Tradition and Culture 2

Dear readers,

It is a pleasure to be here again today, sharing with you all yet another inspiring blog. I hope you all are faring well. I sincerely apologize for being a day late, I was overwhelmed with other activities.

As a continuation from last week’s blog, here is the second part. For those of you who missed the first part, please do read it here, so as to get a good background before continuing with this part.

Since we all interpret these knowledge differently, it is certain that our tradition is affected and also reflects our interpretation. Some of our interpretations have been influenced by time, some by personal motives and agenda, some by lack of proper spiritual understanding of spiritual matters and others simply by the desire to cheat others.

Every spiritual society tries in one way or another to inculcate in its adepts the benefits of practicing a tradition that is in sync with the true nature of our real self. Since this tradition is the transmission of Knowledge from generation to generation, the goal of a spiritual society is to make sure that this knowledge is available to every one of its adepts in an unadulterated form. This is made possible by teachers, saints, spiritual mentors/masters etc. The second part of tradition and culture is the how the individuals of that tradition and culture apply it to their lives. That is, do they live their tradition and culture? I have had experiences and you may have had too, where we meet someone who identifies with a certain religion or spiritual society and we immediately see that they do not follow what the society they associate with prescribes.

A quick example is, one might see a Hindu, who eats meat and ask “I thought you guys were vegetarian?” Now if the person is sincere, the typical answer is “Oh I’m sorry I am not a strict practitioner”. At least now we know that the deviation is from the practitioner and not from the spiritual society. In the same vein there are many other traditions and culture from the spiritual society that many people do not keep or follow, and because the vast majority of people are not aware of what true spiritual tradition and culture is, no one holds these deviants accountable for their actions. Just like in the example above, if you don’t know that Hindu’s are Vegetarian and you see one eating meat, you cannot tell that he is breaking any principle, because you don’t know. Similarly, if we don’t know those things that constitute real spiritual tradition, how can we tell when we are in front of an imposter or a deviant?

So in other to know what true spiritual culture (transcendental behavior found in the spiritual society) is, we must have a true spiritual tradition (transmission of beliefs that are based on scriptures that are coming directly from the Supreme Being, from generation to generation or better put in a line of disciple succession.) They both go hand in hand. One without the other is incomplete. Now we must be sincere to ourselves and inquire “what is my spiritual tradition and my spiritual culture?” How do I achieve both of these? How does my daily choices and activities affect the manifestation of these two factors in my life? How much progress am I making in realizing these two factors to the fullest? Just before we go further I must say here that by accessing our spiritual tradition and culture we become better in our material tradition and culture. Contrary to what some people might think, that being in tune with our spiritual traditions and culture makes us more impersonal, rather we sees things as they really are.

One who bases his entire life on traditions and cultures that identify with the body sees things in regards to the body. If they have a certain type of body they feel they have to act according to the material traditions and cultures of that body, which may not necessarily be beyond the modes of material nature. Realization of our real tradition and culture makers us become the better refined Human beings we are meant to be, because we actually begin to see things as eternal spirit beings and not as transient bodies who feel that they have to crush every other living being in other to express their culture and tradition. One good example of this is the Slave trade era. As at the time this happened, certain people from a particular tradition and culture felt it was okay to deprive another person of his freedom because they had different traditions and culture. The Colonials thought the Africans where primitive because they did certain things which were different to the way they did and as such they reacted in different ways, one of which is slavery. Today we all know better, and things have moved in a different direction, but come to think of it, if the tradition and culture of those colonials were spiritual, in the real sense of it, then they would naturally have the culture of Love, Peace, Compassion etc.

When you have these qualities, you don’t act in the way they did. So we can see that even though they came with one type of religion, they definitely lacked the basic understanding of that religion. The spiritual tradition of Christianity is “Do unto others as you would them do unto you”, if they understood this tradition and imbibed it as their tradition as opposed to having a tradition based on bodily identification, then history would have been different. The bottom line of this message is that we as spiritual practitioners need to have a deeper understanding of what we really practice, and we also need to hold ourselves accountable for the implementation and application of our spiritual tradition and culture.

Till next week, do read, share and follow for more.

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