Character

  • “Man does not know God. Man can only think of God, and in this he makes two ungodly mistakes:
    (i) His mind is limited and lazy, and cannot know the material reality beyond a point. So, he postulates that there are certain material things that are beyond the mind. He builds a character called God – as a creator of things. The way man sketches his God is surely material, since this God is thought of as building, and interacting with, material in a very material way. Yet this God has been declared to be beyond thought. Nothing that is material is beyond thought and mind. (ii) Occasionally the mind does get startled by a whiff of the non-material. It chances upon love, it flies in freedom, it dances in joy. It realises that there is something beyond the material. But it declares that the imperceptible, the non-material, the ineffable, too can be contained in the mind. So, using the mind, it embellishes the God character and writes stories about that character.The first mistake happens because we keep feeling small and incapable. We do not have enough trust in the capacity of  the mind to know all that is material. We suffer from such an inferiority complex that we can’t even admit that a human gave birth to Jesus. The moment we come across an Upanishad, a Quran, a Bible, we relegate them to divine authorship to escape from them.And the second mistake happens because we are damn arrogant. We want to capture the Ultimate in the mind. We want to claim we know God.

    A healthy mind has complete sureness in its ability to have knowledge about material, and has enough humility to say that the Divine can never really be known.”

 

  • “I am a character in my own dream.
    There are many other characters as well.
    The interplay of my character with the others is called my life.”

 

  • “Who am I?
    A character in my own dream.”

 

  • “Man is the only creature in existence whose defining characteristic is his deep fear.
    Fear in his relationships, his goals, fear in his laughter, his love, his living, his progress, fear in his entire being.”


  • “To acknowledge the facts of your life-story, drop out of the story. Now you are not a character of the story. Now you can learn from the story.”

 

  • “You will only choose that which is conventional; which is a circulation. You will choose one of these masters that have become popular these days.

    The Truth will come to you not as a choice; sometimes as a compulsion, sometimes as a coincidence.”

 

  • “When the false has become a habit, then the Truth will never be a choice.

    Never a choice!”

 

  • “There is no choice in the happening; the choice lies only in your response. And the response again has only two choices: a response of awareness versus a response of conditioning; only two choices are there. Either you can respond in your most aware state, or you can respond like a machine in a conditioned state.”

 

  • “The more you are able to remove yourself, the more right will your choices be. The more there is the presence of you in your choices, the more is the guarantee that your choices will be the wrong choice.”

 

  • “You are not helpless by chance, you are helpless by choice.
    Our helplessness is a deliberate ploy of the ego to retain itself.”

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These quotes have come from talks and writings of Shri Prashant

 

 

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