As religious people, we are involved with a certain amount of traditional, ceremonial,
and dogmatic behavior. We do it automatically, because when we were children, we were
simply told to behave and even think in a prescribed way. But, do we really experience
Spiritual Growth when we visit a church, do a good deed, pray a lot, believe what others
told us to believe, belong to any particular belief system, grow beards, meditate, get
circumcised, wear turbans, etc.? To answer that question, we have to know first what
constituets spiritual growth.

Perhaps, all these traditional ways are important things, but Spiritual Growth simply
occurs when the Spirit grows and the ego shrinks. Any Spiritual Growth happens only in
direct relationship to a shrinking ego: without a shrinking ego, there is no Spiritual
Growth. Through continuous Meditation, eventually, we experience our Self in its natural
pure state. It is then that we realize that our Self-awareness is never born and never
dies. To find that Pure Existence is the purpose of all Spiritual Exercise and one of our
best tools is Meditation.

Like many Spiritual concepts, Spiritual Growth is a misnomer. In reality, the Spirit
does not grow or shrink: it is always the way it is. What is a Spirit anyway? It is that
which knows that it exists. Other names for Spirit are Life-force, Soul, Awareness, or
Beingness.

Examples for Spiritual Growth versus a growing ego:
If we do a good deed selflessly without the slightest consideration of the rewards or
fruits, as a result, we grow spiritually. If we do that good deed and feel proud or even
simply good, we strengthen the ego. Tricky but logical, is it not?

Likewise, if we meditate and reduce our thinking, we uncover more of the Spirit. But,
again, if we feel proud of our accomplishments as a result of otherwise proper Meditation,
we have not really accomplished anything at all.

Spiritual Growth has to continue until we rest without remaining wishes, attachments,
dreaming, and thinking in pure Awareness. Pure Awareness (God) is where we rest in eternal
peace and bliss. Once this is understood, the mind will still resist and state that it is
not yet ready for such a permanent condition. That might be so, but such thinking is
simply the result of having lost awareness of this superior condition of the Soul.

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Spirituality: where to begin?

Why are we interested in Spiritual matters? Why do we bother to look for God? Why do
some of us insist they love God when they do not know God nor that God even exists?

The answer, if we are honest, is that we are trying to survive, to save our Soul and,
if possible, even our skin.

Our first questions should then be:

Does God exist? Is survival after death possible? If so, what is it that survives?

There are always those who insist they have all the answers and there are also always
those who laugh at these statements without investing as much as a second thought. Is
there any chance for us to find that needle of Truth in this huge hay stack of confusion?

Maybe the answer is closer than we think and already known by the only person we know
we can trust – our Self.

There is a way to unveil the Self in form of Pure Awareness. Once the Self is known,
all else is known. Then we know the Truth about God and how we ultimately survive.

First let us take a look at Scripture and Religion. I claim that if we ignore the
non-essential and look for the essential, the real meaning, then all religious scripture
and all religions do more agree than disagree. To give a few examples:

All religions have followers who seem to be more concerned with external matters but
there are always a few who go deeper; they are called the Mystics, Saints, Self-realized
and so on. When we study their writings they all agree in the most essential points: There
is a God, that God can be found at the Center of our Being and we can unite with God to
become One.

Essentially, all scriptures agree in all the points the mystics and saints agree with.
A comparison with two of the more popular scriptures the New Testament (NT) and the
Bhagavad Gita (BG) will serve to make this point:

Can we gain knowledge of God and Heaven and do we have to wait until after we
are dead to find out?

NT: Matt 6:33 "First seek the Kingdom of God, and His
Righteousness;"
BG: 7:5 "Know also my other higher nature the Spirit, through which
the Universe is sustained."

Where can Heaven be found?
NT: Lk 17:20 The Kingdom of God does not come in such a way as to be
seen. No one will say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or, ‘There it is!’; Because
the Kingdom of God is WITHIN you."
BG: 6:5 "The supreme Reality exists WITHIN
himself."
BG: 5:24 "The Yogi (seeker) who is happy WITHIN
who rejoices WITHIN, and who is illumined WITHIN attains
freedom in Brahman (God) himself becoming one with God."

What is the Nature of God and Heaven?
NT: Rom 14:17 "The Kingdom of God is not meat and drink (Material),
but Righteousness and Peace, and Joy in the Holy Spirit (Spiritual)."
BG: 15:16 "There are two beings in the world: The perishable and the
imperishable. The perishable (Material) comprises all creatures, and the
Imperishable (Spiritual) is said to be the Unchanging." 8:21 This
Unmanifested is called the imperishable. That is my supreme Abode (Heaven)."

Can we really unite with God?
NT: John 17:21-23 "I pray that they may all be ONE.
..May they be in Us, just as you are in Me and I am in You. May they all be ONE
BG: 6:31 "He who, having been established in ONENESS,
worships me dwelling in all beings – that Yogi, in whatever way he leads his life, lives
in Me."

How can we unveil our true Self and unite with God?
NT: Col 3:9 "For you have to put off the old self (ego) with its habits and
have to put on the new Self. This is the new Being which God its Creator,
is constantly renewing in His Image in order to bring you to a full knowledge of
Himself."
BG: 6:6 "To him who has conquered himself by Himself, his own Self
is a friend."

Or to make that more clear:
NT: Psalm 46:10 :BE STILL and recognize that I AM
GOD." 4:4 "Commune with your own Heart (Center of Being – the Self)…,
and BE STILL."
BG: 6:27 "Supreme Bliss comes to the seeker whose mind is COMPLETELY
TRANQUIL
and whose passions are QUIETED, who is free from stain
(any thought) and who has become ONE with God."

What is God’s nature and what is consequently our real nature?
This question is best answered by the names given to God by the American Natives and the
Jews in what some call the Old Testament (OT).
The Natives talk about the Great Spirit which not only gives God a name but hints about
what God’s Nature is like: It is Spirit. Spirit is the same as Beingness, ultimate
Existence, or Awareness.
OT: "I AM that I AM" (Ex. 3:14 JHVH or JAHWE),
which is the perfect description for Pure Beingness.
BG: "By that devotion he who knows Me, knows what, in Truth, I
AM and who I AM
." On another occasion it says: "God is Spirit (Awareness)."

This can be continued and other scriptures may be added, the point is: different types
of Scripture and different religions are not so different when properly understood.

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What is the Best Attitude
towards Spiritual Growth

and when attempting to approach God?

Even so it appears to be a remnant of the dark ages, we still hear occasionally about the
necessity to fear God with the usual quotes out of the Bible following. However, this must
be taken out of context and is mostly used by people who already fear God because of their
perceptions about God and a general fear of the unknown. There is no need to go into a
lengthy theological argument either because the first commandment clearly says that one
should: "Love God with all your heart, mind and soul." You don’t really fear
anything you truly love and there is no need for it. Moreover, since God can only be found
at the center of our being (within), God and our own Pure Being relate in quality like the
drop of water relates to the quality of the lake. In that sense, any fear of God would
amount to nothing less than fearing one’s own Self.
The right attitude should rather be a curiosity that can only be satisfied when the result
of its inquiries are found. Other qualities include patients, persistence, harmlessness,
and in general following the rules and laws set out in scriptures followed by Christians,
Jews, Buddhists, and others. The most important attitude, of course, remains to be
interest and curiosity
, because whatever we treasure most finds usually all of
our interest (Luke 12:34 "For where your treasure is, there will be your heart
also.")

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Is there
any spiritual comfort for the aged, the terminally ill,

or anyone facing or fearing death?

1. We may draw strength from our systems of belief.
Why? Because all religions including all natural belief systems agree that life goes on.
They also agree on the existence of God. Even if some mention three (Trinity) or more Gods
than these Gods are still to be understood as aspects of one and the same God.

2. We may draw strength from science. According to
science, we cannot really say that we are able to destroy something (anything) so
completely that it fades into non-existence. We can only change the objects shape and
condition. Even if we burn something and ‘destroy’ its ashes, the object still continues
as energy. If we destroy ourselves, the material part of our bodies continues as energy
and the Awareness continues as Awareness. The reason that Awareness continues is that it
did not develop out of dead matter or lifeless energy. Those materialistic scientists who
laughed and promised proof that awareness is nothing but a byproduct of biological
processes failed to do so. Other scientists are now confirming the wisdom of ancient
philosophers, saints and sages.

3. We may draw strength from personal experience of
others. People have never come back from the dead. Did you hear that expression? It is not
true. There are more than a few people who have returned from the clinically dead to tell
us about it. There are also more than a few people who had out-of-body experiences and
even the government has admitted to research in this area for obvious reasons.

4. We may draw strength from the real witnesses: The
Saints, Sages, Rishis, Self-realized persons, Mystics, Avatars, advanced Yogis etc.

5. There is convincing evidence for reincarnation.

6. We may draw strength from our spiritual exercises
and personal experience. Try to become one with your object of devotion, concentrate fully
on God, or simply love your inner Self to a point that only pure Awareness continues to
exist. When you experience the inner Bliss and Beingness you will be filled with more
comfort than you thought you were in need for. Let us not fear a genuine spiritual
experience more than we fear death.

From time to time, I will work on this page. The
point in the meantime is that life goes on even after this one expires. Fear is the result
of our identification with body and mind. Both will, eventually, cease to exist and are
not needed for our well-being.

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The
fastest Path
to God:

All Religions and Traditions teach that knowledge of God may be gained.
Most religious people believe that such knowledge can only be gained after death as a
reward by following a set of rules. Jews and Christians call their set of rules the
"Commandments".
The rules laid out by other religions are very similar, if not the same. And, in contrast
to the more popular belief, all Religions agree that God can be found now as opposed to
later. They even make it our most important task (see Matt 6:33 "First seek the
Kingdom of God….")
The commandments may in fact be much more than a set of rules. When we look past
ceremonies and symbols, it turns out that, at least in the approach to finding God,
Religions are not so different after all. Thus, the path to God can be summarized in one
sentence:
       "Love God with all you Heart, with
all your Soul, and with all your mind."

This is called the greatest and most important commandment and is shared by Jews,
Christians, Moslems, Hindus, and Others. An equivalent ‘commandment’ from the Bhagavad
Gita might be:         "Regarding Me
(God Brahman) as the Supreme Goal, practise steadiness of mind
           and fix your Heart constantly
on Him."

The word commandment can be misleading since it implies following a rule and evokes terms
like reward and punishment. However, when we compare the Gita and the Bible, we find that
the rules and the essential meaning are more or less exactly the same, and because of
slight differences in wording we are able to gain a more precise understanding. As a
result, we realize that following the first commandment is rather self-rewarding and
self-punishing, and not the system of reward and punishment imposed by God.
All major Religions agree in essence, but only when we bother to look deeper for the real
essence and the real meaning. If God, as omnipresent Awareness, is at the Heart of our
Soul, then it stands to reason that we may stand a better chance of discovering this pure
Awareness through an act of pure Concentration than by bothering with the all too
important outer acts including: wearing hats, caps, turbans, deggers and ceremonial
swords, or cutting of foreskins or woman’s pleasure centers.

Concentration is required if we follow the first commandment. Loving God
with all our Heart, Mind, and Soul really leaves very little room for any other thoughts.
And it is only during these moments of steady tranquillity that God, who is our very own
Self at the Center of our Soul, reveals Himself. During such a condition there are no
questions like: Did you cut off your finger?  -or-  Did you grow a beard? For
confirmation of these statements see the following selections.
Psalm 46:10 "Be Still and recognize that I’m God. 4:4 "Commune with
your own Heart (Center of Being)…, and Be Still."
Gita 6:27 "Supreme Bliss comes to the seeker whose mind is completely Tranquil and
whose passions are Quieted, who is free from stain (thoughts) and who has become One with
God."

Therefore, the fastest path to God is laid out in this first
"Commandment". Concentration or total devotion, as the result of following this
first "Commandment", is also the path of all Yogis and all Yoga traditions. The
only difference is: By calling it the path Concentration, Meditation, or Contemplation,
there is less confusion in regards to this reward and punishment system some people
believe in. For Yogis the reward lies in finding God as the Self and punishment lies in
the failure of doing so in this life-time.

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