There are many ways in which people use the spiritual process. For some people, spirituality and all the talks, retreats, and satsangs are just an escape from life.
For others, it’s purely intellectual entertainment. A few people want to bring about some change in their life; they want to become a little more peaceful, a little more loving. It’s sort of a Spring cleaning and polishing.
Finally, there are a scant few people who are actually looking for transformation. I’m not equating that with change here. Change means improvement of some aspect of self. Transformation means nothing of the old remains. The old is torn down to make way for the new.
People seek what they don’t have. If they don’t have health, they seek health as if it is the ultimate thing. If they don’t have money, they seek money as if it is the ultimate. If they don’t have love, they seek love.
When someone goes by this process of asking for what (s)he does not have, they have initiated an endless process.
It seems to be taking you somewhere, but it does not really take you anywhere that really matters. Yet you tell yourself that if you don’t seek, if you don’t desire, you don’t go anywhere.
Whether you seek money, or love or knowledge, or God, it’s all desire. The object of desire just changes the direction of your seeking, but it does not change the process of life. And the essence of life rests in its process, in how you are experiencing it right now.
To experience life in a better way, changing the objects of desire is not going to make much of a difference. It is the way we handle the process which is going to make the difference.
Then, one sees that what was really sought all along was the absence of desire.