Spiritual advancement comes not by defining but by refining ! Jagannatheshwari Mataji (Gita Daily)

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Published on Aug 02, 2013

Based on Bhagavad Gita Chapter 03, Text 32

Spiritual advancement is essentially a journey of our heart’s affection towards Krishna, a journey that can get sidetracked by many detours. One tempting detour is over-intellectualism, wherein we get preoccupied with ratiocination instead of transformation. At such times, doubts and questions about logical, informational and philosophical technicalities engulf us, leaving us with little desire or energy for self-reformation. This unidimensional intellectuality is often triggered by the modern scientific approach, whichglamorizes expertise in reasoning, while neglecting character as subjective and irrelevant. The scientific approach deems understanding of a subject to be the result of analyzing, reducing and defining.

This defining approach that is central in the study of matterbecomes peripheral in the study of spirit. No doubt, defining has its place in spiritual life; it helps us to gain basic intellectual conviction and to discern authentic spirituality from shallow- or pseudo-spirituality. However, the spiritual realm essentially lies beyond the reach of the intellect. We can glimpse it partially using intellectual conceptualization, but can grasp it properly only by spiritual purification.

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