The great importance of gossiping

Acharya Prashant
6 min readJun 21, 2020

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

Questioner: Sir, I would like to raise the issue of gossiping from an evolutionary psychology perspective, it has basically only benefits like maintaining community and building bonding in large groups. I’m raising the issue because I cannot see the benefit in today’s world, neither in the role of the gossiper nor in the role of the listener. And so, I would like to request you that you elaborate on the topic, whether it has any role in the spiritual process?

Acharya Prashant: No, it has no role. One has to understand what is it that evolves over time. What is this entire game of evolution in Prakriti, physical nature? The urge to be peaceful stands where it is, or has it evolved? All evolution has taken place in the material domain.

The center of man’s consciousness has not evolved. It cannot evolve, why? Because it is standing right next to the real thing. Any step of evolution would just dissolve it. It has everything except freedom, right? The only way it can evolve is by disappearing into freedom.

So, it has not evolved at all. Human beings have evolved in all other ways and continue to evolve. But their center has not evolved. The brain has evolved, mind hasn’t evolved. It cannot, it just cannot.