The Hindu spiritual journey is a journey of the mind – from being agitated in the pursuit of
material goals (artha) and sense pleasures (kama) to a state of perfect tranquility. A mind that is
clear and calm is no longer an impediment to the enjoyment of Divine bliss. What are the steps
in this spiritual journey?
The first step is to discipline the desire for material possessions and sense pleasures. This is done
by firm adherence to dharma, the ethical foundation that is elaborately explained in Hindu
scriptures. By performing one’s duty and cultivating qualities such as honesty, self-discipline,
love and compassion, the mind becomes less agitated by base emotions such as greed, anger and
lust. The second step in the Hindu spiritual journey is dedication to selfless service, undertaking
all actions without focus on personal gain. This is known as karma yoga. Practice of karma yoga
softens the personal ego by discovering the joy to be found in serving others and working as an
instrument of God.