Is Your Spirituality an Ultimate Reality?

Everywhere people seem to search for that which is ultimate: ultimate gadget, ultimate happiness, ultimate enjoyment. The other day I saw an advertisement for the ultimate straightened hair. There is an advertisement for the ultimate guitar. Sooner or later everything has to come to an ultimate end.

And the search goes on for the ultimate reality. That is why the book OUR ULTIMATE REALITY by Adrian Cooper is so popular. Since its release in 2005 it has attracted more and more readers.

The question I want to ask and answer is: Is your spirituality an ultimate reality?

It would seem that your spirituality is an ultimate reality because spirituality has to do with things of the spirit, the things which last, which have no end, the things which cannot be seen but which control our material universe and anything beyond it.

But on deeper reflection we know that your spirituality as well as mine cannot be an ultimate reality.

Many Spiritualities But Only One Spirit

Spirituality is only a stance, an attitude toward the things of the Spirit. As such, every one has a spirituality, even those who deny the existence of the spiritual.

Throughout the centuries there have been many spiritualities. In the Western tradition we have the spirituality of the desert fathers, the hermits and monks of Egypt in the third and fourth centuries. Then there was the Benedictine spirituality. This was followed by many more.

In the Eastern world we have in the main Hindu and Buddhists spiritualities. These in turn are subdivided into different spiritualities. We have the Brahmanic spirituality. We have the Hinayanic spirituality. We can even speak of a Confucian spirituality, how Confucius and his followers regarded the things of the spirit.

As the world has now become global and the demarcation between East and West is blurred more and more people are searching for a spirituality that they can benefit from, one that will not only give them enlightenment on spiritual matters but one that will fulfill their deepest yearnings.

There are signs of spiritual hunger all around us. Some have satisfied their spiritual hunger and are spiritually awakened. As more and more people are spiritually awakened, we will discover more and more kinds of spirituality. We have already the word “Cooperian” associated with spirituality, referring to the ideas of Adrian Cooper, the author of the book Our Ultimate Reality.

But not one of these spiritualities is ultimate in the sense that it is the one, last way (since ultimate means last) to the knowledge and enjoyment of the things of the spirit. They are all attempts to capture the ultimate reality of the spirit.

Only the Spirit is the ultimate reality. Spiritualities, yours and mine and anybody else’s, are only ways to approach this ultimate reality. They are only gateways, as it were, to the ultimate reality.

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