I will not help you decorate your prison

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Question: When I speak to somebody, always there’s this ego between me and the person. How to get rid of this ego?

Acharya Prashant: Who is asking this?

L1: The ego. (hesitatingly)

AP: So, the ego is the one who is so eager to get rid of itself. Praise the ego. Worship the ego. Only the ego wants peace. Ego is that within you which wants peace. Ego is the lover of the Heart. It wants to go there. Ego is tremendously desirous to settle into peace. Every desire of the ego is the desire of peace. Don’t you see what the ego is asking? “How can I get peace?”

Don’t take the ego as the problem. The ego itself is the solution. It’s asking for peace. Now let it have peace. Don’t block it.

L1: How to remain in this Truth when you go out?

AP: Don’t go out. Why do you find it compulsory to go out? Why is that so significant for you? Do you see that you come only to leave? Do you see that you want to keep coming and leaving? And this is mind. Now that you have come, stay.

If you have come here to listen to a Guru, then you will have to leave. Figure out, what is the quality of that coming in which one never leaves. In that coming, surely you are not coming to a preacher.

L1: I am coming to myself.

AP: The question is, why must you ask this question? Don’t you see that this question contains the root of all suffering? You have come here only to go back to your daily life. And my role as a teacher is not to lubricate your daily life. But you will like it if I give you something that makes your daily life more pleasant. “My wife gives me hell. Now I meditate when she starts breaking loose.” Why must you go back to her? Why? “My office sucks. But now, in lunchtime, I do pranayama.” Why must you go back to that office? Why? Have you come here so that your stay in that hell-hole becomes more protected? And you want me to do that, to enable you to stay further in that hell-hole? “I have come back revitalized, rejuvenated, to my prison. My Guru has given me certain tools to decorate my prison.”

I will not help you decorate your prison.

L2: Life is about doing your Karma and moving ahead in it.

AP: Karma is about maintaining that you are a prisoner. The moment you drop the idea that you must remain in the prison, Karma is gone. As long as you are the one who did the mischief, you would continue to be in the prison. Refuse to be that anymore. Now you no longer belong to the prison. The results of actions come to you only as long as you continue to be the actor. The day the actor dies, the results cannot come to the actor. The actor is dead. How can the results come to him now?

You are no more the employee. Now how can the office traumatize you anymore? Just give up the actor. Just give up the identity. Just give up the employee-hood. If you could sign the offer letter, it is also within you to also sign the resignation letter. Yes? You do not need a Guru for that.

L2: So, should we renounce outwardly all things or just a few ones? For example, quit the job.

AP: Renunciation means to not to stick to that which is unnecessary. Renunciation means drop your stupidity. Renunciation means it is not necessary to suffer. Drop the suffering. Renunciation means that you are wonderful. Drop your ugliness. Renunciation does not mean that you are doing away with something precious. Renunciation means give that up which is anyways worthless. So, it is no big deal, renunciation.

When you flush your morning soil, do you call it renunciation? Yes? That is all renunciation is. Don’t make a great virtue of it. Renunciation is natural.

To not to renounce is constipation.

How do you manage to not to renounce, you tell me? And then you make all the air stink.


Excerpts from a ‘Shabd-Yoga’ session. Edited for clarity.

Watch the session: Acharya Prashant: I will not help you decorate your prison


Further Reading:

Book of Myths

myth-for-blogThis is the most challenging book one can ever come across. It will questions all the popular beliefs one harbours. Never imposing itself on the reader, at the same time the book facilities a thorough enquiry of popular knowledge which is blindly accepted as an obvious fact. It demolishes our so called holy concepts.

If you are someone who has read anything on self-help or on spirituality this book is a must for cleaning of spiritual information.

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2 thoughts on “I will not help you decorate your prison

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