How To Read a Spiritual Book
read spiritual literature with receptivity and
discrimination requires us to understand several things:
the spiritual experience of saints, yogis, and other Realizers relates to Reality
are the genuine Spiritual Authorities that can establish the "ground rules"
by which we can rightly understand and appreciate spiritual literature;
Spiritual Realization of the people and phenomena being described;
ground rules under which the authors write (e.g., hagiographers, scriptural deconstructionists,
and New Age authors, will have completely different intentions, and will describe
the same subject matter in completely different ways, and draw completely different
conclusions from the same sources);
"textual analysis" traditions of exegesis and hermeneutics;
social and political forces that may have influenced or altered the source over
- how to
read with spiritual receptivity, rather than the usual, merely conventional, skeptical
mind that unwittingly robs one of spiritual opportunity.