In Swamiji's own words, spirituality is a subject that directly addresses the issue of examining oneself to understand, – 'Am I all matter or energy?' Do we know of any energy and matter that is capable of thinking, feeling, and knowing? Wherefrom do thoughts come? Wherefrom do feelings proceed? How is it that emotions are constantly generated in our personality? Can matter or energy be the source of thoughts and emotions? If not, then what is the source of our mind? The study and contemplation on such questions that investigate the very source of our being, the Inner Self, and to make this knowledge accessible to one and all is the core objective of CIRD-NA.
While the Self is commonly recognized in spirituality as the Ultimate Truth, and its discovery the final goal of human life, Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha also characterizes it as the basis of the best of human qualities and excellences. The parallel approach of developing qualities such as equanimity, compassion, and contentment in our personality along with a single-minded focus and sustained inquiry into our fundamental nature leads us to the extraordinary discovery and realization of Self. Far from being merely an intellectual exercise, the goal of spirituality is nothing short of Self-illumination, a state that naturally endows us with the qualities of wisdom, compassion, and expansion.