- “ To have excitement, boredom is necessary.”
- “ You remember excitement because it is active, its movement can be seen. You do not remember boredom because it is passive, its movement cannot be seen.”
- “ When excitement goes away, boredom too goes away. Go beyond both excitement and boredom.”
- “Pleasure thrives only when you do not understand it. It gets its sustenance from darkness. You don’t want to kill it; you just want to know it. And to know it, you throw some light upon it and you find that the pleasure is gone. Try that! Next time when you are drawing pleasure from something or somebody or some action, stop and look at it. No, you don’t have to condemn it, not justify it. Just look at it. Look at it and you may find that pleasure is no more.”
“If you are anxious about paying the bills, simply keep the bills small. Or don’t raise the bills. Unless there is a bill, where is the question of payment? Simple!
The intention is to keep raising bills. So, first of all, for the sake of pleasure, one wants to generate bills and then, one throws herself into horror by thinking, “Now how will I pay these bills?”
Do you see such a self-defeating cycle?”
- “Spirituality is not about the elimination of pain and pleasure. It is about being comfortable with both of them.”
- “Suffering is resistance to pain.
Satisfaction is acceptance of pleasure.
Suffering-satisfaction, resistance-acceptance, go together.”
- “If you want to have the pleasure of happiness you would also have to claim that you’re unhappy when you’re not happy.”
- “Conditioning never comes as conditioning. Conditioning comes in as safety, security, pleasure or something appearing valuable.”
“The equanimous one does not look at pleasure and pain as one.
He lives as someone who sees pleasure as pleasure and pain as pain.
He lives in facts.”
“Only a spiritual man can really experience pleasure and pain, day and night.
The worldly man is so terrified with experience or so hopeful from experience that he won’t be able to experience.”
- “It is Grace to suffer from a feeling of separation – viyog. Only the lucky ones experience and suffer in separation. Others are absorbed in their illusory pleasures.”
- “Crying requires lots of energy and that energy comes from pleasure.”
These quotes have come from talks and writings of Acharya Prashant