This little presumes that a person knows that a spiritual life is. But most people don’t know what a spiritual life is. The reasons are because many people don’t lead a spiritual life. All of us live a physical life, the life of our body. So, we just look at our body and ask how this body live. We lead a physical life because of the body that we have.
Almost all of us also love a mental life, the life of our mind. We think, reflect and reason. So we have a mind. The ones who don’t live this life might be retarded mentally. They have a mind which no longer grows. They might be fifty years old physically but their mind has remained at the level of a one or two years old. But for most of us we lead a mental life.
Leading a spiritual life
Leading a spiritual life is different. For one it might be confused with leading a religious life. Up until the last century most people though that the religious life was a spiritual life. So, we had congregations and religious orders whose members though they were leading a spiritual life as they were leading a religious life: praying, reading books and other spiritual books, meditating, helping friends, etc.
But lately there is a phenomenon. Non – religious persons will be busy in learning more about the spiritual life. And when they plan that, they were not at all referring to the religious life of people. In fact, some of these non – religious persons who were performing research on a spiritual life thought that the spiritual life is in various ways totally different from the religious life.
So, the questions are, is spiritual life different from religious life?
The religious life starts from a specific ritual and its best started by a teacher who guides the candidate to this spiritual life. The teacher might employ a ritual or he may not. But he will guide the student as a tour guide would guide a traveller as they enter the building of historical importance.