I think spirituality is really important for everyone. It doesn’t have to be attached to a particular religion or any faith. Thus anyone and everyone can access it. In this post, I am going to talk about how I’ve experienced life differently since progressing spiritually. Towards the end of the post, I’ve included the experiences of some other souls who have explored spirituality too.

You may have read the post describing my craving for some regular input. I published that a couple of years ago. Since then I’ve been attending weekly sessions where a group of like-minded souls get together. ‘What do you do?’ I hear you ask. Well…we read texts from Shrimad Rajchandra. He was a self realised soul who wrote some majorly influential books. One of them is called Mokshamala. In this book he has written 108 lessons that explain the path to Moksha.

It has been said that in Moksha all souls are free. Liberated from the cycle of birth, death & re-birth. It is described as pure, unending bliss.

So getting back to the weekly sessions. We read Mokshamala so that we can understand the imparted wisdom of the Tirthankaras. Their teachings were documented in a language that was easy for the people to understand then. However, Shrimad Rajchandra wrote Mokshamala in Gujarati which is helpful to us now. Each week we read a bit, think about it, talk about it and discuss how we can apply it in our daily lives. We also discussed how things would be if we did not put his words into action.

Once I had begun attending these sessions I developed a thirst for it, which I didn’t recognise until someone said this to me: –

So you come home & then travel into Central London? Even when it’s raining like it was today?

I hadn’t thought about it before then. Many of  our friends in the group work in or near the city. Thus they’re not making a special journey from home or travelling very far. I realised then how deeply important it was to me. So much so that I hadn’t even questioned the travelling or thought about the weather. Neither was an obstacle.

A year or so later we attended a retreat. There were  few workshops during the weekend but one of them really stood out for us. It was about the need for a higher source. We explored the need for someone who has experienced what we want and thus is able to take us there. A guru. Suraj and I were quite taken by the content of that session but we didn’t do much about it. I think we got home and returned to our ‘normal’  routine.

A number of months later we went to Sayla. I wanted to go to check out some Humanitarian projects and Suraj and I both wanted to understand more about the Ashram.

A project that supports those who don’t have enough food.

Towards the end of our trip, I accepted Bhaishree as my Guru. What an amazing and unexpected step!

My spiritual journey, thanks to the weekly sessions prior to meeting Bhaishree was positive but it became even better level after our trip to Sayla!

Bhaishree is holding a divo which makes me think about the light that he has shone on my soul. This has enabled the progress I’ve made thus far.

Life is easier, smoother, less complicated & a lot of that is because I have changed! I’m less judgemental, more reflective, slower to act and more understanding of karma and how it hurts and binds my soul, as well as, the impact that it has on other souls. The benefit has been helpful to me and those around me.

The journey goes on! It’s not easy but it IS worth it! 🙂

This is what others have shared with me about their journey: –

Ultimately we all want to be happy, and spirituality teaches us to search for this within. This has grounded me, given me new eyes with which to see the world, and helped me deal with the ups and downs in everyday life feeling more calm and content. And for me, I am lucky to be learning from living and true guides which makes the path of spirituality less abstract and more real. – Menka

What is spirituality? It is a way of life. For me spirituality is like coming home. The concept is so welcoming and logical that one tends to associate with it right away. The deeper I have dwelled into spirituality the more complete I have felt. I have personally benefitted many folds.
I can now focus more on the tasks that I have to do in everyday life, infact, I have observed that I complete all my tasks in lesser time now.
I feel happy for no reason at all and also more confident.
My outlook towards various things and situations is so much more positive now.
I worry less and live more in the present which has made a huge difference.
I have become less complaining and more accepting. It wasn’t me who realised that I was a changed person but the people around me.
When other people appreciate and acknowledge the good in you it feels amazing and you want to do even better.
The above mentioned things are just the by-products of living a spiritually endowed life.
The main outcome is something much more deep. The realisation that your soul is different from the body and that you are the soul itself brings a peace and a happiness that cannot be explained.
I feel very fortunate and extremely lucky to have guidance from my Guru who has realised his soul and has passed down his first hand experience to us. I hope to follow in his footsteps and to reach the ultimate destination. – Niyati na aatmabhave vandan

It is absolute truth that the only way one can find peace in their lives is to follow a true guru.
HE can guide us in our day to day lives and save us from binding new karmas.
Once Param Pujya Bapuji came in to my life everything changed. My outlook towards the outside material world changed for the better.
I was able to take defeats more positively.
I could take criticism in a better way.
I was able to face life more bravely .
All the fears just vanished.
There was a strange sort of security that now nothing will go wrong in my life and if at all something happens HE will take care!!!!!!!
As I started following HIS aagnas (instructions) my inner tranquility increased and I could be more calm and patient without much effort.
Once I got Sadhna/Dhyan (a technique of meditation) my mind started getting tame. It would do only as directed. It would not wander away.
When my first born died I just remembered what Param Pujya Bapuji said. BE BRAVE. The entire period until I had my second child was just normal as if nothing unforseen had happened. This is the benefit of having a true guru in our lives.
There are lots of such experiences where religion/ guru bails you out. – Pujya Minalben

So any thoughts or comments?

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kamal sharma · August 23, 2011 at 10:22 am

Very well articulated. Sometimes I felt you were sitting in front and talking – surreal.

Whenever some asks me what is my religion and how do often do I pray and practice, I pause and think and then say, ‘I believe in spirituality’.

I am glad to know you are at peace with yourself and the environment.

    Heena Modi · August 25, 2011 at 8:12 am

    Thanks Kamal.
    Love the surreal moments. 🙂

kamal sharma · August 23, 2011 at 10:23 am

Very well articulated. Sometimes I felt you were sitting in front and talking – surreal.

Whenever someone asks me what is my religion and how often do I pray and practice, I pause and think and then say, ‘I believe in spirituality’.

I am glad to know you are at peace with yourself and the environment.

The British Asian Blog · September 6, 2011 at 3:39 pm

Yes, I agree with all what you have written. I have close friends who follow a spiritual path (if I’m not mistaken, its known as) Sufism. A link to the Islamic religion but really its a world of its own. I often hear them talk amongst themselves about it and they try explaining to me some paths which lead to stages, then prepare for reaching the next stage.

Since these friends have been following this path – I have realised some amazing changes in them and in our friendship – they feel more like family to me then ever before and its rare for me to see any negative act from them or talk bad about others.

It’s amazing how faith in a unseen path, where only some have travelled can bring the best out of other people. It’s amazing.

kumud · October 20, 2011 at 12:00 pm

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    Heena Modi · October 20, 2011 at 8:35 pm

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Thanks. it o.k. for me.

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