Man has two facets to his personality—body, and soul—both of which need sustenance for their health and progress. Material things such as food and water sustain the body. If one is deprived of such sustenance over a long period of time, he or she will be starved to death. The same is true for the soul. I believe that spirituality is man’s spiritual food for the soul. Spirituality boosts man’s inner personality on positive lines. This guarantees man’s spiritual life.
How can many attain spirituality? There are two major schools of spiritual discipline: one based on meditation and the other on contemplation. I subscribe to the school of contemplation. As it is man’s mind that differentiates him from the rest of creation, it can only be through the development of his mind that man can attain true spirituality. Contemplative spirituality teaches man the art of conversion that is how to convert everyday material events into spiritual experiences and negative experiences into positive lessons. Although such conversion takes place in the spiritual rather than in the physical sense, the principle by which this conversion operates governs the entire material world.
In this way, man becomes disciplined and does not allow one’s personality to develop under the influence of external incentives.