This article is shared by SP Sharma
In most religions various designated gods are considered to possess certain virtue(s) but they are not totally free from revenge, hatred, favouritism, etc. Among these are some higher gods who helped God while He incarnated for removing evils and evildoers in society, and loved saints besides showing His love to the common people. A human being at the godly stage has to develop further, to reach the realm of spirituality leaving behind the above-mentioned vices and developing love for all.
Demons are those people in society who try to snatch the object of their choice by any kind of force, namely through their physical strength, wealth or support of their associates. They wish to enjoy everything and are the slaves of lust, passion and desires.
Devils could be recognized by their acts of cruelty, aimless destruction and exploitation giving troubles to others for no obvious reasons.
Needless to say that all these kinds of people are in the world and they protect their own interests or pursue their whims and fancies. Thus, mankind has created heaven and hell on earth.
Spirituality starts when a person helps in God’s mission, i.e., to spread love among mankind. Such persons are respected and followed by godly natured people, opposed by demons, and troubled by devils.
A person embarking on spirituality should acquire godly qualities not for personal gains but for the sake of love to God. He should not be proud of any of his godly virtues, otherwise his downfall through vices is sure.
Here I would like to mention that all kinds of people are devoted to various gods, demons and devils for their materialistic ambitions. Becoming devotee of the higher gods who possess defined virtues and who helped during the time of the incarnated God, for the sake of serving the God in His mission, leads one on the path of spirituality.
I believed in the virtues of the gods and tried to follow them in my life, however, I was not an idol worshipper and I never performed any ritual to gain worldly favours from any god. I believed that their virtues were to be adopted by me and followed in my deeds. First, I was devoted to a god who was full of wisdom (strength, intellect, and superior education), then a goddess of ‘patience’ and finally a highest god of ‘kindness’ to all beings (Please see my article : Life is a Kabaddi game).
After acquiring the above qualities to some degree I got self-realization (See the article: Death – a great spiritual teacher, indeed!). Thereafter I was devoted to Lord Rama, an incarnated God, who vanquished the demons on Earth, and His chief qualities were: having a single wife though he was a king and had the right to keep many wives, seeking the company of saints, loving the downtrodden, abolishing demons, and establishing an ideal kingdom.
Finally in my life came Lord Krishna who taught me Srimad Bhagwad Gita and gradually I got released from the fear of death, understood various paths and developed devotion to God and His creation. The prospering of my love for God started with a servant relationship, then this was gradually promoted to friendliness, parenthood, and finally to a relationship of absolute love for Him.
Thus, my mind got elevated to super consciousness and the blissful state. I feel that till one reaches the stage of self-realization, one has to continue one’s efforts sincerely with firm belief and faith. In self-realization one comes across the formless God and one’s mission in life is considered over. But after that one has to surrender one’s soul to a personal God for the taste of love.
Then, one is able to spread selfless love among mankind.
SP Sharma, India