Whenever you are at a standstill you have accepted that life is nothing but boredom. That’s what Jean-Paul Sartre says, “Life is boredom.” He must have come to a standstill. It has nothing to do with life, it has something to do with his inner balance between joy and sorrow. If you feel bored, it is time that you should start moving. It means you have stopped; you are no longer breathing, your heart is no longer beating.
If you want to remain superficial then choose anything, either joy or sorrow, because whatever you choose, you have chosen the other too. Today you may be joyful, tomorrow you will be sorrowful, because life always keeps balance. But it has nothing to do with spiritual growth.
Spiritual growth is going beyond joy and beyond sorrow. In other words, spiritual growth means going beyond all contradictions.
Only in that space which is non-contradictory, non-dual, do you experience the truth, the godliness that is hidden inside you. It is very close. Just a little intelligence…
But you will be surprised: not a single religion has emphasized the fact that intelligence has anything to do with religion. I have been wasting my eyesight looking into all kinds of rubbish from all over the world, but I have not found a single place in any holy scripture which says that intelligence is the most important religious quality. They all say belief, faith, is the most fundamental quality. And both are against intelligence.