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Spiritual Root Causes of Difficulties in Life

Unknown to most of mankind, there exists a subtle and intangible world beyond the understanding of our five senses, mind and intellect. This world goes by a number of names such as the subtle-world, subtle-dimension, spirit world, spiritual realm or spiritual dimension. It includes the world of angels, ghosts, Heaven (Swarga), Hell (P?t?l) etc. The tangible or known world that most of us are familiar with is very small as compared to the subtle intangible world. In fact the extent of the known world as compared to the subtle-world is in the ratio of one is to infinity. This subtle-world hugely influences our life. The main elements in the subtle-world that affect our lives are subtle-bodies (more commonly known as spirits) of our ancestors that have passed on and ghosts.
The impact of the subtle-world on our lives can be quite different depending on our spiritual profile, which includes spiritual level and the efforts we take to grow spiritually and help others grow spiritually.
The following table shows the effect of various elements of the subtle-world on two types of people with very different spiritual profiles.
•    Spiritual profile 1: A person at the spiritual level of 20% not doing any spiritual practice
•    Spiritual profile 2: A person at the spiritual level of 50% doing spiritual practice knowingly or unknowingly according to the six basic principles of spiritual practice and for the sake of helping society to grow spiritually.
•    Sometimes positive energies too may cause problems in our life. This may seem like a paradox but it can be understood by a simple analogy. Sometimes if a student has a lot of potential and he does not study as per his capability, his parents or teacher may ground him and force him to study. The grounding may seem like a problem to the student but it also helps to get him more involved with his studies. So also, sometimes positive energies cause problems in our life to make us stop and think and lead us to enquiring about the spiritual realm and spiritual practice.
•    Both an obstruction of the Kun?alin? and a reduction of the Vital energy (Pr??a–shakti) are generally caused by ghosts. The issue about Kundalini is only pertinent to seekers as for non-seekers at the spiritual level of 20%, the Kundalini lies dormant in the M?l?dh?r–chakra, i.e. the spiritual energy centre at the base of the spine.
These various elements influence our lives in all dimensions like the physical, psychological, financial, social, educational etc. and are the spiritual root causes of difficulties in our lives.
Sometimes we go through years of study, which may be relatively painful compared to another person who has just completed high school and is already earning, though a meagre amount. While we are spending many hours cooped up in the house studying, they may be enjoying their life and going for the movies etc. However due to these academic efforts, we are better equipped to climb the corporate ladder or have success in our chosen field. With this success, we gain access to perks and privileges that others can only wish for. Along with this comes a responsibility as we have the ability to help people and effect change in society. In the same way, with spiritual growth even though ghosts and negative energies target us we also experience a variety of benefits. For problems that have their root cause in the spiritual realm, only something spiritual can alleviate their intensity and remove them permanently
1.    A specific spiritual remedy: A spiritual remedy is something that is implemented primarily to overcome a specific spiritual problem. In this website, we have discussed these spiritual healing methods in our spiritual healing section. They do not however contribute to spiritual growth.
2.    Spiritual practice: Spiritual practice that conforms to the basic laws of spiritual practice generates spiritual growth. This type of spiritual practice increases spiritual capacity or spiritual growth, which in turn protects and insulates us from negative elements in the spiritual realm.
In summary, the key points to take from this article are:
•    The next time you see a problem unfold in your life, remember that the cause could either be physical, psychological or spiritual. There is a very high likelihood that the root cause is spiritual in nature.
•    All major problems are most likely to be destined which is a kind of spiritual problem where we settle past accounts. Insulation from destiny can only be achieved through spiritual practice.
•    Our ancestors and ghosts can play up or effect problems within a family such as physical illnesses, mental illnesses, etc. If we are of a lower spiritual level, we are very vulnerable to their attacks.
•    Sustained spiritual practice according to the six basic principles of spiritual practice is the only effective way to gain protection from the spiritual realm

Sikkim at a Glance

  • Area: 7096 Sq Kms
  • Capital: Gangtok
  • Altitude: 5,840 ft
  • Population: 6.10 Lakhs
  • Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 to over 28,509 ft above sea level
  • Climate:
  • Summer: Min- 13°C - Max 21°C
  • Winter: Min- 0.48°C - Max 13°C
  • Rainfall: 325 cms per annum
  • Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi