I have been asked by many people throughout these past few years a very difficult question: “Why is spirituality important?”
For the longest time I did not know how to answer that. I didn’t know how to explain it. All my life I had been seeking something and when I found the path, there it was. There was nothing else for me.
But in time I have come to understand a little of how to express why all of this is absolutely necessary.
The reason why the spiritual path is necessary is because we have forgotten our true Self. You can observe this forgetfulness as the two symptoms of Samsara: separation and restlessness.
Firstly, we see ourselves as separate and disconnected. The biggest plight of the modern humanity is this feeling of being so separated despite the surge in connectivity. On top of that, the mind labels and dissects everything it comes across. All of humanity operates within the illusion of separation. It is the foundation for all desires and the premise for all individual identities.
Because of this illusion of separation, we all grow restless. It is the restlessness of desire. In truth, this restlessness is nothing other than the urge to return to the whole, the quivering of the drop edging back toward the ocean.
But our restlessness tricks us. It makes us think we should be there instead of here; it convinces us that we should be X instead of Y; it criticizes us that we should have done that instead of this. It is this restlessness that meditation allows to dissipate.
When all of this is not only understood but seen through direct observation, then it will be clear why the spiritual path is necessary. It is necessary not because it is the religious path, or the moral path, or the True path, but rather because we have forgotten what is Here.
And when you realized you have forgotten, the only thing left for you to do is awaken.