When many people come into recovery, the notion of a spiritual life is often alien, misunderstood and met with immediate trepidation.
Yet as many can attest to, a spiritual life is really just a simple, practical life in which you aim to live by a code that makes your life supremely more liveable, enjoyable and meaningful.
With this in mind, here are 3 Indian masters that have carved a way for the human soul to awaken that you can follow at your leisure.
After all, what are you here for if not to open your eyes to the world’s beauty in the truest way you can?
1: Parshvanatha (7th or 8th century BCE)
Parshvanatha is a teacher within the Jain tradition who also crops up in Buddhism.
Parshvanatha was a monk who taught for 70 years, emphasizing the importance of four ‘restraints’ for an enlightened life.
These restraints are; non-violence, non-theft, non-possession, and non-lying (which embellish the five ethical commands found in other strains of Jainism).
The Buddha (563 BCE- 483 BCE)
Siddhartha Gautama (The Buddha) was born into vast riches and nobility, with his father desperate to shield his son from the horrors of the world.
However, after many years behind palace walls, Siddhartha began to venture out and find suffering, poverty and death.
After seeing such sights, Siddhartha absconded from his palace home and began a life of extreme and punishing asceticism, at one time surviving on just a grain of rice a day, in his journey to find a place free of suffering on the human plain.
During such brutal conditions, Siddhartha gave up near death and vowed to eat and meditate on acceptance of his fate. It was then he achieved enlightenment.
The Buddha then preached the four noble truths and stated the way to enlightenment is the middle way between hedonistic excess and severe asceticism.
2: Guru Nanak (1469 – 1539)
Guru Nanak is the founder of Sikhism and is revered as “The First Guru”.
Guru Nanak spoke of the importance of meditation on the one god, the unity of mankind, service to others, honest conduct, and living a simple life.
He traveled far and wide teaching people the message of one God who dwells in every one of His creations and constitutes the eternal Truth.
He also set up a unique spiritual, social, and political platform based on equality, fraternal love, goodness, and virtue.
“Make compassion the cotton, contentment the thread, modesty the knot and truth the twist.” – Guru Nanak