In my previous post, we had seen the seven stages of consciousness. This post we shall seek an answer to a common question – “What is Spiritual Awareness?
Let’s understand this with the help of a story. This is a story of a family in which only the mother and child lived. The mother had a very intense love for plants. Inside the house, there were many different varieties of plants and also there was a beautiful garden with trees, flowers, fruits, and shrubs. Her son was really only a little boy, but he also helped to look after the plants. One day the mother had to go out of town and, knowing she would be away for a few days, she asked him to look after the plants as best as he could. The child assured his mother he would definitely look after them and she placed her trust in him and left for her journey.
When she returned a week later she found that most of her plants were looking a bit dull and wilted. She was sad. She called her son and asked, “Did you look after the plants?”. Her son said, “Yes mother, I have taken every possible care to see that your plants survived.” The mother asked, “How did you look after them?” The child said, “Every morning I would clean all the leaves and flowers and fruits with a cloth. If I saw any insects I would remove them and I have really worked hard. I don’t know why they are looking so dull.” The mother asked, “Did you give them water?” The son said, “That I forgot.”
This story relates to our life because we take care of the external growth but we do not take care of the inner growth. The plant, which is seen in the form of the body, is taken care of in different ways but the roots of the plant, which extends deep into our mind, are hardly seen. The water which has to be given to this plant of life is not pleasure but spiritual awareness. It is this spiritual awareness which sustains life. For whatever reasons we still find ourselves to be very much involved in external experiences and interactions.
We can even say that the entire system of science has been geared to deal with the external manifestations of our life. However, there have been some systems of thought which have emphasized that along with the external manifestations of the trunk, leaves, fruits, and flowers, one has to look after and understand the internal manifestations so that the roots which extend under the earth are also taken care of. This is true spirituality; the ability to take care of the seen and the unseen both at the same time.
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