The following is an excerpt from a samvaad (dialogue) session with Acharya Prashant.
“You failed to know your Love in your youth
Wake up and see your Love is gone.”
~ Saint Kabir
Acharya Prashant (AP): Youth refers to a time when you are physically neither dependent nor incapable. After a particular time, you become physically incapable. And what happens to the rest of the body also happens to the brain. There is senility and there is a lack of memory and such things. And before a particular age, you don’t have enough grey material. So that is why in the spiritual domain, youth has a very special place.
That which is your highest goal surely requires the best of your abilities. If your goal is a worthy goal then it requires the best of your abilities.
And the best of your abilities include your physical abilities as well.
So the best time to chase that highest goal, which is Truth or God, is during your youth. You cannot do it when you are a kid, and you cannot do it when you are too old.
There is a great difference between spirituality and morality here. Spirituality clearly says, give your best time to the One who is the best. Spirituality says, if He is the best, then He deserves your best time, and your best time is your youth. Morality says that God must be served only after you have served all your relationships, husband, wife, mother, society. After all the priorities have been taken care of, only then you should go to God. So that is the moralist way of looking at age.
But, Kabir will never say that.
Kabir will say that when you are in the full bloom of youth, that is when you should seek God.
Listener (L): Sir, we also say that one cannot wake up without the grace of God?
AP: One requires both. One requires the Grace of God and his own consent. Now Grace of God is perennial, always there. You require two things of which one is always present.
So, ultimately, what do you require?
Only one thing.