The meaning of study in Spirituality

In mainstream society, it is believed that spirituality is like taking a class on-line where information is given, and it needs to be studied and committed to memory. That belief has surrounded many religions and followers for centuries.
Consider this:
“God is a point of light. He is incorporeal. He resides in the Brahm element. He is the Supreme Soul.”
All of the above is considered to be a fact for Brahma Kumaris adherents.
As a matter of fact, many will even have the audacity to say that “we know God.”

We could add many other lines to the above. “God comes down only once in the entire Kalpa (cycle) to give His knowledge to His children.” We could add the punch line “… to give His knowledge to Humanity” but, that would be stretching the “fact.”

All the above lines about “God” are only beliefs unless there is experience of them. Moreover, it can only be a personal experience.

Going further, let us say that I had the “spiritual” experience of a “point of light” while I heard the words “child, I am God.” That is a reassurance for ME that what I have experienced is in “fact” God. Nevertheless, the construction of “more facts” arrive thanks to my own conditioning. Is there a “brahm” element in Christianity? No, that I am aware of. Thus, whoever had the experience of “God,” had to relate that to his own cultural conditioning. That person could be very “special,” he could be a “saint,” nonetheless; his experience is meant only for him. If that experience has changed his Life, then it was worthwhile. If we try to make his words into facts to recite and remember for the benefit of a religious group; then rest assured, that we are trying to construct a “truth” out of a particular experience.

What is the point in memorizing a description and call it “truth”? Well, the mind likes to be “right.” I could say “I have the truth.” It will show that “I am special.” I could tell everyone who God is, where he resides and what he does…
Those pieces and bits of information are juicy in our mind driven society, where “information is power.” However, none of that trivia has any value in inner transformation.

If we had the chance to “know God” through an experience, the “reason” was to transform ourselves, by having a different view thanks to that experience. We cannot deliver that experience to others, no matter how well we explain. However, when that experience changes the BEING of a person, the effect on others may be felt. It is not always what he says, but what he IS. That is why, in Spirituality the “authority of experience” ( as Baba would say) is of utmost importance. Experience is not the same as memorizing and reciting religious paragraphs.

People living in the mind are concerned with arguments, theories, concepts and how objectively we can “prove” those to be “true.” However, even if those arguments could be proven as “truth,” they have no effect whatsoever on change of BEING. For instance, many talk about “love,” the power of love, etc. That “concept” is factual, it exists in people’s mind. The issue is that “love” only exists in their minds but not in their BEING, what is commonly known as the “heart.” Consequently, these individuals do not FEEL love but THINK they love. Huge difference.

Thus, to understand the value of Spirituality is to understand that Life will offer many “methods” to change someone’s BEING by overcoming their minds. That is why “spiritual experiences” are not always logical or even plausible. The mind needs to be bypassed, for the conditioning is so strong and the mind will only accept to experience something which is within its “understanding.” A person with a “spiritual experience” will go with the feeling, the sensation which is usually blissful, tender or emotional of that experience, rather than the logic of it. The mind and its logical constructs and conditioning, will be left behind; however, it will pop up with “doubts” and questionings once in a while.

Therefore, the futility in spirituality to follow known patterns.
To study in Spirituality is to OBSERVE yourself. We can hear the words of those who had experiences or realizations but observe how they relate to you. Find a link, a clue for your own life. That is to be a “scientist of the inner world.”

It is of no consequence to memorize philosophies and beliefs, for if those have been our own experiences, then we will remember them without even trying thus, what we speak will be according to what our experience is.