Tag Archives: Austerity

Total freedom from the past

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QUESTION: Acharya ji, please explain what Shri Ramakrishna meant by:

“Once a Marwari gentleman, approached Ramakrishna and said, “How is it, Sir, that I do not see God, although I have renounced everything”?

The Master: Well, haven’t you seen leather jars for keeping oil? If one of them is emptied of its contents, still it retains something of the oil as well as its smell. In the same way, there is still some worldliness left in you and its odor persists.”

Acharya Prashant: This is the momentum of the past. Just because you go on a diet today, you quit over-eating today, would you today, lose all the excess fat that you have? Would today, your weight drop to normal? All your karma of the past, stays with you in the form of accumulated karma-fal(Fruit), which is calories and fat and weight. Is it clear now? Continue reading

The Real Meaning of Austerity

The mind is like a restless monkey, it needs some fruits to entertain itself; so we have to give it some words, some concepts. But even when we are treating the mind with concepts, we must ensure that concepts are kept to the minimum.

You see, concepts must be like Om, which is a word but the most minimal of words, a sound quickly dissolving into silence. Only such minimum quantity of concepts must be given to the mind, and the mind must be of a nature that is able to sustain itself with this much.

That is the real meaning of austerity. Austerity is not about eating less or consuming less, it is about having a mind that thinks less, and even without thinking it is at peace with itself.


~ Excerpts from the article, ‘Destiny is not what you will be, Destiny is what you really are