Articles - Spirituality
'Out of the mouths
of babes' - so innocent and trusting, sensitive and beguiling, children
are as close to Spirituality as one can get. We need only observe
their loving and forgiving nature, their truthfulness and inability
to 'hold a grudge', and their pure, inquisitive minds, to realize
their spiritual disposition. All too soon, though, their temperament
changes and they learn spite, indifference and dishonesty. They
become critical, ungrateful and full of their own self-importance.
Ironic, to say the
least, we are born with admirable spiritual qualities, then the
journey of life fills us with negativity, then we spend years attempting
to reach the spiritual life that we were born with.
Unless we were born
into an 'alternative lifestyle' community or on top of the Himalayan
Mountains alongside the Buddhist Monks, our fate is sealed, for
maintaining the spiritual attributes of birth is near impossible.
The pressure of life encourages us to compete and succeed in a material
environment, and those of us who fall along the wayside, are left
to survive as best we can - a far cry from the spiritual splendour
of our youth.
In view of the statement
above, how do we preserve and maintain the spiritual magnificence
of our birth throughout our growing life? Even if we have overly
positive parents and we attend overly positive religious groups,
negativity abounds - at school with other children, at work with
our peers, at home with our extended families, and within our community.
We, as parents, can
only guide our children to continue their spiritual birthright by
emphasizing goodness and propriety, by constantly pointing out the
results to both positive and negative actions, and to lead by example,
that is, by walking our own spiritual path in whatever way that
has meaning for us - yoga, meditation, prayer, and so on.
Of course there is
the recourse of being neither positive nor negative and to exist
in a happy state of self-realization, but for children, a positive
stance is all-important for the cultivation and growth of their
nature, and is a beginning that leads to this recourse.
Because we have a natural
instinct to want the 'best' for our children, a spiritually, illuminated
path is, and will always be, far more beneficial for them, than
a material existence of negative conditioning.
Peace and Light