If life is really going great, why do you need spirituality?

Acharya Prashant
4 min readOct 9, 2020

The following is an excerpt from a samvaad (dialogue) session with Acharya Prashant.

Question 1: Pranaam Acharya Ji. I was introduced to Dhyan (meditation) through Indian Classical Music. Since then I am deeply interested in spirituality. In the last session, you mentioned that cessation of passion is — dispassion. I think about it a lot, and I don’t feel that I am passionate towards anything in my life.

I like classical music, I like to read books on spirituality, I like listening to Masters. I like the silence. But I am not passionate about anything. I am unable to understand where I want to go.

Life is going really great, but the inner ‘me’ is not at all satisfied with what I do. I cannot continue like this anymore. Please tell me what to do in this situation.

Acharya Prashant (AP): First of all, figure out clearly what the situation is like. On one hand, you say that life is going really great, and immediately after, you declare that you cannot continue like this anymore. What do you want?

Is life going great, or horrible? If it’s going great, why can’t you continue as things are?

(Repeating the question) “The inner me is not at all satisfied with what I do. I am not passionate about anything.”

What is ‘passion’? In the spiritual sense, the meaning of the word ‘passion’ is pain. And you do look quite pained. So, you do have passion.

Passion does not merely mean heightened enthusiasm.

Passion stems from pain — a perception of a lack of something.

An inner wound, an inner hollow.

It is very much present. And that is what you are to observe — your passion.

You do have passion.

Not wanting anything in life, not being enthused by anything in life, not having love towards life, feeling miserable even when life is going apparently great — all this is ‘passion’.

This is your ‘passion’.

So do not say that you do not have any passion in life — this is your passion.

Your passion is that in the middle of a seemingly wonderful life, you are still