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Q: What is a spiritual path?

A path implies the connecting of one point with another.

It is an experiential process to be traversed, not a philosophy to be learned or accepted. It involves the personal transformation of the person on the particular path. A spiritual path is one which can potentially lead to the realization and actualization of our true nature.

To realize true nature means to have experience of it, and to be able to discriminate between that and our ordinary states. To actualize true nature means to achieve a level of integration that permits the embodiment of that deeper dimension of our being.


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Q: Don’t all paths lead to the same goal?

Not exactly.

Reality is one, but has many facets and aspects. If we explore the various spiritual paths, we will find that they each make one aspect of reality central to their aspirations. Some lead to a relationship with the divine, others to union with it. Some recognize the personal dimensions of existence, others consider them illusory. Some think there is a Self; others aim at No Self.




*The answers to these questions are from the Ridhwan School. The school is oriented around the Diamond Approach to Self-Realization as developed by A. Hameed Ali [aka’ A.H. Almaas]. The approach utilizes a method of open-ended inquiry into one’s immediate experience as a means of liberating the soul from the conditioned patterns of the past and the fixed ideas and beliefs about one’s identity and the nature of reality.




One response

  1. Spiritual paths – unintentionally, enmesh and entangle you in the projection of a story that attempts to explain and organize the chaos of life experience. It might be a Buddhist story, a Christian story, an Islamic, Hebrew, Hindu, Taoist, non-dual, or “Diamond Approach” story, but at the end of the day – it’s story, with specialized methods, based on speculative, conceptual notions.

    The plot of our story places a separate person, on the periphery of something and suggests that with knowledge or understanding, merit or gain, there can somehow be a shift, change, transformation or movement from the periphery of one state, to the perception of another state, so that a so-called seeker will experience everything.
    All this is nice – it’s makes for good story, but it begins to collapses once it’s recognized for what it is. The kicker is to recognize that the observer and creator of the story (a person) – is also part of the story; just like this explanation – is also part of the story.

    At the end of the day it doesn’t really mean anything, unless you think you are a person who imagines themselves on the periphery of something, or that something needs to be realized, actualized, integrated or embodied in order to become everything, which is the final chapter in the story of becoming.

    With rare exception, it appears all spiritual paths lead to the same outcome: an imagined person (however comfortable), gets stuck in a box; and we all know you cannot get out of a box if you don’t realize you are in a box. And you cannot get out of a box as long as you continue to keep acting as though you are in a box.

    Approximately 2500 years ago, after renunciation, questing, fasting, meditating, begging for alms and various forms of extreme asceticism, Siddhartha Gautama finally recognized the box for what it was; he sat under the Bodhi tree and recognized [he] was no longer in a box – they called it Nirvana [extinction of the box and the one who imagines they are in a box], said differently (Christian story), “the father and I are one…”; translation: he was in the world, but not of it.

    End of story.


    October 24, 2011 at 12:06 am

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