The Sadhana CycleThe Ladder of Spiritual advancementTravel from Intellect to Wisdom and KnowledgeDiscover the unknown secrets
Systematic Development of Sadhana Siddhi
The Sensation of Divine Reality
Generally, this question arises in the mind of each person that –
What is God?
Who are the Gods-Goddesses?
What is power?
Can They be actually realized?
Can They be actually seen?
Can They be actually perceived?
Confused in the incessant whirlpool of these multiple questions, a normal person believes in the existence of the Gods-Goddesses, and completes his part of duties by performing worships. Many detractors do not believe in the existence of Divinity, but there is one universal truth – Everything in this universe is running through an organized process routine as per specific rules and there is certainly a strong authority governing this universe in such a magnificient manner for millions of years. We cannot deny the existence of this power. It is certain that there is a divine God and men have imagined His different forms through their varied intelligence, but an Almighty Divine Providence is directing the course of this dynamic universe. Each individual is a little bit curious about the nature of Divine form. This curiosity leads him to seek, understand and obtain the secrets of this life. Simply put, this path of experiencing this Almighty Divine power is the path of spiritual advancement.
Spirituality means – Knowing thyself and merging self with Divine. There can be thousands of different methods for physical material advancements. There may be thousands of activities for material upliftment, but the path of spiritual upliftment is very simple and straightforward. All the material energies also align for support, whilest progressing towards this path.
Now the question arises that how to acquire spiritual development in this life?
How to obtain bliss in this life?
How to obtain self-happiness in this life?
How to stay detached, while also being involved in various activities in this life?
The solution to all these questions lies in performing sequential activities in the life by the individual. As one sets a specific target for physical material development, similarly, one needs to set a similar goal called self-realization; so setting self-realization as the ultimate objective, this will certainly lead one to that stage.
There are eight stages, eight levels of spiritual advancement. One progresses from first stage to second, and then from second to the third one. Let us see what are these eight levels?
- The Intellectual Knowledge,
- Spiritual Sensation-Perception
- Spiritual Spirit
- Self-Realization – Self-Consciousness
First level – Intellectual Knowledge –
Generally we receive the intellectual knowledge through two means, first- by reading a book full of information, and second by listening to a spiritual discourse. A person is able to make further plans only after hearing and reading. What should be the direction of his effort? The process of Sadhana starts from here. This is the first step. In simple terms, a Sadhak initially starts thinking about his future actions after reading Guru-literature, Guru-knowledge, Nikhil Mantra Vigyan magazine or any other similar spiritual literature. How to proceed? Some Sadhaks start getting wisdom, start thinking-analyzing, moves towards versatility after hearing Guru’s discourse.
Second Level – Faith –
When you start reading deeply about thousands of facts about spirituality, when you start hearing about thousands of such facets, then you start believing in some truths and dismiss some others. But when this faith starts deepening into confidence, then some of the distrust melts away. This confidence starts to provide an inspiration and a clear direction to your mind. “I should walk” on this path. “This is the right path”. “There is scope of advancement in this path.” All these three expressions assist to spur the inspiration and keep strengthening your faith and conviction.
Third Level – Sadhana –
The intellect keeps analyzing each fact. But when the day comes when the intellect becomes wise to believe in practicing Sadhanas, then this intellect keeps directing you (Sadhak) to perform Sadhana activities, because at that stage all the intelligence and logical questions would have been completely terminated. The intelligence directs that the wisdom which you have acquired and which you now believe in, start practicing that wisdom. The wisdom repeatedly motivates to accomplish, then the individual starts practicing Sadhana.
Fourth level – Spiritual Experience
This is the most important and pivotal point. The entire circle of spiritual advancement rotates around this central point. The Sadhana leads to spiritual perceptions, and these spiritual experiences deepen the faith and reverence in meditation, in God, and in Sadhana power. This increase in conviction deepens the Sadhana belief and one starts getting new sensations daily. These feelings take one to the higher level of spiritual dynamics. Cognition, Faith and Sadhana are parts of the same circle, and are completely attached to each other. Perception leads to faith, faith to mental strength and deeper mental strength leads to deeper perceptions, which in turn leads to deeper trust and confidence.
Fifth level – Trust
Sensation … Consciousness … Perception … this steady increase causes deeper trust. A strong feeling comes in the mind that our path is appropriate, it is the best path. One develops unwavering faith towards Guru and God, and this leads to further joy in performing Sadhanas. The new novel perceptions produce mental peace and calm. The aura develops, the face starts radiating with vitality along with calmness.
Sixth level – The Spiritual Sense
The Spiritual Spirit means an ever-realization of, ever-consciousness of the presence of Guru and God around your surroundings and your daily tasks and actions. This realization occurs only through deeper and deeper levels of faith and trust. One keeps getting signals that the Guru is always with me, God is always with me. Guru is witness to all my actions. His subtle presence is always with me at each moment. I can continually experience Him in my psyche.
Seventh Level – Devotion
When one starts experiencing Guru in the form of God and God in the form of Guru, then, the Sadhak dives into the ocean of devotion. This devoutness terminates the feeling of “yours and mine,” The feeling that I am different from God gets eliminated completely. The devotion grants us the experience that we are an integral part of the Guru, that we are part and parcel of God. The Guru is ever-present in our psyche, and God is always with me at all the time. This all is a sense of devotion.
Eighth Level – Enlightenment – Self-Realization
Wisdom, faith, Sadhana-meditation, experience, trust and devotion to the spiritual sense culminates in the achievement of the Final stage by the Sadhak and this stage is “The Enlightenment”. The Self-Realization is another form of Enlightenment. When everything unites together and when we mentally merge with the God through love. We move away from the feelings of happiness-distress. We lose in ourselves, there is ever-present joy, this is the state of trance, of Samadhi, when all Chakras of Kundalini gets activated, and we not only develop contact with, rather merge with the Supreme Guru.
This is the Eternal Bliss, this is the Divine Ecstasy…
Provide spiritual support
Every person has knowledge, but it is important to provide proper guidance to this flow of knowledge. It is essential to lead this knowledge to the Spiritual sense. It is important for disciple to inspire Sadhaks, to give them the required spiritual support. The distribution of Guru-literature, the Guru-magazine to common-folk by wise disciples is the spiritual support. The Spiritual support implies involving self and performing actions for the advancement of others, as well as of self. This can be done at any level, in any form at any place. This action must be accompanied by a feeling in your mind that I have to spread the Guru-knowledge, the Guru-literature to thousands of people.
Always remember that the path of Sadhana initiates from the intellectual knowledge, i.e. Guru-literature. Guru-wisdom is the main backbone.