Real Aspiration :
Strong spiritual aspiration is the first step in the seeker’s path. Some people have a little curiosity for the spiritual line, but no real thirsting for liberation. They think that they will get certain powers or siddhis if they do some yogic practices. When they do not attain the powers, they lose patience and give up the practices, abandon the spiritual path. Mere curiosity will not help you attain any spiritual progress. Introspect. Analyse your thoughts and find out whether you have real spiritual hunger or mere curiosity-mongering. Transmute your inquisitiveness into real thirsting for salvation by constant satsang, company of truth, study of inspiring books, prayer, japa and meditation. Good intentions alone will not do. They must be backed up by good actions. If you think, “I will take a bath when all the waves of the sea subside”, this is not possible. The waves will never subside and you will never take a bath. Even so, if you think, “I will start spiritual sadhana or meditation when all my cares, worries and anxieties cease, when all my sons are fixed up in life, when I have ample leisure after retirement”, this is not possible. You will not be able to sit for even half an hour when you become old. You will have no strength to do any rigorous tapas, austerity, when you are in advanced senility. You must start vigorous spiritual practices when you are young, whatever your condition, circumstances and environment. Then only you will reap a rich spiritual harvest when you become old. You will enjoy the everlasting peace of the eternal. You must enter the spiritual path with the best intention of attaining atma jnana, self-knowledge, but unless you are vigilant and diligent, unless you do intense and rigorous sadhana, unless you guard yourself against lust, anger and greed, egoism and selfishness, good intentions alone will not enable you to achieve success. Do something substantial in the path of sadhana instead of wasting your time in idle pursuits and lethargy. You have infinite strength within you. There is a vast reservoir of power within you. Therefore, do not lose heart.