MADURAI: Spirituality is often viewed as an end in itself after achieving a feeling of unity within and feeling God’s presence within, its ultimate aim.
However, spirituality is a tool, not an end, to achieve harmony of mind, emotion and body, according to Pradeep Narang, Chairman of Aurobindo Society, Puducherry.
Delivering a lecture on ‘Spirituality in day to day life’ at Gandhi Memorial Museum here on Sunday, he said that spiritual journey cannot begin without faith, for which the acceptance of mind was essential. “While it is true faith comes with experience, and vice versa. Faith cannot come on its own. Effort must be taken to have faith,” he said. Speaking about meditation, he said while it was necessary, it was only a part of the package. It also cannot be forced on one’s self and first the way had to be paved for it.
Speaking about prayer, he said that the intensity of prayer was directly proportional to the problems faced by one. Chairman of the Aurobindo Society, Tamil Nadu, N. Tiruvengadam, noted that the audience of the meeting lacked youth. It was the responsibility of older generation to draw in the youth and make them realise that spirituality was also for them.