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Question: Acharya Ji, what does it mean to be spiritual?
Acharya Prashant Ji: It merely means that you are not being stupid. Is it necessary that you must be at least be sometimes stupid? Is there such great attraction in stupidity?
If water and poison are kept in front of you, ten cups of water and ten cups of poison, and you have have to make ten choices, what does ‘Spirituality’ mean? Ten out of ten times I will pick water.
It is as simple as that.
Now, do you want to say, “Sometimes you know, for a change, we must pick poison. There is nothing absolute. And Spirituality is just an incremental improvement upon worldliness”? No.
Spirituality means – make the right decision, every time.
Even if you pick poison once, it’s curtains for you. It’s like batting. How many times can you get out? Just once. Now would you say, “Must we never get bold out. You know, five out of six balls I will play rightly, but one ball per over, I want to see my stumps uprooted”?
You won’t get another over to face, my child. You have to play six out of six times rightly, and even then, you can get beaten. Even when you are trying to be at your best, even when you play six balls rightly, still it is possible that you nick one to the wicket-keeper.
Even the batsman who has the intention to play all six rightly, can get out. And what will happen to the one, who has decided that one ball per over he will play a loose shot? What will happen to the batsman who has already made up his mind that, one ball per over he will play a lose shot? How long will he last?
Why must you ever pick the poison?
Make the right choice, every time.
Watch the session video: What does it mean to be spiritual? || Acharya Prashant (2018) The transcription has been edited for clarity.
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