- Jul 12, 2003At a meditation last night in NYC with Sri Chinmoy, he asked his male students who
have been studying with him upwards of 25 years to come and share with everyone
one of their lofty spiritual experiences.
Needless to say, it was incredibly inspiring to hear in how many ways people have
been touched and uplifted through these significant experiences. Some people
described visions, others had difficulty trying to describe experiences of the Beyond,
while some experiences were of seemngly casual contact with the teacher that ended
up triggering profound inner emotions.
It was interesting that some people did not have visions, rather their expansion of
consciousness was a defining experience.
Once Sri Chinmoy was asked if spiritual experiences were necessary for
enlightenment. In the answer he also said in a way that experiences of a high order
can be quite subtle, marked by an expansion of consciousness rather than by a visual
experience. He answered
No. There can be many roads leading to the same goal.One road may have many
beautiful flowers on either side;another road may have only a few blooms; a third
roadmay have none at all. If each of three seekers selects a different road according
to his soul's need and preference, each of them will reach the ultimate goal.
Of course, experiences do give you additional confidence in yourself. They also give
enormous delight. They encourage you and energize you to march farther and
farther. And while you are having the experiences, you may feel the
presence of an invisible Guide within your being, pushing you towards the light of
Truth so that you may be blessed with full realization. But you can also have full and
complete realization without so-called "experiences." One's expanding
consciousness, as one grows into God, is itself a solid experience.
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