Swami Satyananda Saraswati

Are natural attachments obstacles to spiritual growth?

In my opinion, attachments do not create any block in spiritual life or spiritual growth. In the Yoga Vasishtha and Ramayana a lot of discussion has taken place on attachment and it is found that there is a stage of evolution in which attachment develops inner faculties.

However, when you want to lead a life of nivritti, aloofness, follow the spiritual path and practise meditation, then of course attachment becomes a serious impediment.

For a normal human being, attachment is an indication of growth and inner development.

18 July 1983, Calcutta Ashram