When there is no Real respect, then conduct looking like respect becomes important. Respect and love are not differentiable. They are one. When there is no love, you wear a particular conduct. When there is no respect, you must prove that you are respectful.
I have said it often, I must repeat once again. Respect means looking at something very clearly. The root word is ‘specure’. Spec – to know really! To really know, that is respect. And really something can be known only in love. But such is the mind of man. We have compartmentalized these two. “These are people I love. These are people I respect.” And often it happens that if the respectable one is shown behaviour belonging to the love compartment, then he will feel disrespected.
You cannot go to a respectable one and give him a pat on the back, can you? You cannot go to a respectable man and push him. That is supposed to be done only with the loved one. With a respectable one, you can go and give a tidy hug and be, “Awwww! So nice. I feel like playing with your soft tummy, may I?” No, that is not alright. That is not alright. Why is it not alright? All my saintliness would disappear?
Krishna frolicked with the entire population of his place. He had an infinite number of lovers. And it’s a beautiful depiction of the way he was, the person that he was. It is said that he would be dancing with hundreds of women at the same time – not preaching, not sermonizing; loving them. And loving them not in a godly, spiritual way. Loving them as flesh and blood, as body, as eyes, lips and breasts. Oh, is that not ungodly? What about respectability? That is not very respectable.
To hell with respectability!
The Flying Kiss to the Sky
A Flying Kiss to The Sky, is a collection of excerpts from various discourses of Acharya Prashant, arranged in a special order which makes it the ideal first book, for all who want to come close to the facts of their own lives.
The book is divided into three parts, each part helping the reader to appreciate the working of his own mind and hence, the world in more clear and precise terms. Its unique one-page-one-chapter format, makes it even more simpler. It won’t be wrong to say that it is a book for all: Reader, or non-reader; Professional, or Spiritual.
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