The following is an excerpt from a samvaad (dialogue) session with Acharya Prashant.
Acharya Prashant: There is nothing in spirituality that will ever violate science. It is just that spirituality will venture into areas where science never goes at all. Spirituality, for example, will talk about you. Science never talks about you. That’s the difference. That’s the only difference.
When it comes to the world, science and spirituality will fully agree. When it comes to you, science will fall silent. There is no chapter in any scientific study or research journal ever at any place titled “I”. Science does not touch the letter “I”. Science has nothing to do with “I”. Science only has to do with the world. Spirituality has to do with both “I” and “I’s world”. Spirituality does not say ‘the world’, spirituality says “I” and “I’s world”.
Please remember this very, very clearly:
Whenever you find something unscientific being said, just get up and walk away. Anything even remotely unscientific.
It is very-very sad that 99%, I repeat, 99% of that which we call spirituality today is just illogical, unscientific superstition and it is being peddled very loudly, very daringly with total impunity and therefore this question about the intellect. Because there is a lot in the spiritual market that says, “Oh! Keep your intellect aside. Your intellect will not understand the real thing.” Please be very, very cautious of such statements.
The aim of spirituality is not the well-being of the body. Spirituality has only one aim: freedom of the “I” from itself.
The “I” is suffering and it is suffering because it is caged within itself. Spirituality has just this single objective and nothing else at all. Spirituality will talk just about the “I”, the ego. If you find spirituality talking about anything else, for example, how to improve your eyesight, how to improve your digestion, how to live longer, then you must understand that this is not spirituality and this is not medical science either. Let doctors talk about all these things. What is spiritual guru doing, talking about eyesight and how to have more hair cover on the head and how to lose weight?
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