Worldliness and Spirituality


Hello everyone. I would like to ask if it’s possible to attain enlightment during one current life time and if is possible while living your usual life as you lived it before. I mean most of us live in so called "consumer society" where the main aims of every person’s life is get married, born children, work a lot to have a successfull career and etc. Any chance to get absolute freedom living such life?

Thanks in advance! God Bless you

—Orkhan, Azerbaijan


Dear Orkhan,

Your question about the possibility of attaining enlightenment while leading a worldly life is a good one. The short answer is yes one can attain enlightenment while having a spouse, business and even a family. Please read about the lives of Rajarsi Janakananda and Sister Gyanamata for examples of householders who attained liberation in their lifetimes. These two souls were extraordinary in their dedication to loving and serving God and their mutual guru, Paramhansa Yogananda.

Spiritual communities such as Ananda are examples of householders with families living spiritual lives dedicated to finding God. Paramhansa Yogananda often spoke of world brotherhood colonies where both monastics and householders could live spiritual lives of “simple living and high thinking”.

Offer your love to God and guru each day in your meditations and throughout the day. Your own personal journey to liberation will be facilitated with their guidance and grace as you live your life with a consciousness of inner freedom.