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What is the process of gaining mental clarity?

What is the process of gaining mental clarity

Question: What is the process of clarity? Is it just listening with immersion, in no resistance? What is Truth? How do we decide that it is listening without effort? If there is Truth in what you hear, there is change and transformation, and then Truth becomes the Master.

Acharya Prashant: We will take it step by step.

What is the process of clarity?

So, there is a lot that the mind has acquired. There is a lot that the mind has acquired. Whatever has come to the mind, has come with a promise.

What is the promise? The promise is – I will give you peace! It can have different names – Love, Joy. But the promise is always there. Nothing has been accepted by the mind without that promise.

The mind’s whole objective in accepting conditioning is that, conditioning is worthwhile. Otherwise the mind won’t accept anything.

Mind feels inadequate. Mind feels incomplete. Whosoever promises it completion, the mind latches on to it; it, him, her, whatever.

Wherever, from any direction, there is the faintest possibility of emancipation, of freedom from that incompleteness and inadequacy, the mind says, “Please give it to me. Whatever it is, give it to me.” That is the promise that the mind is holding on to.

So, what is the process of clarity?

The process of clarity is – I accepted something based on a promise! Is the promise being met? That’s it.


This ideology came to my life with the promise that – it will give me peace! Organised religion came into my life with the promise that – it will give me peace. A particular person came into my life with the promise that- it will give me peace. Is it giving me ‘that’? This is the process. Ask this question. And if it’s not giving you that, clear it away. That is clarity.

Whatsoever comes to you, if it is not giving you ‘that’ which is your deepest longing, and your deepest longing is for peace. Whatsoever comes into your life, if it is not giving you that, clear it away. Get rid of it.

That is clarity.

“It is not that! It is not that. I was deceived. I made a mistake. And it is alright. I made a mistake. It can be cleared. It can be corrected.”

It could be a thought, it could be a vision, it could be a target, it could be an identity, it could be your self-image! Whatever it is, is it giving me ‘that’, or is it a source of strife? Is it a source of conflict? Ask – whatever is present in your mind, what is it doing to your life? What is it, that it is bringing to you?

How do you feel when you are with a particular idea? When you are with it, in awareness, how do you feel?

How do you feel when you are really with a particular person? Not just bodily, sitting side by side. When you are really with him in attention, how do you feel? Does it bring peace to you? Or, in fact, looking closely at that person, makes him all the more despicable! He can be tolerated, if you do not look at him closely. But the more attentively you look at that person, the more repugnant it is. So, that’s it!

Similarly with books! Ultimately, is this giving ‘that’  to me? Or when you are with a teacher! “Jaa guru se bhram naa mitey, bhranti naa jeev kaa jaaye, saa guru jhootha jaaniye, tyagat der naa laaye!”

Is it clearing away confusion? Is bhram/bhranti(illusion) dissolving? If it is giving you that, that the clouds are being cleared, the Sun is now shining in my inner sky, then it’s alright. What is that book doing to you? What is that video doing to you? That is the only way of knowing. And that is the process of clarity.

Ask yourself!

“Is it making the mind even more clouded? Is it loading me with more beliefs, more content, more stuff, more load, more baggage? Or is it making me lighter? Featherweight, flying around in the wind.”

And once you have seen it, then please be honest. Please be honest.

So, you are asking – what is the process of clarity? Is it just listening with immersion, and no resistance?

No, you see, it is not only a particular action, which you are calling as ‘listening’. Hearing something out, in a particular period of time, will not be sufficient. Is this what you are calling as ‘listening’, is this something that is a part of entire life, or is it something that is limited to a few hours? If by this, what you mean is, that I listen to ‘life’ with immersion and in a resistance-less way, it is beautiful. But if by this, what you mean is that – I hear a out particular person, or a particular book, then that won’t help much!

‘Listening’ is a quality of life itself. It’s an all-pervasive thing.

Not limited to just a few hours.

If what you mean, extends to the whole spread of your life, then what you are saying is very nice! Good.

But, immersion cannot be time-bound.

Immersion cannot be time-bound.

Resistance-lessness cannot be time bound.

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

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Where will you find Enlightenment? || Acharya Prashant (2016)


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Acharya Prashant: The thing is realization, enlightenment or sahajta, this is nothing objective, you doesn’t have to look at others, one cannot even know whether the other is realized or enlightened or not; that is not at all the way to go about it; because looking at the other you are still looking out at the world and trying to find enlightenment.

There you are saying a person in the world is enlightened, thereby, you are saying that enlightenment can be found in the world. Now, you are still doing the same thing which is the cause of  misery, ‘always looking out’.

Looking out! ‘Ah! Is that fellow enlightened? Can a method lead to enlightenment? What will be the expression of enlightenment?’

Now, all these things, are they not mental activities? Will any of that remain if mental activity ceases?

So, when we are talking of liberation or freedom one must always be inward into his own mind and see what is going on there,  not out somewhere; because out somewhere you will only project what is in here, but with the disadvantage that you will think that it is out there.

That out there, is any way in here, but appears deceptively outside so better rather just go in.

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Do not try to help God, do not try to facilitate Grace || Acharya Prashant (2016)

Questioner: If to come Home is an act of Grace, then how can you facilitate the process of Grace to shine more on you?

Acharya Prashant: By huhnot trying to facilitate. You have facilitated so much all your life. Have you not?

What have you facilitated? What have you facilitated?

The neighbor wanted to get his daughter married. You provided a helping hand. You facilitated that. Somebody wanted to do something and you provided him counseling as per your wisdom. You facilitated that. Now, with the same kind of mind will you also try to help God bring Grace to you?

Look at the claim. God will bless me with Grace. How can I help God? If possible, man will setup a helpline for God. Just don’t obstruct sir. Just don’t obstruct. Grace is already coming your way. It has always been, just don’t obstruct. Don’t try to facilitate. We do not know what it means to help. We do not know what it means to harm. When we tried to help we have only harmed. Don’t try to help yourself.

Listener: No, my point was not about helping but about any sadhanas or any practices.

AP: In going through sadhanas, don’t you want to help yourself? You want to do good to yourself or you want to wish yourself ill? Whatever sadhana, practice you undertake, ultimately the intention is to do something good to yourself. Is it not? Sadhana is doing good to yourself.

Do we really know what is good for ourselves?

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All thoughts arise from external influences || Acharya Prashant, with Students (2013)

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Questioner: Most of the thoughts are coming from society and family. So, how can I judge that which thought is mine or not?

Acharya Prashant: No thought is yours; no thought is ever your own. You have very rightly said that all thoughts come from this place or that place, this influence or that influence. No thought is your own. Understanding is your own; that can be your own.

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Your response determines who you are

The judgment process is always on.

You must go one way, you decide to go another way. You must say one thing, you decide to say another thing. You must act one way, you curbed your action and let something else act through you. Life keeps on becoming hellish. Hell too is a progression. One keeps sinking into deeper and deeper recesses of hell.

Every moment is a chance.

The moment is liberation, the day of judgment does not come once. It does not come after a time. The day of judgment is at the end of time. And the end of time, timelessness, is a continuity beneath time.

Your response determines who you are.

Read the complete article: Why was the Serpent not given a chance?




  • “Laziness is a dirty trick to defy the Truth.”


  • “It has no real option, in front of the forces of nature, the forces of conditioning. It has no real option. It will only do, what it is dictated to do. It might appear to be doing something. But it really does not do anything. It only gets tossed about. It’s only a plaything.”


  • “Life constantly implores you to move, to move rightly. But if you are hell-bent, on remaining where you are, and what you are, you will refuse the invitation of life to move. That is laziness.”


  • “Laziness is the dirtiest trick!”


  • “Laziness is a dirty trick to defy the Truth. No Laziness is incidental. And the most obvious proof of that is that nobody is always lazy. Had you really been lazy, you would have been lazy even in counting money! But the moment you find a couple of notes missing from your account, all your energy rises to defend yourself and your account. You are lazy as a dirty tactician. You are at war, and laziness is your weapon.”


  • “You are just not prepared to get out of your dirty shell. That’s laziness.”


  • “You cannot be lazy without being too intelligent for yourself. A lazy man is not only intelligent, he is actually too intelligent. He knows all. Otherwise, how can one refuse to learn from life? And there is only one way one learns from life. By? Being with life. By allowing oneself to flow with life.”


These quotes have come from talks and writings of Acharya Prashant


  • “Free of lust, you are relaxed and beautiful. Free of you, lust too is free and beautiful.”


  • “When you look for satisfaction in material that is called lust.”


  • “And a woman, rises from being an object of lust, to a deity worth worshiping, when she loses her womanliness.”


  • “Life is what you do minute by minute, second by second, hour by hour. Minute by minute do you think why did God created the Earth or the Universe? Minute by minute you are taking over by questions of ambition, hope, worry, security, love, lust, achievement, fear, desperation, respectability – these are the things that really matters to us. In fact even when we talk of God we talk of some big entity, a fatherly figure, a respectable one, a creator and all powerful one. Do you see then that authority, security, respectability, bigness – this is what really matters to us? Let us rather ask questions which are very-very ordinary, I assure you that it is in the ordinary questions of one’s daily life that both the problem and the solution lie.”


  • “Lust is to Love, what the world is to the Truth. Lust is to love, what the Manifest is to the unmanifest – they are one. One is expressed, the other is not. Just as there is nothing called a transformation of the world into God, similarly there is nothing called a transformation of lust into love.”


  • “Love is to see the essence of lust. Attraction towards objects is lust. That is the direct and simple definition of lust.”


  • “Even if you are attracted towards the butterfly, it is lust. Even if you are attracted towards a utensil, a pen, a building, a motorcar, it is lust.”


  • “Love is that great sleep which is unaffected by all lust.”


  • “The movement of mind is lust. Your commitment to the center in the middle of all lust is love.”


  • “Lust needs no transformation. You need transformation. And your transformation is just about you moving into your essential nature. Go there.”


  • “Love is to be a right participant in the game of lust.”


These quotes have come from talks and writings of Acharya Prashant