Many of us want to be “spiritual.” But what does being “spiritual” really mean?
Do we always respond to life’s challenges from a place aligned with our spiritual values? Unfortunately the answer is often “no.” And are we always aware that we are out of alignment? Sometimes we are not.
For many, spirituality is somewhat ambiguous. If I go on a spiritual retreat, meditate daily, or read spiritual books does this guarantee I am spiritual? Not necessarily. In this talk Mahatma Das explains universal spiritual qualities that will us help better understand how spiritual our lifestyle and consciousness are. He shows that when we consider ourselves to be a “spiritual” person we sometimes don’t recognize our lack of spirituality in ordinary dealings. He helps us better understand how a more evolved spiritual being would respond to the difficulties and challenges we all face. This understanding will help us recognize where we need to improve in ourselves.
The ancient yogic texts of the Bhagavad-gita explain foundational spiritual qualities: forgiveness, tolerance, kindness, compassion and equanimity. Every encounter with another person is a chance to live one of these qualities; a moment of truth so to speak. Thus we have the opportunity to be spiritual in situations that externally seem to be totally materialistic.
Mahatma Das says that the highest test of spirituality is not in how we deal with our friends, co-workers or acquaintances, but in how we deal with our “enemies.” Are we able to truly forgive and have compassion towards those who hurt us, or do we continue to hold onto resentment while still thinking we are spiritual? Do we believe in karma, that what goes around comes around, yet at the same time blame the person who delivers our karma and call him our abuser? Mahatma Das asks us these and similar questions to help us better align our values with our actions.
This talk is not only eye opening, but it is consciousness changing. With 46 years of teaching ancient wisdom, there is so much you will learn from this talk.