Performing ritualistic worship as per Path of Rituals (Karmakand) is at the gross level, whereas doing so in the mind, is at the subtle level. Based on the principle of Spirituality – ‘one should go from gross to subtle’, worship performed in mind (subtle) is superior to ritualistic worship performed physically (gross).
In spiritual practice conversing with God has special significance because it is through this very medium that we get the spiritual experience of non-duality.
Once Sage Vasistha and Sage Vishwamitra were debating the relative superiority of satsang and penance. Sage Vasistha proclaimed satsang to be superior; whereas Sage Vishwamitra said it was penance. Unable to decide, they went to the Deities. The Deities said, ‘‘Only Sheshanag (The serpent who holds the earth on its hood) is capable of answering the question.’’