October 17, 2022
Ask Deepak

Materialism Backsliding.


When your mind and heart are truly open abundance will flow to you effortlessly and easily.


Hello Deepak, First, I must thank you. Your words were some of the first I read that sent me on the path of spiritual enlightenment. I have been following this website and reading your work for a little over a year now. When I first began on this journey, it was the most miraculous, eye-opening experience of my life. It permeated every aspect of my life. Somewhere along the line, about four months ago, I got a new job. My degree is nearing completion. I don’t want to blame these things, but something happened when I accepted all of this. I have been spun back into the web of external gratification, and I am finding it very difficult to re-align myself. I feel numb to everything I have learned thus far. I have been reading the work of Swami Vivekananda, Thich Nhat Hahn, and the Bhagavad Gita, to name a few. It is all resonating with me, but I cannot gather the discipline to pull myself out of the sense of being led by external gratification, like a mouse with a piece of cheese being dangled in front of it. It is like I cannot reach the cheese. I need some form of guidance. Can you please help me to find a way back on the path? Namaste’, Be well.


Don’t judge yourself harshly. You have been intellectually inspired by the spiritual ideals in the past. Now what you are being asked to do is learn to apply those values in your worldly endeavors. You don’t need to find your way back on the path. You are on the path. The way forward now is about integrating your spiritual values into your practical worldly life. Keep going, but be loving and gentle with yourself. Be lighthearted and look for the people and all the things around you that you are grateful for. 



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