Today, so many people I encounter are terrified of forms. The hint of systemization or institution will send them running from the hills. This makes sense, considering that we have often been cut down to size in order to fit into the molds of others. But this doesn’t mean that forms are bad–simply that they must be functional, and serve the purposes of the people within them. Cut the coat to fit the man…
The master was asked, “what is spirituality?”
He said, “spirituality is that which succeeds in bringing one to inner transformation.”
“But if I apply the traditions and methods and practices handed down by the masters, is that not spirituality?”
“it is not spirituality if it does not perform it’s function for you. A blanket is no longer a blanket if It does not keep you warm.”
“so spirituality does change?”
“people change and their needs change. So what was spirituality once is spirituality no more. History shows us this. What generally passes for spirituality is merely a record of past methods.”
Don’t cut the person to fit the coat.