Conversations on Spirituality – An Introduction

I am happy to mention that I have crossed a small milestone in this maiden blog venture thanks to all your encouragement and acknowledgment.

The total number of posts has touched double digit!

I see from the blog statistics – 628 hits in total so far!

My intention on writing this blog is to have active discussion in this topic but I believe it is not serving its purpose because of the number of comments so far (16).

I could sense it is more of one-sided inputs from my side and hence the topics being written looks like more of theory and guidelines rather than being written in the mode of expecting any active discussion.

In our Upanishadic tradition the quest for knowledge begins when a question is raised by the seeker (Student) to the felicitator (Guru or an experienced person). The Guru does not give the answer immediately. Instead he puts a relevant counter question to enable the seeker to seek the solution by his own effort. This process continues until both the seeker and the Guru mutually agrees to a conclusion. It becomes a mutual dialogue and both the Guru and the Seeker learn together that aids in culmination of the absolute truth.

We are all seekers struggling in this material world striving to find answers to these basic questions on spirituality:

  • Where did we come from?
  • Who am “I”?
  • What is this “I”?
  • Why are we subject to the four-fold miseries – birth, death, old age and disease perpetually?
  • What is the destination on quitting this material body”

I would like to share my conversations in social media with fellow seekers over the past few years on these topics. In this way, it is my earnest endeavour that it will be possible for me to convey things that can be discussed and debated and knowledge can thus be shared.

For the purpose of mentioning the conversation details,

Seeker 1” refers to the person initiating the conversation and

Seeker 2” is “Humbly yours”.

This guideline will be followed in the coming posts.

Author: Rajini

"Knowledge is the ultimate perfection of self-realization.". (Srimad Bhagavatham 3.26.2) Trying to seek that knowledge through life experiences that leads to compassion, dispassion and ultimately satisfaction.

3 thoughts on “Conversations on Spirituality – An Introduction”

  1. Blindly following the routine of daily life will not take use any where. My understanding of our scriptures tells me that we need to follow our Gristha Dharma by leading a pious life and taking care of all our responsibilities with dispassion. After fulfilling all responsibilities we need to turn towards spiritual knowledge full time (This does not mean you will not be spiritual during the life of a Grihasta). It is not recommended to renounce life without fulfilling the responsibilities of a Grihasta unless under very special circumstances.

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    1. Yes what you have mentioned has been stressed several times in Srimad Bhagavatam itself.

      Some examples.

      1. King Priyavrata hesitating to take charge of the throne thinking that family life will lead to bondage and Lord Brahma clarifying him that this is not so. Canto 5: Chapter 1 – The Activities of Mahārāja Priyavrata (https://vedabase.io/en/library/sb/5/1/)

      2. Daksha Prajapati explaining about the false sense of renunciation imparted by Narada ji to his progreny and the implications of it. Canto 6: Chapter 5 – Nārada Muni Cursed by Prajāpati Dakṣa (https://vedabase.io/en/library/sb/6/5/) – Text 36 to 43.

      Thank you very much for writing your views.

      Yours humbly
      Rajini

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  2. Having said this, I would like to initiate the conversation with my basic question that, when I am bound to duties of daily tasks and worldly accomplishments, I don’t get into bhakthi yoga with daily prayers or follow rituals. It is like merely going around with this world and I don’t even think about my prospective greater pleasure with renunciation, is it worth going forward in the same state of affairs?

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