A comparison between the symptoms of schizophrenia and experiences of spiritual growth

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SPIRITUAL formation
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QUIETUDE
SPIRITUAL life

Abstract:The main objective of the study is to compare the symptoms of schizophrenia and symptoms of spiritual growth. The study was done by compiling symptoms of schizophrenia and characteristic features of spiritual growth as indicated by psychiatric textbooks and classical spiritual texts from Ayurveda, the Bhagavad-Gita, Patanjali's Yoga Sutra and Yoga-vasi??ha. The study was done to see the similarities and differences between the symptoms of schizophrenia and the experiences of spiritual growth as described in scriptures. This study found that there are similarities in positive symptoms (like delusions of some kinds, hallucinations) and some experiences of spiritual growth. In schizophrenia, a person will not have the freedom to come out of it. However, in spiritual growth, a person will have the freedom to come out of it. In schizophrenia, a person enters an active phase without her awareness. In spiritual growth, a person enters symptomatic phases with her awareness intact. In schizophrenia, negative symptoms are predominantly present, but in spiritual growth, negative symptoms are not typically present. In spiritual growth, tranquility of the mind is the criterion. In schizophrenia, tranquility of the mind will be absent.

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