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awakening of the mind

The nature’s art of conversion

Man is an intellectual being. He is endowed with a mind, which is his greatest faculty. It is only the possession of this mind and his independent thinking, which distinguishes him from the animals. Real spirituality is that which has the power to awaken our minds.

Spirituality, in its awakening of the mind, provides the best formula for character building. It is a great strength at all times. Spirituality, in effect, is a promoter of all good and a killer of all evils.

This is the principle on which the entire material world is based. It may be called the principle of conversion. For instance, let us take the case of water. Two gases separately are not water, but, when they combine and convert into another form, they take the form of water. The same is true of the tree. A tree, in fact, is the result of the conversion of non-botanical matter.

Spirituality activates that intellectual process which is necessary for the development of one’s personality through the art of conversion.


It is said that once a young man met an elderly person, who was devoutly religious. The young man took umbrage at something the elderly person had said to him and kicked him in the chest. This was an incident of a gravely negative nature. But the old man converted this negative experience into a positive one by responding with these words: “I hope your gentle foot was not hurt by my hard stony chest.” This is an example of a truly spiritual person.

Spirituality activates that intellectual process which is necessary for the development of one’s personality through the art of conversion. Indeed, spirituality is the greatest source of crisis management. A spiritual person can bear every loss, for he feels that any loss, which is material in nature, is always far less in comparison to what he still has in his possession in terms of spirituality and that is a treasure that no one can take away from him.

True spirituality, as therefore an intellectual activity, is a science of inner development, and material things indirectly contribute towards that development. In fact, material life is made more meaningful by the proactive role played by spirituality in intellectual refinement and the consequent progress of humanity. Spirituality does not, as some may imagine, arrest the thinking process, but rather enhances intellectual activity in the complete sense of the word. In short, it is a complete way of life.

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