Spiritual Experience and Spiritual Awakening
By Remez Sasson
Did you go through any kind of spiritual experience that made a change in your life?
What did you think of this experience?
Did you ignore it, or did you take it seriously? Did you attempt to investigate it?
Do believe it was some sort of spiritual awakening?
Not every spiritual experience is a sign of spiritual awakening - enlightenment. Sometimes, it is wrongly interpreted as such, and sometimes, it is just the first step toward it.
Being inspired, experiencing inner peace, having a vision, being in trance, and other experiences, do not necessarily point to spiritual awakening. This could be just a temporary fleeting state. The experience might relate to the mind, to some not so ordinary mental activity that is erroneously construed as spiritual awakening.
Even if it is spiritual awakening, it needs time to mature and become permanent.
Spiritual Experience Example
Tom was sitting on the floor, meditating in front of an Indian guru, in an ashram in India.
He was experiencing a sort of immense inner happiness, which he never experienced before.
His mind was calm, and his thoughts were not as frantic as they used to be. He was sure that what he was experiencing was going to change his life.
It was a very hot day. However, he hardly felt the heat. He just sat there, looking into the eyes of his guru, oblivious to his surroundings.
Suddenly, a feeling of great bliss began streaming throughout his entire body and mind, making him feel light, and slightly giddy. He was experiencing a sense of peace, and the awareness of being a part of a vast and endless consciousness. He felt so content and happy that he wished this state would never end.
It was difficult for him to think. His mind, as if stopped working, but at the same time he felt more alive. This experience lasted for about ten minutes. When it ended, Tom gradually returned to his ordinary consciousness.
When Tom came back to his ordinary consciousness, he was certain that he experienced enlightenment. He was certain that he realized his true Self.
Later, on this same day, a thought started playing in his mind, whispering to him that he could become a spiritual teacher, after going through this spiritual experience. But can he become a teacher? Has he really attained this so called, "Realization of the Self"? Is there really such a thing called enlightenment? And if there is, what is it?
Is it Possible to Have Instant Spiritual Awakening?This is usually a gradual process. Even people who seemingly had instant awakening had to work toward it in some way.
Has Tom really achieved spiritual awakening and attained enlightenment?
Due to his earnest desire and the sense of euphoria of being in the proximity of the guru, Tom experienced, for a short time, a different kind of consciousness.
He went through a deep spiritual experience, but it was one important step on the way.
The memory of the experience will linger on, making him eager to repeat it. However, the habits of the mind cannot change overnight. He had a glimpse. The veil over the vast ever-present consciousness was lifted momentarily, because the mind has become silent for some time, letting him experience this inner state.
No, he has not. If he values what he experienced, has to start to work to make this experience happen again and again.
Nowadays, there is a tendency to seek instant enlightenment, like instant coffee, and to interpret various inner experiences as enlightenment or spiritual awakening, as in the case described in this article.
What Helps the Attaining of Spiritual Awakening?
The Power of Concentration
When this ability is well-developed, it becomes easier to silence the mind, which is a most vital factor for spiritual experience and spiritual awakening.
Emotional detachment frees you from too much involvement with thoughts and worries, from taking everything too personally, and from being too much affected by what people say and do. This of course, leads to inner peace, and a step up on the ladder leading to spiritual awakening and enlightenment.
Reading Spiritual Literature
I am not saying spiritual teachers Being in the company of people, who attained spiritual awakening, truly "awakened beings", helps calm the restlessness of the mind and experiencing a state of mental silence.
I am delibrately not using the word spiritual teachers, since some of them do not even consider themselves as spiritual teachers. However, such people are not so easy to find.
The process of transmitting their wisdom and experience, and the "spiritual radiation" of such teachers can help a lot.
When there are no clouds, the bright beautiful sun is seen. When the mind is silent, thoughts do not distract, worries do not trouble, and you become aware of a "higher consciousness".
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