Development of wisdom to distinguish real from unreal or eternal from temporary, concentration, self-realization, freedom from ego, peace of mind, love and compassion are aspects of spirituality.
When we talk about wisdom one happens to recall one’s position in society or various academic degrees that serve the purpose of getting a job for livelihood and/or name and fame. No doubt most of us think about wisdom in terms of good earning, status, reputation, name and fame, etc. but these have nothing to do with spirituality or the development of the necessary wisdom to lead us on the path of spirituality.
Wisdom starts when one values righteousness in all spheres of life. For overall well-being one has to develop necessary virtues like strength, intellect, education, patience, and kindness (Please see my article – Life is a Kabaddi game). After this one has to make the mind concentrate on one thing at a time for which several techniques (prayers, meditation, gazing on a bright object, whirling, etc.) are prescribed by the wise persons and these should be attempted under proper guidance.
Wisdom leads one to not indulge in fleeting pleasures or false achievements and living a peaceful life. Wisdom is best developed through study of the scriptures and thinking over their contents and practicing those ideals in life. Behind each objective there has to be a feeling of doing good to others, including family members. People may demand you to pursue objectives for which you may not consider yourself to be a fit person. In such a case you have to be firm in your decision and persuade them, and if they don’t agree with you then you have to proceed your own way, if possible within your means and no dependant being affected. After all you are pursuing your peace of mind.
Concentration is connected with intuition and makes a person look beyond the present based on the given situation and the wisdom achieved. One is able to differentiate good from bad and judge what is helpful in achieving one’s goal. However, for practicing concentration one should be free from physical ailments. Indian yogasans (physical postures with breathe control) are part of spirituality and are helpful in taming the mind from wandering on temporary gains.
Concentration combined with wisdom gradually leads one to self-realization. One realizes the life force that is present in each one of us and also understands that due to ego we remain distinct from each other.
Naturally, this is the situation where our knowledge leads us. Now our body that is provided by nature becomes to the soul the embodiment of love and compassion and this tendency spreads among associates and others who come in contact with us.
SP Sharma, India