Those who leave a path to come back again…

This post answers the question here.
Someone follows a religious path, and then leaves that path after a few years to come back again after a couple of years. Is it OK to switch paths?
Sure. It is OK. You could leave and come back as many times as you want to.
The gist of the matter is to ask yourself what is what you are looking for? A religious path such as the Brahma Kumaris; offers a “barrier” which will force us to overcome not through force but through acceptance. A religious path is asking us to go beyond our comfort level. If we decide to quit, we will not be able to experience that “barrier” and take full advantage of the path.

When you are living in a country, you could be a resident or a tourist. There is a huge difference. We will be like tourists moving from path to path, rather than fully experiencing a country by staying and living in it. When do you leave that path? Ask yourself: Why would you leave the country where you were born? We can find many “reasons” but if you feel with your gut that it is time, then it is.

In your long question, you implied that you just wanted to “feel better” as things in your Life were not going according to your wishes. You are looking for something or someone to take you out of your suffering. That is all.
Life is as it IS. We perceive Life as we are conditioned. Our perception tends to make things worse when Life does not fit our conditionings.

There is suffering everywhere. Your suffering may be terrible, but so is your neighbor.
Despite your “knowledge” of “karma” and the Brahma Kumaris’ philosophy; you believe that your suffering is too much. You think that you cannot take your lot.
What are you looking for by following a religious path? What makes you leave it?
Why do you go back to it? See that. You just want a fix but like a desperate person drowning in the Ocean; you may be incapable of relaxing and floating, but keep moving your hands forcefully; wanting to save yourself.

Have you watched a fly trying to escape through a window in a room?
The fly is not capable of remembering how it got there. It cannot go back by following its footsteps. The fly will hit the window and fly a bit over it, hit it again and so on. If the fly gets lucky and the window has an opening, the fly will be free; otherwise, it will die in its fruitless attempts.
The same is with a religious path. It offers that “barrier,” that window. We keep on hitting it trying to go through, believing that our “salvation” is through them.

The fly will only stop its futility through exhaustion. Just like the religious follower. Why are we incapable of “seeing” the way out?

To have an “interest in self-realization” means very little. There is no self-realization because we want to, or because a path promises so. Self-realization happens when it is our time. Not a second before. No matter what we DO or what we FOLLOW or WHO we follow in Life.
Thus, the question is: If it is not my time to self-realize, what do I DO to “help me”?

ENJOY YOUR LIFE. Learn to enjoy it.
Many times we do what we want to DO and yet complain when things do not occur as we want. We suffer. We want something more, something else, something “better,” and we keep on trying many things hoping that one should “work.”
Once you fully accept your lot, you will be able to start enjoying, even if that means to hit the window to find your way out.
This acceptance is not intellectual. It is not a clever way to escape from suffering. This acceptance is from the heart, and many times we may need to hit that window and feel the pain, just to realize that it is time to change “my way.”

Life will give us experiences so they can be experienced, not rejected or despised. Acceptance comes in, little by little.
Nothing lasts forever, but yet our mind makes us believe the opposite. That is what we need to be aware of.
You are awake, alive. Conscious of BEING. Look at all the ways we reject that gift. Look at how the mind comes up with “reasons,” comparisons for unfulfilled needs and wants.
BEING does not depend on “you.” Let it BE. Allow for the experiences in Life to change “you.”

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