We are all constantly chasing material progress. And we understand progress. Two houses are better than one, and two million bucks is better than one million.
But what of spiritual progress? Is there a report card?
According to Swami Tejomayananda, there are only two questions one must answer when evaluating one’s own spiritual progress.
- How much does everyone want to be in my company?
- How much do I want to be in the company of everyone?
Note, that this is everyone. Not a cherry picked group of friends or family members or colleagues that we have a predilection for. Or a specific set of people we detest and wish to avoid at all costs.
Spirituality is about training the mind to accept and enjoy everyone and everything as they are. Even that nosy bothersome fellow at work, or that pesky old neighbour next door, and also that cranky boss who calls you up on the weekends for extra work.
If we are making progress spiritually, we will be courting inner peace, and the answers to 1 and 2 would be ‘very much’, if not more.