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#1 Jan 8th, 2012, 06:17
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Hi.
Im totally new to spiritaulaty and I would like to learn more about it and try it about but I have no idea where to start.

How do I find out what suits me?
What different ashrams are there to choose from?
(I would like to go to a place with much nature, hills, very simpel place and few tourists)

What other questions should I ask myself?
What budget should I plan for?

Thanks!
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Oh, forgot, what time of the year is it best to go there?
Is there a prefared region for every season?
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Start where your interest is. What interests you in spirituality? Start from there.

Go by your intuition / sixth sense.
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Thats all?
I have no idea what different things there are to be intrested in. Would like to know more about me/universe/nature/(god), but dont know how deep I can go into those subjects and what other subjects there are. Therefore it feels strange to use intuition in something i know so little about.
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Originally Posted by bs7 View Post Thats all?
I have no idea what different things there are to be intrested in. Would like to know more about me/universe/nature/(god), but dont know how deep I can go into those subjects and what other subjects there are. Therefore it feels strange to use intuition in something i know so little about.
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Did you try a meditation or painting or play an instrument or any art? Did you travel? If I read what questions you have maybe you can try something what will help you to know yourself.
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I do meditation, but nothing special, just siting and thinking of nothing Cant paint or play instrument. Have traveled indonesia, OZ and NZ. Would love to try something what will help me to know yourself, but what?
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Originally Posted by bs7 View Post I do meditation, but nothing special, just siting and thinking of nothing Cant paint or play instrument. Have traveled indonesia, OZ and NZ. Would love to try something what will help me to know yourself, but what?
If you started with meditation you can try it to do it, sitting and thinking of nothing is not exactly meditation. Did you heard about mindfulness meditation? Did you try to sit and feel your breath, your belly how is going up and down. Do you have a meditation centre near of you? It could be a buddhist centre.
By the way do not tell that you can not paint or play instrument, it is not that you will be a good one but it is about you need to express yourself.
Good luck
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hi,
I don't think anyone can tell you which path to take . Intuition is probably best .If you have no direction at present I might suggest a little research and just choose whatever seems best at he time . Don't be afraid to try something and if turns out not to be a fit try something new .I went a long time with no direction and when I finally picked one it felt as if a weight had been lifted.
When you said you want to learn of your Self Sri Ramana came to mind.Check out this video and see if it interests you.At worst it's a beautiful story. Mooji may be some help also. You can find lots of videos on utube.
God Bless

www.youtube.com/watch?v=6o-71RBR-EU
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How does Sri Ramana differ from Hare Krishna?
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Hare Krishna is Bhakti - devotion you might say, and Sri Ramana at a stroke had all conceptions and mis-conceptions removed, different as chalk and cheese.. You are spiritual anyway, look up the history of the word, the etymology of it, and that may throw some insight on why 'spirituality' is not out there to be found, as it’s internal, inseparable from daily life, because it is daily life. I don't get it - intuition is something you have little experience of???
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I still dont get it, this spiritual language is to hard for me, could you please explain the difference between them in an easier way.

"I don't get it - intuition is something you have little experience of???" Ya for example my intuition never heard of Sri Ramana. And I dont know how many other spiritual paths there are out there that my intuition doesnt know about. Ive only heard about the bible, the koran and that there are many religions in the buddist/hindu. Bet when I sit and think about it nothing pops out. Or I dont know how you guys mean that I should do?
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To avoid writing a treatise for you but to give you something more specific:

1. There is ultimately only one path to God or self realisation but there may seem to be many ways to get onto the path.

2. Not every guru is fully realised, so a number of practises float around - not everything will lead to your self realisation goals, but most of them will give you some sort of boost.

3. Unless you expose yourself to one or more of these paths, you will not know which is the right way for you - it is strange but the highest path may not be the one for you if you are not ready for it. Also strange is the fact that a guru will find you, i.e. pull you so all you need to do is know that you want to know your true self and allow yourself to be taken where your destiny will take you.

4. If above sounds gibberish to you, try any of the below websites and take your pick:

a. www.speakingtree.com, there are 75 masters from allover India listed there, with their blogs and 60,000 seekers asking questions.
b. www.sos.org (science of spirituality)
c. www.sa-ss.com (for sake of full disclosure, I am related to this one)
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My simple advice would be read alot about different beliefs, visit some local churches,temples,etc. if there are and take it from there. After that maybe your interested in something that's better to be maybe in another country other than India to learn more.
"Travel is fatal to prejudice,bigotry and narrow-mindedness" Mark Twain
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id have to say start at the beginning... answer a question for yourself first. when you say spirituality, what does that mean to you?

or more accurately perhaps what do you want it to mean?

then

what do you want from this quest for spirituality?

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Im totally new to spiritaulaty and I would like to learn more about it and try it about but I have no idea where to start.

How do I find out what suits me?
What different ashrams are there to choose from?
(I would like to go to a place with much nature, hills, very simpel place and few tourists)

What other questions should I ask myself?
What budget should I plan for?
meh...
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Originally Posted by bs7 View Post I do meditation, but nothing special, just siting and thinking of nothing
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Originally Posted by Ivana View Post If you started with meditation you can try it to do it, sitting and thinking of nothing is not exactly meditation.

Yes it is Ivana!

If you can really sit & think of nothing then you've cracked it, that's the only secret, don't worry about the various philosophies & religious dogma's they will only lead to confusion.KK
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