“Spirituality is a way of life. It is not just doing meditation.” Master Choa Kok Sui
Spirituality doesn’t mean someone meditates all day long, oblivious to everything else. With spiritual development comes growth in all aspects of life.
So the question is, how do we know that we’re developing spiritually? This shows up in character building, or the practice of virtues. Whether you look at ancient religions, or modern motivational speakers, the emphasis is pretty much always laid upon Good Thoughts, Good Words and Good Deeds.
The practice of virtues leads to maturity and becoming a better person. It also leads to acquiring more inner powers. This can be directly correlated to the Law of Karma. We reap the fruits of what we plant, and we will not reap the fruits of seeds we do not sow.
Therefore, we will be unharmed and uninjured when we no longer have the negative karma of harming others. Likewise, we will have a prosperous life if we have planted seeds of prosperity by tithing and service!
In this way, practicing the virtues brings empowerment, protection and abundance into our lives.
So what are the inner powers that can be acquired?
1) Loving-Kindness and Non-Injury
Love brings protection! When we abstain from injuring others in thoughts, words and actions, we receive protection from being hurt.
There are many myths, stories and legends in numerous cultures about persons subjected to a bonfire, emerging miraculously without a single scratch. Their karma protected them. The gift of practising and mastering the virtue of Loving-Kindness and Non-Injury is immunity from harm and danger.
2) Generosity and Non-Stealing
Generosity brings abundance. It should be common sense, but it needs to be emphasized that stealing leads to poverty! If we take what does not belong to us, we generate the negative karma of poverty. As a result, things will be taken away from us. It can be through losses, theft, unforeseen expenses, etc.
Being generous, warm and supportive, on the other hand, brings about good karma of prosperity and abundance. It can also appear as good luck. Many stories and autobiographies prove the effectiveness of tithing and donation in attracting wealth, prosperity, and success in business.
The gift of practicing the virtue of Generosity and Non-Stealing brings a life full of prosperity, abundance and good luck!
3) Honesty and Non-Lying
When someone lies, they distort the vision of others. The negative karma of lying results in a lack of clarity and confusion. On the other hand, when the truth is shared, it sheds light on a subject and leads to clarity and better understanding.
The power gained through practicing Honesty to a great degree would be clarity and a sharp and intelligent mind. In some texts, lying is symbolized as a veil. Each lie adds a veil to the eyes of the liar. Eventually, they become so thick they become blinded to the truth.
The gift of practicing Honesty and Non-Lying is clarity and intelligence.
4) Constancy of Aim and Effort & Non-Laziness
This is the virtue needed for achieving great things in life. It means not giving up and continuing to work until we reach the target.
“Success comes from One-pointedness and Constancy of Aim and Effort.” Master Choa Kok Sui
We’ve heard that we need to have commitment, but what does it mean in the context of spirituality?
It means physically, we must show up and finish what we start. We can’t give up midway because of loss of motivation or other excuses.
Emotionally, it means finding ways and means of overcoming problems. There are no excuses when there’s emotional constancy. It’ll lead to calculating the risks, working out the details and re-strategizing when needed.
Spiritual commitment manifests as using energy techniques and principles such as Kriyashakti, developed by Master Choa Kok Sui, to influence the inner world and materialize our plans.
It’s also essential to keep our promises and be responsible. If we do not do what we promised, people will not keep their promises. This will start a toxic cycle of procrastination, delay and missing targets.
Therefore, the gift of practicing Constancy of Aim and Effort is success and greatness.
5) Moderation and Non-Excessiveness
When there’s an imbalance in life, there’s trouble. Imbalances in the physical body lead to ailments. Imbalance in the energy body causes the chakras to malfunction, leading to eventual physical and psychological trouble.
We can take this analogy forward and apply it to space. Imbalance of energy in a house leads to problems in life and relationships. This is the principle behind Pranic Feng Shui.
Imbalance in work, time-management, relationships, etc. leads to stress, anxiety and eventual collapse.
When it comes to spirituality, imbalance in following the proper spiritual practices leads to stagnation and seemingly insurmountable challenges.
As Lord Buddha said, we need to follow the Middle Path. Any extreme leads to another! Just as too much fun is to be avoided, excessive overworking isn’t good either.
Moderation is key to having a well-rounded life! The gift of Practicing Moderation and Non-Excessiveness is harmony and balance.
Spirituality, therefore, doesn’t imply day-long meditation. It means taking charge of the various dynamic factors of life, and rising to the challenge.
With spiritual development comes growth.