How do I begin my Spiritual Journey?| Spiritual Quest | EP 06 | Spirituality 101 Series | KrsnaKnows

How do I begin my Spiritual Journey?| Spiritual Quest | EP 06 | Spirituality 101 Series | KrsnaKnows


Today we are going to take up a topic which
is a very intriguing topic, preparing for your Spiritual Journey. This question has been asked a thousand times,
by different people, the question is “How do I begin my Spiritual Journey?” Everybody has their own concept about beginning
this journey. Some people think that you have to go to places
of worship like temples, churches, or any religious place. Go to a pilgrimage. Go to these places where there are lots of
people who are searching for this kind of an answer. In today’s day and age, the most important
place to go to is called Google. Everybody goes to Google to search for this
answer. And finally, where do you end up? You end up with at least a million different
answers. The top of the line will be the one which
has got the topmost SEO. I’m sure you know that. Now, this is something which cannot grant
you this beginning. It is just going to lead you from one place
to another. Maybe it’s an answer in Quora. Now Quora is another beautiful place where
you can go and search for these answers. But. is it the place called Quora that is
important? Should we go to another location? Should we search for videos, or topics, “Where
do I start?” Let me give you my point of view, and this
is where everybody began. We have a whole load of Sages and Saints in
the past hundred years and they have started their journey in the manner which I am going
to tell you. The first place that they went to is called,
“Spiritual text.” Books which talk on Spirituality. I will never advise you to go for the tougher
text. Can you start your journey by reading stories
of these people? You see most of them have started their journey
by autography of a Saint, this is a very important place to start. Autography of a Yogi, autography of a Saint,
autography of Sage. Yes, the place where most of the people begin
is, “Autobiography of a Yogi.” I would suggest the same. But when you expand, when you go ahead, can
you find out better than that? Can you find out another story, and another
story and another story? You will find that there are so many stories
where people have given an indication that this is how I began my journey. Reading is the first place. So you start from reading. Now you can read on the internet, you can
take the books and read that. The next thing that you need to do is to go
towards the different videos of these Masters. Some of the old Masters have some videos,
like say Swami Chinmayananda. He has a lot of videos, you should go and
see. Swami Rama of the Himalayas, he has a lot
of videos you should go and watch them. Like that there are lots of people on the
internet in YouTube, where you can get these videos. Now, once you see these videos, you will get
a certain hang about what they are saying. Everybody speaks of one topic. And then there are the rest. The first topic which they speak of is called
meditation. Most of the great Masters that we know about,
speak of meditation. Meditation is a very important subject. I’m going to touch on this subject very lightly
over here. Meditation should be guided in the first place. Why do you need a guided meditation? It is because you don’t know anything about
the subject. Even if you have watched a YouTube video about
meditation it is very important to go in for guided meditation. Now it may so happen that you may go to a
local yoga studio where you may take up a guided meditation. It’s okay, it really does not matter. You have begun your journey somewhere. Now, this mediation should lead you to a higher
point in your life. That means it should take you from the place
that you are, slightly higher than where you are. It should give you a certain amount of peace,
calm, tranquility in your life. Now, this kind of meditation is important. At some places, they will teach you yoga. You can definitely join a yoga class. Nobody says that you cannot join a yoga class. But try to find a yoga class where you know
the teacher is very good. He comes from a lineage of Masters. Now to find such a person maybe a little tough,
but then it is always search and find. Did we not start with Google in the first
place? It’s a search engine, like that you are searching
for the answers. And this is where the search begins. At some places, they will teach you Japa. Japa means repetition of a particular word
on a continuous basis. Like we have “Om Namah Shivaya.” These particular words can be repeated. Now, these words may have no meaning for you. So, these words have to be given by a Master. Right now you don’t have a Master, your searching
for one, remember that. So, what do you do? It is mentioned in the scriptures that you
can do a general kind of a Japa, like the Buddhist do, “Om Mani Padme Hum.” If you go to the Himalayas, you will find
that most of the rocks, this particular mantra is written over there. You can do that, nobody says you can’t. Now, these are certain things that you need
to do. What is the next that you’ve got to do? Have you seen all these spiritual people have
a particular way of dressing? Now, why is dressing so important? Well if you need to have a particular posture,
you need to dress appropriately. When you go for a run, do you wear running
shoes? When you go for a walk you wear walking shoes? Why are running shoes separate than walking
shoes? And why is it that if you are an athlete you
have to wear a particular kind of shoes? Do you understand this? The reason why these shoes have been defined
is because you have to be comfortable in that. So, if you have to run a long long ways, it
is important to have good shoes. Then, have you seen the tennis players? They wear a particular kind of a garment. Now, that garment, their attire is very important. Have you also noticed that they wear headbands
and different kinds of things? These are the important things for being in
that particular field. If you are a corporate Czar you will dress
differently, unless or until you have the billions, then you can dress in t-shirt and
jeans, that’s a different story. There are lots of Czars who just dress in
a t-shirt and jeans. Well, they have established themselves so
they can do that. Let us not go there. You have to dress appropriately, so dressing
is important. You have to be comfortable in the dress that
you wear. It can be any kind. Not necessary that you have to wear orange
colour clothes. Do you get the point? It’s not important to wear white colour clothes. In some places you will wear coloured clothes,
it really does not matter. I will take up this topic about dressing in
another video. The next one, is called diet. It is important to have a diet. What kind of a diet is important? Think about it, if you’re doing hard studies,
studies day and night, if your studying have you seen the kind of diet that you have to
maintain? If you are a weight lifter, or if you are
a cinema actor, you have to maintain a particular kind of diet. If your building muscle mass, then there is
a certain diet that is required. For Spiritual, you need a special kind of
a diet. And this diet, the study of this diet is important. Again, this is a topic for another day, I
will take up this topic in detail. The next thing is to be disciplined. Discipline is a very important subject over
here. If you’re undisciplined you will never achieve
your objective. Start from when do I get up? What time do I get up? It is important to start at the beginning
of the day, somewhere around 3:30 and 4 am. This 4 am ritual will help you in the long
run. You will develop a lifestyle which is very
important for Spiritual development. Last but not the least, you need to find a
space of your own. I am not going to advise you to go to some
mountain place or some kind of a shack somewhere in the woods. No, that is not what I am saying. I would rather you find a space in your own
house. Maybe a room for yourself where there is a
pin-drop silence, nobody comes and disturbs you. Maybe it’s a study. Maybe you find it on your terrace. Maybe you find it in your garden. But you need that “me” time for Spiritual,
which should not be disturbed by anyone. I have given you a general description of
how to start the preparation for this Spiritual Journey. We will take up the rest of the topics, which
I discussed, about learning Japa, or Yoga, or Diet or Discipline in the future. These are separate topics, but you may have
certain topics for discussion for the next time. So, please mention them in the comments below
and write the questions very legibly, so that I can answer them for you. Thank you.

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