Is hermitage a path to Spiritual wisdom and Self Realization


Going to a hermitage (ashram) in present times does not serve any purpose unless we have recreation in mind. As practiced and advocated by Ramana Maharshi true contemplation (chintan) can be done only in isolation, never a place full of people, prime reason for Maharshi Ramana going to confines of Arunachala.

 

State of self realization is reached indulging in spirituality via contemplation (chintan). There is no shortcut method for indulging in spirituality detailed in Bhagavad Gita.

 

Most human beings world over never wanted to indulge in contemplation (chintan), prime reason why almost all failed to progress spiritually. Finding grapes were sour, most diverted to religious practices (rituals) just for a false inner satisfaction that meant nothing on path of pure spirituality.

 

We had only one life to live, the present earthly sojourn limited by 70 to 80 years of earthly life. We just cannot while it away doing nothing and indulge in religious routines that had no value on path to self realization. If we are serious about spirituality we had no other alternative than to master delicate art of contemplation (chintan).

 

Initially indulgence in contemplation (chintan) seems difficult, very difficult but is not impossible. I was adept at indulging in contemplation even when six years of age. So much so that practicing truthfulness 100% I could distinctly hear promptings of Lord Krishna coming from within our heart. Allegorically Lord Krishna is soul atman, spirit existing in our heart.

 

Guided by voice of Lord Krishna from within I finally completed my spiritual journey in 1993 37 years of age.

 

In the initial stages of spiritual pursuit I also searched for a spiritual master to guide me in the spiritual journey of life but realizing I would never get a spiritual preceptor to guide me, I looked forward to literature relating to self realized souls Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa and Maharshi Ramana. I never went to a hermitage (ashram) ever in my life though Haridwar and Rishikesh existed nearby.

 

Around 15 years of age, when I wanted to go to deep confines of Himalayas to contemplate in isolation I asked my mother for permission to leave the family permanently. She looked at me and said, over my dead body. Thereafter I continued my journey of spirituality even while living in family. I did not look back ever.

 

Instead of searching for a hermitage (ashram) one can indulge in spirituality successfully even in confines of home. It is much better than anything else for we can all the time contemplate in isolation without any hassles.

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