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  Spirituality | Preface and Index | Page 1 of 3 Spirituality Preface Most people experi-ence the truth that, ‘Happiness seems as minute as a grain of barley, while unhappiness seems as huge as a mountain’. In an average person’s life happiness is 25% and unhappiness is 75%. Since most people do not know how to attain  Ā nand   (Bliss), each tries to acquire at least tempo-rary happiness through the five senses, mind and intellect. However, happiness is temporary and of inferior quality, whereas  Ā nand   is eternal and of supreme quality. The science which teaches us how to acquire  Ā nand   is termed as the science of Spirituality. Hence, it is said that ‘  meg  Keb ve efJevee Oecee&le lemceele Oece&  hejes YeJesled ~ ’ meaning, ‘we can attain  Ā nand   only if we are Dharmapar  ā ya ṇ  (Follower of Dharma); hence, we should be Dharmapar  ā ya ṇ ’. If we hold on to Spirituality and try to obtain  Ā nand   by performing s ā dhan ā  (Spiritual practice), then we also get the benefit of happiness in this world as well as in the other world. Even though there is so much importance attached to the science of Spirituality, most people do not even know the meaning of the word Spirituality. As a result, very few people turn to Spirituality, the subject which is capable of imparting supreme  Ā nand   and Omniscience.  Ā nand   is infinitely superior to object pleasure. If this is realised then one will certainly make efforts to acquire  Ā nand   instead of object pleasure. This Holy text has been written with this very objective. This Holy text provides information on the misconceptions about Spirituality, its underlying reasons, why is Spirituality superior when compared with other subjects especially science and difficulties faced while studying Spirituality. It also elaborates upon the difference between object related happiness and  Ā nand   which is not related to any object, reasons underlying happiness and unhappiness and how to overcome these and obtain the spiritual experience of  Ā nand  . Spirituality is not a subject to be understood at an intellectual level; instead, we need to practically follow it and obtain spiritual experiences. We pray at the Holy feet of Sr   ī   Guru, that after reading this Holy text may some people begin s ā dhan ā  and due to s ā dhan ā , may they quickly experience a flow of inner  Ā nand  . - Compilers Index 1. Origin and meaning 2. Synonyms 2A. Paravidya  2B. Parmartha   3. Authority in Spirituality 4. Misconceptions about Spirituality 4A. Fear 4B. Ignorance 4C. Blind faith 4D. Misuse 4E. Cheating 4F. Inflated ego 4G. ‘Of what use is it to us?’ 4H. Secrecy 4I. Misconceptions about spiritual practice 4J. Misconceptions about priests 4K. Misconceptions about seekers 4L. Misconceptions about ascetics ( sadhus ) 4M. Misconceptions about those teaching Spirituality  Spirituality | Preface and Index | Page 2 of 3 4N. Misconceptions about the Guru 5. Reasons for misconceptions regarding Spirituality 5A. Misguidance by ‘prominent’ members of society 5B. Spread of ignorance through the media 5C. Opposition to the spread of spiritual knowledge by universities 5D. Spread of ignorance by universities 5E. Indirect resistance from the government 5F. Expression of unilateral opinions 5G. Ignorance and blind faith of rationalists 5H. Pessimism 5I. Unscientific superficial literature 5J. Unrealistic claims 6. Importance 6A. Limitations of worldly matters 6B. Subject which bestows eternal and supreme quality of Bliss (  Anand  ) 6C. Subject bestowing omniscience 6D. Actual fulfilment of acquiring a birth as a human being repeatedly 6E. Useful both for spiritual practice with and without expectation 6F. Realising the importance only when the need arises! 7. Why is man interested in Spirituality? 7A. Desire to find out the Creator 7B. Desire to go from the impermanent to the permanent 8. Other sciences and the science of Spirituality 8A. Sciences concerned with the mind and the science of Spirituality 8B. Amount of the Absolute Truth in other subjects and Spirituality 8C. Physical sciences and the science of Spirituality 9. Obstacles faced when studying Spirituality 9A. Confusion about terminology 9B. Difference in the literal and implied meaning 9C. Different meanings of words used in the worldly and spiritual contexts 9D. Extremely condensed form 9E. Absence of worldly suggestions 9F. Absence of explanation 9G. Absence of comparative studies 9H. Difference in terminology in Western psychology and Indian psychology (science of Spirituality) 9I. Atheism 9J. Meaningless rationalism 9K. Social commitments 9L. Charvak   philosophy 9M. Hypocrisy of the so ‐ called spiritually evolved 10.Happiness and unhappiness 10A. Definition 10B. Importance 10C. Signs of unhappiness 10D. Inevitability of happiness and unhappiness 10E. Confusion due to the usage of the words happiness and Bliss with various connotations 10F. Differences between happiness and Bliss 10G. Bliss in relation to happiness and unhappiness 10H. Types of happiness and unhappiness 10I. Types of happiness 10J. Climax of happiness and unhappiness 10K. Efforts to obtain happiness and alleviate unhappiness 10L. Quantity of happiness obtained through various bodies 10M. Happiness experienced by animals and man 10N. The seven regions ( saptaloks ) and happiness 10O. Influence of time and happiness and unhappiness 10P. Causes of happiness and unhappiness 10Q. Theoretical discussion on happiness and unhappiness 10R. How to acquire at least a small amount of true happiness 10S. Overcoming unhappiness completely  Spirituality | Preface and Index | Page 3 of 3 11.Bliss 11A. Definitions 11B. Synonyms 11C. Confusion due to the usage of the words happiness and Bliss with various connotations 11D. Differences between happiness and Bliss 11E. Bliss in relation to happiness and unhappiness 11F. Bliss and Serenity ( Shanti  ) 11G. Types of Bliss, amount of Serenity and the corresponding spiritual energy ( kundalini  ) centre ( chakra ) 11H. Theoretical discussion on Bliss 11I. Why does one feel like experiencing Bliss? 11J. Although the nature of the embodied soul is Blissful why does it not experience Bliss? 11K. Why does the embodied soul not feel bored of Bliss? 11L. Seven regions ( loks ) and Bliss 11M. Time and Bliss 11N. How to attain Bliss
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