The Difference Between Illusion and True Spirituality

Spirituality has been in vogue recently. It is the next big achievement people wish to flaunt in their ‘curriculum vitae’ or course of life. While we see ourselves and so many others joining the spiritual revolution on earth we all go through various stages in awakening to be either one or more of the below at any point of time (please note this discourse is not about judging the awakening level of others but for self introspection and personal awakening of each reader):

Type 1: Spiritually Dead. Only interested in material world, daily chores, routine, work, success, money, gossip, other people, celebrities, glamour, fame, fortune, pleasure and avoidance of pain. At this stage we have no interest in knowing the truth or questioning reality. Blind to the suffering and pain of others and often to our own we merely exist in a cold reality we call life, always looking for something to entertain ourselves with. We all have been at this stage at some point of time, or even now.

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Type 2: Spiritually Asleep. At this stage we want to know truth but only through other people or books. We are either seeking scientific proof, or worshiping gods and goddesses through rituals and rites, or dreaming of a supreme being who lives in a fantasy realm of heaven with his angels, saves the world, carries our judgement of earthlings, fulfills apocalyptic prophecies, sends his messengers to preach his word..and so on…unaware that we are the God we all seek. We surpass this point only by looking within ourselves and discovering our own inner power. Religion can be spiritual if it is open to self-realization. An outer path is not really a spiritual path.

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Type 3: Spiritually Dreaming. At this stage we are dancing in ‘maya’ or illusion, dreaming of past, present or future, trying meditation techniques, performing energy work, visualizing ‘chakras’, talking to apparitions or voices of spirits or angels, connecting with other worlds or dimensions, searching for relationships, using law of attraction for achieving more, repeating chants or affirmations, positive thinking, having a positive aura and so on which are necessary steps in awakening. Unfortunately a lot of people only get lost in the play called ‘the world’.

An outer display or illusion of spirituality is not necessarily about really being good on the inside but on how to use spirituality as a means to an end ‘for getting’ what we want while ‘forgetting’ who we are. There are far too many people who are being enchanted by false spiritual gurus who only put on a fascinating show. Operating at this stage we are actually Type 1, only  in a ‘spiritual’ mask generating various illusions of spiritual success or grandeur. We graduate from this stage only when we return to our own inner self instead of merely being lost in the outer world of spiritual ‘success’. This is not to say that people who are outwardly popular or flaunt their spiritual beliefs are not really spiritual from within. They can surely be, however the point is that we must not be lost in the outer glamour and must focus on our inner personal ethics and realizations.

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Type 4: Spiritually Awake. True spirituality is beyond illusion of seeking more, wanting more, calling for God to save you, worshiping deities, having spiritual objects around you, being good at yoga, having tattoos, playing with illusion through magical thinking, displaying your amazing spiritual powers or controlling reality and people through your mind. All these are dreams and not awakening. Looking for anything ‘outside’ or ‘in your mind’ to make life more fulfilling is illusion because we are still in the mental ‘matrix’, creating our own illusions and attracting only illusions. We are all awakening right now.

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So What is True Spirituality beyond all the illusion?

  • It is not science or intellect
  • It is not religion or worship
  • It is not ‘maya’ or mind power
  • It is not about relationships
  • It is not spiritual fashion
  • It is not worldly success

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Spirituality is not about seeking love but feeling love within

Spirituality is not about being powerful outside but being heart-centered

Spirituality is not about attracting outer things but inner fulfillment

Spirituality is not about knowing the world but about knowing yourself

Spirituality is not about philosophical awareness but personal practice

Spirituality is not about seeking creator but being a loving creator

Spirituality is not about being positive on the outside but being truthful within

Spirituality is not about judging, but about knowing ourself

What They Don’t Teach You At Any Conventional School

Most of humanity has been living at a very low level of awareness, namely only at an outer level. Since we are very young, we learn about how to read, write, count, play, win, earn, aspire and succeed through routine life. Our education system has seen quite a few positive changes, such as fun-based education, vocational training, gender equality and cultural sensitivity. But what are we really missing in our academics today?

There are seven types of education needs that require attention and nourishment.

  1. Physical: Right from the time we are born we learn about physical awareness, personal care, kinesthetic skills and slowly get engrossed in the ‘world process’. This training is given throughout our pre-nursery, nursery and preparatory education. games-2801332_960_720.jpg
  2. Sensory: As our foundations are built in sensory awareness we learn various creative skills including art, crafts, music, dance and literature. The idea is to enjoy interacting with our environment with all our senses as taught to a certain degree in our primary to secondary schooling as well as in specialized learning centers. piano-2323844_960_720.jpg
  3. Mental: We grow into thinking about our world and how to succeed in it through career skills that are in-demand in the outer world, primarily science, technology or business in our maturing years through college. Learning theoretical concepts, various rules and their application seems to be the primary concern for most of our educational institutes and for most parents who worry about ‘what the kid will be’ in the commercial world of grown-ups.learn-2405206_960_720.jpg
  4. Heart-based: We learn how to be kind and loving as human beings and to be in tune with our inner nature through our feelings and not just through rules and regulations. Our education system has been more or less mind-centered while lessons of the heart are experienced through our own relationships and heart opening experiences. We need to learn how to be in-touch with our own heart and soul through education that allows us to follow our heart and be aware of our inner source of love, healing and compassion. puppy-2814858_960_720.jpg
  5.  Truth-seeking: We all need to be able to talk to our inner self with honesty and trust. Sometimes schooling prohibits our truthful introspection by focusing only on talking to others. We end up copying the world and repeating what we learn through books or through rules via mental absorption and shallow self-expression. We need to learn how to listen and talk to our inner-self, and not just with people around us so that we can discover higher truths.relaxation.jpg
  6. Inner Power: Our higher energy center awakens through meditation when we stop looking only outside and begin to look within. Our own intuition begins to develop. We learn to see beyond our thoughts and to be aware of something beyond the mind and beyond distance and time. As we learn how to use visualisation towards conscious manifestation of any situation in our life we suddenly we begin to see the maya of the world for what it is, merely a projection of our subconscious mind-stuff. Yet, only a small fraction of our population ever get to really experience or accept this important inner awakening which our world-focused education system is yet to discover. meditation
  7. Self-realization: Within each of us is a source of great peace and truth. As we realize from the dream of this illusory physical universe and no longer crave for mere material or worldly success, we experience for the first time a deep sense of inner contentment. This is the energy center of higher wisdom where our consciousness is fully awakened and we no longer feel separate from who we call God or Creator. Our education system will be unable to fully offer this training as this experience can only happen from within. yet, our schooling must evolve in order to inspire us through meditation and self-introspection to help us question reality and seek the truth about who we are and why we are here.lotus-2824909_960_720

As we can see, a love for inner truth and higher awareness has so far been totally ignored in conventional education. If some schools have started to include yoga and meditation in their curriculum, it has been more or less presented as a technique for physical wellness and stress management to help us cope with academic and material life, and not as an truly awakening experience that sets us free from the ‘matrix’ of unconsciousness.

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The result – a world where most people have been deeply asleep. On one hand we have extremes of materialism and addictions to external things, and on the other we have escapism, illness and suicide.

When people are unaware that creation flows from within them through their heart, soul and inner-vision, we see a world plagued with frustration, crime and poverty. Struggle and strife became the bane of existence with only an outer level education. The feeling that the world is very big and we are small, powerless and need a lot of money, fame or acceptance by society is the illusion that gave birth to a great sense of insecurity, meaninglessness and anger.

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We all have been ‘dumbed down’ through ignorance based religious texts that inspired hate, division, fights and dogma by preaching blind-faith in external deities. We were doctrinated into gender discrimination, sexual dominance, racial superiority, religious pride and ritualistic superstition by belief in scriptures that prevent real conscious inquiry.

So what can be the solution?

We as awakened adults need to first learn and then teach both our kids and other adults on a priority basis that:

1. We are in the world to be conscious and awaken to the True Self from within.

2. The outer world is an illusion that we are all manifesting through our personal and group consciousness.

3. We are all interlinked through an invisible matrix of minds, yet we exist as One Universal Soul at the creator level consciousness to which we are all meant to return.

Two major obstacles have been in our way and it is time to rise above them.

a. Religious fears can and should be challenged so that we can exit the false illusion of bookish systems of fundamentalism and understand that it is the inner self that needs to be awakened to create a better world. Blindly believing in rituals or scriptures even though they have been severely negative and confining, merely because our ancestors and family members have done so has led to a divided and ignorant world.

b. Scientific blindness has to be cured by understanding that science is an observation of outer world, whereas spirituality is to experience your own inner creator power for yourself regardless of seeking everyone’s approval through technical proof. Infact other people’s disbelief creates their own reality of a ‘non-magical’ world in which they are not in the center of creation. Each one of us has to awaken from within and to learn how to live as conscious beings of light.

Five Secrets of Our Soul


Who are we? Why are we here? People have begun to ask these questions now as our intelligence develops as a powerful specie on earth. Here are a few thoughts to help ease our mind and provide deeper perspectives regarding our spiritual truth.

1. We all have a Common Essence: Everything that has a form has also a deep formless energy at the core as being discovered scientifically and understood spiritually for ages. Basic logic would tell us that everything that exists in formation must have emerged from a formless primordial state. This state of energy would be beyond body and mind. This inner peace and thought-free state of being can be found through meditation as our true Self. It is within us all the time.

2. Our Common Inner Self is Infinite in Potential: The inner state of peace and pure consciousness that is the creator energy is simply an infinite potentiality which is capable of taking innumerable forms. It is like a zero that twists into infinity. As the zero state has infinite potential it simultaneously exists in infinite forms right now while being zero at the same time. It manifests as the omniverse with infinite number of beings of infinite variety including our present form.

3. Everything is Energy Changing Form through Innumerable Deaths and Rebirths: We all know energy is neither created, nor destroyed…it only changes form. If we are energy, which we most certainly are, and our true self is the primordial energy of the creator, we have existed in innumerable forms in past, present and future in infinite universes. We are in truth multidimensional beings existing throughout space and time through this self-created illusion of infinity.

4. We Have Forgotten Our Essence for a Purpose: As our true self is our common One soul, infinite and multidimensional it manifests with the help of Ego. Our ego is not necessarily evil. It is a limited self belief to help us stay grounded in one particular reality at a time. In each lifetime we forget who we are and create a new body and a new story to express various potentials, talents, skills, thoughts, and to have various experiences, both good and bad. We encounter various people and creatures and go through various situations that mirror ourself back at us. Through these various egos we learn various aspects of who we are systematically to fulfil our infinite potential step by step.

5. We Remember Who We Are Sooner or Later: As the one divine consciousness or creator energy within us feels more and more fulfilled through various forms and incarnations, it begins to develop higher forms of intelligence. In human form we begin to remember that we are the One and we have not only reincarnated once but infinitely to become all there is. All of us begin to see ourselves as various parts of our common self. Thus the world starts to heal with love, respect, peace and kindness to all beings through this divine interconnection.

Sunday Spirit: Many and One

In the course of a single lifetime we normally get attached and established in the illusion of duality. We believe ourselves to be many distinct personalities or separate entities over several such lifetimes. We believe we are either male, or female. We believe in our race, our ancestry, our religious community, our country, our home, our family, our profession, our degrees, our language…creating a certain ‘story’ of our life. Yet we are now awakening into an awareness of how all of us and everything is interconnected in magickal ways. We now know that our lifetime is not the only one, for we have been male and female, living in various places, at different times in infinite past or parallel existences. Deep inside we are all skin colors, all religions, all cultures…. one great being split into so many existences in the grand illusion of time. What if all of us – all people, things, creatures, planets, universes, dimensions, realities – were all inherently One? What if the MANY were projections of a ONE single consciousness who is healing itself through our growing awareness of who we really are? If we see the truth underlying all of existence, we would no longer have discord and war,anger, hurt or strife anymore.

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