SPARKS OF THE TRUTH
(continued from Volume 12 Number 2 Page 32)
VII TRUE SPIRITUALITY
One who is keen about true spirituality must lose all self-will. He has to accept the Divine Will irrespective of whether it happens to be in line with his cherished inclinations or against them. This is a veritable death to the ego-life. It means that the ego-mind must not demand anything. It must become lifeless, i.e., it must stop or cease to function. When a man is under the influence of chloroform or when he faints or when he gets hysterical fits then also his mind stops for all purposes. However, at this time this does not happen with consciousness. It takes place in under-consciousness.
When the mind is stopped by the administration of drugs or by the influence of external physical things or forces, the state is like deep sleep with its full oblivion or ignorance. But when the mind stops through conscious efforts with the spiritual help available from another `Super-Mind', it is different. When stopping the mind takes place in full consciousness, it get, transformed into super-consciousness, with its real knowledge of the one Self or Reality.
The Self of selves is the one Truth. It can not be said to be one in the sense of half of two or one third of three, etc.; i.e. as being a unit in a series. Nor can it be said to be two or many, as it does not admit of the divisibility that runs through the world of duality. It cannot be described as personal; nor can it be described as impersonal. It is limited by no attribute. Yet, it is this very Truth or Self of selves that manifests itself as the universe through all its multitudinous distinctions.
To realize the Truth in this indescribable Beyond State is the ultimate goal of all spiritual endeavor, irrespective of the particular form it takes, according to temperamental inclinations or exigencies of the situation. Although the Paths are diverse, the goal for all is the same. One important point is, and has to be, invariably common to all Paths. The aspirant must sincerely and fervently follow his own conscience or the inner light of his own Higher Self. Other details of the Path get determined by his free choice according to his own tendencies, attitude, aptitude and surroundings.
The essence of the Path does not consist in leaving the gross world and going to other worlds. Otherworldliness has nothing to do with true spirituality. Going to other worlds is not at all a rare or a special occurrence. Every soul has to move about between the gross world and the subtle world. The subtle world is like a waiting room for spending the interval between the incarnations on earth. A few