Nama Article 15th July 2012
What is spirituality and spiritual path? How can I continuously progress on this path?
Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji:
The question about “Spirituality” might have arisen because you might have heard about it from someone or read about it in a book.
If you look at everything – from the tiny ant to Lord Brahma seek bliss. The lower creatures try to find this bliss in the fulfillment of the primitive desires like appetite, lust etc. As human beings who possess the sixth sense, we try to find ways of make everything more comfortable and pleasurable.
When we extend this thought to death, the question arises as to what died – the body or the soul? What is this entity ‘I’ ? Is it the body? When we point to our shirt and say ‘this is my shirt’, we automatically admit that the shirt is different from us. Likewise when we say "this is my hand" the automatic inference is that 'I' is not the hand. So what is this ‘I’? It is something beyond the body or the mind. It is the soul or the ‘Atman’. That is our natural Self.
When a swelling appears on our hand that does not bother us in any way, we still want that swelling to be removed just because we want things to look the way they originally were. Resetting things back to the original state itself is a great bliss. We have altered our state from our original blissful self to such a great extent due to our ignorance. To reset things back to normalcy by realizing our true blissful nature is spirituality. Spirituality is not something alien to us. It is not going to fall from the sky one fine day. It is merely to realize our true nature which is the state of supreme bliss.
To attain that supreme state of realization, the simplest way is to chant the Hare Rama Maha Mantra. By chanting this mantra, you please Sri Krishna and he blesses you with that supreme state of bliss.
Please check these: Excerpts from a discourse by our Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji