Asian Spirituality And You – A Case Of Enlightenment?
While countries in the West have their religious faith, countries in Asia have their spiritual traditions through which they anchor their lives on. Under the term Asian spirituality are practices like yoga and meditation, Buddhism, among others. With all these traditions, you can’t help but wonder if you could gain self-enlightenment just by following the practices of these traditions. And the quick answer to that question is this: it all depends.
Definitely, doing something just for the sake of doing it will render the practice useless unless if you have some building blocks in place. We call them the building blocks of spirituality. What are they? There is actually just one: LOVE.
No, we are not talking about romantic love here. We are talking about love as the nature of things. At the heart of spirituality and enlightenment is the search for the essence of love and becoming one with it.
You only need to take a look at how we react to different elements and how they effect us. Is it important to have good drinking water? Of course, and regarding the importance of love, we can look at the specifics of meditation practice to know that it is true. When you meditate, you recite a mantra over and over again, and no matter which guru you get your mantra from and what the mantra is, the meaning is always the same: love is the essence of all things.
The Definition Of Asian Sprituality
When you hear people talking about spirituality, you often think of Eastern religions. Many of the religions that have inspired the concepts of spirituality originated out of Asia. People that follow the religion of Buddhism are often thought to be some of the most spiritual people in the world. This may have to do with their association with the Dalai Lama, and the legends of the Buddha himself. Spirituality is about a journey, not so much a cognitive understanding of the world around you, but the way that you relate to it. It is not focused on where we go in the afterlife, but more on how we prepare, by simply becoming the best person that we can be. Those that follow Taoism, for instance, are only concerned about the way that we interact with the world around us, specifically becoming one with nature. This seems to be the ongoing focus and premise of all Eastern religions, and has contributed to what we all now referred to as Asian spirituality.
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What Exactly Is Asian Spirituality?
Asia is one of the most diverse areas of the world when it comes to religion and spirituality. It is from the religions that were developed that people can become more spiritual, following the different practices and beliefs. For example, you have probably heard of Hinduism, Taoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism, all of which have produced well over 1 billion followers worldwide. These religions are very different from Western religion, and therefore the spiritual beliefs of those that are followers look at the world, and the afterlife, in completely different ways.
Understanding Asian Spirituality
Unlike Western religions which believe that you will die and go to heaven, or possibly to send into hell, neither of these concepts are found within the context of Asian religions. In fact, most of them believe that there are multiple dimensions, places that people will go, and that you can also reincarnate. Their view of the world is also very different from Western religious beliefs. For example, in Buddhism, life is viewed as suffering whereas in Taoism, it’s all about having a union with nature. The spiritual beliefs of those in Asia may be very different from Western thought, but they are still related in similar ways. The ultimate goal of all people that are spiritual is to become more balanced as a human being, preparing themselves for whatever lies after death in the afterlife.
Why Studying Asian Spirituality Can Be Worthwhile
Asia’s approach to spirituality may seem unusual to people who live in the west. While many people practice some sort of religion, others simply consider themselves to be “spiritual.” They believe that they can benefit from practicing aspects of a religion, even if they don’t worship any particular god.
There are many philosophers who have drawn influence from Asian spirituality. You can learn from people in Asia even if you don’t have the same kind of beliefs that they do. There are elements of their religion that may help you to find personal growth or piece.
In addition, studying religion and spirituality can give you a better understanding of Asian culture. All cultures are influenced by religion in some way. Learning more about their beliefs can provide you with a great deal of insight.
It’s easy to learn more about spirituality in Asia. Many important texts have been translated into English, and many westerners have written about Asian believes from their own perspective.
Take advantage of some of the resources out there are try to learn a little bit more. You’ll be amazed by what you can learn. The beliefs that other cultures hold can be fascinating to an outsider.
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Namaste, and I thank you for visiting my site. My name is Foz and I have been a teacher of Asian spirituality. I wish to write a bit about this difficult yet fulfilling practice.
The difference between Asian and Western spirituality could probably be summed up in this one word: ritual. While the West, through its long romance with Christianity, is all about religious ritual, with the Asian brand of spirituality, it is all about the inner experience and knowing God from that experience. You only need to take a look at yoga, which has meditation as part of its practice, to know what we mean.
The word yoga means “to become one with”. What you become with really depends on your mantra. In most cases, though, no matter which ashram you go to, the mantra refers to the spiritual seeker being a part of God or the universal Supreme Being and hence is God or that Supreme Being. For religious people who are used to the idea of sin and a judgemental all-seeing power, this one-with-God idea is controversial and radical.
However, if you have been practicing the Asian brand of spirituality, you already know how important the mantra is. A mantra is a Sanskrit word that you repeat over and over again. The idea is that, if you repeat it enough, you become the embodiment of that mantra.