Oct. 10, 2002
Acquiring Subtle, Spiritual Instinct
- It may take ages and finally it may or may not acquire it.
- All Spirituality is subtle.
- Spirituality, like other things, exists as knowledge, method,
skill, intuition, as well as instinct. It is a subtle instinct at that.
- All the extinct civilisations were subtle civilisations. The
Egyptian civilisation was occult. Indian civilisation is subtle spiritual.
- The Spiritual is overlaid by the subtle or occult or both.
- The Spirit evolved in one age was expressed through the vitality
of life and the psychology of the mind.
- At that time, vitality and mentality were the
versions of the Spirit.
- As conditions in the country change, varying changes occur at all
- What obtains now is the unspoilt Spiritual kernel overlaid by the
mental, vital values of the present day or the life of people from then up
till the present time.
- Greek and Latin words coming to English come either directly or
through another language, sometimes through two or three languages.
- We sift the roots, changes, and inflexions, understand the
prefixes and adapt the suffixes and know the truth of the word and its
- Spiritual vibrations surviving the onslaught of
social, psychological influences can be seen by an analytic perception and
we can, with proper training, appreciate the changes that are mutations as
well as mutilations.
- Indian life is replete with these original wonders, shot through
and through with distortions of several types. The rural side preserves it
better. The more uneducated the people, the better it is preserved. Women
are good spiritual preservatives.
- The intellect, especially the academic intellect is ell trained in
Western youth. His personality will be complete only when it benefits by
the Spiritual Touch.
- It will take ages for the intellect to mature to intuition.
- The bodies of Westerners are dark. Their practicality is the
result of physical thinking. Their very bodies think.
- Whatever it is, it is NOT subtle.
- Aspiring Westerners endowed with spiritual
curiosity can be taught to learn the subtle ways of life, the truth behind
life and thus be led to experience the spiritually subtle life in a rural
spot in India.
- They must come with a trained discrimination devoid of prejudice
to look for the grain apart from the chaff.
- A course that teaches the ways of subtle life as distinct from the
practical way of life, the spiritual expressions there, the mutilations of
superstition and illiteracy can be designed so that the aspirant can be
armed with what he should look for.
- By living in an Indian village for a year or two, one can have the
practical experience of what Spirit means in Life.
- Well devised, this experience can abridge centuries into years.
- I conceived of one foreign youth in each Indian village with this
end in view as early as 1975.
- It can serve its purpose if the programme is one of exchange.
- Life Response will be the Touchstone of this
programme, if ever it gains any credibility.
- Indians in USA bring back to India when they return a rich
technological experience impossible to gain in India, as they acquire it
there in a cultural milieu out of which the technology was born.
- I am sure a programme well conceived and organised so that NO
impediment -- diplomatic, bureaucratic, linguistic, cultural or superstitious
-- will offer its benefit to the aspirant can go a long way in offering a
spiritual education of Life to the youth of the West.
- This is one of the many opportunities societies offer.