What brings us to the spiritual path?
Four reasons people look for a spiritual path
- Sorrow / Happiness
Our search for a happy, successful life is really our search for our true Self, our relationship with the Infinite. Paramahansa Yogananda said, everyone is seeking happiness—that search is for God. When we find our Self, we find God.
What we really want:
- Life / Existence: Sat
- Knowledge / Awareness: Chit
- Happiness / Bliss: Ananda
The Kingdom of God is within you / That Thou Art
- What we are seeking is within us.
- We can know/realize the spiritual Truth of our being. We can learn to live consciously, wisely, well, find freedom from sorrow, and experience unconditional happiness.
Overview of Vedic philosophy which is the source of the teachings of Kriya Yoga — nature of reality, the Self, our path of realization.
- It is
- We are It
- We forget
- We remember
The Self is one, though It appears to be many. Those who meditate upon the Self and realize the Self go beyond loss and death, beyond separateness and sorrow. They see the Self in everyone and obtain fulfillment. —Chandogya Upanishad
For additional information, refer to:
Living the Eternal Way, p 9-16