What is spirituality?
Yogi and mystic Sadhguru, along with actress and director, Nandita Das and ad man Prahlad Kakkar explores the question, What is spirituality?
Sadhguru: Spirituality does not mean any particular practice. It is a certain way of being. There are several ways to get there. It is like a garden in your house. If the soil, sunlight or stem of a plant is not in a certain way, it won’t yield flowers. For that, you have to do something and make sure that those things are taken care of. So in your case, if you cultivate your body, mind, emotions and energies to a certain level of maturity, something else blossoms within you – that is spirituality. When your rationale is immature, it doubts everything. When your rationale matures, it sees everything in a completely different light.
Whenever any human being experiences something bigger than himself, the traditional way of looking at that is, “this is God…” The whole idea of God is just that – anything that is bigger than you. It could be a human being or an experience or some aspect of nature. Is that spiritual? No, that is just life. When I say “just life”, I am not trying to dismiss it as a small thing. It is the greatest thing. Only when life becomes an overwhelming, powerful, blissful experience for you, you want to know what could have created all this.
The source of creation, the most intimate part of creation is your own body. There is a captive creator here, trapped within you. You shouldn’t miss that. If you don’t miss the source of creation within you, you are spiritual.
Does Belief in God Make You Spiritual?
An atheist cannot be spiritual. But you must understand that even a theist cannot be spiritual because an atheist and a theist are not very different. One believes there is God, another believes there is no God. Both of them believe in something that they do not know. You are not sincere enough to admit that you do not know, that’s your problem. So theists and atheists are not different, they are the same people putting up an act of being different. A spiritual seeker will neither be a theist nor an atheist. He has realized that he does not know... so he is seeking.
The moment you believe something, you become blind to everything else. The whole conflict on the planet is not between good and evil as they are trying to project it. It is always one man’s belief versus another man’s belief. The need for belief is more psychological than spiritual. You want to cling to something, you want to feel secure and you want to feel as if you know everything. This is all due to an immature mind. You actually don’t know anything about the existence. So then, what is the problem? The existence is beautiful, it! You just have to see how to be like that and make yourself beautiful and joyful from within. Within you, that at least is within your hands.
What is a Spiritual Experience?
Going to the ocean or to the mountain and seeking an experience may be beautiful and may seem spiritual to you at that time, but you must learn to always enjoy the world the way it is. Understand this - the fish in the ocean doesn’t think that being deep under the water is a spiritual experience, nor does the mountain goats feel that being on the slopes of the mountain is a spiritual experience because they are there all the time. On the other hand, if you bring them to the city, it may turn into a spiritual experience for them. What happened to you when you were on the seashore or the mountains is that something broke within you. You were in a shell. You broke out of this and that had been the breaking of the barrier within you. Now you are in a bigger shell. What I’m saying is, whether you are in a smaller shell or a bigger shell, as long as you are in it, what is the difference? Sooner or later, you will feel comfortable within the bigger shell; it feels the same way as the previous one.
If you want to become boundless and you are trying to attempt it through physicality, you are essentially trying to go towards boundlessness in installments. Can you count 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and one day count to infinity? You will only become a counting machine. That’s not the way. Through physical means, you can never reach towards boundless nature. Every human being desires to become boundless. If you give one person whatever he desires, for three days he is okay. The fourth day he is looking for something else. Somebody may label it as greed, I just say this is life process in the wrong direction. If you want to know boundless nature, you must experience, you must perceive something which is beyond the physical, that something that might have touched you when you leapt into the ocean, when you a gazed at the mountain, when you sang a song, when you danced, when you just shut your eyes momentarily... it could have happened to an individual in so many different ways. You have touched it, but now the question is of sustainability.
To sustain it, one simple thing every human being has to do is, make your sense of involvement indiscriminate. If you look at a person, a tree, or a cloud, you are equally involved. You are equally involved with your own body and the breath. If you have no discrimination as to which is better, and you are equally involved with every aspect in life, then you will be constantly spiritual. Nobody needs to teach you what is spirituality. Spiritual practices help you towards this.
A Simple Practice
One thing is, we can put you on to something very simple, a practise called “Inner Engineering”, which is subjective. Any subjective technology cannot be taught to you in uncommitted atmospheres. So if you are willing to give yourself a small space of time that is very committed and focused, we can put you on a simple practice, where investing just 21 minutes a day, that is out of 24 hours or 1440 minutes, if you can spend 21 minutes on this practice, you can start your day with a very phenomenal spiritual experience within you. A very powerful experience that leaves you peaceful and joyful throughout the day.