In India it is not only the Yogis or Saints who are Spiritualists,
anyone who has found himself and understood the purpose of life is.
This section talks about spiritualism and divine centered living.
Spiritualism is based upon three main tenets:
. Inner spirit is the only reality
. The inner self which we call also as the higher
self is distinct and different from the outer self or the lower self,
also known as the physical self
. Through a process of detachment and spiritual
discipline, it is possible for us to detach ourselves from the outer
self and discover the inner self that is hidden in all of us.
Spiritualism is religion plus.
It is above religion and can be a good cure for the
petty and narrow minded thinking that often people cultivate because
of their excessive attachment to religion. Religion separates man from
man and divides people into groups; where as spiritualism helps us see
the whole. Spiritualism is way beyond dogmatism, fundamentalism and
obscurantism which are responsible for many problems among nations and
. God is infinite and permeates everything. He has
infinite love, He is perfect, and people are a part of God.
. Service to other people is a way to improve one's spirit. A person
should not do good things for other people just to improve themselves,
he or she should do good out of pure unselfishness and love for other
people and God. Bringing about "economic security, peace, charity, and
culture" to other people are great ways to enhance one's own spirit
and those of others.
. Continuous Existence of the Human Soul: The soul exists for
eternity, and spiritualism proves this by communicating with those who
visit from the spirit world. People should not live their lives with
merely the material world in mind, they should live in terms of their
eternal life. The soul continually progresses through different planes
of existence to serve and become closer to God.
. Personal Responsibility: People are responsible for their own
thoughts and actions. People have to atone for evil acts and negative
thoughts, and continually strive to lead a moral life.
. Eternal Progress Open to Every Soul: There is always progress to be
made, and what one must accomplish never ends. Primitive instincts
trap people in the material world, and so people must struggle against
these to reach a higher spiritual consciousness.
In terms of being philosophical Spiritualism is the characteristic of
thought that affirms the existence of immaterial reality imperceptible
to the senses. So it embraces a wide variety of philosophical issues.
Most patently it applies to philosophy of accepting the notion of an
infinite, personal God, immortality of soul, immaterial existence and
believe in inner self.