What is Spirituality?

Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati

What will be your answer if I ask you, 'What is spiritual? What is spirituality?

You cannot equate spirituality with atmajnana or self-knowledge. You cannot equate spirituality with moksha or liberation. You cannot equate spirituality with self-realization. Spirituality is something and self-realization is something different. They do not come together at all.

The answer is straightforward. The moment you make the attempt, the effort to change the destructive and the negative in your life to become more positive and constructive, you become spiritual. The moment you negate the negativity and associate with positivity, you become spiritual. The moment you stop perceiving yourself as an individual unit and begin to experience yourself as a part of a greater system, you become more spiritual. The moment you are able to soften the sentiments, feelings, thoughts, aggressions which contain within them specks of hatred, anger, frustration, jealousy, ego, the moment you reduce them, you become spiritual.

So, spirituality is connecting with the positive and the creative aspect of life, not moksha, not self-realization, but becoming good, doing good and these are the spiritual lessons.

—3 April 2015, Ganga Darshan, Munger