Vital Signs of Spiritual Health

By Swami Dr Snehananda Jyoti on 11-03-2010

I left Kerala,
India, at 17 years of age after the Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC)
which in those days involved 11 years of primary, middle, and high school
education. I left moved by what I considered to be a call from God to save my
soul and those of others. I lived in different parts of India; I lived 35 years
in the USA.  After 53 years of intense
search, studies in philosophy, education, theology, and psychology, and after
as many years of training in spirituality as well as avid reading and studies
in history, comparative religion, and models of spirit-life, I arrived at what
I consider to be the most important signs of spiritual health. I am going to
list them below in order of importance without elaborating them.

1.   
Purity
of being, intention, and means

2.   
Holy
indifference/affective detachment

3.   
Self-transparence
as a mode of conscious being

4.   
Decision-making
as a result of continuous discernment

5.   
On-going
experience of inner freedom/glorious liberty of God’s children

6.   
A
continuous, relentless search for truth

7.   
Acceptance
of one’s strengths as well as weaknesses or limitations

8.   
Leveling-up:
No one is more important or less important as a human being

9.   
A
deep awareness that physical and emotional pain are part of one’s life, growth,
and development

10. An unlimited, unconditional, and
ever-increasing capacity to forgive hurts, injustice, discrimination, and
unfair treatment

11. Non-exploitative human relationships
that are mutual and infinitely respectful of the other person/s

12. A deep awareness of the spirituality of
sexuality

13. Nutritional eating, appropriate
clothing, and proper hygiene

14. Continuous effort at integrating being,
doing, and having

15. Mindfulness as conscious presence to
the unity of humanity; a deep respect for the entire universe

16. Realistic acceptance of death as an
inevitable end to life.

Signs of spiritual life can come under a
unifying philosophy of life one develops for oneself. 

About The Author

Swami Dr Snehananda Jyoti

Dr. John K Thekkedam (Swami Snehananda Jyoti) spent most of his life as a clinical psychologist in USA. He began his public life as a Jesuit priest. Quite attracted in distinct philosophies, he left the society and founded 'East West Awakening'.