Life, to inspirational writer Indu Mittal, is an autopilot with the process of living on its own momentum, and without one having any conscious control over it.
One may or may not agree with her, because it is just a point of view and there are many points of view. On my part, I would say life is as good or bad as you allow it to be. You are the pilot, and life is your vehicle.
Indu, in her book, Spirituality, a Way of Life, does agree that most people are victims of their past conditioning and false beliefs. Their beliefs can be overcome easily with a little conscious and determined effort.
That is the point most of us must realise. There is nothing predestined. One can change, shape and reshape one's life umpteen times, until the point comes for self-realisation.
Human beings are innately spiritual. Only that most of us are not aware of it and we never try to discover it. No doubt, it is not that easy to get self-realisation. Great determination and will power is needed to change certain mental and psychological perceptions. We are slaves to our habits and perceptions, and we prefer to live in the bliss of ignorance.
For one who has taken spiritualism as a way of life, the bondage of sufferings come out starkly clear as an obstacle that needs to be rooted out. Once this realisation takes place, half the job is done.
The complete liberation of consciousness then becomes quite obvious. Constant reflection and resorting to spiritual teachings make the task easier. The endless cycle of birth and death comes to a stop when one reaches the end of the spiritual path — to be one with one's own self.
God is only a concept that helps you find your way out. God is not a separate entity ruling the universe from up there.
He is your inner-self, that is pure and the ultimate truth. That is the stage one needs to realise to discover one's God. Only then you are one with him, in complete bliss. Free from all bondages and shackles.