Q&A: Qualities to be a Good Spiritual Aspirant
What qualities should we imbibe to turn ourselves into a good spiritual seeker?
Oh what a lovely question. Undoubtedly I would settle upon one word for the answer – sincerity
People make the spiritual pathway a serious affair, which is silly – there is nothing more joyous and light-hearted than a true spiritual journey – one has to take this journey not seriously, but sincerely .
Sincerity means regular sadhana , regular self-introspection, not being lax about things we don’t want to face, and learning to be brutally honest with ourselves. If you have access to a good teacher/ guru, it means taking a slap sometimes (figuratively speaking only, of course), and letting that hurt and letting the real lesson sink in no matter how bitter it is – I’ve seen many fail at this point. It means taking responsibility for oneself and simply doing the best one can in every moment. And it means learning the lessons life has to offer – sincerely and in gratitude.
It is not an easy journey, definitely not cakes and roses, and it is possible this pathway will bring you some of the toughest days you have ever lived. But that is the beauty of it, it shows you that you are actually a lot stronger than you ever thought you were, and that you can surmount far bigger hurdles than you ever thought possible. To become a good seeker, just remember that every time life presents a problem you cannot handle, you will either pass out or die – so if you are alive and awake, no matter how strongly you believe you cannot handle this, you infact, can.