Here and now we will talk about the true spiritual path because the majority of people do know what the true path is and thus they are led into a wrong way.
First of all when i met my Teacher the first thing he told me was that i found him because i was ready to understand what the true spiritual path is. And the first thing i learned was that the spiritual path is not the path of some kind of ethical code or morality or system or tradition because there are many different moralities and codes of ethic or traditions in the world and in general every society or community has its own moral rules and traditions or philosophy. And something that in one society of group is considered as the right thing in another society can be considered the wrong thing. So i started realizing that such morality or ethical code or any social perception or culture cannot be the true spirituality. But it happens many times that people confuse spirituality with some traditional way or with ethical and cultural rules. And my teacher showed me a picture. This was a very old picture in a Zen Monastery. In this picture there was a circle of monks meditating in a siting position with their back turned to a fire inside which was burning a broken statue of Buddha! And my Teacher told me: "This is the right attitude that there should be. Whith this the zen monks wanted to show that for them spirituality is a path which is higher than the usual worshiping of Buddha and that the worshiping of Buddha can be the usual "right" moral way or tradition that is common in China or in India. But true spirituality is higher than an empty worshiping of Buddha. In some other societies there are different types of ethical rules, different social perceptions. For example in Muslims is considered moral for a man to have 4 women but in Christianity the same things is a sin. In this way we can find many differences of what is the right way in different cultures, societies and traditions. And in some cultures what is considered as good is bad in other cultures or traditions. This is why this kind of diverse morality and way of practice of different traditions cannot be the true spirituality.
So what is the authentic spirituality?
First of all is understanding and experiencing the world as the world truly is. It is seeing the world through the eyes of the child. When the small child sees the world through its own eyes it does not have preconceived ideas and concepts in its head for how the world is or how it should be. This is why the child sees the world with clear vision exactly as the world really is. On the other hand when the grown up sees the world, in reality he sees his preconceived ideas and the concepts that he has in his mind about the world.
One time with some students we were visiting a place in nature and we arrived in front of a small waterfall in a small river. In the beginning we were all amazed by the picture that appeared in front of our eyes. We were all without thoughts just in the moment observing the waterfall and the river but it appeared that very soon, after a minute or so, everyone started to have some thoughts, some inner dialogues, and in the end no one was really anymore in the present observing the river, everyone was looking only the thoughts that had arrived in his or her mind. We couldn't see the river anymore but actually the different thoughts that were passing through our head. In the same way every human does not see the world but his thoughts about the world. He quickly takes a look at the world and immediately starts labeling and judging everything: "This is this", "this means that" and when he has put in everything some kind of label and explanation he can then feel ok that he now knows everything and everything goes well. He can now relax because he can explain in his mind everything...
to be continued
Alexander - Northern Deer