How do we verify success in spiritual life? in Spiritual Discussions Posted June 8, 2009 · Report reply I think sambya is right.. Bliss is the only measuring tool. The sadhaka feels bilss even before the visions appear,thus it is understood he is advancing.Also humility goes hand in hand with this bliss.If someone calls the advancing devotee a pig,he hardly cares.If such a state comes,know that you are advancing. The true gurudeva is immersed in bliss always. The spiritual movements can never be success..not over a long time...Time introduces people to the movement..who don't even attain bhakti before the Gurudeva departs. Althought these disciples are good at heart,they haven't realisd the truth.The movement inevitably fails. Very good analysis. Are religious institutions bound to fail after their founding guru departs? I think they are more likely to fail if the founder acharya does not create a clear succession plan, and a properly working administrative body before he departs.