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A spiritual lifestyle

india Updated: Oct 23, 2012 23:15 IST

Every aspect of growth that you know always amounts to accumulation. Your body is growing, that's accumulation. Your business is growing, that's accumulation. Your family is growing, that's accumulation.

But when you talk of spiritual growth, it is a big deception because this is not about accumulation. This is about dissolution. Growing means dissolving, not acquiring. It is because of this contradiction that spirituality seems to be so difficult. Throwing does not take effort. Throwing needs madness, but accumulation requires enormous efforts.

You are accumulating, because the way you are right now is not sufficient. You need to add something to yourself to feel a little better. Somebody thinks accumulating money is crude, but accumulating artwork is better. Somebody thinks accumulating things is crude, accumulating people is better. Somebody thinks all these things are crude, accumulating knowledge is best. Whether you gather stones or gods, it makes no difference. It is fundamentally coming from a sense of insufficiency. Why spirituality seems to be mind-boggling is not because it is difficult, but because this growth will not happen unless you dissolve or throw away everything that you have accumulated.

Throwing away does not mean you have to take the things from house and throw them on the street. It is just that you don't accumulate within yourself. If it is in the house it is convenient, but the problem is you are carrying it in your head all the time. That is burdensome, that is killing. If money is in the pocket, it makes life comfortable, but if you carry it in your head, it is perversion. It is taking life in a million different ways.

So, throwing it away does not mean throwing them from where they are. It means don't make it a part of yourself. You use it, you enjoy it, you experience it, but you don't try to make it a part of yourself. — www.ishafoundation.org