Acharya Prashant: (Reading out question) "Sir, you are a very logical person, why do you present yourself as a spiritual person?"
Should I answer the question or the assumption? Where do you pick such jewels from, Gaurav (Questioner)? Your assumption is that spirituality or religion is anti-logic or illogical. From where are you getting it? I am not blaming you for asking this question. I am just alarmed. There is some source in your life from where you get a clear idea that spirituality and logic do not go together.
Spirituality is the very zenith of logic, Gaurav. Spirituality and logic go hand-in-hand. It is just that Spirituality is so deeply logical that a point comes when logic cannot keep up with it. So spirituality and logic go hand-in-hand and at some point, logic gets tired and falls down and Spirituality still keeps going. Then you say that spirituality has surpassed logic, transcended logic. But in surpassing logic, spirituality never becomes illogical or anti-logical. There is nothing in spirituality that will be against logic; it can be beyond logic, all right, but never against logic.
Now from where are you getting these ideas? Surely, you are influenced by people who talk of Spirituality or Mysticism in the most illogical ways, or they present illogical assertions, arguments, or conclusions in the name of Spirituality. Sometimes we say, “Oh! There is a lot of pseudoscience being floated in the name of Spirituality.” You know, that is not even pseudoscience. To call it pseudoscience is an affront to science. It is out and out 100% pure superstition. But the problem is when you have powerful forces that are selling pseudoscience, rather superstition, as Spirituality, then the common man gets a very strong and clear message that spirituality means some nonsensical mumbo-jumbo. And therefore, the relationship between spirituality and logic gets badly snapped.
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Acharya Prashant is an emerging champion of socio-spiritual awakening in the world today. An alumnus of IIT-Delhi and IIM-Ahmedabad, and a former Civil Services officer, Acharya Prashant is an acclaimed Speaker, Vedanta Teacher and author of over 50 books. Apart from that he wears various hats: a veganism promoter, an environmental activist, a science activist, a campaigner against superstition, and a champion of essential human freedom. Know More