As mentioned before, Spirituality is one. However, it is “explained” in many ways according to the audience, the experiences of the “teacher,” and the time.
Spiritual teachings are not meant to be the same for everyone, even though there may be a common beginning.
Just like a seed transforms into a tree, we could see that there are different branches on that tree. All different but still belonging to that same tree.
In history, there has been many spiritual teachers. Interestingly enough, many teachings have been placed into a religion. When that happens, the spiritual teachings become interpreted by their followers.
For instance, the Bible. It is composed of many different books. Christ did not write anything. His disciples wrote everything there is in the “New Testament.” As a matter of fact, the main writer was Paul. Christian teachings are based on Paul’s understanding of Christ teachings.
The same, we can see with other well known religious scriptures such as the Gita. There are many interpretations of the Gita by different “gurus” and even the origin of those scripture is unknown.
However, when any scripture is made for the “masses” that is for “everyone,” then the depth of that scripture needs to be changed for that level of understanding.
Christ spoke to the masses. Buddha spoke to the masses.
In Brahma Kumaris, the “Murli” was spoken to a small group of people without further spiritual training and education. The “main engine” was love to God. However, that love was according to what these people knew about love. As we progress in spirituality, love acquires a complete different meaning. Something which is completely unknown for the “masses.” Something which is only known as we go through the path.
Therefore, a “teaching” has to meet the student. Otherwise, it will not be understood.
Once a spiritual teachings needs to go to the masses, it has to change and depth will not be there.
It is a this time, when we need to use a deeper realization to be able to see through it and find the deeper jewels according to our own experience.
Spirituality is a very personal path once the groundwork has been initiated and it is stable.
Our level of commitment will give us the key for greater understanding.
For instance, some spiritual teaching could teach us about the need to “tolerate.” We need to tolerate that person, that situation, etc.
Some other teaching will teach us that there is no need to tolerate when there is love in us.
Some other teaching will teach us that when there is no “I” there is no “you” to tolerate or “you” to love.
Who is right? Which teaching is better?
Those 3 teachings are right. But they represent different levels of understanding and experiences.
Once we see that spirituality is one but explained in different ways by different teachers, we could have that openness to learn and to experience spirituality as it is, to be open to the “truth” not as a “final product” as in a dogmatic view, a religious dogma; but rather, as growth. It is the seed growing to become a tree. That tree cannot be described through a teaching, for we do not know how that tree will look like. All we know is that it will become a tree, but no what kind of tree.
As our consciousness grows, so our understanding.
This growth happens only when we are open to grow. That is our particular time for growth.