Thoughts make themselves available in my head and jostle to get expressed. I have to rein them, give them sequence, and hope Logic helps me here. Some familiarity with the rules of causality help, but Eris too lurks in the background. She is the mischievous one! But today, I'm writing about Eris' brother, Spirituality.
Am I spiritual?
I am not sure. For me, today the lines between psychology and spirituality are blurred.
Much of what I have heard from 'spiritual' gurus like Sadhguru, Sri Sri, Shivani, Osho, Wamanrao Pai, and other popular speakers and writers, I find them echoing what I read many years ago in my favourite self-help books Your Erroneous Zones and The Sky is the Limit.
For me, much of the spirituality today is actually psychological counselling wearing the garb of spirituality.
The amount of psychiatrists in India is terrible in terms of the population. It's probably 1/50th or 1/100th the amount that should be there. Same goes for the psychologists and psychiatric social workers. In the Indian social context, talking about visiting a psychiatrist or counsellor would raise eyebrows and get wondering looks and hushed questions, "Are you mad?"
But say that you are embarking on sessions by Sri Sri or Sadhguru or others and you would get reverential and admiring looks.
In the Indian context, psychological counselling in the guise of a spiritual quest is a very good way to deal with the lack of professional counselling.
I only hope that this becomes more popular. Spirituality, introspection, inspiration are very high on the list for us as Indians and the Indian culture. And these provide a sound and solid foundation for creation of self-confident people, organizations, and the nation.
More power to these!