Man stabs in the back

And man have such great systems of morality and yet man is a ‘Mass-murderer.’

Man has caused thousands of species to get extinct and they will never come back.

Is that not surprising? Except the child of man, nothing is told right and wrong and yet it is the man who seems to be the worst offender of all.

The dog knows Love. In spite of never have been taught anything about Love

And Man is continuously been taught Love and Man does not know Love.

Man stabs in the back. No, dogs stabs in the back

and man has given ample lessons in Loyalty and Fidelity.

Nothing in existence makes itself up.

Man wants to do a lot and in doing a lot he only degrades himself.

That which is central that which is really important is beyond right and wrong.

To live in your essential nature is only right. And this is a secret that entire existence knows.

The only right is to be aware of ‘your’ nature and live in it.

Live by it and die by it.

If the cost is death, pay the price.

You need not tell somebody that it is right to be free.

That which is really important is already known to us, rest need not be taught.

Remember that, the only right is to be aware of ‘your’ nature and Live in it.

The only wrong is to have an ‘artificial personality.’



Read the complete article: Acharya Prashant: How to know what is right and what is wrong?


 

Acharya Prashant: How to know what is right and what is wrong?

Listener: Who discretes ‘what is wrong’ and ‘what is right?’ People have a different perception of what is right and something is better.

Acharya Prashant: Right. Very good. What is your name?

L: Apoorva.

AP: Sit, Apoorva. Apoorva it is very good that you are questioning a deep assumption. The assumption of morality that ‘what is right’ and ‘what is wrong?’ You have gone many steps ahead but still, you stopped, you are not completing the journey. You must not only ask, “Acharya Ji, who decides what is right and what is wrong? You can go a step ahead, a step further and ask, “Whether there anything right and anything wrong?” You still have belief that there is something ‘right’ and there is something ‘wrong,’ right?

You are believing in that, right? I am asking you, “Why must you believe in that?” You have limited your question. You are saying that there is something ‘right’ and something ‘wrong’ but who will decide that? Your question is limited to this part that who will decide that ‘what is right’ and ‘what is wrong.’ I’m saying broaden your question take one more step. Ask, whether there anything called ‘right‘ and ‘wrong?’ Can you ask this question? Do you want me to broaden it?

L: Yes, Acharya Ji.

AP: Alright! What is right, what is wrong? You were born and if these things were not given to you, would there be a problem with the living? Would you not able to breathe? Would the essentials of life be lost to you? How would a man be a lesser being if there is nothing called right and wrong in his vocabulary, tell me?

There is beautiful grass outside. It does not know any right and wrong, and it’s still Beautiful. It is not depressed. It does not have any diabetes or heart attack and it is not sining either the clouds, the animals, the rivers. They have no sense of right and wrong and yet they are very grounded beings. You do not see any animal raping any other animal. You do not see ethnic cleaning in jungles. You do not see that one animal was so violent that it caused any other species to go extinct.

Do you see all this?

You do not see organized wars amongst trees. Now, they don’t have sense of right and wrong and yet they are alright.

And man have such great systems of morality and yet man is a ‘Mass-murderer.’

Man has caused thousands of species to get extinct and they will never come back.

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Man is a restlessness

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Acharya Prashant (AP): A small particle of snow starts falling from a hillside. As it keeps rolling down the slope what does it gather?

Listener 1 (L1): More snow

AP: More snow. And ultimately it becomes quite big. So, if you ask, “Who is it that has become big?” Continue reading

You already know everything

I am asking you a very simple question — Have you ever seen a camel drinking the milk of a goat? The camel knows that it must drink the milk of its mother, and only for a few months, is that so or not? And the camel needs no Guru for that.
Have you ever seen a horse drinking the milk of an elephant?

Why do you drink the milk of a buffalo, are you a buffalo? Why do these simple things not occur to you? Does the buffalo come and drink your milk? If the buffalo is so intelligent that it won’t come and suck at your wife then why do you want to go and milk the buffalo?

Everything in existence knows its proper diet, why do we not know?
Have you ever seen an animal violate its diet-patterns? Try feeding grass to a lion; try feeding flesh to a cow; try. How is it that we do not know what to eat and how is it that we over-eat?
Man is the only animal that dies of over eating, how is it possible, figure out.
From where is this knowledge coming that obfuscates our sharp intelligence? Our sharp intelligence is lying buried under the load of acquired knowledge, why can’t you reject all this acquired social knowledge?
The moment you reject it, you know everything.
You already know everything.


Further Reading:

The Flying Kiss to the Sky

cover_fksA Flying Kiss to The Sky, is a collection of excerpts from various discourses of Acharya Prashant, arranged in a special order which makes it the ideal first book, for all who want to come close to the facts of their own lives.

The book is divided into three parts, each part helping the reader to appreciate the working of his own mind and hence, the world in more clear and precise terms. Its unique one-page-one-chapter format, makes it even more simpler. It won’t be wrong to say that it is a book for all: Reader, or non-reader; Professional, or Spiritual.

Paperback: Advait Publications Page

Do we have the choice to Surrender?

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Questioner: Sir, it takes a certain trust and surrender to accept. But then that is not a choice again;  we cannot choose to surrender.

Acharya Prashant: How do you choose to surrender to so many other things?

Don’t you choose to surrender to your boss when he is threatening you? Or does that happen involuntarily?  Continue reading

You already know. There is nobody who does not know

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Question: Is yoga, meditation, and reading of scriptures really necessary?

Acharya Prashant: What else are you doing right now, is this not meditation. Everyday I ask the same question, I have to ask it today as well —how will you meditate while driving your car? And if you can’t meditate while driving your car, then is not meditation worthless? How will you meditate while having sex! Will you put your legs up in the air and say this is some kind of Aasan. And if you can’t meditate in your most intense moments, when else would you meditate?

How will you meditate while taking a shower! How will you meditate while eating! And life is all this or  is it not? How will you meditate when you are on the soccer field. Passing the ball to someone and instantaneous reflexes are required from you, how will you meditate? And life is all this. Or will you sit down in the middle of the field to meditate?

How will you meditate while swimming? How? And why don’t you ask these questions, because life is all this, this is life?

L: Food restrictions, are they necessary?

AP: Everything in the world knows what to eat; why do you not know what to eat. The bird knows what to eat, the fish knows what to eat, why you have to be restricted? Because somebody else is there who is unnecessarily forcing you to eat something else. The commercials are there and they are attracting you all the time – new potato chips, new sauce, new dish, new recipes.

L: I was asking about killing animals.

AP: Everything in the world knows whether or not it should kill. Why do we not know when is the right time to kill and when not to kill.

I am asking you again a very simple question — have you ever seen a camel drinking the milk of a goat? The camel knows that it must drink the milk of its mother and only for a few months, is that so or not. And the camel needs no Guru for that.

Have you ever seen a horse drinking the milk of an elephant?

Why do you drink the milk of a buffalo, are you a buffalo? Why do these simple things not occur to you? Does the buffalo come and drink your milk? If the buffalo is so intelligent that it won’t come and suck at your wife then why do you want to go and milk the buffalo?

Everything in existence knows its proper diet, why do we not know. Can you just shrug away all the unnecessary knowledge, like this (shaking head)? So that you immediately know, what you know.

Have you ever seen an animal violate its diet-patterns? Try feeding grass to a lion, try feeding flesh to a cow, try. How is it that we do not know what to eat and how is it that we over-eat?

Man is the only animal that dies of over eating. How is it possible, figure out.

From where is this knowledge coming that obfuscates our sharp intelligence?

Our sharp intelligence is lying buried under the load of acquired knowledge, why can’t you reject all this acquired social knowledge.

The moment you reject it you know everything.

You already know everything.

L: But if you are hungry, is it any different?

AP: Try feeding grass to a hungry lion. I am asking you, try feeding grass to a hungry lion.

L: But we are not animals.

AP: Who told you that? (Smilingly)

We are not animals only in the sense that we are worse than animals, only in that sense.

Right action comes only from the right source.

If you are asking what to eat and when to eat and how to decide what to eat in a particular situation, it need not be a decision, it is an instantaneous response.

When you are alright and at peace with yourself then the response, the decision is so quick that it can’t even be called a decision.

It’s like this — ‘No, I won’t eat this.’ Why? I don’t know. But I know I won’t eat this. You ask me a reason, I won’t be able to convince you. But I just know. This word ‘JUST’ is tremendously significant – I just know, without any reason it’s an uncaused knowing.

I just know, I don’t have to explain it to you, I just know. And we all, I assert and  I remind you, we all just know. You too just know. It is impossible to not to know.

Ask the Heart! In everything and anything that matters, ask the heart, it just knows.

Have faith, it just knows.

And when you come to know that you know, don’t be afraid because often that which you know, will scare you.

Your beauty scares you, don’t reject it, embrace it.

The heart is not a dictator, it only suggests it depends on you whether or not to heed. Obviously, if you will not heed then you will suffer but still you may decide not to heed.

Be your own friend; Don’t decide to reject the heart, listen to it. It’s continuously guiding, it’s guiding even right now! Do you see that it is guiding you right now; don’t you see that?

L: Something is obscured.

AP: Pay attention to that which is not obscure. When you are driving in a foggy night, what do you pay attention to — the road or the fog? Yes! So look at that which is not obscure; don’t talk too much about the fog. The fog intensifies when you talk too much about it.

L: Once I am at peace with myself, is there something after it, or is that it?

AP: Is that question coming from peace?

L: Yes.

AP: In peace, you do not bother about future.

But you are asking what will happen after peace! This question cannot come from peace. And is it not obvious? Why you need somebody to point this out? It is not obvious because you have been trained deeply in the language of before and after. Marry me and after that we will have a nice family, after…

L: And there is a lot of talk about enlightenment, is that enlightenment? What is enlightenment?

AP: When you know, that is enlightenment. When you refuse to know it is darkness.

No person is enlightened.

If right now you understand, you know, you are already enlightened. You can choose to remain enlightened or you can again wallow in the darkness.

Enlightenment is not something that you attach to a person,  ‘Oh, he is enlightened.’ No.

Enlightenment is Truth, the very essence of all.

Surrender to the Truth, you are enlightened.

L: We have sort of industrialized everything that we do. And there is a label of?  growth on it, how much can we grow. Aren’t they all pursuits

AP: They all are trying to create a future for you. They all are trying to take you somewhere. and whenever there is talk of progress, of betterment, of G.D.P growth and such things, you are always being pulled away from what you are. But if you have a political leader who wins votes by offering you a better future, then don’t you see what you are doing. But you love those leaders, don’t you, Who offer you a better future.

L: Then we shouldn’t be engaged in those false promises.

AP: Great! that you are figuring this out.

Maybe you need a totally different kind of mind, a totally different kind of politics, an entirely new way of living.

Maybe the shopping mall and the ashram are part of one rotten system and both sustain each other. Maybe the office and the weekend retreat are part of one system and both sustain each other. Maybe both have to go together — the commercial centre and the spiritual centre both have to go together because both co-exist, and both can ‘only’ co-exist.

Maybe you need an entirely new world; a totally new humanity. But the new comes only from that which is immediate. The new will not come from a distance, the new comes from here.

L: The only question arises then, although that seems like a bad pursuit, but that’s part of the truth, overall. Even if its destruction of the planet and the human beings it’s still truth, isn’t it true?

AP: It doesn’t matter whether it is truth. You have to live your life, ask yourself, how you feel about it. You maybe shredded into pieces it is still the Truth. But, what does that do to you?

All this is not being told to the Truth. We are not trying to educate Truth, about Truth. You are the recipient of all this. So, ask — what does all this do to me.

Forget the Truth; look at yourself.

We don’t have Mr. Truth sitting here to receive these teachings. It’s between you and me.


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

Watch the session: Acharya Prashant: You already know. There is nobody who does not know


Further Reading:

Advait in Everyday Life

final-book-cover_advait-in-everyday-life-4-copyAdvait has since long been revered as the crown jewel of all spiritual philosophies. However, there are very few books, if any at all, that practically demonstrate the presence, applications, methods and benefits of living as per the golden teaching of Advait-Vedanta.

This book is a much needed and rare attempt to bring spirituality and philosophical teachings to everyday life. The author’s genius lies in being delightfully able to bridge the abstract world of theorizations and principles with day-to-day circumstances, happenings, emotions and relationships.

Paperback: https://goo.gl/GbHByV

Kindle: https://goo.gl/VXdQdA

Europe Diary – 1

~ Europe Diaries ~

“THE HEART SAYS LET HIM LIVE”

It is the evening of 27th June 2016 in Zandvoort, a municipality and a town in the Netherlands, in the province of North Holland where Acharya Ji is holding Satsangs on his ongoing Speaking Tour in Europe. Zandvoort has a long sandy beach which goes on for a few kilometres at a stretch. This is where Acharya Ji spends most of his evenings walking, blessing the sand with his holy feet.

After the walk, Acharya Ji usually goes to eat at Shalom (used as salutation by Jews at meeting or parting, meaning ‘peace’), a restaurant very close to the beach open till late hours. Acharya Ji is a Vegan; he avoids eating any dairy products. Without any conscious effort, just by being in the presence of Acharya Ji the volunteers around him too have turned vegans.

Acharya Ji is often asked, ‘What does it really mean to be a Vegan? When Lord Krishna himself was so fond of dairy products, then how come you are a Vegan?’ That evening too, as Acharya Ji went to Shalom, the owner of the restaurant immediately recognised Him and jumped up to speak to Him. Acharya Ji orders a Falafel—a vegetarian middle-eastern cuisine for dinner—three other volunteers along with Raka (the lady hosting Acharya Ji at her house in Zandvoort) sit beside him.

The owner of the restaurant, a Muslim himself, is very surprised to learn Acharya Ji doesn’t eat meat. In a country like Netherlands, where almost everyone consumes meat, he is wondering: Is not eating meat also an option?

He becomes very eager to know about Acharya Ji and his reasons for not eating meat.

Soon they both enter into a spontaneous conversation as the other three volunteers and the lady host (Raka) listen to them with utmost attention. This is the magic of being around Acharya Ji: He ends up saying the most profound things at the most unexpected places. One just can’t be prepared for such moments!

The owner of the restaurant is fasting today as the month of Ramazan is going on.

(Ramazan is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad according to Islamic belief)

While fasting from dawn until sunset, he refrains from consuming food and drinking any liquids. He eagerly asks, “Acharya Ji, Why don’t you eat meat?”

Acharya Ji very lovingly explains it to him saying, “It’s not a question of eating or not eating. It’s just that when you look at an animal walking around, the heart says let him live. It’s just that.” As he is listening to Acharya Ji’s words, the expression on his face changes and both of them start smiling.

Somewhere a connection was made!

He later tells Acharya Ji that he too is not very fond of eating meat. The three volunteers and the lady host (Raka) sitting beside him are all awestruck hearing this reply from him.

All are left wondering on the simplicity of their conversation. With such love and simplicity, Acharya Ji makes everything look so easy.

Meanwhile, the owner dances back inside singing “Let him live, let him live!”

~ Kunal Dhawan ~

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