Do spirituality and wisdom lead to disorderly conduct?

Acharya Prashant
8 min readSep 21, 2020

The following is an excerpt from a samvaad (dialogue) session with Acharya Prashant.

Listener (L): Acharya Ji, why do we keep acting on whim?

Acharya Prashant (AP): What we call as whim is not our individual expression. The assumption behind your question is, there is a civilized social conduct and there is a personal whim. So, you are assuming that if the civilized social conduct is given up, then all that remains is the personal chaotic whim. Not really.

The civilized social conduct and the personal whim, they are one, because the person himself is the product of society, and then he furthers the same cycle that brought him up.

There is something beyond both the social product and the person. There is something beyond both social order and individual whim.

And that is the natural flow of living.

Kindly do not think that if you are not following social dictates, then the only option available to you is your own idiosyncrasies. In fact, what happens is that, the one who gives up on his social masters never proclaims that he has become his own master.

Sitting here you would imagine that if you give up on your masters outside of you, then you will start believing that the master is now inside of you…