Start Your Spiritual Journey

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Start Your Spiritual Journey

  1. 1. Cover Start your spiritual journey www. S piritual R esearch F oundation.org
  2. 2. At the outset The spiritual practice that SSRF recommends conforms to the six basic principles in spiritual practice <ul><li>There are as many paths to God as there are people </li></ul><ul><li>Going from many to one </li></ul><ul><li>From Gross to Subtle </li></ul><ul><li>According to Spiritual Level or Spiritual Capacity </li></ul><ul><li>As per the times </li></ul><ul><li>Offering as per your talent or capacity </li></ul>
  3. 3. At the outset The spiritual practice that SSRF recommends conforms to the six basic principles in spiritual practice <ul><li>There are as many paths to God as there are people </li></ul><ul><li>Going from many to one </li></ul><ul><li>From Gross to Subtle </li></ul><ul><li>According to Spiritual Level or Spiritual Capacity </li></ul><ul><li>As per the times </li></ul><ul><li>Offering as per your talent or capacity </li></ul>Whether your spiritual practice conforms to the 6 basic principles of Spirituality is a true litmus test for its effectiveness
  4. 4. The three things you can do to – Start your spiritual journey <ul><li>Chanting the Name of God according to the religion of your birth </li></ul><ul><li>Chanting a protective chant for ancestral problems </li></ul><ul><li>Building your spiritual knowledge </li></ul>Start your spiritual journey
  5. 5. Chanting the Name of God according to the religion of birth <ul><li>We are born to the religion that is most conducive to begin our spiritual journey. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Chanting the Name of God according to the religion of birth <ul><li>We are born to the religion that is most conducive to begin our spiritual journey. </li></ul><ul><li>Accordingly to begin our spiritual practice, the aspect of God that we worship depending on our religion (at birth) is most beneficial. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Chanting the Name of God according to the religion of birth <ul><li>We are born to the religion that is most conducive to begin our spiritual journey. </li></ul><ul><li>Accordingly to begin our spiritual practice, the aspect of God that we worship depending on our religion (at birth) is most beneficial. </li></ul><ul><li>The various Names of God according to each religion represent the various aspects of the one Supreme God. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Chanting the Name of God according to the religion of birth <ul><li>We are born to the religion that is most conducive to begin our spiritual journey. </li></ul><ul><li>Accordingly to begin our spiritual practice, the aspect of God that we worship depending on our religion (at birth) is most beneficial. </li></ul><ul><li>The various Names of God according to each religion represent the various aspects of the one Supreme God. </li></ul><ul><li>By repeating the Name of God according to the religion of our birth, we call upon this aspect of God and harness His divine energy. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Chanting the Name of God according to the religion of birth <ul><li>We are born to the religion that is most conducive to begin our spiritual journey. </li></ul><ul><li>Accordingly to begin our spiritual practice, the aspect of God that we worship depending on our religion (at birth) is most beneficial. </li></ul><ul><li>The various Names of God according to each religion represent the various aspects of the one Supreme God. </li></ul><ul><li>By repeating the Name of God according to the religion of our birth, we call upon this aspect of God and harness His divine energy. </li></ul><ul><li>This would be akin to taking a general spiritual tonic that is most required for our spiritual growth. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Chanting the Name of God according to your religion of birth Buddhist Om Manipadme hum, Namo Buddhaya Christian Roman Catholic: Hail Mary Anglican and other Christian denominations: Hail Jesus The family deity’s Name or if one does not know the family deity then one needs to chant Sree Kuldevtaayai namahaa . Method of repeating (chanting) the family deity’s Name: Sree should prefix the Name of the family deity, the Name that follows should be in dative case ( chaturthi pratyay ) and should conclude with namaha . For instance, if the family deity is > Ganesh then ‘ Sree Ganeshaaya namahaa ’ > Bhavaani , then ‘ Sree Bhavaaneemaataayai namahaa or Sree Bhavaaneedevyai namahaa’ Hindu
  11. 11. Chanting the Name of God according to your religion of birth Islam Ya Allah, Allah hu Akbar, Rahim etc. Jain Navakar Mantra (Om Namo Arihantaanam) Jehovah, Yahweh, Adonai or one of the many Names of God as per Judaism Jew Sikh Vahe Guru, Sree Vahe Guru, Sukhmani Saheb, Japaji Saheb Zoroastrian There are 101 Names. The seeker is asked to chant the Name corresponding to the number obtained in meditation.
  12. 12. Tips on the spiritual practice of chanting the Name of God Verbally Mentally With prayer beads Chant in whichever way you are comfortable with
  13. 13. Tips on the spiritual practice of chanting the Name of God Verbally Mentally With prayer beads Chant in whichever way you are comfortable with You can chant at anytime & any place While walking your dog Cooking Travelling to work
  14. 14. Tips on the spiritual practice of chanting the Name of God Verbally Mentally With prayer beads Chant in whichever way you are comfortable with You can chant at anytime & any place While walking your dog Cooking Travelling to work 12 3 6 9 Regularly increase your chanting qualitatively and quantitatively One session or Multiple sessions
  15. 15. Tips on the spiritual practice of chanting the Name of God Verbally Mentally With prayer beads Chant in whichever way you are comfortable with You can chant at anytime & any place While walking your dog Cooking Travelling to work 12 3 6 9 Regularly increase your chanting qualitatively and quantitatively One session or Multiple sessions Be regular with your chanting Daily Sincere efforts
  16. 16. Chanting as a spiritual practice The bottom line <ul><li>Give it your best for at least 6 months. </li></ul><ul><li>Regular spiritual practice </li></ul><ul><li>Insulates/protects us from problems which have their root cause in the spiritual dimension </li></ul><ul><li>Superlative and lasting happiness </li></ul>
  17. 17. Counteracting problems due to ancestors Chanting the protective chant of ‘ Sree Gurudev Datta ’ is strongly recommended to protect oneself from problems due to departed ancestors.
  18. 18. Counteracting problems due to ancestors Chanting the protective chant of ‘ Sree Gurudev Datta ’ is strongly recommended to protect oneself from problems due to departed ancestors. Audio Sree Gurudev Datta
  19. 19. About chanting of Sree Gurudev Datta <ul><li>Recommended quantity: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Minimum 1100 repetitions of the chant per day (approx 2 hours) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Maximum 3300 repetitions of the chant per day (approx 6 hours) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>When? </li></ul><ul><li>Best earlier in the day as it is a protective chant </li></ul><ul><li>You can do it in one continuous session or break it up into various sessions </li></ul>
  20. 20. Study <ul><li>Understanding the importance of spiritual practice </li></ul><ul><li>Deciding our next steps in spiritual practice? </li></ul><ul><li>Providing knowledge on how to accelerate spiritual growth </li></ul>It is important to note that the books that you read need to conform to the six basic principles of spiritual practice. Study helps us in:

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