It depends on the individual which goal he is looking to achieve: one that relates to the physical body (materialism) or the other one that relates to the soul (spirituality).It is the mind which is the guiding light in our spiritual quest. We should look upon it as a great fortune that for some reason or other, if our mind possesses an attraction for the higher goal of spirituality.Of course, we have to steadily proceed in the spiritual path with perseverance to achieve the spiritual goal.
Leading a worldly life, no one can by his own individual effort ever hope to attain spiritual goal. So the help of another person-teacher or guru, who has himself got self-realization, is absolutely necessary. The guru, who has walked on the path himself, can easily take the disciple step by step on the ladder of spiritual progress. As a Shirdi Sai devotee, I have been following the teachings of Sadguru Sai Baba in my spiritual quest.
Dr.Mahesh Chandra Panda