Following is an excerpt from a samvaad (dialogue) session with Acharya Prashant
Question (Q): When I read spiritual books, it feels like I am conditioning myself in a different way. Sometimes worldly desires take over me, and I am not able to stay spiritual all the time.
What can I do, to stay spiritual all the time?
Acharya Prashant (AP): See, spirituality is not something that you can pick off the shelf, and start practicing. Who told you that the yama and niyam that you are practicing, are the best for you? (The questioner had raised a question related to spiritual practices earlier in the Satsang).
Q: But, as the Yoga Sutra says….
AP: Were the Yoga Sutras told to you?
Q: But we have to practice them, and follow them.
AP: Who mandated it? Did Patanjali recite the Yoga Sutras to you? How do you know that they are meant for you?
Q: How do we then, what is meant for us?
AP: Then you have to go and ask someone who knows. You don’t seem to be trying. You seem to have concluded. You seem to have come to the conclusion that the yama and niyama path will take you beyond your self.
You have already started implementing something. You are not even at the decision state. You don’t even have the humility to stay put, before executing something.
Q: But, what when anyone does not even have a desire to go beyond?
AP: Then don’t go beyond. There is no compulsion to go beyond. Man is really not born to go beyond.
Going beyond, is the highest and the most exquisite pursuit.
If you don’t pursue that path, you are not a sinner.
You are just, normal.
If you not spiritual, you are not a sinner.
You are just normal!
It is not necessary to be spiritual.
There is nothing in man’s composition that specially eggs him on, towards spirituality.
Your senses, they look outside at the world. You mind keeps on thinking of things, material stuff. You live by your thoughts, your feelings, your opinions.