How to Masterfully Interpret & Integrate Spiritual Teachings

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If you’re reading this, you’ve probably had some sort of spiritual experience that you couldn’t quite explain completely to someone else.

…And if you haven’t, yet, that’s okay. You’ve probably had a vivid dream or experience that you couldn’t articulate quite well using words.

So, what do we do?

Usually after stumbling and bumbling through a couple minutes of misrepresenting the profoundness or strangeness of our experience we start the process.

We start using phrases like, “Well it’s like…” or “It was as if you were…”

Because that which is  beyond the mind; beyond the thought-waves; and beyond this physical plane of existence is not possible to totally describe using words.

Spiritual teachings, especially the scriptures, are largely written to be metaphorical and allegorical – just like you attempting to describe your mind-blowing epiphany or super strange dream where you were a dragon flying through an ocean talking with the whales. {haha}

This is to make a piece of history (whether it happened or not) relevant and profound to your life now. So you can go through the story and make it a living process for you.

So, when studying the scriptures, reading the inspiring stories of the saints, sages, and deities, and listening to enlightened masters, you must do your very best to ‘listen’ with your heart rather than your head.

Expand your consciousness into an intuitive plane.

Play with a new idea or story and enquire into it’s True nature. What do the characters represent in your own being? In the Vedas (especially in the Bhagavad Gita) each of the characters relates (in an allegorical sense) to an ASPECT of your personality.

In truth, even the very names of the two “warring” classes in the Bhagavad Gita have deeper metaphorical meaning…

Pandava means “knowledge body.” Those who are on the side of the Pandavas are spiritual and divine.

Kaurava comes from kuru, and raga. Kuru means to do work, and rava means the the crew or disposition toward delusion in human beings. Basically, Kaurava is referring to the evil propensities that speak from within.

These stories are shared to inspire you to lift your body, mind, and heart (chitta) towards Brahman.

We’ll talk more about this when we get into the various forms of concentration & meditation exercises.

The big idea here is to ensure you do not swing from one extreme to another.

This method creates intense attachments (raga) which leads to a ridged, strict, and uneasy movement on the spiritual path. This inevitably leads to hating your practice, or worse, hating (dwesha) those who do not conform to your whimsical, limited understanding.

It’s something that often occurs when you discover these teachings without the proper guidance of an enlightened master or a wise Yogi.

With this perspective steadily set in your mind, you’ll now begin to see these spiritual teachings is a very different light. Many “gurus” and “teachers” will still speak in literal terms. This is okay if they know what they’re trying to get at… But, always attempt to look beyond the merely physical (literal) meaning.

Reach into the lofty heights of your consciousness and perceive the glorious Truth behind all these names and forms.

References & Inspirations

The Bhagavad Gita – In the Light of Kriya Yoga (Book One) by Paramahamsa Hariharananda – Pages 43 & 49

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