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AUTHOR SWAMI DHYAN GITEN
ON SPIRITUAL ORGANIZATIONS
“A prerequisite for development is to know when it is time to hold on, and when it is time to let go of the old and take a new step. A prerequisite for all development is also a certain aloneness. The other side of creativity is a willingness to be alone.
Some time ago, I felt that I experienced more limitations, than possibilities in a spiritual organization, which I had belonged to for a long time. It became clear for me that I was prepared to expand, and take a new step in my spiritual growth. To be spiritual does not mean to belong to a spiritual group. I felt that I had grown out of the kindergarten, and my inner tree was bearing fruit. Too many large trees can not grow in a narrow area. This was a lesson to stand on my own feet; it was a lesson for me to live to my own life, to live my own truth, without following anybody else. I do not belong to any spiritual group or tradition, I am only interested to explore what it means to live with open eyes. This lesson developed an expanded my inner being.
A friend came with a good advice during this period: “Go ahead without looking back, let others do their thing, that is their choice and freedom – you do need their limitation.”
More than 20 years ago, one of my mentors in life said two things, that I have had reason to remember during the years that I have worked with people. He said: “Spiritual Masters teach on many different levels at the same time. Some people take what they can, and some take something deeper” and “Spiritual organizations also tend to get stuck in ideas of how it should be.”
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