Originally posted by FMF
An ability to empathize; more important than sympathy, I think. Very important upshot of 'good spiritual health'. Empathy embraces tolerance and a desire to do no harm to those around you. It may also embrace activism and participation in collective processes to improve things around us. Empathy also overlaps with flexibility and patience, and even things like h ...[text shortened]... s, I'd say 'empathy' is more central to spiritual health than it is often given credit for.
You are very right there. Empathy is a key characteristic of every spiritually awake person. The more one becomes spiritual, the more empathetic one becomes.
The ego starts losing its grip on the spiritual person and that blessed person starts losing selfishness altogether. The empathetic person has been likened to a transparent crystal. You keep a crystal on ash, it takes on ashy colour. Keep it on turmeric powder, it takes on that dark yellow colour. And so on, while it has no colour of its own. A saint mixes with children, he/she becomes one with their pain and pleasure. The saint mixes with adults, he/she suffers their pain and enjoys their pleasures. We say that the Vyashti-man of that person or the individual mind of that person is replaced by Samashti-man or social mind.
But there are many other indications of the spiritual health.
I think you may find from the Uddhav Geeta, extracts which I am submitting for the reading of the community here, that Contentment with one's lot and an even tempered approach to one's ups and downs in life, non attachment of self with objects of sensual pleasures are a few of the qualities of the spiritual person.
Bodily indications of increasing spiritual health are also there. I had informed them to bbarr sometime back, when he asked.
But the one important indication that a person is spiritually healthy is the effect he/she has on others. If you feel peaceful in the presence of this person, if you feel that all your worldly cares and sorrows are losing their sting by the minute, if you feel an echo in your heart of the smile he/she has on his/her face, then there is almost a certainty that he/she has been spiritually fully awakened. Charlatans and humbugs excepted, of which type unfortunately many exist in India and are doing well.