If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly our whole life would change.
Spiritual experience is distinct from religious feeling of dependence on an object or image of worship. It is a state of complete absorption of our being. This is not a psychic experience. It is an insight into the source of existence. This occurs only after stripping away layers of identity that was hindering the visualization of reality.
During our hurried passage through life there may come to us a few moments of transcendent joy, when we seem to stand literally outside of our narrow selves and attain a higher state of being. But these moments are usually short-lived because our ego-identity quickly intervenes.
How is the spirituality useful?
Facts are many, but the Truth is One. The animal intelligence knows facts, the human mind has power to apprehend truth. The apple falls from the tree, the rain descends upon the earth–you can go on burdening your memory with such facts and never come to an end. But once you get hold of the law of gravitation you can dispense with the necessity of collecting facts ad infinitum. You have got at one truth which governs numberless facts. This discovery of truth is pure joy to man–it is a liberation of his mind. It is transforming myth into reality.
But what is this state of enlightenment?
It is like a morning of spring, varied in its life and beauty, yet one and entire. In this state, all the conflicts and contradictions of life are reconciled; the formless appears to us in the form of the flower, of the fruit. The kinship between you and the rest of existence attains new meaning. You will see the inner meaning behind Buddha’s observation – “If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly our whole life would change. ”
The animal intelligence knows facts, the human mind has power to apprehend truth.