Whatever religious belief you may hold, the essence of your religion, if it was a true
spiritual teaching, you will find here.
In the most ancient civilisations of the world one finds great truths discovered by
sages through meditation. Religions talk freely of what their Prophets discovered but cannot offer anything to
anyone. Before proceeding any further, it is important to understand two things: 1) what is meditation? and 2)
what is meditation for?
There is a very old statement which says that “meditation starts when thought stops” and there can be many
different forms of meditation. But the subject of meditation I am talking about has nothing to do with any
religion, any form of religion or any denomination of religion. It’s about expanding a persons awareness,
increasing their identity, their sense of self, and ultimately, it is expanded to infinity or Enlightenment, which
is what lies behind everything and makes the universe possible. Now, that can sound very big, and to some people
out there, it might even sound scary. But the reason a man lives a life of fear and anxiety, in fact, it can be
said that a man is frightened to live and scared to die, it’s because living down here, he is as far away from the
Cause of infinite love as he can actually get. So, as we get closer and closer to the source of everything, the
energy and bliss and the love we experience gets greater and greater and greater.
For thousands of years mankind has been baffled by the question as to what is the purpose of human life, why am I
born? Where have I come from? And where will I go when I die? Such questions remain un-answered, questions such as
what does spirituality really involve, and is it possible to answer this for ourselves? The answer is yes. We are
neither here by chance nor by accident, but there is a definite purpose to our life on this physical
The very reason for the purpose of this life is to discover for ourselves the
inseparability of man from God through the Grace of an Enlightened Teacher.
Sankara, the 8th century Philosopher, in Vivekachudmani (The Crest Jewel Of Discrimination) states:
“There are three things which are rare indeed and are due to the grace of God – namely a human birth, the longing
for liberation, and the care of a perfecting sage.”
We already have a human birth and there are some people who are longing for Liberation (Moksha) but are searching
for the perfect sage. But how do we find a perfect sage, and who exactly is this person ? Before moving on to the
answer to this question, let us be clear by what we mean by the term spirituality.
Spirituality is about the ability to live a normal life and achieve the purpose of that life. Fundamentally,
Spirituality is the expansion of conscious awareness.
A perfect sage is the term given to someone who is a true Guru, Gu=darkness, Ru=light, as the Upanishads from the
East have declared and it applies to that special person who dispels our inner darkness. Sometimes, the term
Perfect Master is also used, which means someone who has perfected the art of giving Enlightenment
(Jivanmukti) in one life time.