Ramakrishna Vedanta Association of Thailand

Starting Spiritual Routine

The Vedanta philosophy, if it is not practical, has no other relevancy. These are the first words in an excellent book about the basics of Vedanta, and they are the watchwords of our group.

With that in mind, here are six steps for spiritual strength. This list comes courtesy of American Vedanta.

Six Steps for Spiritual Strength

  1. Find a Community
    Appropriate spiritual community lends guidance, support and commitment to your spiritual practice. If you live near Bangkok, join us for one of our monthly satsangs and subscribe to our mailing list. If you live elsewhere, find a local spiritual community.
  2. Seek Guidance
    One size does not fit all, so it is important that you discover your natural orientation and develop an individualized spiritual program. This usually cannot be done alone, so find a mentor within your existing spiritual community or contact us for a referral.
  3. Attend Spiritual Services Regularly
    Stay focused, renew your faith and expand your understanding by attending regular spiritual services. If you live near Bangkok, join us for our monthly satsang. If you don’t live nearby, consider the weekly online spiritual service offered by American Vedanta.
  4. Incorporate Individual Study
    Reflect upon and engage with the spiritual issues that are personally relevant by including weekly individual study in your routine. This can take place over lunch, before bed, or at a prescribed time each week. We keep a list of books and audio lectures for your individual study needs. There also are more resources here.
  5. Take Responsibility for Your Spiritual Life
    Don’t mindlessly follow us or anyone else when it comes to spiritual truth, both because you have to understand truth for yourself and because there are various levels of intermediate truth that may or may not be right for you. Listening to your own inner compass and contact us when you have a question that your spiritual community isn’t answering adequately.
  6. Leverage Rituals Thoughtfully
    Every day we are bombarded with ignorance about how to live and think, so it is important that we counteract this bad information with rituals that reinforce our deepest beliefs. Discover and thoughtfully incorporate rituals from your childhood faith tradition into your current life as an antidote to this bad thinking. As an example, read the American Vedanta essay about the power of saying grace.