State of self realization and spirituality are integral to reaching God in our lifetime.
Self realization, realization of our true inner self existing in our heart as soul atman is the ultimate goal of life of all human beings on mother earth. As a human being, the highest manifest stage in cosmic life cycle we are supposed to abide by the wishes of soul atman within.
From the very beginning the soul atman within desires liberation from cycle of birth and death at the earliest! This becomes possible when human beings indulging in spirituality succeed in reaching stage of self realization. Self realization announces, we becoming a pure soul atman forever. Allegorically Lord Krishna is the soul atman existing in our heart.
One cannot realize self indulging in religious practices (rituals). State of self realization, god realization can be reached only by practice of spirituality as detailed in Bhagavad Gita.
As per Bhagavad Gita we are primarily a spirit, consciousness and hence the spiritual journey. The spirituality detailed in Bhagavad Gita tells us to indulge in jnana yoga, nishkama karma yoga and contemplation (chintan) to cut darkness of ignorance forever, dissolve queries within.
Path of spirituality demands our indulgence in absolute celibacy for a minimum period of 12 years in continuation. Only then our kundalini awakened fully. Full kundalini awakening announces 100% activation of brain and 100% activation of brain announces one finally becomes knower of all forever, reaching state of self realization, god realization.
Indulging in books (bookish knowledge) or religion (path of rituals) we can never awaken dormant lying portions of our brain. Brain gets activated only when one indulges in spirituality.
Spirituality contained in Bhagavad Gita is the only resort to reaching state of self realization.
Spirituality also demands demolition of ego in totality. This is necessitated so that we can hear dictates of Lord Krishna coming from within our heart. Normal human beings failed to hear voice of Lord Krishna coming from within. The reason for this is dominance of ego.
At any given moment of life only one can prevail, our ego or voice of Lord Krishna from within. By killing our ego to zero in totality we can develop a one-to-one rapport with Lord Krishna within.
At six years of age my ego within was zero. I could easily talk to Lord Krishna within any given moment of life. Guided by voice of Lord Krishna from within I finally cleared my spiritual journey to reach state of self realization, god realization 37 years of age.