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The Spiritual

"If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation"
J.Krishnamurthi


"From the first, nothing is"
Buddha


"A donkey with a load of holy books is still a donkey"
Sufi Proverb


"Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life"
Thich Nhat Hahn


"If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation"
J.Krishnamurthi


"From the first, nothing is"
Buddha


"A donkey with a load of holy books is still a donkey"
Sufi Proverb


"Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life"
Thich Nhat Hahn


"If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation"
J.Krishnamurthi


"From the first, nothing is"
Buddha


"A donkey with a load of holy books is still a donkey"
Sufi Proverb


"Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life"
Thich Nhat Hahn


"If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation"
J.Krishnamurthi


"From the first, nothing is"
Buddha


"A donkey with a load of holy books is still a donkey"
Sufi Proverb


"Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life"
Thich Nhat Hahn


"If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation"
J.Krishnamurthi


"From the first, nothing is"
Buddha


"A donkey with a load of holy books is still a donkey"
Sufi Proverb


"Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life"
Thich Nhat Hahn


"If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation"
J.Krishnamurthi


"From the first, nothing is"
Buddha


"A donkey with a load of holy books is still a donkey"
Sufi Proverb


"Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life"
Thich Nhat Hahn


"If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation"
J.Krishnamurthi


"From the first, nothing is"
Buddha


"A donkey with a load of holy books is still a donkey"
Sufi Proverb


"Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life"
Thich Nhat Hahn


"If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation"
J.Krishnamurthi


"From the first, nothing is"
Buddha


"A donkey with a load of holy books is still a donkey"
Sufi Proverb


"Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life"
Thich Nhat Hahn


"If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation"
J.Krishnamurthi


"From the first, nothing is"
Buddha


"A donkey with a load of holy books is still a donkey"
Sufi Proverb


"Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life"
Thich Nhat Hahn


"If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation"
J.Krishnamurthi


"From the first, nothing is"
Buddha


"A donkey with a load of holy books is still a donkey"
Sufi Proverb


"Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life"
Thich Nhat Hahn


"If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation"
J.Krishnamurthi


"From the first, nothing is"
Buddha


"A donkey with a load of holy books is still a donkey"
Sufi Proverb


"Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life"
Thich Nhat Hahn


"If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation"
J.Krishnamurthi


"From the first, nothing is"
Buddha


"A donkey with a load of holy books is still a donkey"
Sufi Proverb


"Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life"
Thich Nhat Hahn


"If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation"
J.Krishnamurthi


"From the first, nothing is"
Buddha


"A donkey with a load of holy books is still a donkey"
Sufi Proverb


"Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life"
Thich Nhat Hahn


"If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation"
J.Krishnamurthi


"From the first, nothing is"
Buddha


"A donkey with a load of holy books is still a donkey"
Sufi Proverb


"Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life"
Thich Nhat Hahn


"If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation"
J.Krishnamurthi


"From the first, nothing is"
Buddha


"A donkey with a load of holy books is still a donkey"
Sufi Proverb


"Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life"
Thich Nhat Hahn


"If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation"
J.Krishnamurthi


"From the first, nothing is"
Buddha


"A donkey with a load of holy books is still a donkey"
Sufi Proverb


"Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life"
Thich Nhat Hahn


Random Thoughts

Introduction - Random Thoughts

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Welcome to Random Thoughts. This section publishes editorials for each edition of TheSpiritual. As discussed in various sections of TheSpiritual, intellectual emancipation can lead to new theories or ideas but cannot substitute spiritual enlightenment. Words can inspire someone to seek the path of truth and self-realisation but the inspiration alone cannot substitute actual spiritual experiences. Our thinking minds constantly struggle with this concept. Even as we read these words, we can feel the discomfort arising from our thinking minds. The mind - the thinking and non-physical mind that is - creates arguments after arguments to justify its existence and maintain its hold over our natural existence.

A lot of people may find themselves perplexed by the concept of such "thinking" and "non-physical" mind influencing our existence. They will be, indeed, for the mind making such enquiry is the thinking mind itself. I once asked my guru a question, a question about spirituality, and he answered, "Who is it that who wants to know the answer?" That is what we generally tend to do - find the answers. A satisfactory answer quells our search for truth for we start "thinking" that we know the truth. People hold beliefs but almost never live them. Just a thought, a convincing thought, that by believing in something or someone alone is sufficient for our emancipation keeps driving our lives. Faith is a dominant factor in our lives. There were times when faith-based enlightenment was possible. In India, Meera (Mira), Kabir Das, Sur Das and Guru Nanak are a few examples. In Sufi tradition, which takes its roots in Islamic tradition, the fundamental approach to spiritual enlightenment is "unconditional" and "complete" love, love with everything around us, without any distinction or choice (La Illaha Illulallah - There is nothing that is not God: Sufi translation) . Things such as love and devotion cannot be tied to any denominations. They go beyond ideology and denominations. And how different are they from Zen masters' "selfless-ness and egoless-ness (No "I", No "ego") ' or Christ's love for all humanity? Spirituality goes at the very basis of human existence. It is not an ideology that can be pitched against other ideologies. It is not an argument to prove other arguments wrong. It is also not something that is to be "attained" or "achieved". Meister Eckhart said, "Ye people, you seek outside what is within you". Spirituality is a path to self-discovery and realisation.

It may be that the concept of something metaphysical and existential beyond the boundaries of ethical and social norms and religion may be confrontational to traditional ideologists. However, the very capacity of the human brain to reach such state of spiritual equilibrium underpins the purpose of our existence. Proponents of creationism argue that there is an intelligent design behind creation - and thus the creationist - and that each life and thing has its purpose. How is it then that we do not go about finding that purpose, or that an attempt to find that purpose goes against the norms? The evolutionists hold the position of random selection and survival of the fittest. Yet, the question of "why" is fundamental to both the sides. Zen masters say, "Do not worry about anything else, and just find the reason and truth of your own existence". The truth of our existence lies within us. Spirituality is a method. So is faith. Both have to be actioned and lived. The world around us is in a constant state of transformation and metamorphosis. Yet, we do not see it, let alone experience it. The body does, though. But the "I" that we think is the owner of the body dwells in the static world of thought-based reality. The body and the life go on but this "I" or "me" can never work it out. It goes from thought to thought, past to future, plan to plan, without touching the reality, not knowing what it really wants. Spirituality is the bridge between the static "I" and the dynamic life.

This section will publish thought-provoking articles on a range of topics. It will be your quest to take them beyond thoughts. Else, let them be just the random thoughts.

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