Spiritual Practice with Expectation and Without expectation
Spiritual practice with expectation (Sakaam saadhanaa): This is spiritual practice done with the expectations of worldly gain
For example: Saying prayers or making offerings or fasting or doing some rituals to
Spiritual practice without expectation (Nishkaam saadhanaa): This is spiritual practice done with the sole aim of spiritual growth. Thus, in this mode of spiritual practice, seekers of spiritual growth will continue with their spiritual practice while using every event in their life for spiritual growth. If at all they are faced with a difficult situation they will use the situation to grow spiritually by reducing their ego or surrendering the outcome of the situation to Godís wish.
A comparison of sakaam and nishkaam modes of spiritual practice:
When we do spiritual practice a certain amount of spiritual energy is generated. Now when the spiritual energy is directed towards worldly gain as in sakaam mode of spiritual practice desires may be fulfilled but spiritual growth does not occur. This is akin to attempting to fill a jar with a leak; the jar never gets full. When we do nishkaam spiritual practice then all the energy generated from spiritual practice is used to fuel spiritual growth.† When a seeker of God does nishkaam spiritual practice not only does spiritual growth occur but his material and worldly requirement are also taken care of.
The seeker experiences worldly happiness by doing sakaam spiritual practice while he experiences Bliss by doing nishkaam spiritual practice.The difference in sakam and nishkam spiritual practice
∑††††††††† Sakaam spiritual practice is about (experiencing) all creation or created objects, whereas nishkaam spiritual practice is about (experiencing) the Creator. Sakaam spiritual practice is about obtaining things in the Great Illusion - Maya, while nishkaam spiritual practice is about realizing and experiencing the Absolute Truth which is God.
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Sean M. Clarke has been studying and practicing Spirituality with the Spiritual Science Research Foundation (SSRF) over the past 9 years. An MBA graduate from Monash-Mt Eliza Business School, Australia. Sean gave up his regular career as a Strategy and Business Analyst in the technology sector to help co-ordinate dissemination of SSRF research material as a full-time volunteer.