Spirituality

  • I am not spiritual.
    I am a destroyer of all spirituality.
    I am the spirit.

 

  • “The gross mind sustains itself in extremes. Either it speaks a lot or it doesn’t speak at all, either it is attached with the world or runs away from it, either ‘worldly’ or ‘spiritual’.”

 

  • “Only a spiritual man can be a materialist.”

 

  • “Spirituality isn’t about God or consciousness. All spirituality is essentially about not being stupid. Its about being really ‘fool-proof’.”
  • “Spirituality is disruptive. Wisdom is a rebellion.You cannot be spiritual and continue to be in your old ways.”

 

  • “For science that which cannot be detected, does not exist. If something can just not be detected, absolutely undetectable it is, then science will say, “It does not exist”. Spirituality says, “My instruments for detection are very limited. I detect using my senses and my intellect which are quite limited. Something that cannot be thus detected may also exist; in fact it may be more real than what the senses announce as real.” Spirituality thus lacks the arrogance of science.Science says if my eyes can see, look at it, only then it exist. Spirituality says but first of all am I sure that my eyes are an instrument capable enough to tell me the truth? Spirituality is an honest, brutally honest search for the truth. And kindly do not think that it precludes science. To go beyond something is not the same as rejecting it. Spirituality is deeply scientific and so very scientific that it transcends science. You could even say that it is more scientific than science.Science stops at one particular superstition. What is the fundamental superstition of science? – That my eyes will tell me the truth. And my intellect can tell me the Truth. That is the fundamental superstition of science. Spirituality does not accept even that superstition. Spirituality says, “No! What the mind says is just that, the words of the mind. I want to look at the mind itself”. And that looking at the mind cannot happen while remaining in the province of mind. Hence, there has to be something beyond the mind.”

 

  • “Spirituality is science turned inwards – it looks at both the subject and the object”

 

  • “A spiritual man is a really ambitious man”

 

  • “No ritual is spiritual.”

 

  • “Spirituality separated from worldly living becomes worldliness. To separate spirituality from the world is to co-opt it into the world.”

 

  • “Spirituality is not the renunciation of life; it is the art of living fully.”

 

  • “Spirituality – Truth above self.”

 

  • “To not to be spiritual is to be a social slave.”

 

  • “Spirituality is not the renunciation of life; it is the art of living fully.”

 

  • “Our relationships- a tale of spiritual bankruptcy.”

 

  • “Without an essential spiritual dimension to the relationship, an element of fear, suspicion and exploitation will always be there in it.”

 

  • “Find an absence of love, understanding and peace in your relationships? Its only because your relationships are devoid of a spiritual base.”

 

  • “Only a spiritual mind can know the smallest right decision. That is our tragedy: an irreligious mind cannot take even the smallest decision rightly. His life is just a melancholy tale of an uninterrupted series of tragedies. Only a spiritual mind can take right decision – big or small.”

 

  • “Spirituality is the real smartness. Right decision. Right action. No tension. Everything smooth.”

 

  • “Separation from the observed event misleads. Science does that- I am watching that atom. Spirituality does that- I am witnessing that mind.”

 

  • “The worldly man takes this world too seriously. The ‘spiritual’ man makes a bigger mistake- trying to achieve another world, another reality.”

 

  • “To be goal-less means to live in deep realisation that nothing is wrong with you, you are complete. So, before you chase your goals, become goal-less. When you succeed, laugh, and when you fail, laugh even more. Let not spirituality become a refuge for you – a shelter against the incapability to chase goals.”

 

  • “The Truly spiritual man is young in action, and eternally old in realisation. At the centre, he is completely still, like Shiva in mystical stillness. At the periphery, he is a lover and a fighter, like Shiva in existential dance”

 

  • “To not to be spiritual is to be a social slave.”
  • “Spirituality is the intimacy of the immediate, not the blaze of the beyond.”
  • “Spirituality is something totally dynamic. The expressions will keep changing, always changing. And if you are obsessed with the expressions, then you will keep missing the Real.”

  • “The True, the Real, is not something to be sought.

    It is our nature.

    It is never going away.

    Getting it doesn’t require special practice or effort or ‘sadhana’. It rather requires honest attentiveness; when you can be honest towards yourself, when you can acknowledge all your follies, when you can be attentive to the daily mistakes – that is Spirituality.

    Spirituality is nothing special. It is very simple, ordinary.

    The man who lives in himself, in his simple nature, is a spiritual man.

    Spirituality is simple wisdom.”

  • “Spirituality is not about reaching another world.Spirituality, mind you, is about knowing this world.”
  • “Spirituality is Surrender.

    But before surrender, it is rebellion.

    Rebel against all that which is false. Rebel against all that which is material but claims to be spiritual.

    When you have rebelled against the false, that is surrender to the Truth.”

  • “Keep the secret.Don’t spill the beans.That’s the essence of Spirituality.Don’t break the news.

    Like lovers talk in hushed tones.

    One does not talk loudly to God.

    Somebody may hear.”

  • Man likes to be governed by morality rather than spirituality.”
  • “Science will not ask, “What is the state of the scientist?”
    Science will keep asking, “What is the universe? How is the universe? From where does it come? To where does it go?”
    But it will never ask, “To whom does the universe occur?”
    Now, is there a universe independent of the perceiver of the universe?
    Spirituality is dimensionally above science.
    Spirituality looks not only at that which is outside, but also at that which is apparently inside and looks at the outside.
    Spirituality looks at both — the object out there and the subject in here (mind).
    Science looks only at the object.
    Spirituality looks at both — the object and the subject; which means that science and Spirituality are in no way opposites.
    There can be no conflict between them.
    It is just that Spirituality is an infinite superset which contains all kinds of sciences.
    Spirituality is the vast expanse in which many sciences keep coming, keep going.”
  • “Spirituality is not about the elimination of pain and pleasure. It is about being comfortable with both of them.”
  • “All the literature that we study, spirituality, this and that, that is useless without an observation of our daily life.
    And daily life is right now, nowhere else.”
  • “Spirituality or wisdom is not about cutting off your links from the world, rather, it is about relating completely and fully.”
  • “Spirituality is in one sense, deep Surrender, and in another sense, it is the re-vesting of all authority back in oneself.”
  • “Spirituality is the intimacy of the immediate, not the blaze of the beyond.”
  • “When ‘you’ are looking at the world, the world is ‘you’. Spirituality is not an exercise in selfishness. To be free of the ‘other’, you’ll first have to be free of yourself, because the ‘other’ clings to you through ‘you’.”
  • “The beginning and the end of spirituality: simply acknowledge what is going on.”
  • “Spirituality means: don’t take yourself seriously.
    Likes- indulge in them.
    Dislikes- indulge in them.
    But don’t take them seriously.”
  • “Spirituality means: don’t take yourself seriously.”
  • “The desire to end is the spirit of Spirituality.”
  • “Worldliness is to remain dry in the rain by being confined to your room.
    Spirituality is to be drenched in the rain and yet be dry.
    Spirituality is to be silent in middle of the sound of the rain.
    When you are silent, the sound of the rain is your song.”
  • “Spirituality begins when instead of seeing yourself as a victim, you start seeing yourself as a clown.”
  • “Spirituality is the art of supreme nonsense.”
  • “To live life honestly is to be Spiritual. Nothing else is Spirituality. Rituals, traditions, reading of scriptures – no, not all this. To be sensitive to yourself, to really go into the stuff of your own mind, that is what it means to be Spiritual.”
  • “Everything about the life is holy if you can look at it directly and really.”

 

  • “To not to be foolish, is to be Spiritual.”

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These quotes have come from talks and writings of Acharya Prashant

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