Acharya Prashant, with students: Freedom from expectations || (2012)

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Acharya Prashant: Are we young? Are we really young? To be young means, to be energetic, means to be open. Oscar Wilde had said, youth is lost on the young. Do you understand its meaning? That we only turn young in the body. Either we remain a child throughout life or enter old age directly, bypassing the real youth.

Do I really have to go too far, to enquire why am I living like this! And ‘Why’ still comes later. First, do I know ‘How am I living?’ Why am I doing engineering? Whenever I sit in a class, why do I get bored? Are we able to clearly look at these ways of our day to day living? Am I just dancing to the tunes of the external world in this life? Is there something really mine. One doesn’t need to go and read books to see ‘How am I living?’ One just needs to look at oneself, one’s actions with clarity. You are in the second year, most of you must be thinking about the jobs, whether you will get a good one or not? Always, buffeted by doubts, queries, insecurities, confusions.

Wherever I am, am actually never there. Strained between the pulls of the past and the pulls of the future. Let us first look at our life. When we honestly do this, only then will I realize that life is precious. I am important. And it cannot be wasted away like this. There must be something more to life. But that wholeness, that completeness, which life deserves, that you can give to it only when you first realize the incomplete, the fragmented, the divided, ways in which we are living.

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Answer to “Acharya Ji, I am afraid of you and don’t trust you.” || Acharya Prashant (2018)

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Question: Acharya Ji, I am afraid of you. The reasons are:

First reason is that of authority.  

And second reason is I want something from you and there is no total trust in you.

And I am afraid of that being found out.

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How to not get distracted by critics? || Acharya Prashant with Students (2013)

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Acharya Prashant: Vishal is asking, ‘I don’t want to give two hoots to all these people who say things about me’.

How many of you get worried, honestly, when people say things about you, especially nasty things?

So, then this question is not only Vishal’s question, but practically everybody’s question right?

Kuch toh log kahenge, logon ka kaam hain kehna!
(people will say a few things, that is their job)

The problem arises when we forget that what they are saying is an opinion coming from their mind and hence, a totally external thing. Vishal, you can never be hurt, if you do not link that opinion to your self image.  You can never ever feel hurt if you do not link other’s opinion to your self image. Continue reading

Truth is dangerous || Acharya Prashant (2018)

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Questioner: Dear Acharya Ji,

As I went through your books and videos, I have come to a stage where I feel fear and tensions. But my mind comes to a still state and then, automatically I am able to come out of the fear and tensions. Is this normal?

Acharya Prashant: Arun, this is auspicious. But stay careful. Maya cannot be killed. She too is immortal. Peace requires constant protection. That which you get from God requires your total effort to be protected. It’s a contradiction, but you must understand.

You already get it from there and still you must be working hard to retain it.  You get it for free but you must pay a heavy price to keep it.

Do you understand this?

It’s like a product, where initial subscription is free but month after month, you have to pay heavy installments, and the installments are ego.

That’s what you have to continuously keep paying in order to just retain, what you got for free.

So, it’s auspicious, it’s wonderful, if you are abiding in peace.

But don’t neglect the EMIs!

Otherwise, the thing will be taken away. Keep paying the installments.

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What is Meditation? || Acharya Prashant, on Vivekachudamani (2018)

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Just as gold, by thorough heating and fire gives-up its impurities and gains its own lustre. So too, the mind through meditation sheds its impurities of sattva, rajas and tamas and attains the nature of Brahma.  

~ Vivekachudamani (Verse No.: 362)

Questioner: Dear Acharya Ji,

Is meditation the understanding? That’s what the talk is about? What is meant by purifying the mind through meditation?

At many places, is mentioned the practice of meditation. So Acharya Ji, what is this practice about? Is there any methodless method to attain the unchanged  understanding or meditative state?

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Should one want liberation? || Acharya Prashant, on Vivekachudamani (2018)

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Mumukshatva is the burning desire to free oneself by realising one’s true self from all bondages, from that of egotism to that of identification with the body, which are bondages imagined due to ignorance.

~ Vivekachudamani (Verse 27)

Questioner: Dear Acharya Ji, Pranam,

Desire seems to the root cause of misery. Should be even desire for liberation, freedom and guru?

To have the right intention in conscious and to remain surrendered in everything we do. Is it right? Is liberation even possible without grace?

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Do not try to be aware in ‘some’ situations || Acharya Prashant (2018)

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Questioner: What does it really mean to be passively aware in day-to-day life? Whenever someone tries to hit me personally, the reaction happens. But the realization that the personality is defending is not instantaneous. So, how to maintain awareness in such instances, when one feels personally attacked?

Acharya Prashant: Aparajita is saying she wants to maintain awareness in instances when she is attacked. And should I read it to mean that you do not want to maintain awareness, in instances, when you are the attacker? If you can get the incompleteness of your question, you will realize why awareness eludes you.

Awareness is in total so you cannot get it in half. You want to remain aware only in moments of crisis. You want awareness to help you out, only when you are attacked. But when you are enjoying all kinds of pleasures, then you do not want awareness, do you?

When pain hits you, then you cry out awareness, awareness. But in your moments of pleasure, you forget all about Ashtavakra, Rumi, and Acharya Ji. You say, ‘Now, we are anyway happy and aim of all spirituality is to give happiness, so why do we now need spiritual help?’

You are wrong, Aparajita.

Spirituality is not about happiness. Spirituality is not about relief from pain. Spirituality, before it ameliorates your pain, does away with your pleasures.

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