Once you are on a spiritual path, if you are genuinely on the path, you are not just obsessed, you are possessed. If you want to hit the peak of your consciousness, all the energy that you have has to be focused in one direction. If you are throwing your energy in ten different directions, it is obvious you are not going to get anywhere, isn’t it?
Even if you throw all the energy that you have in one direction, still it may not be sufficient. That is why the Master fills in that space of lifting you up when it is needed. But if you want to distribute your energy in ten different directions, then definitely it will be futile. So once you are on the spiritual path, do not be obsessed, be possessed by the path. There is nothing else for you. Everything else is just to get you there. Only when it becomes like this, your spiritual path means something.
If it is not so, if it is a side interest in your life, that you like spiritual entertainment – different people seek different types of entertainment and some people dabble with spirituality – that is up to you. But if you are really seeking to know, then your whole being should be focused in one direction. You are completely possessed by it. This does not mean you will become unreasonable. This does not mean you cannot run a family. This does not mean you cannot fulfill your social responsibilities. Just use them as a spiritual process for yourself.
Only when every breath, every step, every act, that you perform in your life becomes a spiritual process, then there is no conflict. When you say, ‘This is my spiritual path, that is my family, that is my profession,’ then you have a conflict. If you eat, you eat only because you want to know. If you drink, you drink only because you want to know. If you work, you work only because you want to know. Then there is no conflict.
(Sadhguru is a yogi, mystic and visionary, and a prominent spiritual leader. An author, poet, and internationally-renowned speaker, Sadhguru’s wit and piercing logic provoke and widen our perception of life. isha.sadhguru.org)