The need for spirituality in our life's is unclear, hence how and when to practice it is also unclear. The battlefield setting in which the Holy Geeta - one of our greatest spiritual texts was given out, clearly shows us as to when the spiritual knowledge is most effective… how can we then assume or recommend such spirituality to be best pursued after retirement?
This clearly is an incorrect understanding of its very purpose. Spirituality, as shown in the Geeta, is to be heard, understood and applied in our most difficult circumstances, so that we do not get lost in our journey in life.
Yet, most of us wait for our retirement to learn the secrets of this Divine text. Alas! By that time, we are burdened with too many regrets of our past actions, or our ego is so stubborn that it is unwilling to uplift itself due to the earlier habits formed. But even if we do understand and appreciate the principles of the scriptures, we feel there so much to change, we would have to start in our next life... How convenient, this is - this reincarnation?
The main reason for such an idea is that we see Spirituality as a means for securing a safe future after death either for ourselves or for our loved ones who have left the earthly plane.
If this is so, then becoming spiritual after retirement seems like the right thing to do. But to those of us who are not afraid to ask why, who look at the world and ask, what is the reason behind this all? What is its purpose? What is my purpose? Spirituality takes a whole new dynamic meaning and expression.
Our religion is not supposed to be just a ticket to heaven, instead it's a faithful map guiding us sincerely and unbiasedly to our Final Destination, Liberation from all Bondages. Imagine if your journey is determined by the direction of the traffic flow? Sounds silly doesn’t it?
But most of our life’s journey is unfortunately like that, determined by the flow of others. Spirituality, when properly heard, correctly understood and sincerely lived, provides us with our true inner goals and prepares us on the path to reaching them in our present life itself.
And when we live this spirituality consistently from early on in life… let me put it this way, the benefits of ‘That Spirituality’, is seen very evidently throughout our life, even after retirement.