November 1

That Is What You Call Spiritual Experience

November 1st Reading

by Sri Swami Satchidananda | Click play button to listen

Living together happily as one beautiful family with total love is God. People still ask me, “What is it that I have been doing all these years? I’ve been practicing, but I haven’t realized God, I haven’t had any experience.” I don’t know what experience it is that they want. They want to be lifted up from the floor a few inches? Or have some hallucinations?

To me, even if you experience such things, it’s still nonsense. That’s not the spiritual experience I would want. Yes, you might have some visions, you might see some lights, hear some sounds, all right. What is the benefit that those things bring to others? The real experience is to move around with a smiling face, a loving face. That is spiritual: to see the spirit in others, to love everybody, to rise above these differences of the lower nature.

Real spiritual experience brings harmony. What’s the use of those other experiences if you can’t live comfortably, harmoniously, lovingly with ten people? Everybody should love you. To me that’s what you call spiritual experience. Keep that in mind: “I will live a life that will make everybody love me. Nobody should look at me with even a little dismay.” Only if you can do that, are you growing spiritually. All other things are just nonsense. Even your spiritual practices.

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