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Topic: Daily quite from: Spirituality Without God.
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Daily quite from: Spirituality Without God.
on: September 23, 2011, 17:09


Herewith another section from Chapter One: Vision and Practice



….. Once we have committed ourselves to the path of self-enquiry and self-knowledge, we need to ensure that we remain sensitive to the possibility that we could be led astray by ways of thinking and practicing which have little to do with holistic, sane and integrated living. As we have seen, we could be particularly susceptible to this because our need for release from the distress of our own self-limitation is so acute. We tend to seek for paths which may result in mere behavioral modifications rather than affording us with genuine transformative practices to facilitate unfolding of truly integral living.

We may change from one religion to another; adopt a new spiritual path; change our dietary habits; change our meditative practices; modify our outward behavior toward others; contemplate new concepts about God, truth or reality and so on. And by becoming indiscriminately identified with these we may truly believe we have found a source of new inspiration and the path to liberation.

Yet, none of these may serve the purpose for which we entered into our exploration in the first place. We may feel good about both our new path and ourselves for having discovered this apparently rich fountainhead of revelatory truth. But unless we have done our homework very well, and have taken considerable care as to what it is we really seek, we may not find the fulfillment in these we have been looking for. Inevitably such a path will become an integral component of our dualistic, fragmentary vision.

When we have been sufficiently sensitized to the importance of the relationship between the vision our path of human development proposes and the practices it prescribes, we may be considerably better equipped to think/feel our way into this rather complex and difficult form of personal enquiry.

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