The Difference Between Spiritual and Worldly Success


Hi all!

What is the difference between people who are spiritual, believe in God or at least in a higher power, and people who are successful, have a smooth life but are not spiritual, don’t believe in God or something called individual and universal higher consciousness?

—Ramanathan, Thailand


Dear Ramanathan,

I’m not entirely sure what you are asking but perhaps this will be helpful:

Anyone who is living a spiritual life and tuning into being instruments for God will achieve their highest potential.

The word that is used to describe this highest potential in the yoga teachings is “Satchidananda”; Paramhansa Yogananda gave this word the meaning of “ever existing, ever conscious, ever new bliss”. This is beyond mere belief in God or a higher power; this is merging into God as bliss, which permeates all of creation, and brings fulfillment to the devotee.

People who have an outer successful life, without tuning into their oneness in the Divine, are living on past good karma, which will inevitably be dissipated. Their “smooth life” will eventually face the many challenges of this world of outward duality. It is only in oneness that we truly will be freed from ego-attachments and limitations.

in divine friendship,

Nayaswami Pranaba