Selfless service of humanity while striving for Lord is another path to enlightenment together with seeking spiritual knowledge, reciting mantras, reading scriptures and donating. Selfless service comes when one see that "The creator is in the creation, the creation is in the creator" . Serving other people is indirectly serving the Lord and living a life that is a benefit to others. The Lord see you from other's eyes and if you see him seeing you, you are almost there.
Along with the selfless service, devotee study spiritual books to know more of the ultimate truth. Viveka (Wisdom) with just awareness is the defined as purest form of knowledge. It is described as super consciousness. Viveka comes with burning desire in the heart to realize and unite with the Lord. The Supreme Knowledge after knowing every spiritual truth is is AtmaGyan, the Realization of true Self or Universal Consciousness.
Reading scriptures free the mind from many myths, emotional scars and other thought processes. Some of the scriptures are;
- Gurbani - http://www.srigranth.org/servlet/gurbani.gurbani?Action=Page&Param=1
- The Upnishda - http://www.fullbooks.com/The-Upanishads.html
- The Zen sutras - https://www.meditation-zen.org/en/sutra-zen-soto
- Budhist Sutras - http://buddhasutra.com/
- Rumi - https://sillysutras.com/surrender-rumi-quotes-poem/
Different sounds have different effects on human psyche. Slow and cooler wind and it's sound with the tree and leaves soothes the nerves, the loud music energize but also take away a lot of energy, note of running stream or ocean waves fill the heart and mind with peace. Sound of some mantras have the power to cure diseases; some mantras creates calmness and some energize the who body and mind.
Someone asked a question to OSHO -
‘Osho, what is the goal of meditation?"
Osho Answered:- There is no goal of meditation. Meditation is the dropping of all goals, hence it can’t have a goal of its own; that would be against its very nature. Goals exist in the future; meditation is to be in the present.
There is no meeting ground between the present and the future—the future exists not—how can the non-existential meet the existential? That is impossible.
Buddha was asked many times, ‘Why are you so blissful, so peaceful?’ He always said, ‘Such is the nature of awareness—TATHATA.’ he always says, ‘This is my nature my tathata.’ Slowly slowly it became known to his disciples that tathata is his most important word, his key word. Hence he is called tathagata: one who lives in suchness, one who lives now and knows no other time, one who lives here and knows no other space. If you can also be here and now, ‘it opens the door of truth which leads to the garden of tathagata.’