When I first make some progress in spiritual life, I have to develop some discrimination for certain things like food, friends, activities, etc...

But I soon realized that I'm creating my very own bubble cage. I started to discriminate so that I will not fall into the temptations to go back. But as soon as I don't discriminate: e.g. my relatives that eat meat, I feel that I'm slowly falling in rajas/tamas guna.
And I'm starting to get exhausted because there is so much influence in this world, its like swimming in the river but in the wrong directon. I know that we are all God's particles, but still I'm just a man with this level of awareness...

How to progress in spiritual life, so that I can live in sAtvic way without discriminating anything?

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    Good question. What you have to understand is this: Everyone has a role in this Universe. Think about a giant movie. There is a hero, there is a heroine, there is a villain, there is a comedian, there is a dancer, there is a singer, there is a saint, so on. God (Your True Self) is the director. Just believe that you are playing your role (as a Yogi) and your relatives are playing their roles (as Regulars). That's it. Everyone is part and parcel of this world. WIth this attitude, soon you will develop Ekatma Bhava (Oneness of Jivas) and you will develop Prema (Supreme Love) towards all.
    – Sai
    Commented Feb 28, 2016 at 2:54
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    To progress, find your guru. Commented Feb 28, 2016 at 3:53
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    @SwamiVishwananda has the correct answer.Without a Guru you can't progress even an inch.Your Guru can only teach you how to discriminate and what to discriminate.You can't decide that on your own.
    – Rickross
    Commented Feb 28, 2016 at 6:20
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    * for the time being you can pray to Lord Dakshinamuthy by chanting this sloka:"Nidhaaye Sarva Vidyaanaam,Bhisaje sarva Roginaam,Gurave Sarva Lokaanaam Dakshina Murtaye Namaha." Being the Guru of the entire universe he will certainly guide you in finding your personal Guru. :)
    – Rickross
    Commented Feb 28, 2016 at 7:38
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    Don't run away from things and don't fall in love with them either. Be neutral, be the spectator
    – Eesha
    Commented Mar 2, 2016 at 13:23

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Krishna says in the Gita (IV. 34.) Swami Nikhilananda translator:

Learn it by prostration, by inquiry and by service. The wise, who have seen the Truth, will teach you that Knowledge.

And the Chandogya Upanishad (IV. ix. 3.) Swami Nikhilananda translator:

Only the knowledge that is learnt from a teacher leads to the Highest Good.

And again in Chandogya Upanishad (VI. xiv. 2.):

He who meets with a teacher to instruct him obtains true knowledge.

Find your guru.


Nice question you put out there.. I think that's very true of many novice followers of this "Sanatan Dharma" lifestyle.

One thing I understand at this point is - it should come natural to you. There must not be the great inside resistance. Until you find that "Sahaj" path/style that progresses towards that Higher Abode... keep searching/fumbling into your inside inventory.

Good answers so far.

~~~ This is a view of what I understood from various sources including own life experiences, there may be better explanation/justification.

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