There are several spiritual paths for people of various mind-sets, cultures, and spiritual traditions. Saint-souls or Sant Mahatmas tell us that any and all true spiritual paths lead to an individual soul uniting with Supreme soul or experiencing the truth about Supreme soul, God, or One Source who is vested with all powers. Some of these wise teachers may say that we realize the truth about ourselves, get enlightenment, or have Darshan of God in His true form.
Most spiritual traditions agree that one of the goal of spiritual practice is for us to become a better person or a better human being. A better human being in thoughts, speech, and deeds.
Each human being has strengths and weaknesses. Each human being has past karma, genes, and DNA that binds us to think and act in a certain way, especially if we are not shown the true path.
A true path can be shown only by Sadguru who has learned to walk on the true path with the grace of Guru and God.
According to Saint-souls from almost all traditions of present and past era, it is God’s grace that inspires us to think about God, reach out to God, to pray and have a yearning to walk on a true spiritual path. When the student is ready the teacher appears as the saying goes … it is again with God’s grace we come in contact with the right guru for us.
Now that we have come in contact with our guru we need to make a commitment to practice according to the instructions given by guru or walk on the path of practice, as shown to us. Sure, most of us being humans, are not going to keep our total commitments due to one reason or another. If we just keep aware of what we are thinking, saying, and doing we know whether we are walking on the path or we are off the path.
By attending satsang or keeping in contact with our guru in person or by remembering the instructions, or how our guru talks, walks, and interacts with others can be highly beneficial to us and it can be a reminder about how to keep our behaviors as close as possible as per guru’s guidance.
What more can we ask for … our Gurujans have shown us again and again with patience, love, and as role models the path we need to walk on for our own good and the good of our families, and for the good of all human beings.
To be a better human being, to do better, is our responsibility … to follow the examples of others who have walked on this path is wisdom.
To err is human… to forgive is divine. Divine are the saint-souls who forgive us again and again and show their love to us and all mankind. Let us also act in a divine way … let us forgive ourselves for our mistakes (God and guru has) and let us all renew our commitment to walk on the path shown to us by our loving Gurujans. Let us do our jap, recite Amritvani daily, study Swamiji Maharaj’s Ramayan (Valmiki version), and follow any other personal instructions given by our guru.
Saint-souls remind us is to do our practice with Nishkam-Bhav… and they assure us that good fruit of this practice is beyond our imagination :
Taarak Mantra Ram hai – jiska sufal apaar,
Is mantra ke jap se – nishchay bane nistaar.
(From Amritvani – booklet available at any Shreeramsharnam – please visit shreeramsharnam.org for centers and treasure of spiritual wisdom)
Jai Jai Ram