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What are Spiritual Qualities?

Let me mention a few and the elaborate on each of them to some degree.

Devotion, Selfless Service, Discipline, Faith, Perseverance and the Master Key is a Spiritual Guide that has crossed over the ocean of suffering and is established in that state. Rare though they are, they do exist and are of immense benefit to our progress into the Kingdom of Heaven.

Let us start with that first quality that I mentioned called devotion. If we look up the meaning in the dictionary this is what it states: 1. A deep, steady, affection; a feeling of loyalty; faithfulness: 2. The state of being devoted; 3. Earnestness in religion; 4. Religious worship or observance; divine worship.

With that definition we have a place to start assessing if we have this quality. I believe we all have devotion, the degree to which it is evident differs of course, but it is a natural characteristic of our heart. If we haven’t felt this quality in our heart’s before, then the exploration to uncover it will be a great exercise in reclaiming part of your soul.

Before I speak about the significance of this quality I want to let you listen to the words of a Spiritual Master on the importance of making God our Friend.

Understanding that God is your friend and that He wants to up lift you from this ocean of suffering; is the right understanding, to start with as we seek to uncover our devotion. If we find this shining light of devotion in our heart, we can then approach this Knowledge in the right spirit.

This is the King-Knowledge, the King-Secret, it is the pure and supreme light which one can verify by direct spiritual experience; the very law of being. (But faith is necessary). The soul that fails to get faith in the higher truth and law, not attaining to Me, must return into the path of mortal living subject to death, err and evil.

Under my watchful eye the laws of nature take their course. Thus is the world set in motion; thus the animate and inanimate are created.

The foolish do not look beyond physical appearances to see my true nature as the Lord of all creation. The knowledge of such deluded people is empty; their lives are fraught with disaster and evil and their work and hopes are all in vain.

Now why would Krishna say that? Why are the lives of those who live their lives as total materialists, fraught with disaster and their hopes in vain? And to take the point even further Krishna states in no uncertain terms even the those who follow vedic rituals, and offer sacrifices, and though they reach heavenly realms, when their merits are exhausted there, must return to the cycle of birth, death and rebirth. Why do you think they would all be subjected to endless rounds of birth and death?

The answer is all their action is motivated by desire!

Krishna continues; I am the ritual and the sacrifice; I am the offering and the healing herb, the transcendental chant, I am the butter and the fire and He to whom it is offered.

I am the goal, the sustainer, the Master, the witness, the abode, the refuge and one true friend.

Those who worship Me and meditate on Me constantly without any other thought, I spontaneously bring every good.

Even those who sacrifice to other Godheads with devotion and faith, they also sacrifice to Me, O son of Kunti, though not according to the true Law.

It is I myself who am the enjoyer and Lord of all sacrifices, but they who fail to realize my true nature must be reborn. Those that worship the devas will go to the realms of the devas; those that worship their ancestors will be re-united with them after death, and those that worship spirits go to such realms; but My devotees come to Me.

Whatever I am offered in devotion with a pure heart a leaf, a flower, a fruit, or water, that offering of love from the striving soul, is acceptable to Me. Whatever you do, the food you eat, the sacrifices, whatever you give, whatever effort your soul puts forth, make it an offering to Me.

Thus you will be liberated from the good and evil results which create bondage, then with your soul in union with the Divine through renunciation, thou shall become free and attain to Me.

Even if a man of evil conduct turns to Me with a sole and entire love, he must be regarded as a saint, for his will of endeavor, is a right and complete will. Swiftly he becomes a soul of righteousness and obtains eternal peace. This is my word of promise, O Arjuna, that he who loves me shall not perish.

Those who take refuge with Me, attain to the highest goal.

Fill your mind with Me, be my lover and adorer, sacrifice to Me, bow thyself to Me, thus being absorbed in Me you shall attain the supreme goal.

Now can you not see how Devotion is one of the most important qualities to unlocking the treasures of your heart and soul?

Lord Krishna again returns to this theme in the last chapter of the Bhagavad-Gita, so as to leave it fresh in the mind of Arjuna, so that he may make the right decision, and undertake the struggle we must all undertake to battle for the freedom of our soul.

18:57 Make every offering to Me; regard Me as your only protector. Relying on interior discipline, meditate on Me always. Remembering Me, you shall overcome all difficulties through My grace. But if you do not heed Me in your self-will or egoism, nothing will avail you.

The Lord dwells in the hearts of all creatures and whirls them round upon the wheel of illusion. Surrender to Him, take refuge in Him with all your strength, and peace will be yours through His grace.

Be aware of Me always, adore Me, make every act an offering to Me and you shall come to Me; this I promise; for you are dear to Me. Abandon all supports and look to Me for protection. I shall purify you from the sins of the past; do not grieve.

This gives us an understanding of the importance of devotion in reclaiming our soul.