• “Concept Both pain and pleasure are pain. Both pain and pleasure are suffering. It is not as if spirituality is about moving away from pain. Spirituality is about moving away from both pain and pleasure. And having returned to your innate fullness is the point of joy.”


  • “That point where pain and pleasures are just visitors – they come, they go, I live in my house. The house is named joy.”


  • “One does not just remembers something. One remembers it only if the ego finds nutrition in it. You see, what do we remember? Either the pleasurable events from the past or very painful moments from the past. In both these cases, the ego finds identification.”


  • “The samdarshi, the equanimous one, does not look upon pleasure and pain as one. He looks at pleasure as pleasure and pain as pain. He lives in facts, he feels no need to impose a borrowed meaning to the happening. Pleasure is pleasure, pain is pain, day is day and night is night. He will not say day is night and night is day. He will not say that cold is hot and hot is cold. Hot is hot and cold is cold.”


  • “The unchanging one who neither accepts change nor resists it; who is neither a seeker of pleasure nor afraid of pain; who neither despises pleasure nor glorifies suffering. Pleasure, he lets come to him; pain, he lets come to him. And when he meets them equally, they both pass through him, without leaving a trace behind.

He doesn’t have ideals. He does not live by instruction manuals. He follows no religion. Let alone be dominated by the world; let alone listening to the world he listens not even to himself. He is in need of no advice. No opinions mean anything to him, neither others’ nor his own. In the middle of opinions he is opinion free. That is the sthitpragya.”


  • “A spiritual life is a very ordinary life. It is not as if we perform supernatural feats. You are sitting in the sun. It gets a little too hard and you walk into the shade. The same old pain-pleasure principle. You are sitting and reading and after a while, you feel like eating, you go and eat. You are walking in the night. After a while, you feel like sleeping, you go and sleep. And all of that is somewhere related to pain and pleasure. So, the spiritual mind has no problems with pain and pleasure. When pain comes, he knows it is pain and when pleasure comes, he knows it’s pleasure. And he is absolutely nonchalant. He will cry in pain, he will laugh in pleasure. He will look so ordinary. And if you have an image of a spiritual one that he does not experience pain and pleasure, then you will be puzzled, because he will weep and cry and groan.”


  • “All experiences are physical; all experiences are only to the experiencer. All experiences require, first of all, somebody who is experiencing and that somebody himself is the central problem, that central restlessness, that somebody is the ego; only the ego experiences. So you can have an experience of everything that is ego-centric, like? Like pleasure, like pain, like attraction, like repulsion, like fear, like hope – all of these are elements of experience because, all of these are born out of the ego.”


  • “Everything is pleasure and pain. You take any two dualistic objects you will always find that you are biased towards one of them. What you are biased towards is pleasure. What you are biased against is pain.”


  • “So if you have to choose between two kinds of pains: One that comes from rejecting The Truth and the other that comes from following The Truth. You must know which of these is to be chosen. And remember, as long as you remain the chooser, you will choose only the pain that comes from rejection of The Truth.”


  • “Pain is not automatically suffering; pain is translated into suffering by the medium of the ego.”


  • “Moving to pleasure does not mean an end of pain or an absence of pain. It only means that you are still on the same pleasure-pain axis.”


  • “Whatsoever makes you feel limited and small, whether it gives you pain or pleasure, that does not matter. But whatsoever reinforces your belief in your limits, in your smallness, cannot be right.”


These quotes have come from talks and writings of Acharya Prashant



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