillusionment.

While the example given is easy to understand it is also equally untrue in most souls. More than one stage can be functional in a human being. He could be in a state of flux so to say. Take for example one of the most talked about and frustrating stages of a human’s life, the teenage. The teenager at times reaches a stage of disillusionment with his parents and skips to keeper of his friends without ever taking responsibility for is own self. What’s more it feels natural for him to do so as well.

Then one has to deal with the foibles of human frailty and deceit. There are people who know the theory and act the part but in reality are only living a sham. Take for example a so called enlightened man who knows that life is limited and death is inevitable, that a pauper and a prince will be leveled by both. This man still wants to hang onto his creature comforts for as long as he can. He knows that they won’t help him in the long run, but the realization does not alter his behaviour.

So stages of development may exist but moving from one to the next may not happen at will or even with age; then how do you move to the next level? What will help and guide you? Any Answers to that one?


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      cashmere 4 years ago from India

      Thank you Suzanne

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      justmesuzanne 4 years ago from Texas

      Wonderful topic, well presented! Voted up, useful and interesting! :)

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      cashmere 6 years ago from India

      Well that would depend on the actions of the doer wont it?

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      lawal 6 years ago

      it' s very good the way we see things as written but the doers are very scanty bcos he that's disturbed with the activity of this world, how can such think of his growth or put it in practice?

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      eilander1542011 6 years ago from Everywhere

      Each of us has the potential and possibility to advance through each of these stages within a lifetime. Unfortunately we are distracted and deterred all along the way by the world we live in. there really is no excuse for each and every one of us to be a truly enlightened soul by the time we lie upon our deathbed. But over the generations of retardation we have come to believe that perfection is beyond our grasp. It is not, we are each already perfect for the tasks allotted to us, all that is needed is for us to realize, remember if you will, that we are so. There is no one better suited for my task on this earth than I am, and if I follow my path and remain true to my omens, I will complete my tasks by the completion of this life. Whether it has taken me more lives or not I have no idea. I do have recollections of other realms in my daily grind here, but nothing so potent that I can label it as this or that. Nonetheless, there are realms beyond what we know and it is our duty to find our own ways there, for the sake of ourselves, our family and most importantly our children.

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      cashmere 7 years ago from India

      Thank you. I feel its important in this rather material word to keep a connection up with your spiritual self and its progress.

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      Xavier Nathan 7 years ago from Isle of Man

      A very well written article that deals concisely with the subject matter. The question comes back to the connection between ontology and epistemology of the natural history of the living human being and this hub opens the door to this discussion. Thank you.

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      balu123 7 years ago

      Buddha said no soul is transmigrated from birth to rebirth. Only the 'character influences' are affected by a new born baby. This also can be considered as the rebirth of the 'character' of a deceased person. Anyway something is transfered from one life to next life and it is vibrational influence of a person.

      read more here if you are interested to know

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      Iboga 7 years ago

      This is spot on, actually you might be interested in a plant known as Iboga. I experienced it myself with a Shaman and it lifted the veil of the spirit realm.

      I love thinking about and discussing these types of topics but the next phase for everyone I feel is to experience it in this lifetime!

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      Patrick 8 years ago

      Yah! JamaGenee got it right.

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      soma56 8 years ago

      Thank you for the wonderful post cashmere. If you have a minute please let me know what you think of my page on spiritual development:

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      cashmere 8 years ago from India

      That's the true meaning of the cycle of life! JamaGenee, not many on earth understand it.

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      Joanna McKenna 8 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      A soul won't (and isn't expected to) advance through all of the stages in *one* life.  That's why we reincarnate many times until we finally get it "right". 

      Those who believe their entire time on Earth began with their birth only decades ago and will end with the death of of their present physical body will be back for sure.  (Probably many times!) ;D