Can we, like, ban the word spirituality already? And spiritual.
Like, if someone says, I’m actually quite a spiritual guy, I just want to gag.
What the hell does that mean anyway?
What does spiritual and spirituality mean?
I turned to that font of all modern knowledge to find out. Wikipedia.
The term spirituality lacks a definitive definition, although social scientists have defined spirituality as the search for “the sacred,” where “the sacred” is broadly defined as that which is set apart from the ordinary and worthy of veneration.
Oh. Baby. The term spirituality lacks a definitive definition.
There’s nothing definitive about it. It’s not defining. So if it doesn’t define anything, it’s totally pointless to use it to define something.
A spiritual guy, a spiritual moment, a spiritual book… you can’t use the word to define a guy a moment or a book because it doesn’t define anything.
Social scientists have defined it – got around in a big old pow wow and decided to ascribe it with meaning – as the search for the sacred.
So a spiritual guy is someone who’s searching for the sacred.
I’ve lost my sacred, seen it anywhere? Sacred, sacred, sacred… where’s my sacred?
Which brings us to sacred.
What’s that then? That which is set apart from the ordinary and worthy of veneration.
Set apart from the ordinary.
The sacred is a part of the ordinary?
That’s why you’ve lost it! You’re confused… you’re right there living your ordinary life and you’ve forgotten that’s where the sacred lives, right in the middle of it all, as a part of the ordinary.
So you’re searching.
Because you’ve forgotten to venerate. You’ve forgotten to treat your ordinary life with reverence and respect.
Thats why before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood, carry water.
You forgot to respect and revere your life.
In the forgetting, you knew you’d lost something, so you went searching, and heard about this spirituality gig, so now you thought you knew what you were searching for.
You kept searching, reading this teacher and that book and watching that person on YouTube and going along to that Satsang… Now you’re a spiritual person. You’re a seeker. But you’ve got so hung up on all the trappings of seeking that you’ve forgotten what you’re looking for.
Let go all of the teachers and teachings and trappings and ideas and thoughts.
Look at your life.
See your life.
Ain’t it amazing? Ain’t it wonderful? Omigod, you’re like, alive. Wow! So cool… respect and revere that.
Now forget spirituality.
You’ve found what you were looking for.
Now, you’re just a guy.
And it’s just life.
No more spirituality, ok?