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All spiritual practices are nothing but different attempts to manifest this divinity

The expression of our inner goodness is natural to us. There is a tendency in everyone to be good, and no one wants to be bad. Even the wicked person thinks that whatever one is doing in a given situation is not wrong.

Many people indulge in immoral activities pressurized by circumstances and in course of time, that becomes their habit. Strong desires and temptations compel some to adopt dubious means of fulfilling them.

According to Swami Vivekananda, the main causes of wanton and unethical behavior are weakness and fear. Telling the truth, not to injure others, not to take away the things of others all these are our natural state. A compulsion alone will prompt us to behave otherwise. Goodness is being simple and natural.



While climbing the summit of a mountain, there may be some resting places from where we can get a panoramic view of the vast horizon. However, when we reach the top of the mountain, the entire vista around the mountain opens up before us.

When a seed is sown and nurtured to grow into a huge tree, it will contribute flowers, fruits, fragrance, and the like.

Even so, when one’s inner divinity is awakened, it will express itself in the form of goodness, love, talent, perfection in work, and the like. All spiritual practices are nothing but different attempts to manifest this divinity. Even a fraction of its manifestation is of immense benefit to us, filling our inner being with peace and satisfaction.
As it is said in the Bhagavad Gita: ‘Even a little spiritual progress will protect one from the greatest fear.(Gita, 2.40)
Source - The Psychological Aspects of Spiritual Life by Swami Nityasthananda – March 2016 issue of Prabuddha Bharata.