In this White Lotus Day talk, which is a day set aside by Theosophists to commemorate the passing of H. P. Blavatsky, Michael Gomes discusses what it means to live a spiritual life. Many people today, Gomes says, have lost sight of the meaning of the spiritual life and instead confuse it with the various benefits that it yields, such as a sense of well-being or peace of mind. In this wide-ranging talk, Gomes discusses such topics as the need for commitment in the spiritual life, the importance of standards, the difference between second-hand beliefs versus first-hand knowledge, and the role that ethics and morality plays as a basis for spiritual living. 1993. 68 minutes.