- “ 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.”
- “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.”
- “Samdarshita is not about seeing different objects as one, pairs of opposite as one. Instead it is about remaining the same one in presence of the differences. You remain one as the world keeps changing. You are one in face of pleasure and you are one in face of pain. You are one when the world praises you and you are one when the world ridicules you. Something within you is not being affected. Something within you just refuses to take notice, be dominated, be stained or be obfuscated.”
- “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.”
- “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.”
- “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.”
- “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.”
- “In either case you’ll suffer, whether you chase pleasure or whether you seek Truth. Choice is yours, which suffering do you prefer. If you chase pleasure you’ll suffer and if you seek Truth then too you’ll suffer. But in these two types of suffering there will be a qualitative difference. Which one do you want? Suffer you would, that is inexorable. Now which kind of suffering do you want?”
- “One day I tried lodging a formal complaint, “Why don’t Truth come along with pleasure?” He said, “I am so big and pleasure is so small then how can I come riding pleasure.” I said, “Alright! why can’t pleasure comes riding you?” He said, “I am an absolute solvent, when pleasure comes riding me he gets dissolved in me.” So, Truth and pleasure do not go together.”
- “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.”
- “Freedom from pain is freedom from pleasure.”
- “Unless you are limited, you have no reason to feel inflated because of something, and hence you cannot be tied to pleasure. And unless you are small, you have no reason to be afraid of something and hence you can have no reason to resist. Then you stand in front of the winds, open chested, and then you say, “Come what may, I am not resisting something because nothing is so powerful that it can influence me or defeat me.””
- “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