What is spirituality? We consider only worship and good actions to be spirituality. But in truth:
People asked Buddha if he understood divinity.- Buddha was silent on the existence of God. He said, “It is a waste of time to argue about an unknowable subject like divinity which is beyond the mind”. Yatho Vaacho Nivartante Apraapya Manasaa Sahaa – From where words and thoughts return, unable to grasp anything – That is divinity. “For me, sathya, dharma and ahimsa are equivalent to Brahmâ, Vishnu and S’iva“, he said.
Truth and dharma are the highest. Follow them and practice ahimsa in your life. This is true spiritual effort, Buddha said. There is no God higher than Truth. For this reason, the Vedas say – Sathyam Vada, Dharmam Chara – Speak the truth and uphold righteousness. God is present wherever these are upheld. Vasishtha said – Ramo Vigrahavaan Dharmah – Râma is the very embodiment of dharma – because Râma never spoke a lie and always stuck to the path of dharma. He walked barefoot in forests and sacrificed everything for the sake of righteousness. To uphold a promise given by His father, He took great burdens upon Himself. Without ever faltering, Râma adhered unflinchingly to sathya and dharma. That is why He is the embodiment of divinity.
If the service and education wings take care of the society’s needs, the spiritual wing caters to the individual’s needs. he power of spirituality is inexplicable and infinite and can transform an animal into man and man to a divine being. This wing therefore helps nurture the inner self of all members. This is done through group activities such as devotional singing, study circles, public lectures, seminars and meditation.
- The Sai Organisation is a service organisation with a spiritual base. The activities of its Spiritual Wing are the very foundation of its existence. Participation in spiritual activities increases our capacities and motivation for service, while participation in the service activities enables us to make greater progress on our spiritual path.
Devotional Singing – Bhajan , Nagarsankeertan
When all the participants in a bhajan sing in unison, sacred vibrations are produced and divine energies are released.
Swami says ” Study with faith and devotion. Delve into the significance and meaning of what you read, and always have before you the goal of putting what you read into practice. Unless you do so, the Study Circle will remain a half Circle forever, it cannot be a full Circle.
Baba explains: What is a Study Circle ? It is not just reading books. Each person gives their point of view, and finally values are derived from this. If there is just reading there is doubt. But if each one gives his view, doubts will be answered. The study circle looks at different facets. It is like a diamond with its different facets, but there is one facet that is flat, the top facet, and from this all can be viewed. To discover the top facet is the task of the study circle.
From ancient days meditation has been considered as the highest goal in many cultures, especially in Bharat. It is not something that one does by sitting for a couple of minutes or hours.
Bhagawan has suggested an easy-to-practice Light or Jyoti Meditation for the members, which is considered the foremost spiritual discipline geared towards gaining inner peace.
Sadhana is the spiritual effort the seeker puts in, derived from the root word ‘sidhi’ which means ‘to be accomplished in seeking divinity. Sadhana camps are organised over a period of 2 to 3 days activities like prayer sessions, yogic exercises, Jyoti meditation, pranaadhyana, seminars, workshops and talks, are planned to help build discipline plus perseverance. The sadhana camps place great emphasis on individual and character development. Bhagawan says “Anything that awakens the awareness of the universal, the infinite, the transcendental and any work which takes you out of your narrow self into the vaster magnificence..ideals must become higher and grander. Desire must become more and more sublime. Attachment must be transmuted into nobler and subtler emotions”.