Spirituality: A Way of Life, is a guiding path for those disgruntled and restless in their lives,
unsure about their real self and attempting self development through the dreary desert sand of
Aiming at discovering the truth about ourselves, the reality we know as God, and our relationship
to God, the book, in a very simple language, guides us to self-discovery lasting peace and total
oneness with God. It addresses the confusion besieging most people regarding the differences
between right behavior, religious dictums and correct spiritual enquiry. Going to the core of
spirituality, it compels you to question your existing beliefs about God and established religious
practices. Without any moralistic diktats it emphasizes the need to be self – responsible whereby
spirituality becomes an effortless way of life.
Indu Mittal has been inclined towards correct spiritual enquiry and metaphysical studies
since an early age. Since October 2002 she has been a disciple of Mr. Roy Eugene Davis who is a
direct disciple of Shri Parmahansa Yogananda. Understanding that our reality is more than the
limited mortal selves we perceive ourselves to be, she now assiduously endeavours to enlighten as
many people regarding these inexorable principles.
For most of humanity, life is on autopilot. The process of living carries on its own momentum,
without one having any conscious control over it. Joys and sorrows are accepted as an inevitable
part of living, the unstated keynote being that one has no command over the events on one’s life.
Generally, it is seen that life is considered to be an imposition, an encumbrance one has to bear,
because there is no other choice. In this scenario, the first stirring of a vague restlessness,
that there could be more to life than this uncertainty, could be a start to a much deeper
questioning and learning. Ironically, the TRUTH is so simple, yet very few people have any real
understanding of it. Most people on planet earth are victims of their past conditionings and false
beliefs. Oddly enough, these beliefs can be overcome easily with a little conscious effort.
Surmounting these limitations is imperative to every human being because this is everyone's
ultimate destiny. On a practical note, with spiritual awareness, one's life on earth becomes
trouble free and enjoyable.
lf you have the ideal life, but still feel that there is something amiss, or if you constantly
feel that life is not functioning out the way you want it to, this book is meant for you. Immense
measures taken by the majority of people to make their lives fruitful are usually ineffective. And
we do not need empirical confirmation to prove this. There is more than enough evidence in the
forms of failed relationships, unsettled finances, problematic children, nervous breakdowns;
...the list could be endless. Coping with life is a major crusade for most individuals, a
perpetually losing battle with oneself.
The principles l outline here are capable of completely transforming your life from one of
discontent to that of effortless satisfaction. Followed diligently they can singularly evolve you
from an ordinary being to a true devotee on the Spiritual path. You will no more be a victim of
circumstances, but will outline your own destiny, constantly defining your ultimate good. This
book is not meant to be just read once and put aside. One has to be very persistent till all the
precepts are thoroughly understood. And following that, a more concentrated effort with faith and
belief is required till you achieve the desired results. Do not rest till you achieve your final
goal of Self and Cod-Realization.
Defiance of conventionality is not an easy task. Likewise, challenging deep rooted beliefs and
adopting a completely new way of functioning can be very intimidating. It takes time, patience and
faith, and is a continuous challenge to your own self. However, with persistence aimed at
Spiritual growth, you will find that every passing day is a beginning of making new discoveries
and exploring new dimensions. As you keep proceeding with steadfast purpose, it is guaranteed that
the L benefits will be self evident. And the resultant outcome will be your unadulterated oneness
with your Divine Self.
Knowledge of the Truth is what brings freedom to the soul. Proceeding on the Spiritual path is a
slow, albeit, interesting journey. Even in the secular world, a number of years of commitment are
required before any real qualification is achieved. Likewise, rigorous and diligent effort is
called for, before one has any real understanding of the Spiritual Processes. Conditions such as
one’s age, circumstances, sex etc, should not be considered limiting. These constraints are only
self imposed and illusionary, because we, as Spiritual Beings are much above all these.
No matter how many incarnations we go through, knowledge of the Spirit is the only thing which can
bring any lasting peace to us. The final objective of human existence is complete liberation of
the soul and our focus should be on achieving the goal in this lifetime itself. However, even the
journey in itself can be most soul satisfying and enriching. Even a modest amount of progress on
the spiritual path makes life much more balanced, peaceful and fulfilling.
All Spiritual texts expound the same principles. A book takes form when the writer cannot
contain himself and has a profound compulsion to share his learning with everyone. Again,
everyone's soul destiny is constantly propelling him towards fulfillment. The fact that you are
holding this book in your hand is proof that Cosmic Intelligence has some message for you.
Again, this book is as much for me as it is for you. It is a pledge which I myself needed to
honour before I could counsel others. Self honesty demanded that before stating any principle, I
completely inculcate it in my own life. Bringing forth this book is not an attempt at sermonising.
Neither do I profess to be a know all. Still on the path of learning, this is my humble endeavour
to bring into open view whatever l have gathered from the teachings of learned Masters. These are
the principles which have been followed since centuries and if pursued diligently, can lead us to
My own quest began with a very simple desire that no circumstance of my life should ever be
capable of fazing me. It took me a very long time, and for years l had no clue as to how to go
about. Challenging situations, which were an everyday affair only brought on a burning desire of
overcoming, not just the existing condition, but any other future negative conditions too. To be
in total command of my life had been my initial incentive. It was only after a lot of time and
sincere application that I realized that Spiritual awareness is the only permanent solution to all
human woes. This discovery and my subsequent development, I attribute more to the grace of Cod
than my own efforts.
I consider all men and women to be one with me, extensions of my own Soul Self. A sincere desire
prevails that the words of this book encourage you to embark on the path of self knowing. Look
upon this presentation as a personal testimonial as to what really assists when one is dedicated
to the ideal of self enhancement. Even if one life is benefited by my words, l consider my
These are times of great scepticism. Any theory unsupported by tangible proof is ridiculed and
immediately dismissed. Again it is a time prejudiced to instant gratification. Only those ideas
and agendas are welcome which proffer instant results. Spiritual progress on the other hand,
fulfils none of these demands. It is a very long drawn process. The A results, when they come can
never be measured by any practical A means, but can only be verified by one’s inner
transformation, which is a very private matter. Spiritual credence is abstract, I subjective,
elusive and hard to describe.
Any person’s spiritual development does not conform to any scientific principles and cannot be
verified or measured by any known categorization. Precisely for this reason, very often, any
phenomenon that is out of the ordinary is subject to mockery and the initiator labelled a
Here l would like to make a mention of a great Yogi, Shri Paramhansa Yogananda. He was a Divine
Master, a truly enlightened Soul. If you were to make a study of his life, you A will come
across innumerable incidents which can be classified f as nothing less than miracles. There are
various instances which will incite even the most cynical among you to concur that this Saint
shared a direct communion with the Almighty.
Paramhan’s ji made a conscious exit from this world on the night of March 7* 1957. in Los Angeles,
California. Even weeks after his demise, there were no visual signs of decay in his body. The body
was under daily observation at the mortuary According to the testimony of the Mortuary Director of
Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Harry T Rowe, the muscle protein and blood stream of Shri
Paramhansaji’s body were so free of bacteria, that no deterioration could take place. This state
of perfect self preservation of a body has been unparallel so far. This in itself speaks of the
power of spiritual growth if one chooses to be whole heartedly dedicated to one’s chosen ideal.
Therefore, l urge you to soon resolve to recreate yourself, your life and your circumstances. Make
a firm determination to make your spiritual progression your primary concern. You have all the
guidance you need and the only other thing required is your commitment. Your spiritual development
is the only panacea to your life here, and hereafter.
Embarking on the path to Spirituality, you are guaranteed an inner transformation from turmoil to
peace. This in itself should be incentive enough for you to take the first step. Many people
consider Spirituality as a pursuit to be indulged in after one’s retirement, little realizing that
life is too short for all what one needs to achieve. Spiritualism is not .1 leisure activity or a
pastime, it is a way of life to be lived every day. Life on this earth is too short and the real
purpose has to be soon discovered and pursued.
The basic principle outlined in this book is very simple; that we are Spiritual Beings,
individualized units of Supreme Consciousness, rather than mere mortals, and to always conduct
ourselves from that standpoint. To realize this truth at the soul level is Self- Realization. But
though this premise is extremely uncomplicated and simple, it is often observed that people face
great difficulty in actual comprehension of this fact. Initially it leaves them very confused
also. This happens because it is extremely difficult to overcome .one’s habitual thoughts and
acquired tendencies, and subscribe to .1 new theory altogether. A major impediment inhibiting
comprehension is the conventional wisdom emphasising that Cod is separate from us and has to be
related to in that manner. Immense effort is called for before there is any significant change in
one’s mental and psychological perceptions.
At times people even encounter a sense of loss and confusion, as if nothing is making sense. It is
at this juncture that most people give up and dismiss the whole practice. l request you not to
give up and to persist till you succeed. This book is not just aimed at directing one to living
life in the right manner. My locus here is on our spiritual growth which liberates us from all
bondage. Complete liberation of consciousness is the ultimate goal of every human being and you
should not give up till you achieve that destination. It may require constant reflection before
the precepts outlined here become easy to understand and to practice. But these are the teachings
which have been handed down the ages, and can assist us to liberate ourselves from endless cycles
of birth and death. As you keep proceeding with diligent dedication, further information which is
required will keep revealing itself to you.
Throughout this book the word ’self' with a lower case s refers to our illusive sense of self,
which is so completely identified with the mind and body characteristics, it deems that to be our
real identity. The use of the upper case Q is indicative of our quintessential Self, the real
essence of our Being. The same applies for the use of b and § in the term 'being’.
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