Mother India

Widows daubed in colours dance as they take part in the Holi celebrations at VrindavanIt is probably clear from some of the pictures, and posts on this blog that I am deeply influenced by the spirituality of India.

I thought I would say a few things about that.

Firstly, it is absolutely non-essential to have an Indian flavour to your spiritual life. While the term Advaita is a Sanskrit term, it essentially means Non-duality, which also has a Western tradition and many great Western teachers.

The body/mind that is Simon has a great affinity with India. Who knows why? I have been there many times, it is a love affair. Relating to the directly spiritual, India possesses a culture which has concerned itself with spirituality for millennia (and Advaita Vedanta in particular for over 5000 years).

Three of my favourite teachers are Ramana Maharshi (1879 – 1950) Adi Shankara (788 -820) and Nisargadatta Mahara (1897 – 1981). All born in India. But then I also greatly esteem Mooji (1954 – ) who was born in Jamaica!

Among Western teachers Francis Lucille, Rupert Spira, Lisa Cairns and Jeff Foster spring to mind (although they may or may not consider themselves teachers). And there are many others.

It is important to note also, that there are also people interested in nonduality, who practice established faiths, such as Christianity.

So, although I am an Indiaphile, another curious, awakening Being might be a motorbike-phile! (Practicing Zen and maintenance?). So whatever you like, there it is!

Personally, I find the sacred is present whether in a Cathedral, a Church, a Mosque, a Temple, (I confess I’ve never been inside a Synagogue, but I don’t doubt it is also a sacred space) or for that matter a forest. Or a Tea-House.

Sacredness is an attitude of the heart. It can be carried anywhere.

 

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