The Meaning of Spirituality and the Search for Happiness #happiness #spirituality

The Need for Spirituality

What is spirituality?

Spirituality can be described as man’s endeavor to attain his highest potential. Spirituality can also be described, as the name implies, as the Soul’s personal connection with Spirit; Spirit being the ocean of consciousness, and Soul being one of the many waves that rise from It’s surface. There are as many ways for the soul to merge back into the sea of Spirit as there are waves on the surface of the ocean. Just the same, there are as many paths to climb the mountain of Highest Potential as there are people who will make the climb.

Awaken Your Infinite Potential

It may be said that people are only human, and can therefore be excused of indiscriminate behavior– indiscriminate behavior being thoughts and deeds which are not aligned with the guiding voice of conscience. Also, however–and with equal justification–it may be said that we are not yet human. Man has been endowed with faculties that allow him to tap into infinite potentials. To be fully human is to be in contact with the divine presence within.

Spirituality, then, may be described as consciously taking up the journey to become fully human. To start to make this contact with their innate divinity, a person can begin by expanding their sympathies; by including the happiness of others in their own happiness; by living in the present moment, and by accepting gratefully whatever comes in life.

There are two things which impel humanity in this direction: fellowship with good company, which means associating with people who are inspiring or uplifting, and suffering.

Suffering is the goad that urges humanity to seek new ways of thinking and acting. There is a twofold trend that may be observed with all beings: the pursuit of happiness and the avoidance of pain. Everyone, therefore, is on this spiritual path of rising above suffering and finding happiness. Whether or not people’s endeavors will lead them toward what their hearts long for depends to a great extent on how they define their happiness.

How, then, should one define their happiness?

Happiness is not an ever-increasing amount of possessions, nor is it social importance or any other outer thing. Happiness must be defined in terms of an ever-expanding consciousness and an ever-increasing peace and clarity of mind. When a person defines their happiness thus, they are on their way to a closer relationship with their highest potential, and to a deep and lasting fulfillment.

“Until everything we try for in life can give us happiness,” Swami Kriyananda said, “it’s not worth considering. The goal of life is happiness.” He continues:

“The goal of life is beyond happiness. It’s satchidananda [a sanskrit word]: Ever-existing, ever-conscious, ever-new bliss. And this is what life is all about. . . Be calm. . . Don’t grieve about anything. Try to reach that point in your life where you can be even-minded and cheerful. Only then can you really begin to see and understand what life is all about; why you are here; what you are supposed to do.”

(“The Battle for Truth.” The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita with Swami Kriyananda)

 
Source:

“The Battle for Truth.” The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita with Swami Kriyananda. YouTube.com. Ananda Sangha Worldwide. 21 Jun. 2010. Web. 5 Feb. 2015.

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