I do get updates from the ‘Light of the Spirit Blog’, by Abbot George Burke (Swami Nirmalananda Giri). He recently posted ‘What Serious Spiritual Aspirants Need to Know’, on September 3rd, 2018. In this article, he talks about friendship on this your life and therefore spiritual journey. I could really resonate with this article posted in the form of a question, and I realized it is a very important topic, so I decided to share this with you. Abbot George points out the need to have genuine relationships/friendships, people who seek the light; whose company is both elevating and strengthening, and who look to eternal matters and values like yourself. Anything short of this is pointless he says, as mere pleasant and enjoyable company is not enough. That the serious spiritual seeker needs people who he/she can resonate with and who are at the same vibrational level, anything short of that serves to be ‘valueless’, he says. The Abbot goes on to compare it to becoming an adult and leaving old childish ways behind. I see exactly what he means, and have experienced the same on my spiritual journey. People and ‘friends’; who were not really my friends anyhow have been left in the past, and new relationships have formed for me. I may not have a multitude of new genuine spiritual seeking friends, but, they are there and they are genuine seekers just like myself, and whose vibrations are more of a match to me, then those that went before. I let go of what was no longer serving me, and we all need to do the same. It was not an abrupt or entirely intentional change, to begin with, but, a gradual one and one that has served me well ever since. Nice, very good people will come and go, but, as you grow spiritually ideally you need a higher level of support and mutual minded spiritual people to accompany you. You don’t need a huge circle of friends, just even one or two of the right ones. And if these ‘right’ ones have not manifested yet in your life, then do it alone until they do appear. You are better off alone than wasting your time with incompatible people, this, I know may sound cold, but it is true. Keeping superficial friendships only invites negativity into your life; lowering your hard earned higher vibrations. God will give you the precious gift of the right company when the time is right, both for you and the other. Anyhow, you are never alone when you have God, all those in spirit, and all of creation alongside with you. Loneliness should not be an issue, the internet can be a dangerous minefield, but, there do exist genuine spiritual sites and blogs that will also accompany you, on this your spiritual journey. And do not do like me, in my naivety in the past and confuse ‘religious people’, be they clerical or not, as being genuine spiritual seekers. Most are just as ‘lost’ as the next. Sri Ramakrishna said:
“God dwells in all beings. But you may be intimate only with good people; you must keep away from the evil-minded. God is even in the tiger, but you cannot embrace the tiger on that account. You may say, ‘why run away from a tiger, which is also a manifestation of God?’ The answer to that is: Those who tell you to run away are also a manifestations of God -and why shouldn’t you listen to them?”.